Startup Weekend LSU / Baton Rouge

    Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend LSU / Baton Rouge

Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Business Education Complex
Louisiana State University
4005 Nicholson Drive Ext
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

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Spend the weekend perfecting your entrepreneur skills at LSU's Business Education Center. 

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Friday March 24th

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 25th

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 26th

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
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm
After Party

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Chris Meaux

Over the last 23 years, I have been part of or co-founded five startups. These have run the gamut from personal computers, application software, internet software, internet satellite hardware, and restaurants. (McAfee Software, Business Web, Comercis, Databahn ). My current company,Waitr, is a technology startup offering a new order submission and customer management application for restaurants and their patrons, and was the Winner of the Startup Weekend Gainesville Florida this fall. 

Early in my career I worked for Silicon Valley PC maker Hyundai Electronics America and software company McAfee where I helped build successful operating units for both companies including spending two years in Europe developing McAfee’s retail and distribution business into a $100 million a year business. I moved to Lake Charles in 2011 after 20 years in the Dallas / Fort Worth and Silicon Valley areas.

Event Judges

Wendy Overton

Vishal Vasanji

Vishal has experience in the healthcare industry.

Kurtay Ogunc

Coaches and Mentors

Andy Maas

Andy understands entrepreneurship, intellectual property, and has a law degree.

Kevin Langley

Co-Founder / President at Entrepreneurs Across Borders

Steven Perret

Dustin Puryear

Blake Mathias

Melissa Lee

Wendy Overton

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend LSU / Baton Rouge 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 Baton Rouge is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Robert
  • James


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1

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