Startup Weekend Thunder Bay

    Friday, January 22 - 24, 2016

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Startup Weekend Thunder Bay

Friday, January 22 - 24, 2016

Friday, January 22 - 24, 2016
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Waverley Resource Library
285 Red River Rd
Thunder Bay, ON

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Ideas. Inspiration. Innovation.

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Friday January 22nd

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Keynote Speaker
Scott Dougall

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

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

7:15 pm
Optionally line up to give your pitch Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:15 pm
Social Activity

9:30 pm
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

Saturday January 23rd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 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

1:00 pm
Business Model Canvas Workshop

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

2:00 pm
Funding Workshop

5:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:00 pm
Social Activity

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

Sunday January 24th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Pitch Workshop

11:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:30 am
Pitch Practice Help

12:00 pm

1:00 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


Scott Dougall

Scott Dougall is a director of product management for the Access and Energy
Team. He oversees product development and strategy for the Accelerator
satellite caching product, and the Google WiFi initiative. Since joining
Google in 2010, Scott also led product strategy for Google Books search,
the Library Scanning Project, and the Books Partner Program. Scott was
also one of the founders of Google Play, and led the launch of Google Play
Books, Google Play Newsstand, and Google Play for Education.

Before joining Google, Scott was senior vice president of global services
management at Technicolor, where he oversaw a portfolio of more than 50
global content delivery services targeting major studios and global
broadcasters. Earlier, Scott was the general manager of software products
at Skystream Networks, Inc in Thunder Bay, ON. He also founded Varuna
Software, Inc., a maker of software products for the broadcast industry
which was acquired by Skystream Networks.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree in economics with a Minor in Computer
Science from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, where he graduated with
honors, and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.

Coaches and Mentors

Daniel Klein
Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle

Claudio Pousa

Wing Yeung

Camillo Lento

Farshid Shams

Asad Aman

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Thunder Bay 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 Thunder Bay, Ontario is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Alyson
  • Colin
  • James
  • Judy
  • Kendall
  • Mike
  • Tim
  • Stephen
  • Sally


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