Startup Weekend Boulder Youth

    Saturday, February 20 - 21, 2016

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend Boulder Youth

Saturday, February 20 - 21, 2016

Saturday, February 20 - 21, 2016
Event starts at 8:00 am

1050 Walnut Street
Boulder, CO 80302

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Have you ever wanted to start a business? Want to know what it takes to launch a startup?

Have you ever wanted to start a business? Do you want to develop your leadership skills? Want to know what it takes to launch a startup?

Startup Weekend Youth Boulder is an opportunity for the next generation of Boulder County entrepreneurs. This generation is full of creative ideas for how to make lives and the world a better place. At Startup Weekend Youth Boulder, they will take those ideas and move them towards reality. 

Over one intense weekend, students in grades 7-12 will take a new business from idea to launch. Participants will pitch ideas and form teams around top-ranked concepts. Working together, they'll race against the deadline to launch a working prototype and present your business plan to a panel of judges. Along the way, they'll get coaching and feedback from area entrepreneurs.

Startup Weekend is a unique opportunity sponsored by Watershed School.  Who knows? Maybe the business they start that weekend is the next big thing.

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Saturday February 20th

8:00 am
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

8:30 am
Breakfast & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

9:00 am
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

10:00 am
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

11:00 am
Attendees vote for the top pitches

11:30 am
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

12:00 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.

5:00 pm

9:00 pm
Wrap Up and Go Home

Sunday February 21st

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Check-In/Coach Meetings
Check-in, status reports, call for help. Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

4:30 pm

5:00 pm
Presentation Prep and Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

6:30 pm
Final Presentations

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm
Wrap-Up and Go Home

Event Judges

John Tayer
President and CEO

John Tayer is proud to lead Boulder’s flagship business advocacy and support organization.  The Boulder Chamber’s 1,300 members represent the diversity of innovative companies and entrepreneurial enterprises that characterize Boulder’s business community.  The Boulder Chamber serves as a unified advocacy voice for this broad-based membership while also providing valuable networking, professional development and support services that help its members thrive.  Further, through the work of the Boulder Economic Council and other business development initiatives, the Boulder Chamber plays a critical role in advancing the community’s general economic interests.   

Prior to joining the Boulder Chamber, John served as Public Affairs and Communications Director for the pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Roche Colorado Corporation, and as Policy Development Director in the Boulder City Manager’s Office.  John also spent six years as the elected representative for the Boulder area to the Regional Transportation District. 

A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, John earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Colorado.  He now resides in South Boulder with his wife, Molly, the head of elections for Boulder County.

David Brown
Co-CEO of Techstars

David Brown is a founder and co-CEO of Techstars.

David is a serial entrepreneur who has founded three startups and been involved with two others. He is one of the original founders of Pinpoint Technologies, Inc. which is now part of ZOLL Medical Corporation and provides solutions to the emergency medical services market. He was President of the company from founding through over $50M per year in revenue and over 250 people.

David later co-founded Techstars along with David Cohen, Brad Feld, and Jared Polis. He has been an investor and advisor to Techstars since inception. In 2013, he joined Techstars in a more active role, overseeing global operations.

David has a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. As a ski instructor in the past, David still enjoys hitting the slopes on a good powder day.

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Denise Hulce Franklin
Board of Directors for KidsTek & mentor at Techstars

Denise is currently on the Board of Directors for KidsTek & mentor at Techstars . An entrepreneurial business executive with experience and successful track record in high tech products and services across multiple corporate disciplines: from sales and marketing to business development, operations, project management, and general executive management.

She successfully managed periods of strong growth but also times of decisive restructuring. An independent, reliable, and highly committed strategic thinker, decision maker and goal-driven achiever with solid management and leadership skills. Management experience spans over multiple functional groups and international markets, including US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

Joshua Caleb Collins
Founder and CEO of Catapult Ideas

Josh is the Founder and CEO of Catapult Ideas, a startup incubator that develops the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. Josh started his first company in college, a nonprofit aimed to fund student-led service projects. His second venture was the first online network to track and validate student volunteer hours. Prior to Catapult, he served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Ashoka’s Youth Venture, a global organization that promotes a global culture of youth initiated positive change.

Josh earned his bachelor's degree from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he graduated cum laude with three degrees in economics and business, communication studies, and social science.  

David Campbell

David Campbell is Chief Security Officer at SendGrid, a Boulder, CO based Techstars alumni company that is the world’s foremost provider of email infrastructure as a service.  Campbell is a pragmatic security thought leader and subject matter expert with twenty years of experience identifying and exploring emerging market opportunities and developing technologies in the domain of information security and privacy. 

Prior to SendGrid, Campbell was cofounder/CEO at JumpCloud , cofounder/CTO at MobileScope and founder at Electric Alchemy.

Coaches and Mentors

Andy Szekeres
Director of Fund Development Butterfly Pavilion

Andy Szekeres is known across Colorado as a leading nonprofit and political fundraising expert.  Prior to his work in the non-profit sector in Colorado, Andy founded 3PG Consulting, a fundraising firm that focused on ballot-measure and political fundraising. Under his leadership, 3PG Consulting helped raise 22 million dollars for campaigns, organizations and ballot measures in 14 states.  In 2013, Andy was named one of the eight most influential members of the LGBT community by Outfront Colorado, and in 2011, Andy was named by CoBiz Magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Young Professionals in Colorado. Andy has also been recognized for his fundraising expertise by Aristotle International, and is the only person to be named twice to the Campaign Dream Team. 

Andy is a StartUp junkie and can be found at StartOut Colorado Events, supporting start up founders with capital pitches and as a mentor with MircoMentor.  Andy is also a mentor and coach with a Hungarian focused start up tech incubator connecting foreign founders entering the US marketplace with federal contracts and US based investors.

Ali Kennedy
Account Director Atomic20

For the past two decades, Ali Kennedy has successfully helped ideal-driven brands connect with their target audiences through fully integrated marketing campaigns and promotional events. Her clients have included global consumer brands like Subaru, Casio, Pentax, The North Face, Glenfiddich, Timberland, Woolrich and many others.  Ali joined the Atomic20 team in early 2013 to help direct the brandCOLORADO project for the State and is currently serving as Account Director overseeing all accounts for the agency. Ali brings along a rich background in marketing, program direction and project management.

Before joining Atomic20, Ali served as the Project Director for the Oceanic Preservation Society (the Academy Award-winning producers of The Cove) and prior to that as Special Projects director for Active Interest Media (one of the world’s largest niche media companies).

Jacob Seigal
Instructor for Engineering Plus and Mechanical Engineering Degree Programs at the University of Colorado Boulder and Engineering Education Specialist with SparkFun Electronics Inc

Jacob Segil is an Instructor for Engineering Plus and Mechanical Engineering degree programs at the University of Colorado Boulder.  Also, Jacob is a Engineering Education Specialist with SparkFun Electronics Inc. 

Jacob has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with a Bioengineering focus, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Colorado Boulder. Jacob researches brain-machine interfaces, neural prosthetic devices, myoelectric control systems, and engineering education.   Jacob enjoys teaching mechatronic design, experimental design, and statistics."

Steve Bonneau

Steve is serial entrepreneur and Founder/CEO of Buybak. Buybak provides a consumer to business platform for retailers and online sellers to purchase directly from consumers their no longer wanted personal/household inventory simply and efficiently for resale, without the challenges associated with online person-to-person auctions, classified or marketplace listings. 

Steve is also the founder & past president of the Adams 12 Gifted and Talented Parents Group and Board Member - Innovation Committee for the Colorado Association for Gifted & Talented.  Steve is also the founder of Youthstars. Youthstars mission is to bring entrepreneurship to schools which have project/problem based learning environments.

Nicole Glaros

Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. From there, she founded three startups, the first of which had a healthy exit and the last two which failed miserably. Since then, she's spent over a decade working with and funding early-stage web software companies.

Most recently, she's been with Techstars since it's early days as a humble program in Boulder, Colorado, and has helped expand the brand and operations. In addition to running the Colorado office, she's also been part of the launch in Texas, and headed operations in NYC. She was named one of the "Coolest People in New York Tech" by Business Insider in 2013 and Marie Claire named her one of the "NewGuard".

Nicole graduated with her Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Florida, likes to do at least one philanthropic thing annually, and shares the wonderment of parenthood with the love of her life, Mark.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Boulder Youth team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Boulder is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Greg Bamford
Head of School at Watershed School

Greg Bamford is Head of School at Watershed School, an innovative young independent school in Boulder, Colorado. Watershed is a national leader in applying research-based best practices in education, for which it has been recognized by The New York Times and College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA) scores that exceed 96% of peer schools.

A former classroom teacher, Greg took a break from school life in 2010 to consult across industry verticals on strategy, leadership development, and organizational learning. In 2011, he curated TEDxOverlake on the theme of "How People Learn." In 2012, he co-founded Leadership+Design, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works with school leaders across the country to support and accelerate educational innovation. His clients have included Microsoft, Philips, Group Health, Catlin Gabel School, the Los Altos School District, and The Urban School of San Francisco.

In 2014, Greg took the helm at Watershed School. A sought-after speaker on the future of learning, Greg has appeared at events like TEDxPugetSound, the NAIS Annual Conference, EduCon, fuse, ieSonoma, and the Martin Institute Conference on Transformative Learning. 

Greg holds an Ed.M. in Educational Leadership from Columbia University, is a father of two young girls, and lives and works in the Boulder area.

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