Startup Weekend Athens, OH
Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016
Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm
340 W. State St.
Coupon Codes Available!
Students, faculty and staff in the College of Business can get 50% off by using code "COB".
Students, faculty and staff in the College of Arts and Sciences can get 50% off by using the code "CAS".
Students, faculty and staff in the Scripps College of Communication can get 50% off by using the code "SCRIPPS".
Startup Weekend Athens is hosted by the Ohio University Innovation Center. The event helps individuals with interests in industries such as information technology, design, engineering, business and manufacturing develop a startup company.
Participants can pitch ideas and vote for their favorites Friday night. Teams form around the top concepts and spend Saturday and Sunday developing a business plan with the help of professional coaches. On Sunday evening, teams present their startup ideas to a panel of judges, who award prizes to the top three.
Startup Weekend events are held globally to foster entrepreneurship. Ohio University’s Innovation Center has hosted six events—which have attracted participants from around the state and region— since 2012.
Friday October 21st
Saturday October 22nd
Sunday October 23rd
Assistant Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship, College of Business, Ohio University
In a past life, he founded The Red Apple Consulting Company, served as Director of Marketing for Rexarc International, and was a clinical assistant professor of marketing and management at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for eight years.
Prior, Rob was a Business Product Manager for Google focused on supporting and providing technologies (geospatial, collaboration, etc.) for global Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response activities.
Rob was also Chief Technologist and Senior Manager for Google Federal focused on evangelizing and implementing Google Enterprise solutions for a host of users across the Intelligence and Defense Communities, Homeland Security, and many others.
Rob's work history includes several senior advisory roles supporting strategic, tactical, and operational objectives within numerous federal government, defense, and law enforcement organizations. He has held leadership roles at Raytheon-Blackbird Technologies, Northrop-Grumman/TASC, Lockheed-Martin, Harris Corporation, and Ohio University.
Prior to joining Google, Rob was the Director of Technology Assessment at In-Q-Tel, the strategic private equity firm of the US Intelligence Community. Rob was lead on several successful venture investments to include Keyhole (Google Earth) and @Last Software (Google SketchUp), both that were later acquired by Google. In addition, Rob's entrepreneurial experience includes launching Encompass Technologies, Inc., a K through 12 desktop mapping company created to infuse geography into the classroom.
Matta is recognized for his use of student engagement techniques that are flexible and dynamic and has genuine concern for his students in management information systems. Though teaching complex subjects, Matta has developed teaching methods that inspire learning.
Dr. Vic Matta doesn’t hide his excitement when he says something he knows has blown your mind. He feeds off of it, encourages it, peppers you with questions to make you think about your own choices. Your answers, after all, fuel one of his greatest passions — data collection. Matta can’t help himself. He loves analysis, loves human reasoning, and loves teaching most of all. He loves watching people grasp a new concept with his help, whether it is something tangible like technology or intangible like personal motivation.
Coaches and Mentors
Michele is an Executive in Residence at TechGROWTH Ohio, a Venture Development Organization funded in part by the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Fund. Michele is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ohio University where he teaches the Entrepreneurship Business Consulting course. Recently Michele was Commercialization Alliance Manager at Innovation Works, the seventh most active seed stage investor in the United States, where he managed the relationships between member organizations to provide world-class commercialization expertise and take the lead on accelerating technology transfer of federal research performed at the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).
Previously, Nathaniel directed the CREATE_space, an Ohio University resource focusing on Creative Research Exploring Arts, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. His experience in fine arts and information technology has been ongoing for over a decade, working in the digital arena since 1997, producing both interactive and static media, and digital systems, specializing in interactive digital technologies research. Nathaniel works extensively with businesses, artists, entrepreneurs, students and educators developing objective specific solutions that both demonstrate the IT-centric and humanistic qualitative aspects of society.
As a Venture Executive, he works with both University and private technology inventors to commercialize their technologies through new venture formation and execution. He helps entrepreneurial teams navigate intellectual property protection, appropriate legal work, regulatory affairs, business planning, capital acquisition, technology licensing, execution, and exit strategy planning.
He was certified by NCIIA in 2014 as a Lean Launchpad Certified Venture Instructor and has led multiple teams on proper instruction for the lean innovation/venture process.
His research interests include social entrepreneurship, technology strategy, innovation management, and strategic alliances. He frequently presents his research at premier management conferences across the world. He is a winner of the best paper award in the innovation track at the Southern Management Association conference. He has also received teaching honors from the University of Kentucky MBA program, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the 3E Innovative Entrepreneurship Education Competition by George Washington University.
His prior industry and consulting experience spans a number of industries including medical devices, oil & gas, electronics, software, and the social sector. He is the founder and chief strategy officer of Luno Ventures, LLC; a strategy and innovation consulting firm.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Athens, OH team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Techstars Startup Weekend Athens is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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