Startup Weekend Baton Rouge

    Friday, March 15 - 17, 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 Baton Rouge

Friday, March 15 - 17, 2019

Friday, March 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 4:30 pm

Louisiana State University
501 South Quad Drive
Business Education Complex 1125
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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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:
  • 6 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 15th

4:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

5:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:15 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 16th

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 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:30 pm
Final Presentations

4:30 pm
Judging & Awards

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
Go Home!


Chris Meaux

Founder of Waitr

Event Judges

Deborah Sternberg
Chair at Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Henry Hays
Servant Leader, Business Development and Sales Force Optimization specialist

It took me 43 years, but I finally figured out my WHY - to serve others and create value each and everyday!

Michael Roth
Vice Chair at Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Vice Chair at Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Baton Rouge

Coaches and Mentors

Bob Miller
Chief Operating Officer at Global Data Systems

With 30 years at high technology companies including multiple startups, I have served in senior positions throughout my career such as Founder, Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. These companies include software development firms, internet service providers, competitive local exchange carriers, engineering, aerospace satellite, and On-Demand companies. I have worked in Chicago, Silicon Valley California and Silicon Bayou Louisiana.

Kevin Langley

Co-Founder / President at Entrepreneurs Across Borders

Vishal Vasanji

Vishal has experience in the healthcare industry.

Todd Lowery

Todd enjoys the collaborative and creative activity that is mentoring clients through the process of raising capital to fund their growing businesses. Todd manages the NexusLA and Louisiana Technology Park programs centered around investment readiness as well as provides support and consultation in all finance related matters. Prior to joining our staff, Todd enjoyed a distinguished career holding several key domestic and international positions with petrochemical manufacturing and oil and gas production firms. He has broad exposure to business development, engineering, finance, operations, acquisitions and divestitures, and negotiations which enables him to be a good resource and sounding board for entrepreneurs who must think about all facets of their business and holds an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma State University and a MBA with a concentration in finance from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones School of Business.

Kenneth Anderson
Student Incubator Manager

Student Incubator Manager

Dustin Puryear

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend 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.



Organizing Team

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

  • James
  • Ed
  • Franz
  • Karen


Andrew D'Amours
Conseiller Principal, KPMG-SECOR Services-Conseils

Andrew is Techstars Community Leader, having organized and facilitated startup events in communities across Eastern Canada in the past couple of years, and now happily supporting the Triad Startup Weekend team for this event!
Previously, Andrew worked as a Senior Management Consultant with KPMG's Strategy Advisory practice, he has recently jumped into the world of entrepreneurship himself, launching an online travel media called Flytrippers that is part discounted flight deals curation and part travel blog. An avid traveler, he is also a recognized air travel industry expert in Canada and serves on a regional board for a Canadian crowdfunding nonprofit. 

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