Startup Weekend Charlottetown 2017

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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Startup Weekend Charlottetown 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Startup Zone
31 Queen Street
Charlottetown , PE C1A 4A4

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Startup Weekend is the world’s biggest learning programme for entrepreneurs!

In just 54 hours, you will experience, the highs, lows, fun and pressure that makes 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.*Food and beverages will be provided to participants. Learn, Network, Startup.

*Please contact with any dietary restrictions.

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Friday November 10th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:10 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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 November 11th

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 November 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Phil Ferraro
Director of Bioenterprise Maritimes

Phil Ferraro, is the Director of Bioenterprise Maritimes, an agri-enterprise accelerator. He also works as a commercial and residential property manager and is a Director of the Institute for Bioregional Studies Ltd. Phil is a ‘Certified Sustainability and Responsibility (CSR),’ practioner and he holds a masters degree in Social Ecology. As part of the Bioenterprise team, Phil coaches agri-entrepreneurs transform ideas into viable business opportunities, respond to emerging issues, and seize new market opportunities.  
He has over 25 years experience as an entrepreneur in the agriculture sector, working with social enterprise NGOs, ‘Green’ builders and teaching ecological approaches to food production. 

Mikey Wasnidge
Special Events & Marketing Manager

Michael Wasnidge is the Marketing Manager at Upstreet Craft Brewing, and his diverse skill set has helped the successful startup create an immediate presence in the community. Over the years, Michael has constantly strived to add new skills to his repertoire, be it photography, graphic design, public relations, community outreach, or videography. He began his career in marketing with the Vancouver based company, UsedEverywhere where he helped to double the user base of regional sites, and He later helped to launch popular gift site, into Halifax and Saint John, before moving on to Junior Achievement to manage the non-profit's community engagement. Michael unique voice, creativity, and broad skill set has helped him to create content that resonates with communities here on PEI and throughout the Maritime provinces. 

Paul Lypaczewski
Mentor and Angel Investor

Paul Lypaczewski is an IT industry veteran and angel investor/mentor at large. He has run a broad range of companies over the course of his career, from web and media startups to large NASDAQ traded companies. Having been on the executive management of major firms such as Autodesk, AMD and Avid, Paul has specialized in turning around many of the leading companies in the graphics and media industries, focusing on the organizational and cultural strategies necessary to achieve success. He has received a number of awards and recognitions for his efforts, including being the first Canadian to receive the NASA Space Act Award and also devotes his time to charitable organizations. 

Ryan Palmer
Chief Technology Officer

Ryan is a graduate of UPEI (BBA '08) and has 10 years of experience in software and small business. He was Chief Technology Officer of the successful PEI startup Ooka Island, acquired by Scholastic Corporation in 2017. Beyond a focus on education technology, Ryan is pursuing interests at the intersection of software and renewable energy. Ryan lives in Toronto where he works for Scholastic as Technical Director of Software Engineering. 

Bruce Matheson

Bruce is a native of Prince Edward Island, who has lived in several communities across Canada. 
He has, and continues to serve on numerous non-profit and community organizations, which have included Credit Union, community development, charity, fellowship, sports and agriculture. 

Jake Wells

My name is Jake Wells, and after moving back to PEI from Ottawa, where I lived for the last 30 years, I’ve collaborated with my very talented cousin Emily Wells in the development of YouMeal prepares chef-inspired menus for Islanders looking for delicious, locally sourced meals delivered to their home or workplace.    While living “away”, I studied Human Resource Management and worked in food and beverage manager positions in various upscale hotels in the Ottawa region, including the planning and implementation of a Starbucks/retail outlet at the Brookstreet hotel.   I look forward to drawing upon my experience and education in helping at the upcoming Startup Weekend.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Charlottetown 2017 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 Charlottetown is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Ann
  • Templeton
  • shaman
  • Jordan
  • John
  • Alicia


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