Startup Weekend Buffalo

    Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Buffalo

Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016

Friday, October 21 - 23, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

dig Buffalo
640 Ellicott Street
Buffalo, NY 14203

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Buffalo Startup Weekend #6

About Buffalo Startup Weekend: 
Buffalo Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour event where local entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts and anyone interested in building a business will come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup. For more information, visit or follow along on Twitter.

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

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Friday October 21st

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 October 22nd

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 October 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:00 pm
Final Presentations

4:30 pm
Judging & Awards

5:00 pm
Go Home!


John Gavigan
Executive Director 43 North

Event Judges

Dan Magnuszewski

Questioning the status-quo is the driving factor behind Dan's entrepreneurial endeavors, and he is no stranger to solving problems through software. His path into the wholesale automotive industry began in Middle School when his father would sell used cars out of classified ads in the newspaper. This would lead to a small used vehicle lot (which he is still involved with today). While Dan grew up around a used car lot, his love of technology, engineering, and the internet lead him to down a different path. He became a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) out of high school and studied Computer Science at the University of Buffalo.While studying, he worked for M&T Bank developing and designing network monitoring software. A few years out of school Dan began working at Synacor, first as a systems administrator, and then as a software engineer. Eventually leaving Synacor to start new companies and freelance as a "technical co-founder for hire" working with startups in NYC and California. During this time, he also cofounded a coworking space,CoworkBuffalo, in Downtown Buffalo, NY.Working with startups lead him to his next endeavor as Managing Director at Z80 Labs, a technology incubator and seed fund. Over the next two and half years he would assist, mentor, and invest in early stage startups.In 2014, Dan began talking to Joe Neiman about issues with his independent dealership in Albany, NY. The two began strategizing on how to leverage the ubiquity of mobile technology to help reshape the entire automotive industry.

Monica Kemp

Monica Kemp is Program Manager at the Fredonia Technology Incubator.  Her expertise is educational programming, marketing, strategic planning, community engagement and economic development. At the Incubator, Monica works with its’ clients daily in helping them grow their business; and coordinates the annual Fredonia Student Business Competition.  She has been a part of the Startup ecosystem for 3.5 years, working on the Pre-Seed workshop teams. Monica has a Bachelor’s degree from the University at Buffalo, and she was a research administrator at UB’s NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences.  In addition to owning her own small business, Monica is a board member for the Dunkirk Chamber of Commerce, co-founder of Northern Chautauqua Young Professionals, Marketing Director for the Dunkirk Lighthouse, she is a member of Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation and Chautauqua Leadership Network.

Jeet Bhatia

Jeet Bhatia has degrees in Chemical Engineering (BS, Chemical Engineering) and Business (MBA, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey). He began his professional career as a process development and pilot plant engineer followed by increasingly higher level and diverse R&D roles in the process industries leading to VP of R&D and Corporate Development. Mr. Bhatia managed the process systems division of Procedyne Corporation (N.J.) for several years before moving to Western New York to serve as CEO and President of an industry leader supplying technology, plant and equipment to the global advanced materials industry (14 years). Subsequent to this, he led and advised businesses engaged in renewable energy, process systems and equipment, focusing on corporate growth, business turnaround, organizational development, acquisitions, and executive coaching

Coaches and Mentors

Kevin Kerl

Kevin Kerl has a passion for growing and developing small to mid-sized companies. Currently Kevin is the CEO of SelectOne, prior he served as COO for a successful software company, Intrepid Pursuits, LLC, and an early-stagestartup co-working space Intrepid Labs in Boston, MA. Kevin enjoys working with talented, driven people and is dedicated to helping individuals and companies achieve more than they feel capable.

Bill Irvine

Bill is a serial tech entrepreneur with extensive online, AdTech and e-commerce product experience. He has been a successful business leader for more than 25 years, created one of the Internet's largest and longest-running online communities, successfully raised venture capital for four of his startups and is an advisor/mentor to several others.

Manoj Pooleery

Manoj is a Director at Venture For All, Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. He teaches the Launching New Ventures course on campus as well as various parts of the world. He also leads the initiatives towards increasing the outreach of entrepreneurship education globally.   A strong believer in practicing what gets preached, he is perfecting the art of practice as the Founder and CEO of M-Phi Innovators, a specialized technology services company that provides full range of innovation services to businesses. He provides end-to-end technology and business strategy definition and implementation to both startups and established businesses. He has helped many companies get started, out of the Columbia Business School as well as outside.   At a prior tenure, Manoj was the Director of Technology, Business Development and Entrepreneurship at Center for Computational Learning Systems at Columbia University. In addition to leading the implementation of over $20m worth of industry/ federally-funded projects, he successfully commercialized cutting edge Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools.   He specializes in Entrepreneurship, multi-year Strategy development, Budgeting, Technology direction and Project Proposals. His current areas of specialization are Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, Big Data and Internet of Things (IoT) projects. He is also well versed in Enterprise Application and Information Integration, SaaS implementation and Product development.   Manoj’s unique blend of deep technology skills and management capabilities positions him well to make his clients successful. In addition to guest lecturing at Columbia, Manoj speaks frequently at both management as well as technology courses, both within and outside U.S. He has a Masters in Technology Management from Columbia University, Masters in Computer Applications and a Bachelors in Physics from Calicut University, India.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Dan
  • Mark
  • Karl
  • Lindsey
  • Thomas
  • Charlie
  • Matt
  • Alex
  • David
  • Nicholas
  • Jonathan
  • Jon
  • Lisa
  • Nate
  • Aaron
  • Tom


Serhat Kaya
Founder & Managing Director at XPERIENTS

Serhat Kaya is Founder & Managing Director of the Digital Agency XPERIENTS. He started the Hamburg Chapter of Startup Grind where he interviews successful entrepreneurs every month. Most recently he started to host the Growth Show podcast, where he explores the lessons learned and secrets of seasoned entrepreneurs. Besides that, he acts as mentor for corporate innovation. Serhat organized and facilitated 10+ Startup Weekends around the globe.

Formerly he worked at the recruitment firm D-Level, the online translation agency Toptranslation and the Hamburg based incubator Hanse Ventures. He is highly skilled in Marketing, Sales and Human Resources. 

Fun Fact: He meets a lot of people, who pronounce his name wrong – which he is used to. A while ago even Google Translate thought Serhat in English should be David. But eventually they got it right.

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