Startup Weekend Boulder: GSB 2015

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Boulder: GSB 2015

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Spark Boulder
1310 College Ave
Boulder, CO 80302

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Be Part of Something Bigger

On November 13-15, in just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

It’s that simple. Startup Weekend is designed to get you going, FAST. It's a hackathon meets business plan competition and this time you'll be a part of Global Startup Battlefield. So not only will you be competing with the teams at your event, but also against the over 300+ events happening around the world! 

Many ideas built during Startup Weekend have gone on to become real companies, raise funding, and have really successful Kickstarter campaigns. Startup Weekend is a great opportunity to learn a new skill, meet great people, and even build a real company!

For this event, Boomtown (An accelerator here in Boulder) has agreed to let hardware teams work out of their really awesome and brand new IOT lab. So if you are in, want to be, or interested in being in the hardware space, we have a place for you to build your idea! Be part of a global event, register today.

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Friday November 13th

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 November 14th

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

11:55 pm
Go Home! (Sleep)
Finished for the day. You may stay and work until 11:59.

Sunday November 15th

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

Krista Morgan

Krista Morgan is cofounder and CEO of P2Binvestor, a Denver-based crowdlending platform for working capital financing founded in 2012. Since P2Binvestor went to market in January 2014, Krista led operations and strategic direction for the company and grew client contracts to more than $14 million and client funding to more than $50 million. Before starting a financial technology company, she worked in digital marketing and managed accounts for major brands such as Coca-Cola and Barclays at some of London's top digital agencies, and earlier in her career she managed operations for a custom motorcycle frame manufacturer. Krista hails from Montreal and earned a degree in economics from McGill University. She has a commitment to and passion for mentoring other women entrepreneurs, sharing her knowledge about business finance, and teaching others about fundraising and scaling a startup.

Jim Franklin

Jim Franklin is an active angel investor, board member and advisor to the startup community. Jim was most recently the CEO of SendGrid, Inc., a cloud developer infrastructure services company. Prior to his tenure with SendGrid, Jim was the Vice President of Enterprise Performance Management and the General Manager of the Crystal Ball Global Business Unit of Oracle Corporation. The Crystal Ball Global Business Unit was formed in 2007 as a part of the acquisition of Hyperion Solutions. At Hyperion, Jim served as VP and General Manager.
When not working with entrepreneurs, Jim likes to do triathlon training, telemark ski and run the trails above Boulder.

Charlie Coglianese
CEO | Schoolrunner

Founder and CEO at Schoolrunner.

Alicia Robb
Senior Fellow

Dr. Alicia Robb is a Senior Fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  She is the Founder and CEO of Next Wave Ventures, which has launched two angel funds and training programs in the United States and Europe and that are focused on bringing more women into angel investing.  She is also a Visiting Scholar with the University of California in Berkeley and the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She is the Founder and past Executive Director and Board Chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, an international development organization working in Latin America, Africa, and India. Dr. Robb received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has previously worked with the Office of Economic Research in the Small Business Administration and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. She is also a prolific author on the topic of entrepreneurship.  In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, she is the co-author of Race and Entrepreneurial Success published by MIT Press and A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses by Stanford University Press. She serves on the Board of the National Advisory Council for Minority Business Enterprise, the Advisory Board for Global Entrepreneurship Week, the Deming Center Venture Fund, and is a guest contributor to outlets such as Huffington Post and Forbes. 

Coaches and Mentors

Brad Booysen

Brad is passionate about creating innovative solutions for businesses. He spent some years in the engineering industry before moving into general management. Brad loves a good coffee and has represented New Zealand twice in triathlon.

Jacob Cordova

Jacob supports technology and organizational development through agile methodologies. A full spectrum product manager, he leverages business analytics, team dynamics, and systems engineering principles to drive metrics based results. Current activities include supporting early stage startups with hardware prototype design and development, strategic planning and management for technology developers, and leading angel investment due diligence analytics. 

Ronald Thomas

Ron Thomas is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of TinkerMill, the largest makerspace in the Rocky Mountain region. For the last thirteen years, Ron has grown international and local communities built on data-driven talent management, community service, and consistent creativity. Ron’s experience in community building comes from years as a Partner Account Manager, where he connected small businesses around the globe to the same talent management resources enjoyed by Fortune 50 companies.

Brenda Harms

As VP Operations and co-founder of Ombud,  Brenda has worked in every aspect of the company including research, customer success, project management, product development, quality assurance, inside sales, marketing, financial management, talent acquisition, and human resources.  She has a background in industrial engineering, operations research, and simulation.

Ankur Jain

Ankur Jain is the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Goally. Prior to this role, Ankur was a mergers and acquisitions consultant helping companies on large scale transactions including mergers and carve-outs. His energy around children, family development and technology led him to join Goally. He's a Colorado native and loves being back in the Centennial State.

Thomas Knoll
The Werx Group

Mr. Knoll is currently the Managing Partner of The Werx Group, a business that designs and builds Innovation Management Structures, and President of RapidLee Marketing Partners, a marketing company that manages business relationships with  He has founded or co-founded five businesses, exited one and has established multiple businesses as innovators, leaders and market makers.

Chad Person

Chad is the CMO and Co-Founder of, where he’s leading a revolution in static application hosting and development. He has a decade of professional experience in UX, design, product development, digital marketing, and visual communication; having deployed applications, interactive exhibits, and networking sites serving tens of millions of users. He is also an internationally exhibited artist, university lecturer, public speaker, and startup advisor.

Scott Maloney

Scott is the CEO and Co-Founder of, where he’s focused on providing the fastest, most innovative static hosting platform for developers.  Prior to, Scott led teams and developed strategy for both startups and enterprise ventures, including @Pay, LivingSocial, Human Genome Sciences, and Pfizer. Scott is a third generation entrepreneur and guest lectures on business strategy and innovation at universities and conferences around the country.

Brian Long
Owner of First Mover Advantage LLC

Brian Long is the Founder and President of First Movers Advantage, LLC (2003). Brian has a deep understanding of the real estate industry, database design, and data management which he used to create a niche business tailored to serve professionals in the moving, storage, mortgage, and real estate information industries.

Marshall Hayes

Marshall Hayes is the CEO and Founder of Amplio Digital, a digital marketing agency that focuses on helping brands grow on Amazon. An entrepreneur at heart, Amplio is 1 of 9 companies Marshall has started. Amplio has been names one of Colorado's top 50 Companies to watch as it continues to grow in the community. 

Mathias Gran

Mathias Gran is an idealist and futurist and is driven to identify attainable, sustainable paths through organizational challenges. Mathias is currently Director of Engineering at Schoolrunner in Denver, where he can unleash his latest passion: working alongside development teams build effective, efficient, exceptional engineers with the long-road in mind. He is a startup veteran and beginning his career by winning his collegiate business plan competition and running a computer repair service in two college towns for three years. He is also a seasoned web application developer, having collaborated on large-scale web systems for SpotXchange and Beatport.

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Tyrone Howard
MIH man

A 15 year active duty US Navy veteran that worked for Naval Intelligence as a Chinese Linguist and Training Mgr. After getting out he went back to college, but not for long as while there he came up with, tested and developed an algorithm that matches cool people with other cool people. Then after a two years of testing started Get Social - The new old-fashioned way to meet people, as the Founder and CEO. Tyrone is a steering committee member of TechSparks: a social forum for Entrepreneurs, in Pasadena. A co-organizer or the Innovate Pasadena Friday Morning Coffee meetup. A Startup Weekend (SW) Facilitator and lead organizer of multiple events including the first ever SW geared toward underserved students. Most recently Tyrone partnered with the Pasadena NAACP and Innovate Pasadena to help empower and teach underserved kids in the area about the opportunities available in the vibrant Pasadena tech and startup world.

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