Startup Weekend Treasure Valley - Meridian

    Thursday, November 19 - October 23, 2016


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Treasure Valley - Meridian

Thursday, November 19 - October 23, 2016



Thursday, November 19 - October 23, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

New Ventures Lab
33 East Idaho Avenue
Meridian, ID 83642

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Is Your Idea a Business??? Take the First Step!!

Startup Weekend returns to Meridian!!
October 21 - 23, 2016 
In 54 hours turn your idea into a business.
Pitch your idea, join a team and get ready to pitch to judges on Sunday











EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday October 21st


5:30 pm
Registration & Networking
Check in at venue & meet and greet other participants.


6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Grab a bite to eat & continue getting to know fellow participants


7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches & community leaders/sponsors


7:45 pm
Pitch Fire
All participants will have three minutes to pitch their idea to the group.


9:00 pm
Voting
All participants will vote to determine the ideas that will be utilized during the weekend of business creation


9:30 pm
Form Teams
All participants will join a team working on an idea. Teams will be 5 to 7 people & the number of teams will be determined by the number of participants.


10:00 pm
Teams begin work
Teams will be led by the person who proposed the idea. Each team will have one team member focused on the evaluation criteria - customer validation, business model & MVP/Prototype. Those members will attend the Saturday morning workshops for each of the criteria.

Saturday October 22nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, have a simple breakfast (fruit, yogurt, bagels, juice) & coffee


9:30 am
Workshops & Team work
Team members dedicated to evaluation criteria will meet in designated conference room for the appropriate workshop. All other team members will meet in their assigned work areas to begin working.


12:00 pm
Lunch & Mentors arrive
Take a break from all your hard work and enjoy a build your own sandwich bar with chips, yummy desserts and drinks. Mentors will join us for lunch and then spend the afternoon working with the teams.


1:00 pm
Team Reports
Each team will have three minutes to give a status report & ask for specific help


2:00 pm
Mentor/Coaches meeting
Mentors & Coaches will meet to review requests for help and to meet one-on-one with teams on a rotating basis


6:00 pm
Dinner
Grab a bite of some of the best BBQ in the valley with tater salad and baked beans.


6:45 pm
Team Reports
Each team will have three minutes to report on progress & request help for specific areas.


10:00 pm
Wrap Up
Finished for the day. Teams may stay and work as late as you want.

Sunday October 23rd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive (if you didn't stay all night), have a simple breakfast with juice and coffee


9:30 am
Coaches arrive & Team reports
Coaches arrive and each team will have three minutes to provide an update and ask questions or for specific help


12:00 pm
Lunch
The Big Sandwich Scramble, chips, cookies & drinks


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches join the teams for lunch and questions. Be prepared with questions.


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep and Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation & checking the tech for your presentation.


4:30 pm
Dinner & Final presentation prep
Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! You won't be disappointed. Teams can be doing dry runs of presentations.


5:00 pm
Final Presentations
All teams will make final presentations that will include the three evaluation criteria - customer validation, business model, MVP/Prototype. Judges will be introduced.


7:00 pm
Judging & Awards
Judges will announce winners and awards will be given


7:20 pm
Wrap Up
Now it is your turn!! Roses & Rocks session. Let us know what we can do to be better for the next weekend.


8:00 pm
Go Home! Keep going!!!
Thanks for participating in Startup Weekend. Let your friends and colleagues know what a great time you had. Look for another Startup Weekend in the Spring of 2017



Speakers


Brandon Chaffin



Jeff Ehlers
Vice President

My passion is for helping startups and small businesses succeed. I help companies at the stage where they need financial & accounting help, but are not ready to pay for a full accounting department and don’t have time to do it themselves. We provide full financial and accounting services, including outsourced CFO services.


Dennis Terenzio


Event Judges


Elizabeth Langley



Kent Neupert



Jon Weech



Coaches and Mentors


Jeff Ehlers
Vice President

My passion is for helping startups and small businesses succeed. I help companies at the stage where they need financial & accounting help, but are not ready to pay for a full accounting department and don’t have time to do it themselves. We provide full financial and accounting services, including outsourced CFO services.


Rick Ritter
Lab Director

New Ventures Lab accelerates Meridian's innovation-based economy by connecting ideas, people and resources to create and grow new companies. Our mantra is "Turning ideas into businesses". We focus on three strategies: 1.) Build an entrepreneurial culture that supports and nurtures new firm formation; 2.) Encourage and facilitate investment in infrastructure needed to support an innovation-based economy; 3.) Promote collaboration and engagement of all elements of the innovation/entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Jake Thompson



Markus Nigrin



Corey Smith
Facilitator / Organizer

At 16, Corey ran an offset printing press for his father.

At 21, after a mission for his church in Albania, he bought and sold printing and graphics services. Corey taught himself how to use a $400 Macintosh to produce graphics that he could sell. IKON Office Solutions then hired him to use his self-taught graphics skills to run a graphics department for them in Salt Lake City in 1998… the same year Corey married his beautiful bride, Jennifer.

Together, Jen and Corey have five wonderful children.

Corey has always had a passion for business, technology and education. So, after working in the office equipment industry for over 8 years, teaching graphic design for Web at University of Utah, serving as a Color Systems Specialist for Canon USA, and going back to school for an undergraduate in Information Technology and a Master in Business administration, both from University of Phoenix, he started Tribute Media in 2007.

Corey has recently turned the reigns of Tribute Media over to a long-time trusted employee and friend and moved on to the role of Founder/Chief Vision Officer. He is now ready for his next move -- to start up something new


Cheryl Parker



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Treasure Valley - Meridian 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.


In-kind


Organizing Team

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

  • Corey
    Smith
  • Markus
    Nigrin
  • Nick
    Grove
  • Jake
    Thompson
  • Rick
    Ritter
  • Chris
    Chang

Facilitators


Corey Smith
Facilitator / Organizer

At 16, Corey ran an offset printing press for his father.

At 21, after a mission for his church in Albania, he bought and sold printing and graphics services. Corey taught himself how to use a $400 Macintosh to produce graphics that he could sell. IKON Office Solutions then hired him to use his self-taught graphics skills to run a graphics department for them in Salt Lake City in 1998… the same year Corey married his beautiful bride, Jennifer.

Together, Jen and Corey have five wonderful children.

Corey has always had a passion for business, technology and education. So, after working in the office equipment industry for over 8 years, teaching graphic design for Web at University of Utah, serving as a Color Systems Specialist for Canon USA, and going back to school for an undergraduate in Information Technology and a Master in Business administration, both from University of Phoenix, he started Tribute Media in 2007.

Corey has recently turned the reigns of Tribute Media over to a long-time trusted employee and friend and moved on to the role of Founder/Chief Vision Officer. He is now ready for his next move -- to start up something new


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