Startup Weekend Cedar Falls

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Cedar Falls

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Center for Energy & Environmental Education
8120 Jennings Dr.
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

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Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event powered by Google where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, build products, and launch startups. 

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Friday November 21st

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 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

11:30 pm
Launch Party
Come enjoy some beverages at Braceability on Main Street

Saturday November 22nd

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 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

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 23rd

8:00 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
Demo Day Pitches

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Aaron Horn
Director of IT Iowa Interstate Railroad

Paul Farmer

Paul is a graduate from the University of Northern Iowa.  He has worked in the financial industry for 20+ years, most recently leading efforts on Innovation and Lean Quality.  Paul is also an entrepreneur and partner in a new tech company, Giraffe Revolution, which focuses on seeing things differently and breaking down the barriers to entry for new companies and products.

Paul Kongshaug

Randy Pilkington
Executive Director of Business & Community Services at UNI

Randy serves as Executive Director of Business and Community Services (BCS) at UNI. BCS is UNI’s umbrella economic development organization that provides an integrated approach to meeting the needs of businesses, entrepreneurs, and communities throughout Iowa. BCS serves external constituents through specialized executive-level professional development, market research and analysis, guidance for environmentally sound practices, entrepreneurship, and community and economic development guidance. Randy also serves as the director of UNI’s John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center and the Institute for Decision Making.  

Emma Peterson
Founder/CEO of Tikly

As a music fan, Emma Peterson personally experienced how the ticketing industry was letting down the average concertgoer. While managing the band The Nadas, she gained insight into the many ways that same infrastructure also failed to serve the needs of artists and venues. Wanting to right this injustice, at just 21-years old she launched Tikly, a web-based ticketing solution that places both control and money back into the hands of those who deserve it.  Since then Tikly, has launched in all 50 states and four countries, including the US-- selling more than $1 million dollars in tickets within it's first two years. 

Coaches and Mentors

Adam Koppes
Investment Manager, Rural Vitality Funds

Previously built a number of companies, including a service company in Iowa City and a vaccine company in Ames. Now manage our portfolio of ~15 companies across Iowa and always looking for more that we can help grow. For more info, check out

Scott Swenson
Regional Director, Kirkwood SBDC

Shaun Linderbaum

Shaun has started several successful Ecommerce companies over the past 10 years.  Prior to that he worked in IT at Deere & Company.  Currently he is the CEO of a retailer of orthopedic braces.  He also works with the Advance Iowa program mentoring medium-sized businesses and several additional clients helping with Internet marketing and online business strategy.

Brian Hemesath
President, VolunteerLocal

I have started 5 startups: sold 2, one failed, 2 still active. I have a degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State. I am a self taught LAMP + HTML/JS/CSS developer. My real-world experience relates more to sales and marketing rather than engineering/development. I have worked with several different business models throughout my career.

Keith Schmidt

Laurie Watje
UNI JPEC Student Business Incubator Manager

Laurie currently manages the R.J. McElroy Student Business Incubator at UNI's JPEC.  As a CPA, Laurie has multi-faceted experience with small business as a small business owner, manager of a successful small business, provider of accounting services to small businesses and accounting & entrepreneurial instructor

Will Lenzen
Creative Director at Cycle Studios

Will is a designer and storyteller, and leads Cycle Studios, where he creates beautiful product design and brand storytelling.

Kimm Harris
President, IPC of Iowa inc.

Kimm is a passionate businesswoman with the ability to create a vision for the future, to transform ideas 
into action, and to connect individuals across a broad spectrum of industries. Through her business and 
non-profit work, Kimm has developed relationships with successful individuals worldwide, allowing her to 
grow a personal network of thousands.

As President of IPC of iowa inc., a company that creates software solutions for CPAs, accountants, attorneys and other business professionals, Kimm has experienced over 20 years of business success. Using her skills in leadership, problem solving, and discipline she provides her customers with quality assistance from start to finish.  In addition to purchasing companies, she has been involved in start-ups and franchises.

Kimm received both her undergraduate and MBA from the University of Iowa and is passionate about entrepreneurship.  She is an Adjunct Lecturer through the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) at the University of Iowa.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Cedar Falls 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 Cedar Falls is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Keevin
  • Michael
  • Dan
  • Trevor
  • Alyssa


Ari Kern
Regional Manager Southeast USA

Ari Kern is the Regional Manager for the Southeast USA for UP Global and Startup Weekend.  Ari offices out of Kansas City, MO at the Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars.  UP Global is dedicated to empowering the entrepreneurial community and building networks that drive collaboration and strengthen entrepreneurs worldwide. With a platform offering action-based learning programs, resources, and networks for entrepreneurs and leaders, UP Global aims to be the leading organization strengthening/transforming communities through entrepreneurship.  Ari has facilitated Startup Weekends in the US and recently emceed the UP America Summit in Kansas City.  Ari has explored startup communities throughout her region and now internationally through her involvement in Startup Weekend St. John's.  She is passionate about supporting the individuals making change happen where they live!

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