Startup Weekend New Brunswick: Fredericton

    Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018

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Startup Weekend New Brunswick: Fredericton

Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018

Friday, February 23 - 25, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

The Ville Cooperative
241 Canada Street
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3A 4A1

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Startup Weekend New Brunswick: Fredericton

Startup Weekend NB believes entrepreneurship is the single greatest force advancing society and human welfare. We also believe empowering others is the best way to identify leaders, build communities, and inspire change.
We welcome designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. 

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

This year we will be encouraging entrepreneurs from all corners of our community to come out and participate in creating ideas and opportunities that drive real-world social change. As the saying goes "it takes a village", Startup Weekend Fredericton will be welcoming participants from the city of Fredericton and leaders of social innovation from across the region to help guide and foster participants ideas, resulting in opportunities that build smarter, healthier, more progressive places to live

If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur and contribute to a more sustainable world, be part of Startup Weekend New Brunswick: Fredericton, November 3 - 5 at The Ville Cooperative.

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Friday February 23rd

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in.

5:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants.

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend, coaches, and community leaders.

6:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch.

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches.

8:00 pm
Form Teams & Begin Working
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

Saturday February 24th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee.

9:00 am
Morning Check-In/Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help.

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:30 pm

6:00 pm
Check-In & Pitch 101 Session
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help.

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.

Sunday February 25th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee.

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions.

11:30 am
Presentation & Tech check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place.

12:00 pm

3:30 pm
Final Presentations
Get ready to see what the teams have been working on all weekend long!

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm
Wrap-Up & CLEAN UP

6:15 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Bethany Deshpande

Bethany Deshpande is the CEO of SomaDetect. She is a highly motivated, big-picture thinker who has more than a decade of experience in science and entrepreneurship, and is always excited to tackle big problems in big ways. Bethany believes that hard work and kindness will always pay off. She insists on asking questions like a scientist, demanding for the precision of a surgeon, and taking risks like an artist. She believes that planning is everything, but understands that the plan is nothing. Bethany is most known for her work with youth at the SHAD summer program, her research in subarctic, permafrost environments, her singing abilities and her adoration of chocolate. Bethany was a Schmeelk Canada Fellow, has won the Leadership and Sustainability Scholarship at Université Laval, and the Student Services Award for Leadership Excellence at York University. Bethany completed a PhD in Biology at Université Laval throughout which she studied microbial activity in northern ecosystems, and gained experience using sensor technology in remote, extreme environments.

Nicholas Clermont

Nicholas Clermont is the COO of SomaDetect. Nicholas is a human-centred-designer and is passionate about working together with dairy farmers and product developers to create a product that works. Born and raised in Quebec City, Nicholas spent nearly a decade teaching product design to engineering students at Université Laval. Nicholas understands that things don’t happen overnight, that creativity is iterative, and that teamwork can result in the most incredibly of solutions. Nic is most known for always asking tough questions, for demanding the best from people, and for changing lives. He has mentored hundreds of high-school students throughout his time as Director of the SHAD entrepreneurship program. Nicholas is the recipient of the Student Gold Medal Award from Engineers Canada, and has been recognized as a Star Professor for his teaching excellence. Nicholas has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Université Laval.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend New Brunswick: Fredericton team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend New Brunswick is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Ryan
  • Cameron
  • Sally
  • Dominyka
  • Meghan
  • Erin
  • Sam
  • Daphne
  • Joanna
  • Corey
  • Jared


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