Startup Weekend Western NL

    Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Western NL

Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017

Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Grenfell Campus
20 University Dr.
Corner Brook, NL A2H 5G4

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Build Your Startup In Just One Epic Weekend!

Learn, Network, Startup - In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

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Friday March 31st

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
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 April 1st

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 April 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:00 pm
Final Presentations

3:30 pm
Judging & Awards

4:00 pm

4:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Caitlin O'Gorman

A Grenfell Campus alumni, Caitlin completed her Bachelor of Business Administration Honours in May 2016, for which she received the medal of Highest Academic Achievement in the program. She grew up in rural Codroy Valley on her family’s dairy farm, which instilled in her a passion for seeing other entrepreneurs across the west coast flourish. With a love of video games and an immense appetite for sushi, Caitlin dreams of someday traveling the world. 

Ivan Emke

Ed Leach
Partner, Innovar Training and Consulting

I am an experienced entrepreneur having owned and operated my own business with 11 locations and 100+ employees. While at Dalhousie I taught course in finance, entrepreneurship and general management. I received my Ph.D. in computing technology in education from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, an MBA from the University of Western Ontario and a BComm. from Dalhousie University. In my role as director of the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship at Dalhousie University I mentored lead entrepreneurs during the start-up phase of their technology businesses including two IPO’s. I was the director of the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship, a past president of the Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE), past chapter chair for the Young President’s Organization (YPO), Atlantic Canada Chapter and most recently the director of education at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED).

Coaches and Mentors

Carla May
Start-up Advisor

Dawn L
General Manager at Brewed Awakening Coffee House & Roasting Co.

Joe Dicks
General Manager

Founder and CEO of Marble Resort Development Limited. (Marble Inn Resort)
Founder and CEO of Explore Newfoundland Inc.
Founder and CEO of Madison’s Restaurant and The Cove Café
Co-Founder and director of Linkum Tours
25 years in the Hospitality Business developing experiential tourism in Western Newfoundland from the Codroy Valley to Lance aux Meadows.  

Denise Gibbons

Tom Rose

Tom Rose was born in Stephenville and has resided in the district for most of his life, except for the five years he served in the Canadian Air force working in Air Traffic Control. Tom has plenty of political and business experience serving on municipal council, and working the district of St. Georges Stephenville East as an Executive Assistant to former member cabinet minister Kevin Aylward in addition operating Rose Farms and TR Consulting. Rose has an extensive background in community involvement as Vice Chair of the Long Range CBDC, President of the Bay St. George Chamber of Commerce, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 35 along with the Stephenville Shooting Club and, a strong knowledge in economic development. Tom has varied educational experiences. As a Business Instructor at the College of the North Atlantic, along with a background in farming and forestry and holds an undergraduate degree in; Bachelor of Science in Business Administration along with a Master’s in Business Administration. Currently Tom is in the position of Program Developer in the School of Business and Information Technology    Tom is a member of the Qalipu First Nations Band is married to Joanne and has two children Jennifer and Stephen. Joanne and Jennifer are both nurses and Stephen has an environmental science degree. 

Jacqui Walsh

Bob Williamson
Founding Partner, Jameson Group

Back in 1984 he founded Jameson Consulting Group to provide business development and training consulting services to the energy industry, including the Sable Offshore Energy Project, Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline, Sempra, EnCana, Heritage Gas and Keltic Petrochemicals. In 2007 he started mentoring a handful of early stage companies which led him to founding Atlantic Canada’s first conference for early stage entrepreneurs, Invest Atlantic. It offers startups to mid-stage companies the opportunity to learn from and network with seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and mentors. He also founded the popular Pitch101, 201 and 301 programs to help entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to investors, potential partners and customers.

Kelly Vodden

Geoff Wareham

Gord Andrews

Warren Neville

Warren Neville, owner of Mechanical Advantage Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer (+10 yrs.) with 14 years of experience in Project Management, Construction and Facilities Management, Maintenance Supervision, Lean Manufacturing, and Mechanical Engineering.

Brian Saint
Small Business Advisor - Scotiabank

Jason Janes

I'm an IT geek that likes to start things. I've been an entrepreneur my entire life having co-founded my first startup while I was in high school and I've never looked back. I have had the opportunity to lead and work with successful companies during the startup, commercialization, and exit phase.

I am co-founder of Startup NL Corp., a not-for-profit organization that delivers events and programs to entrepreneurs; helping them accelerate their ideas during the critical startup phase. I'm also involved with other early stage technology startups helping them gain traction.

Sean St. George

Ken Carter
Director, Office of Engagement

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Western NL 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 Newfoundland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Johnathan
  • Carla
  • Grant
  • Jason
  • Ken
  • Sean
    St. George
  • Todd


Mary Kilfoil
Executive Director, Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE)

Mary Kilfoil, Executive Director, Canadian Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (CCSBE) and President of Innovate Atlantic Inc. has over 80 major research reports and publications related to innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development to her credit. Her passion for entrepreneurship continued after joining Dalhousie University. Over the past six years, Dr. Kilfoil reshaped entrepreneurship teaching and programming at Dalhousie University where she designed and launched a campus-wide, award-winning Launch Dal program based on lean entrepreneurship methodologies. Mary led the team that brought the Starting Lean Course to Dalhousie University in the Fall of 2012 providing an experiential approach and accomplished mentors – listed in Academia’s Top 10 courses in Canada 2013. She has received numerous teaching awards and in 2014, Mary received the national Entrepreneurship Educator award from Startup Canada. Mary’s non-profit Innovate Atlantic Inc. focusses on assisting companies scale.

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