Startup Weekend Atlanta

    Friday, March 8 - 10, 2019

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Atlanta

Friday, March 8 - 10, 2019

Friday, March 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Ernst & Young
55 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

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Bring your entrepreneurship and lets build a company 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 March 8th

6:30 pm
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
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 March 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 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

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

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-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 March 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Windsor Hanger

At Her Campus, Windsor leads the business development and integrated marketing teams. Under her leadership, Her Campus Media has become the college marketing partner of choice for a long list of brands including L'Oreal, Shiseido, FILA, bareMinerals, Primark, Merck, ASOS, Microsoft, and Intel. Windsor was responsible for creating and bringing to life Her Campus's signature experiential programs including College Fashion Week and Her Conference. 

Windsor has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30, BusinessWeek's 25 Under 25 Best Young Entrepreneurs, Inc. magazine's 30 Under 30 Coolest Young Entrepreneurs, Glamour magazine's 20 Amazing Young Women, and The Boston Globe's 25 Most Stylish Bostonians. She has spoken at Cannes Lions, The GirlUp Leadership Summit at the White House, Cosmopolitan's Fun Fearless Life Conference, and many more.

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.

Keith Coleman
CEO & Founder at Faudmarc

Keith is the CEO & founder of Fraudmarc, a cyber security service to stop phishing and protect corporate identity. Fraudmarc is a Techstars ATL 2017 company. He previously led a High-Availability web hosting company for 10 years. There he developed a passion for solving large-scale Internet infrastructure challenges and combating cyber attacks.
Fraudmarc supports the Techstars Foundation in their mission is to develop and support underrepresented entrepreneurs by providing non-profit organizations with grants and access to the Techstars Network. Talk to anyone from Fraudmarc to learn more about the #GiveFrist philosophy and how to bake giving into the culture of your Startup Weekend creation.
Keith earned a Computer Science degree from Georgia Tech and learned to program on an Apple IIe. He and his friend Bill designed, built and programmed one of the first low-cost UAVs in 2005 before they were called drones. Now that drone racing is a sport, they enjoy building and racing but can’t pilot half as well as the younger enthusiasts they follow on YouTube. Keith served two terms on the Georgia Tech Young Alumni Council.
Along with fellow Techstars alum, GT alum and Startup Weekend judge, Shauvik Roy Choudhary, Keith is working hard to accelerate the growth of Techstars Chapters in ATL to better connect you with your local Techstars network. 

Coaches and Mentors

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.

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

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.

Jacqui Chew
President, iFusion Marketing

Seasoned business leader and strategic marketer with P/L responsibility. Experienced in strategic planning, team development and customer development. Currently serving as startup catalyst and CMO in residence at ATDC, Georgia's technology incubator with 170+ early and growth stage startups in its portfolio.
Previously, was the principal consultant at iFusion, a go-to-market consultancy offering fractional CMO services to tech companies from series A onward. Projects primarily focused on customer journey mapping, marketing plan development and operationalizing the marketing and sales function to optimize lead to sales funnels.
Well-versed in developing marketing and sales strategy for enterprise, SaaS and marketplacele-sided business models. Experienced helping technology companies that provide solutions to SMB, CMOs, Retail/eCommerce, and consumers.
Author of articles on social media for iMedia Connection, Chiefmarketer and Association Publishing and Atlanta Business magazines, and has provided expert commentary to business publications including DemandGen Report, Newspaper & Technology and DM News.

Durantae Lucas
Finance Director

Family oriented, proponent of the growth of the city of Atlanta through community, and working together. Georgia State University alumni who is passionate about helping facilitate business growth. A CPA using finance and accounting in the world of SaaS.\\ Passionate about representation, inclusiveness, and using new methods to solve old problems. Striving to consistently learn more in order to be a greater asset in a team environment. Goals of becoming CFO of a small to mid-sized business, seeing the world, and starting a business.

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. 

Rob Clewley
Data Strategy, Architecture, and Coaching

Rob helps companies grow their data science capabilities through developing people, best practices, strategy, and technology. Co-founded PyData Atlanta and developed serious games in his spare time. Also has a past life as an academic scientist and teacher.

Caitlin O'Donnell Ferguson
Builder & Connector // Startup & Social Enterprise

Caitlin is a social entrepreneur and former small business executive.  She  co-led a social impact organization, Culture Connect, to nearly $2M in annual revenue.  Her roles included business development, fundraising, strategy, and operations.  After the successful exit of the organization, Caitlin joined Emory University to study how early stage global entrepreneurs grow.  She led the operations for the Entrepreneurship Database Program (part of the Global Accelerator Learning Initiative) including managing distributed teams, initiating strategic partnerships, and public relations. She currently serves as the Project Manager for Emory’s Goizueta Business School with a focus on implementing business process improvements and enterprise technology. Her passion is helping idea stage entrepreneurs understand their customers, plan their next steps, build their confidence, and launch.  

George Sassine
Master in Public Policy | Class of 2009

Master in Public Policy | Class of 2009

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

  • Alex
  • Crystal
  • Keeya-Lee
  • Amelia
  • Gillen
  • Khanjan
  • Manny
  • Nikki


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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