Techstars Startup Weekend Breckenridge

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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Techstars Startup Weekend Breckenridge

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

505 South Main Street
Suite B-5
Breckenridge, CO 80424

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Kickoff A New Season

Let's start the new ski/snowboard season with the launch of new businesses and startups. 

Startup Weekend Breck is back Nov. 10-12, just in time for Breck Ski Resort's opening weekend. Join us to learn more about entrepreneurship, innovation and help to launch new businesses in Breck - and create a thriving community of entrepreneurs.

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Friday November 10th

5:30 pm
Registration at Breck Theatre
Arrive at the Breckenridge Theatre and get checked in for the kickoff evening of Startup Weekend (open to the public).

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking at Breck Theatre
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers at Breck Theatre
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start at Breck Theatre
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:05 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:30 pm
Begin Work at ELEVATE Breck
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 late at ELEVATE Breck, your home base for the weekend.

Saturday November 11th

9:00 am
Breakfast at ELEVATE Breck
Arrive at ELEVATE Breck to get fueled up for the day with a simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work at ELEVATE Breck
Teams formed and setting up workspace at ELEVATE Breck for the weekend

11:00 am
Coach Meetings at ELEVATE Breck
Coaches help teams one-on-one throughout the day. They are here to help! Sign up for a time slot.

12:00 pm
Lunch at ELEVATE Breck

12:00 pm
At lunch check-in, provide status reports and let us know if you need help.

6:30 pm
Dinner at ELEVATE Breck

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 November 12th

9:00 am
Breakfast at ELEVATE Breck
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:00 am
Coach Meetings at ELEVATE Breck
Coaches are available throughout the day. Sign up for a time slot or ask for help!

12:00 pm
Lunch at ELEVATE Breck

2:30 pm
Tech Check at Breck Theatre
Each team needs to do a tech-check for their final presentation at Breck Theatre (this is mandatory)

3:30 pm
Registration and Snacks at Breck Theatre
The final pitch night kicks off with registration and snacks. We'll welcome the community and friends and family to watch the final presentations on Sunday night.

4:30 pm
Final Presentations at Breck Theatre
Teams will take to the main stage for their final presentations in front of a panel of judges and with the support of the community.

6:00 pm
While the judges are deliberating, we'll take a break and serve dinner, The festivities will continue after the winners are announced with food and drinks.

6:15 pm
Judging & Awards at Breck Theatre

7:15 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Brian Blankenmeister

Dave Harris

Erin Gigliello

Dustin Kelley

Coaches and Mentors

Jack Taylor

25 years of senior management experience, twelve of them as a consultant and founder of Taylored Solutions LLC, a small firm headquartered in Dillon, Colorado 75 miles west of Denver.

Assisted clients primarily with strategic planning, financial management, and conflict management. Prior to Taylored Solutions LLC, I founded the Rocky Mountain Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that hosted a community mediation program in Summit County, Colorado.

Life in Summit Couny, Colorado began at the Keystone Center, a non-profit focusing on national and international public policy issues as their V.P.- Operations and Finance

Specialties: Finance and Operations
Group Process Facilitation
Strategic Planning
Conflict Management

Kristen Stewart
Freelance PR, Media Relations and Communications Professional

A practiced public relations professional with more than 15 years experience planning and executing strategic communications plans, integrating international, national, regional and local media. I specialize in high impact media placements, strategic planning, on location TV production, writing, editing and event planning. I love working with media relationships to produce positive publicity/stories to drive business from an international, national and regional audience. I prefer an active, creative work environment and have a passion for people, my pups and travel.

Tom Fellner
CEO, Imagine That, Inc.

As CEO and team leader for Imagine That, Inc., Tom brings his expertise in creative design, project management, brand strategy and user experience to Imagine That clients. Tom specializes in creating exceptional online experiences for small businesses to large corporations. He loves hiking with his wife, Wendy, backpacking, biking and skiing. Passionate about entrepreneurship, Tom loves reading anything related to business growth, theories on website user experience and brand strategy.

Adrienne Fischer

Small but scrappy. This description could be describing me or the small businesses and startups I represent. I'm a Denver based lawyer/mediator creating quality, affordable, and comprehensive legal solutions to help my clients reach their peak. I cut my teeth on employment law when I left law school. My career has grown in law firms and in-house. I've represented small businesses, the most populous county in the United States, and an up and coming media company. I have mediated cases in some of the busiest courthouses in the U.S.  In my career, I have found I'm happiest when I'm helping startups and small businesses find solutions that are right for them. I've always been an entrepreneur at heart and after reading one too many books and listening to one too many podcasts I find myself in the same boat as my clients - building a business to take it to its full potential.

Joe Howdyshell

Joe Howdyshell is the coach and owner of the Summit Endurance Academy. He spends his time racing in jorts, drinking beer, and nerding out about exercise physiology. Want to raise your badass quotient by 5 points? Email him.

Athlete development
Psychological aspects of elite performance
Program design  
Program development
Program expansion

Robert Cartelli
Associate Professor at Colorado Mountain College

Dr. Robert Cartelli holds Ph.D. in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and a M.S. in Strategic Technology Management from Marlboro College in Brattleboro, Vermont.  Currently, Dr. Cartelli is a full-time Associate Professor in the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) business program.  Previous to CMC, he taught undergraduate and graduate-level business and technology-related courses at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont.  He has also taught graduate-level management information systems courses for schools in the Middle East and India.  As a dot-com boom and bust veteran, he has a strong e-business and e-commerce background.  Robert considers himself a lifelong ski bum and aims to ski 200+ days per year.

Michael B. Connolly

Executive Director; Friends of the Dillon Ranger District

Professor at CMC: Essentials of Finance

Jason Rush
Software Developer

Jason is a senior software developer at Panda Strike where he is currently working with Disney's Imagineering team to build a suite of software tools that facilitate building new rides and parks at Disney's various resorts. He has also worked on several IoT projects recently, including a smart thermostat and a project to communicate with programmable traffic signs.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

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  • Amy
  • Miranda
  • Oriana
  • Kathy
  • Haley
  • Jessica


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