Startup Weekend Atlanta

    Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018

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

Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018

Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Atlanta Tech Village
3423 Piedmont Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30305

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday May 18th

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

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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:05 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

10:45 pm
Leave the venue. Can go to a nearby bar!

Saturday May 19th

9:00 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
Check-In #1
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 & Check-In #2
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 May 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Check-In #3
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

5:00 pm
Dinner & Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Jeff Goldblatt
Virality Expert & Startup Philosopher (

Jeff Goldblatt is an Atlanta-based Entrepreneur (though he hates how diluted / misconstrued the term "Entrepreneur" has become). He is a Startup Founder, Advisor, Thinker, Re-Thinker, and Viral Marketer. He has 15 years experience with B2C startups (of many sizes, funding paths, and outcomes), as well as an MBA from Emory University and a PhD from Hogwarts. 

As creator of The Rejection Hotline® , 300+ Humor Hotlines, National "Get Over It Day" and 40+ viral ventures (each individually reaching 1+ Million people and collectively engaging audiences of half a Billion), he has become a nationally-recognized authority on viral media and content creation. He feels awkward writing about himself in the 3rd person, so he will now switch to 1st person (and so will I)...

My relatively-unique experience/expertise is creating and evaluating the potential for concepts/content to resonate with large/diverse markets, intuitively recognizing/analyzing MANY factors (the art, science, math, psychology, etc.) that impact virality - and differentiating the average startup/product "idea" from an "IDEA+++(an idea + Vision + Viability + Virality). 

I have many strong opinions about startups and entrepreneurs, mostly stemming from the ambiguity of those terms and this mind-boggling premise: ~99% of startups will fail, yet ~100% of entrepreneurs believe they'll be the ~1% to succeed!?  I have many " Strategies & Improvement Initiatives" to test via upcoming launches of new "Starter Startups" and "Viral Whatever" - all of which are now "Pitching for (part-time) Partners!" (MVP managers, marketers, designers, everything up to and including co-founders!) 

Event Judges

Michael Cohn
Managing Director , Techstars Atlanta

Michael is an entrepreneur, early-stage technology investor and Managing Director of Techstars Atlanta, in partnership with Cox Enterprises.Over his nearly 20-year career, Michael has served both large enterprises and start-ups in a variety of roles, including CEO, head of Marketing, head of Product Development and Programmer. Most recently, Michael co-founded Cloud Sherpas in 2008, and remained a member of the senior leadership team running Global Marketing as the business scaled to nearly $200MM revenue and over 1,100 employees before exiting to Accenture in 2015. As SVP Marketing at Cloud Sherpas, Michael led a team of 60 marketing and business development professionals responsible for brand strategy, communications, demand creation and lead nurturing for the leading cloud advisory and technology services provider.

JP James
Managing Director, Libreum International

Over the past two decades, James has helped acquire, restructure, and scale stagnant ventures in their management strategy, business process automation, back office automation, and capital solutions. Having built ventures from startup to hundreds of millions in valuation on average of 3-5 yrs consistently. He has invested and advised fast growth ventures since 2004, and has lectured on Quantitative Computational Finance, and Entrepreneurship at Georgia Tech's College of Management & School of Industrial Engineering.

Patrick Dupree
Practice Manager, Technology Media and Telecom Practice Bain & Company

Patrick is an early stage investor, corporate entrepreneur and enterprise advisor. Over his 15 year career, Pat has advised both large and small corporations with a focus on how the evolving technology landscape impacts how companies interact with their consumers. Currently Patrick serves as the Practice Manager of the technology, media and telecom practice at Bain, where he is responsible for an equal mix of corporate strategy, product development, and ecosystem management. Within Bain, Patrick has built products with multimillion-dollar MMRs.  Patrick has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and a BS from Vanderbilt University in Mechanical Engineering.

Coaches and Mentors

Sheehan Toufiq
Founder & CEO, Airlift

Sheehan is an entrepreneur and currently the founder and CEO of Airlift, a fulfillment platform to help ecommerce stores ship their products. As a serial hackathon attendee himself in college, the first version of Airlift was built in a weekend with just a laptop and a ton of coffee.

From a young age, Sheehan started multiple companies. In high school Sheehan grew Toufiq Media, a web and graphic design studio catering to local small businesses such as bars and restaurants. 

Later Sheehan started Redwood Brands, an ecommerce and retail distribution company that managed and brought multiple ecommerce brands to profitability. Airlift was built from frustrations of shipping and logistics from Redwood Brands.

Jon Birdsong
Partner at Atlanta Ventures

Jon Birdsong is a partner with Atlanta Ventures focused on helping entrepreneurs find community, content, and capital to successfully grow their business.  Previously Jon ran a SaaS management tool, WideAngle, which is used by hundreds of managers to make sure 1 on 1 meetings happen, are productive, and documented. Prior to that, Jon was Head of Growth at SalesLoft. Before then, Jon worked out of the ATDC at a B2C startup called OpenStudy as the Head of Marketing.  Jon also enjoys being involved in the community of early stage technology and local politics.

Jon is a graduate of the University of Georgia (#GoDawgs). In his free time he enjoys spending time with his expecting wife, writing, and playing sports.

Tami McQueen

As a digital marketing and communications visionary with over a decade of strategic experience in B2B and B2C markets, Tami has an insatiable desire to drive an innovative approach that fuels disruption in emerging markets.

Tami is the co-founder of 31south, a full service creative marketing and advertising agency focused on hyper-growth companies. Previously, Tami joined one the fastest-growing a B2B SaaS startups in the U.S. as the first marketing hire at SalesLoft to scale the marketing team and lead branding, customer marketing, content marketing, and lead generation initiatives across multiple platforms.

Tami's expertise center on field marketing, go-to-market brand strategy, public relations and corporate communications, and account-based initiatives across multiple platforms. A champion for experiential marketing and taking big risks to gain traction, her heart beats a gentle intensity for creating memorable experiences and building brand champions. 

A former NCAA Division 1 collegiate tennis player and All-Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athlete, Tami believes in the strength of collaboration and exudes passion for the 31south team and their clients. She serves on the executive board for the Kula Project and the Global Conservation Corps, is an advocate for rhino conservation in Southern Africa, and drives the empowerment of women-led, business initiatives through mentorship programs.

Additionally, Tami leads Global Social Strategy at Women Who Code; the largest and most active community for technical women in the world. The award-winning programs support over 137,000 members in 20 countries and 60+ cities to level up in their technical careers every step of the way.

Andres Garcia
CTO, Florence Healthcare

Entrepreneur with passion for solving problems with technology. In his spare time he loves traveling with his wife and a camera.

Former Airwatch/VMWare, AGCO, Delphi, MBA from University of Georgia, Masters in CS from UTEP

Seth Radman
Co-founder, Crescendo

Seth Radman is an entrepreneur and recent Georgia Tech grad who has started and grown multiple successful startups. His first company, Plutonium Apps, has built and launched 30 mobile apps for startups and corporate customers including the Atlanta Hawks, UGA, and BrandBank. His apps have has been featured on the App Store 10+ times in over a hundred countries, including Apple’s App of the Day. 

Seth’s work and his startups have been featured prominently by several news outlets, including TechCrunch and Apple. He has made speaking appearances at TEDx Georgia Tech and SXSW, and he serves as an advisor and mentor to startups at ATDC and TechSquare Labs. Seth is currently the cofounder of Crescendo, a music technology startup that helps musicians boost their confidence through interactive training software powered by AI. 

Darrah Brustein
Chief Curiosity Officer

(Pronounced like Sarah with a D). I have spent the last decade crafting and integrating my life and work intentionally, not choosing one over the other. I’ve come to learn that my hypothesis was true: you can create a life and a career you love, at the same time, without losing yourself in the process, or succumbing to the fable that you must burn out and sleep when you’re dead. I’m here to show you how to shortcut my years of testing, and help you create a life you love. *Spoiler alert* it starts with doing the inner work to uncover what you want, then build the right relationships intentionally to support your vision, all the while creating the financial freedom you need to choose how you spend your time.

Jason Crain
Entrepreneur in Residence, Amazon

Jason Crain works at serving as Entrepreneur in Residence, Technical Product Manager. He leads data acquisition for their computer vision organization, focusing primarily on hardware recognition. Previously, he was the Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer at Partpic,Inc. Maintaining a firm understanding of consumer operations, fundraising, sales, marketing and business development, Jason helped lead this Atlanta based startup to a successful acquisition in 2016. Before Partpic,  Jason started the Product Marketing team at Shazam, a top ten mobile application and also worked with Fortune 100 CPG brands while at Google, Inc. in NYC. Jason currently serves as Board Chairman of ScholarMade Charter Schools, and is a Partner at MovementKC, LLC, a community development company with the goal of building 1,000 homes by 2020. Jason is also Co-owner of Epicurean Lounge and Restaurant. Jason graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Morehouse College, where he pledged Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is receiving his Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management, class of 2019. Jason was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo., but currently resides in Atlanta, Ga. 

Lindsay Trinkle

Lindsay is a human-centered marketer and growth strategist. She enjoys working with innovative and forward-thinking companies, from civic and social impact organizations to tech startups. Lindsay values both data and empathy in her work, and tends to overuse the word optimization in every day conversation.

Lindsay has co-founded two businesses and worked on consulting projects with startups and small businesses in a variety of industries including tech, retail, and creative services. She has helped clients with branding and messaging, marketing strategy, marketing technology optimization, social media strategy, and sales enablement. She also serves as an Advisor in digital marketing at Atlanta Tech Village.

Lindsay enjoys writing and in addition to her blog at, she have been published in the Guardian and Chief Marketer. She also enjoys writing music and hiking with her husband and her dog.

Jason Elliott
Founder at The Go Generation

Jason is a former management consultant turned experiential travel entrepreneur. He has extensive experience in customer experience design, digital business strategy, and in-depth subject matter knowledge of the travel and tourism industry. 

Market Feasibility,Service Centric Business Process Design, Voice of the Customer (VoC), Product Development, Business Requirements Development & Validation, and Program/Project Execution Management

Marissa Swanson
Founder + CEO at Toss

Marissa is the Founder + CEO at Toss. 

Toss is a personal styling application that uses your existing wardrobe to curate outfits for you based on event type, weather, dress code and mood.

Jerica Richardson
Co-Founder, HackOut Ninja

I consider myself to be an expert in developing highly liquid social capital and environments for collaboration. Some would call it strategy and team building, respectively. I do this through applying the engineer's process of simplifying problems, and creating new ways of communication. With the world trending towards increased diversity, many clashes begin to appear between people, and it affects companies and efforts from top to bottom. 

As a young professional, making changes to create more connected environments can mean happier clients, better products, creative content development & distribution, and stronger financial performance. Such issues are prevalent in mid-sized entities when businesses transition from startup to big companies. This phase is filled with absolute treachery (communication, sales, operating protocols, training, hiring, acquisitions, etc.). 

I spent my college days receiving guidance from a repository of knowledge-wealthy mentors in the fields of engineering, sales, politics, arts, and finance. I would translate this over into professional development classes for peers and help to their eventual placement in jobs, research, or passion projects. I archived my lessons into LP25: Influence (25 Weeks of Philosophy).

After graduating in biomedical engineering, pre-med, pre-law, I found that my skills uniquely suited what I felt to be an asset for consulting. I had process, research, and critical thinking skills with the ability to merge multidisciplinary subjects into single ideas. This became my premise for developing thought leadership in my post-college job as a salesperson. Through the application of those skills, I was able to perform very strongly and make an impact for my company and within the industry. 

Shortly thereafter, a co-worker was inspired by my book to create a company centered around providing access to opportunities and resources for people with passions. So, I began working as the strategist and marketer for PEAR'd.

Justin McLeod
Entrepreneur / Marketer / Ecosystem Builder

Justin McLeod is a Georgia State University Alumnus graduating with a B.A. in Marketing, minor in Hospitality, and certificate in Event Management. He holds over 7 years of experience in the event services industry ranging from event production, sponsorships, and event promotion strategies for small to large-scale events. 

Being a business savvy visionary, Justin combines his passion for events, marketing, and innovation into all of his endeavors which include launching an award-winning event discovery startup to currently running a creative agency that produces integrated campaigns for emerging companies. 

From activating impactful marketing campaigns to advocating for diversity and inclusion in technology, Justin's main objective is to uplift the community in the most positive way possible by exemplifying leadership and encouraging the youth to purse their passions and dreams through entrepreneurship.

Luke Beard
Founder and CEO of Exposure

Luke is the Founder and CEO of Exposure. He's also the Creative director at Voyage
He takes amazing photos, and builds amazing products.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

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  • Jason
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  • Gillen
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Ann-Marie Nunziata

Ann-Marie is on the pursuit of becoming the Olivia Pope of Columbia startups. By day, she’s pursuing her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. By night, she helps plan Columbia startup events including Startup Weekend, Startup Grind, and The Exchange. Ann-Marie consults with the companies at the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator on social media, efficiency, and student engagement.

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