Startup Weekend Saint John!

    Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Saint John!

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017

Friday, September 29 - October 1, 2017
Event starts at 5:00 pm

1 Germain St
Saint John, NB E2L 2H7

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It's time for Startup Weekend! Sept 29-Oct 1

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together New Brunswick designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. 

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 live life to the fullest. We take risks. We change the world. We are entrepreneurs. And we invite YOU to join the community @StartupNB!

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 wraps up with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback! 

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. 

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Friday September 29th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

5:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

5:30 pm
Wayne Long/ Don Darling
Each speaking for 5 minutes

5:40 pm
Rivers / Doug / Heather
Each speaking for three minutes, Rivers-Startup Canada, Doug Startup Saint John, Heather ConnexionWorks

6:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teans and take an inventory of skills. Be honest,and direct about what resouces and skills are needed for the weekend.

10:30 pm
Yuk Yuk Networking

Saturday September 30th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
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!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
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 October 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Check-In/Coaching Meetings
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions Coaches Arrive Ask QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

4:00 pm
Judging & Awards

4:30 pm
Wrap-Up/ GO HOME


Don Darling

Wayne Long
Member of Parliament

Coaches and Mentors

Janet Scott
Director of Business and Community Development

Jeff Scammell
Financial Planner

Reis Van Beek

Seth Asimokas

Dan Doiron

Owen Green

Haley Green

James Stewart

Matt White

Matt Hanlon

Mark Breen

Michele Lodge

Brendan Bates

Eleanor McLean

Bharath Sudarsan
Lead Product Developer of SomaDetect

Bharath Sudarsan is the Lead Product Developer of SomaDetect. Bharath is a computer-vision and machine-learning expert who believes that deep-learning algorithms are the future of dairy, and indeed the world. Bharath grew up in a small farming community in India. He never stands down in the face of a challenge and knows that the world can be tough and cruel, but is committed to changing it for the better. Bharath believes in family, and in the goodness of cows and their milk. He is most known for his incredible cooking skills, for his careful attention to the finest of details, and for working hard regardless of the circumstances. Bharath was the leader of the McGill Agricultural Robotics Club, and has also developed several algorithms being used today in the food and agricultural industry. Bharath has been awarded the Graduate Excellence Award at McGill University and the Cambridge Business English Public Speaking Award for being one of the top public speakers in all of India. Bharath holds a Master’s Degree in Bioresource Engineering from McGill University.

Kelly Lawson

Jeff Roach

Anamika Jain

Andrew Holmes

Clarissa Harris-Lebreton

Greg Hemmings

Cait Milberry

Chris Weir

Donna Mazerolle

Jeffery Hoyt

Andrew Oland

Patrick Kerr

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Saint John! 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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Ashley
  • Jayne
  • Joanna
  • Dakota
  • Doug
  • Bernadette
  • Heather
  • Corey


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