Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids 2015
Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015
Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm
Iowa Startup Accelerator
415 12th Ave SE
Trust your crazy ideas
Friday March 6th
Saturday March 7th
Sunday March 8th
Iowa District Director / U.S. Small Business Administration
Jayne joins the Iowa District Office from the SBA’s Office of Field Operations in Washington, DC. She previously served as the district director of SBA’s Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia District Offices, and as regional advocate of the SBA’s Office of Advocacy, where she coordinated public policy at the federal and state levels and organized the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business. In 1996, she represented the SBA in Russia during the first formal exchange between U.S. and Russian entrepreneurs.
Prior to her SBA career, Armstrong worked in the advertising, high-tech economic development and higher education development fields in North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia. A native of Pittsburgh, she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Virginia University (WVU), where she served as student body president.
She was recognized by former U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman (DE) on the Senate floor as a “Great Federal Employee” for her commitment to small business. She is the recipient of the Risk Management Association’s Business Woman of the Year Award in Virginia, Delaware Today’s Women in Business Award, the New Castle County (DE) Chamber’s Entrepreneurial Advocate of the Year Award and the Delaware YWCA’s Woman of Power, Style and Brilliance Award.
She also was recognized by the Delaware Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) with its Bridge Builder Award (twice), the NAWBO Richmond, VA chapter as its Ambassador of the Year, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) with its Excellence in Communications Award, Girls Inc. of Delaware as its Volunteer of the Year and The State Journal as one of “The 55 Best Things About West Virginia.”
Armstrong has been active in a wide variety of non-profits and business organizations throughout her career, with a strong focus on women in business and academic interests. She has been an active member of Rotary for over 25 years, NAWBO for 20 years and has served on numerous WVU alumni chapter boards. More recently she served on the advisory councils of Delaware State University’s School of Business and Wilmington University, the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute/Delaware Money School and as a mentor to Delaware Futures, a college bound program for at risk students.
Director of Marketing, Integrated DNA Technologies, Inc.
Business Support Strategist / Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance
Sr. Business Manager at Hawkeye Hotels
After college, he helped launch the LBA Foundation, an education-based nonprofit that works to help disadvantaged students stay on course to graduation.
Walker relocated to Washington, D.C. to work for the Case Foundation, a family organization dedicated to empowering people and ideas that can change the world for the better.
Walker was also able to work directly with AOL founder and Venture Capitalist Steve Case who served on the President’s Council for Jobs and Economic Competitiveness. Walker was also an integral member of Steve Case’s effort to revitalize America’s entrepreneurial ecosystem through the Startup America Partnership and the JOBS Act.
While in Washington, D.C., Stacey served as a TA under Ambassador J. Douglas Holladay who taught a leadership seminar to executive MBA students at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Stacey Walker currently serves as the Senior Business Manager for Hawkeye Hotels and the Chief of Staff for Patel Endeavors. In both roles, he helps execute on growth and development strategy. Through his involvement with Patel Endeavors, he’s worked alongside the principals of Built By Iowa, a private equity firm that focuses on mentoring and growing Iowa-based startups.
Coaches and Mentors
Jerod Mollenhauer, Co-founder and COO -Venuefox - Currently heads operations including marketing, sales, and financials. He is a former small business owner and assistant vice president with experience in the food, entertainment, and insurance industries. Being self employed since his early 20s, Jerod is a passionate entrepreneur who loves to connect, inspire, challenge, and motivate others to work together to find solutions for problems worth solving.
Beth McKeon is founder of the local startup, Kids Calendar, which curates local activities and services for families. She started the Kids Calendar in Lawrence, Kan. and has now expanded the company to five other cities. She is currently attending the GAN accelerator, Iowa Startup Accelerator in Cedar Rapids. She is also the co-founder of Startup Lawrence.
Product Strategist & Intrapreneur, Geonetric
Co-Founder & Principal, Compass Education Group
Adam leads Compass Education Group, an educational services firm he co-founded in 2004 and still actively manages. With offices in Beverly Hills and San Francisco, Compass employs 400 instructors and provides services to thousands of students annually through in-home tutoring in CA and web-based tutoring internationally.
In 2007 Adam co-founded TigerLead Solutions, a leading CRM system and online marketing platform for the real estate industry. TigerLead grew rapidly and Adam led the sale of the company to Move, Inc. (Realtor.com) in 2012 for $26 MM.
Locally, Adam's investments and advisory relationships include Higher Learning Technologies, Tutor Universe, Telepharm, ClusterFlunk, Pear Deck, the Iowa Startup Accelerator, and many other equity investments. Adam, along with partners Ravi Patel and Roby Miller, is a co-founder and managing member of Built By Iowa (BBI), an equity fund created to support Iowa-based businesses in need of capital and strategic guidance. BBI was named the 2014 Investor of the Year by the Silicon Prairie News.
Adam is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California where he was a member of the varsity basketball team. He lives in Iowa City with his wife and four children and commutes to Los Angeles semi-monthly.
Entrepreneur In Residence / Nidus Investment Partners & Founder / Terra Biologics
Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Product Management for TaxACT
Founder and CEO at The Art of Education
In 2014, Kyoger officially became HowFactory and is now a Delaware C-Corp based in Cedar Falls, IA. HowFactory is a subscription based web application for managing standard operating procedures, training and work instructions.
At HowFactory.com, or on our mobile app, we make it fast and easy for your people to share what they do. Your people can quickly capture each step of a process and automatically create a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for your entire team, and save your company's critical knowledge.
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