Startup Weekend Circular Economy Austin

    Friday, February 1 - 3, 2019


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Circular Economy Austin

Friday, February 1 - 3, 2019



Friday, February 1 - 3, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Techstars
220 South Congress
Austin, TX 78704

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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!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “austin@startupweekend.org”, or check out the event website at http://go.startupweekend.org/austin

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday February 1st


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


8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


9:00 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 February 2nd


8:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 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!


6:00 pm
Dinner


7:00 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


9:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 3rd


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
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


3:00 pm
Final Presentations


4:30 pm
Judging & Awards


5:00 pm
Dinner


5:30 pm
Wrap-Up


6:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Natalie Betts
Recycling Economic Development Program Manageer

Experienced Economic Development Manager and Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) with a demonstrated history of working and innovating in the public sector. Skilled public speaker, writer, strategic planner, and partnership builder. Strong program and project management professional with a Master of Public Affairs focused in Policy Analysis; Sustainable Development from Indiana University Bloomington.

Event Judges


Mark Sanders
ATI Program Manager - Circular Economy

  • Founding advisor to the ATI Circular Economy Incubator.http://https//ati.utexas.edu/current-portfolio/circular-economy/
  • Lead advisor to all ATI Transportation & Mobility companies
  • 20 years working in sustainable infrastructure and cleantech
  • Founder of TurnKey Environmental (acquired in 2003) and T3E (acquired in 2009)
  • Former Applied Research Program Manager at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory focused on technology commercialization
  • Founder of the Rosenfeld Society, a nonprofit organization promoting commercialization of cleantech from research institutions
  • Active community service, including Austin City UP, the Texas Energy Poverty Research Institute, Texas Renewable Energy Industry Alliance, and SPEER
  • PhD in Engineering from UT Austin and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson
  • Fan of great design – from T-shirts to the Taj Mahal


Trevor Boehm, PE
Founder, Inventure Engineering Services & Co-Owner, Gulf Coast Containers



Coaches and Mentors


Natalie Betts
Recycling Economic Development Program Manageer

Experienced Economic Development Manager and Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) with a demonstrated history of working and innovating in the public sector. Skilled public speaker, writer, strategic planner, and partnership builder. Strong program and project management professional with a Master of Public Affairs focused in Policy Analysis; Sustainable Development from Indiana University Bloomington.


Anand Raghunathan
R&D Strategy and Emerging Tech / Sustainability Champion

I love putting together the puzzle pieces which enable a fantastic new technology to enter the marketplace and thrive. I've always been curious about chasing down a possibility, right back to my days as an Advanced Materials and Applications Engineer, and this exposes you rapidly to differing POVs and solutions. I believe that product design and manufacturing MUST embrace sustainability based on the principles of the circular economy - designing out waste, using materials indefinitely, and regenerating natural systems - to thrive in a landscape where resource scarcities could become the norm. By building products and systems, challenging the status quo, and asking plenty of questions along the way, my teams and I have demonstrated that this goal is not only possible, but profitable. 

✓ A singular leader in next-gen Application Engineering, Product Sustainability, and Operations Excellence who has catalyzed opportunities for 10+ emerging technology areas, from ideation through product launch. A relentless optimizer who can secure quick wins across the entire product design cycle, and apply expertise in low-cost capacity expansion.

✓ Senior materials engineering professional who is equally at ease leading in the field, in the lab or in the factory. Can work across organizational boundaries to gain buy-in for new initiatives, and work effectively on both the strategic and tactical execution levels. 

✓ Deep technical liaison and account management background, including in-depth product design work and securing over $1.5M in new revenues through BD enablement. 

✓ Enjoys working within organizations that value business acumen, encourage out-of-the-box problem solving, and encourage collaborative cultures. 

✓ Master of Science (S.M.) in Materials Science and Engineering from M.I.T. 

Happy to connect with fellow professionals, including those with an interest in sustainability, closed loop products and systems, and the design of biobased materials technologies.


Cory Skuldt
Circular Economy Organizer

ustainability, Circular Economy, Business Model Innovation. With 15 years of resale, B2B materials exchange, and zero-waste strategy experience, Cory’s determined to enable the scaling of circular business models and other sustainable innovations. With special focus on apparel and other textile industries, Cory provides strategy, communications, and reporting support to companies of all types and sizes.Based in Austin, TX, working with teams and clients everywhere.


Patrick Van Haren
Owner

Patrick Van Haren owns and operates Microbial Earth Farms and Sunergie. Both companies are dedicated to rural economic development that improves the environment. Patrick specializes in the economics of regenerative agriculture and soil improvement, as well as its long term operations. Patrick was raised on a farm and participated regularly in 4H and other community leadership programs. In 1997, he was chosen to participate in a National Agriculture Lifetime Leadership program. He has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Business/Economics and a Masters in Entrepreneurship.


Jordan Fengel
Circular Economist

I am the former Executive Director of the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling. 

My passion is in completely changing the norm regarding how society and manufacturers view and manage consumer goods throughout the product's lifecycle; we need to enact the circular economy. 

The concept is having products designed to be readily and easily reused, refurbished or recycled, contributing back to the biosphere or technosphere essentially eliminating the notion of "waste." We must create an economy that relies upon and values post-consumer material instead of merely generating it. 

Going deeper, if we combine the circular economy system, which is reliant on using, recovering, and processing finite and renewable resources, with the immutable and transparent ledger nature of Blockchain technology then tracking and enabling the use of available feedstock or products becomes simplified. A world without waste is economically and environmentally advantageous to all of us. 

Join me on my journey and help change the world.


Shahram Shafie
Chemical & Process Engineer

An effective leader and entrepreneur with strong tract record of implementing innovative technologies. An accomplished inventor of several technologies with 19 US, 6 Canadian, 4 European patents and 20 academic journals publications with 800 citations. More than two decades of demonstrated experience in technology development and process/system design from initial concept to pilot and commercial scale.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Circular Economy Austin team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Patrick
    Van Haren
  • Karin
    Ascot
  • Cory
    Skuldt
  • Madison
    Halle
  • Brien
    Buckman

Facilitators


Brien Buckman
Facilitator

Brien works with companies to help define, build and ship new products that delight customers. His experience includes working for Magic Leap, MasterCard's Digital Labs group and for Apple. Additionally, he cofounded an HR SaaS company that was acquired and consulted for a university technology incubator company working on new nano-particle production IP. Outside of work, Brien enjoys traveling to new places, eating good food and supporting entrepreneurs.


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