Ames Startup Weekend 2015

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Ames Startup Weekend 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015



Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Gerdin Business Building, Iowa State University
1200 Gerdin Business Building
Ames, Iowa 50011

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This is the Age of Entrepreneurship. Start something. We dare you.

Startup Weekend is a global, grassroots movement of creative and empowered people who are learning the basics of launching new ideas. More than 45,000 people from 200 cities around the world have participated! 

And want to know something cool about this weekend's event if you choose to participate?  You will be part of movement where 230+ Startup Weekend events will be going on simultaneously around the globe for Global Entrepreneurship Week!  If your team wins the big cheese and comes out on top, you can move on in the Global Startup Battle tournament.  In fact, 5 cities across Iowa will be hosting Startup Weekend events--putting Iowa on the map for being one amazing community of entrepreneurs!

New to the Startup Weekend world?
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and
launch startups! 

Wondering why in the world you should get excited there is one coming to Ames in collaboration with the Greater Des Moines area?  
Because there is a rising star that points this is the Age of Entrepreneurship, start something today and let's work together.  We believe working together is important for Iowa.  Zoom in a bit closer and more specifically--central Iowa and the Cultivation Corridor between Ames and Des MoinesThis really will be one of the first entrepreneurial events where we seek great collaboration with both cities. 

What's in store so far?  An Iowa Startup Bus shuttle each day from Des Moines to Ames and back!  Just make sure to check this option when you sign-up during ticket registration.

Spread the word, encourage your friends in BOTH Ames & Des Moines to participate and let's together start something! 

Interested in becoming a sponsor or a mentor/coach for Startup Weekend Ames?  Email ames@startupweekend.org





EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 20th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 November 21st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 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


2:00 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 November 22nd


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


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Lyndsay Horgan
Co-founder of Goquets



Shawn Harrington
Co-founder of Goquets


Event Judges


Dave Tucker
Vice President of Engineering at Workiva



Kris Johansen
Industry & Innovation Engagement at Iowa State University



Dan Murray
Entrepreneur, Private Investor and a Founder of Workiva



Andreas Schwab
Associate Professor of Management at Iowa State University



Coaches and Mentors


Jordan Lampe
Director of Communications and Policy Affairs at Dwolla



Judi Eyles
Assistant Director for ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship & CyBIZ Lab



Christina Moffatt
Founder & CEO of Creme Franchise + Creme Cupcake



Dan Murray
Entrepreneur, Private Investor and a Founder of Workiva



Allison Wallace
Special Counsel at Davis Brown Law Firm



Cliff Smith
CEO at GlobalVetLINK



Allison Kerndt
Special Counsel at Davis Brown Law Firm



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Ames Startup Weekend 2015 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Sam
    Schill
  • Geoff
    Wood
  • Diana
    Wright

Facilitators


Blake Rupe
Founder & President

Blake Rupe’s journey began during the summer of 2013 when she was conducting research on the marine debris situation in Veracruz, Mexico.  She was driven to create Re-APP, and then Sift, after her experiences working with garbage in the beautiful, once pristine coral reef area of the Gulf of Mexico. After experiencing the devastation and frustration of witnessing recyclable materials being washed out to sea first hand, Blake became passionate about closing this major leak in the materials system. In January, 2014, after months of research and design, Blake founded Re-APP and sift with the goal of increasing recycling rates among the average American.  Blake is currently working on the newest version of the application with her team.  She is a motivated and passionate conservationist turned entrepreneur who loves dogs, ice cream, and the Midwest. 

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