Startup Weekend Trinidad & Tobago

    Friday, June 17 - 19, 2016


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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Trinidad & Tobago

Friday, June 17 - 19, 2016



Friday, June 17 - 19, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

UTT O'Meara Campus
Lots #74-98 O'Meara Industrial Estate
Arima, Trinidad and Tobago

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Turn your idea into a business in 54hrs

In 54 hours you will turn an idea into a potential business while experiencing the highs, lows, fun, and pressure of building a real business. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Startup Weekend is here to help you turn ideas into businesses.

Get in contact with us via
Email : startupweekend@launchrockit.org
Phone: (868) 308-3865 - Gerard 
Official Hashtag : #SWTT


About Startup Weekend: 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 world’s largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 600 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 to receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas and then it is 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 establish companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5 routine, every participant 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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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday June 17th


6:00 pm
Registration
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


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


8:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:00 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 June 18th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


3:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


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


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

Sunday June 19th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


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


4:00 pm
Dinner


4:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Colin Mazuree

Five years ago, surrounded by sceptics, Mazuree Colin Ali walked away from an M.B.A programme convinced the time was right to invest everything he had into TriniTrolley.com. TriniTrolley.com has blazed a trail to become the largest e-commerce company in the Caribbean, launching a new industry in Trinidad and forming partnerships with some of the largest international conglomerates such as MasterCard. 

Mazuree Colin Ali, a B.Sc graduate (Business and Economics) has become an entrepreneurship speaker and mentor with StartUp Weekend, an international organization devoted to enterprise and other local entrepreneurs. In 2013, he was among 27 global delegates chosen by the U.S. State Department to participate in “A New Beginning: Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation” in the United States, an initiative inspired by President Obama’s 2009 Cairo Speech. These global delegates are recognized internationally as the elite business leaders of the future, having been mentored by Fortune 500 companies including Nike and Microsoft.


Dale Laughlin



Claude Marshall

Claude Marshall was born in Trinidad and Tobago and attended St Mary's College. He furthered his education at South Carolina State University where he obtained a Bsc in Computer Science. He then attended Clemson University where he obtained a Msc in Computer Science with a focus on Software Engineering. <br /> He has worked for several companies including Telcordia Technologies and Togu Systems where he has worked as a software engineer, software reliability engineer and project manager. He has also worked as a visiting professor at South Carolina State University for six(6) years where he taught several core CS courses including Data Structures, Software Engineering, Senior Projects and Special Topics in computing. Claude recently returned to Trinidad and is currently CEO of DMS Digital and Byte Academy. His interests involves the introduction of computing concepts using robots and game programming to elementary and early high school children as a means of increasing the amount of software engineers in Trinidad and Tobago.


Coaches and Mentors


Georgina Terry

Georgina Terry, FCCA, PMP, GPCC is a business and people development coach with a  difference  –  she  is  a  qualified  accountant,  coach,  change  management consultant, local and international inspirational speaker,  certified Project Management Professional and author of the best selling book ‘The Amazing Race to Entrepreneurial Freedom’.
With over 20 years’ of outstanding results delivery and experience, Georgina uses her skills and knowledge globally to help people achieve previously unrealised business and personal goals. Georgina’s success with, local, regional, international and multi­cultural clients  (e.g.  Trinidad  &  Tobago,  Jamaica,  Canada,  UK  and  West  Africa)  reveals  her exemplary ability to adapt quickly to diverse cultural norms as she works with individuals and organisations to increase and align their passion, performance and profits.
Georgina is the Managing Director of Business & People Development Associates Limited. She is originally from London, England and prior to moving to Trinidad in 2001, she worked for The Economist and PricewaterhouseCoopers. 

Georgina’s purpose in this life is to assist people in living their lives and growing their businesses by desire and design, rather than by default. Georgina says, “I believe, to the core of my being, that when you tap into your passion you will never work again, because work will become PLAY!!”


Dhano Mc Nicol
Mission Control, A Big Box of Crayons

A Creative Professional with over twenty years experience in providing effi cient and effective visual communication design solutions.
A passionate, twenty-four hour creative junky. Admirer of sexy typefaces, lover of words and aspiring life long learner. He is also the founder of A BigBox Of Crayons. An online and offline community for creative thinkers + makers in Trinidad & Tobago.
The Regional Creative head of one of the Caribbean’s largest retailers. Where he
contributes to the group’s regional marketing strategy. Also responsible for development of the regional Design Strategy, Conceptualisation and execution of all creative, marketing and advertising communication for the group’s brands. With oversight of the regional and local creative teams and creative processes.
His mantra - Stay Passionate. Keep moving forward.



Gem Bleasdell

From age fteen (15) Gem began doing private graphic design jobs for friends and family members. This introduction caused a yearning for Computer Science, Digital Technology and Virtual Art and Design that followed her through college to graduate school. It was at Carnegie Mellon University that Gem discovered Human Computer Interaction, a eld that married her three loves ­ Computer Science, Graphic Arts and Psychology ­ into Interface Design.
Before nishing her MHI degree, Gem accepted a position at a reputable Software evelopment Company (Outsystems, SA) in Portugal. However, the excitement and art of Europe was not enough to keep her from returning to Trinidad where she started her own company, Global Research and Strategy Planning.


Rachel Renie
Managing Director & Co-Founder of Market Movers Ltd.

Rachel is an experienced Entrepreneur in the Agri-Business sector for over five years. She is the founder of the first online, fresh produce delivery service in Trinidad & Tobago and is always at the forefront of the latest technologies and trends associated with agriculture, food and online services. Graduating from the City College of New York with a B.A in International Relations, it was her love for travel and food that sparked her pursuit to make quality, healthy foods accessible to homes, offices and restaurants throughout Trinidad. With a strong focus on high nutrient foods she has invested in promoting safer agricultural practices and setting quality standards for local produce in Trinidad and Tobago. 
Rachel has spearheaded several projects based on enhancing capacity building and mentorship for other entrepreneurs and it is this ideology that allows her to continuously strive to create growth opportunities for other entrepreneurs in the agriculture and business sector throughout the Caribbean.



Anil Ramnanan

Anil Ramnanan is a software developer and entrepreneur with over 20 years in the IT Industry. While working and doing PhD research at the University of the West Indies, he has also been involved in a number of entrepreneurial activities with his latest being founder of the startup HelpQ and co founder of the startup My Beach My Water. In addition to developing mobile applications and doing research in the Internet of Things and Open Data, he tries to bridge academia, business and social enterprises to come up with innovative solutions.


Alicia Charles

Caribbean Business Development specialist, ALICIA CHARLES, has over sixteen (16) years experience in technical and market analysis for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) projects, and over twelve (12) years experience in Consulting and Training.

She is an Industrial Engineer by training and has worked with local, regional and international clients in industries including food & beverage processing, tourism, creative industries (including arts & craft), agri-business, printing, plastics, chemicals, ICT, marine, wood products, garments, environmental & renewable energy, construction, medical and industrial services.


Alicia Charles

Caribbean Business Development specialist, ALICIA CHARLES, has over sixteen (16) years experience in technical and market analysis for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) projects, and over twelve (12) years experience in Consulting and Training.

She is an Industrial Engineer by training and has worked with local, regional and international clients in industries including food & beverage processing, tourism, creative industries (including arts & craft), agri-business, printing, plastics, chemicals, ICT, marine, wood products, garments, environmental & renewable energy, construction, medical and industrial services.


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Port of Spain is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Gerard
    Thomas
  • Akila
    Alleyne
  • Nicolette
    Alleyne
  • Kurt
    Belgrave

Facilitators


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1



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