Startup Weekend Charleston 2017

    Friday, January 27 - 29, 2017


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Charleston 2017

Friday, January 27 - 29, 2017



Friday, January 27 - 29, 2017
Event starts at 5:15 pm

Launchpad
174 Meeting St #200
Charleston, SC 29401

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Startup Weekend Charleston returns with a bang!

Ever wondered how companies like Launchpeer, Echovate, or even Blackbaud got their start? Want to know what it takes to create a successful startup?  Startup Weekend Charleston is the place to find out what it takes.

PITCH-TO-PROTOTYPE IN ONE WEEKEND!


Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days!  Whether you are looking to...
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs 
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • or take your own idea from concept to creation
It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities and technical schools
  • professionals looking to switch careers
  • passionate visionaries
What's the twist?  

Ideas will gain exposure and participants will build momentum for their startup.  In addition, all attendees will also be provided with high-quality resources and content exclusive to this event.

All this in addition to prizes of course!

For the $75 ticket you get:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night (optional)
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the startup community
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Snacks :)
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals 
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • And tons of awesome new Facebook friends!

Why people come to Startup Weekend: 29% of Startup Weekend participants attend an event to network, 20% attend to develop/build a product and 13% attend to learn how to create a new venture.  

Benefits of attending: During the weekend, you will have access to incredible mentors & coaches that will help you develop an idea, find customer validation and help with your pitch, just to name a few things..  The event will be fully catered all weekend, so come hungry to work, we'll take care of the food.  


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday January 27th


5:15 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


5:45 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


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


7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


9:30 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 January 28th


8:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday January 29th


8:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Hilary Johnson
Founder of Hatch Tribe

About: Hilary Johnson is the founder of Hatch Tribe, an organization devoted to cultivating and connecting women entrepreneurs. A serial entrepreneur herself, Hilary coaches and mentors women in all stages of entrepreneurship, from the navigating the start-up through growing an established enterprise. She’s passionate about helping her clients translate their great ideas to actionable plans and results. Hilary is the author of "A Girls Guide to Surviving the Startup with Your Mind, Body, and Soul Intact", an encouraging read that imparts road-tested wisdom for tackling the inner and outer work of being a boss.

Topic: Ideas that Spark
Every great business begins with an idea. Or perhaps, better said, with hundreds of ideas. But it's what we do with those ideas that count. What lives? What dies? What evolves? Step into the playground of ideas and let's spark some creativity.

Event Judges


Milt Alpern
Former CFO of Benefitfocus; Advisory Board Member of Echovate

Senior software industry finance executive (with both public and private companies) experienced as an integral member of an executive decision-making team and a key business partner to a chief executive officer and Board of Directors. Proven track record of providing executive leadership for all financial and operational functions including strategic planning and analysis, finance and accounting operations, treasury, corporate financing, mergers and acquisitions, information technology, investor relations, and public company compliance and reporting.


John Osborne

Charleston Angel Partners Executive Administrator, John Osborne, has been named one of Charleston’s 40 Under 40 by Charleston Regional Business Journal (2013) as well as one of Charleston’s 50 Most Progressive by Charlie Magazine (2014)Osborne is the founder of The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, on a mission “to create collision throughout the entrepreneur community”—now in four Charleston-area locations.


Enoch Enwell
Founder of Costarters

I've been involved with startups since my grade school popsicle stand put the local ice cream truck out of business... Driven by a passion to help others, I currently support emerging startup communities through the CO.STARTERS platform, helping local leaders take the first steps in accelerating the growth of creative small business communities in their region.


Julie Gonzales
Director, Division Operations- Projects & Programs, HCA

Seasoned consulting services, project management, and non-profit executive with excellent analytical, organizational, and critical thinking skills. Strategic, solutions-focused professional with demonstrated success in relationship and engagement management, project planning, innovative service delivery, P&L management, development and fundraising, strategic and long-range planning,and coaching/mentoring. Effective in building and managing technical and functional business solution teams. 


Tui Allen
Director of Product Management at Blackbaud

Tui has more than 15 years of experience in the Software and technology sector. Her work includes managing various global technology systems, strategy and process reengineering projects and working with several Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, Comcast, Teleglobe, and The Walt Disney Company. Before coming to Blackbaud, she worked as a manager for Ernst & Young (Capgemini), on the next generation Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Ticketing, Reservation, and Property Management Systems Integration project for the Walt Disney Company.


Coaches and Mentors


Jake Hare
Founder at Launchpeer

Founder at Launchpeer, a fast growing web and application development agency. Google's Chapter Director of Startup Grind in Nashville, helping build a powerful and passionate startup community along with Fortune 500 companies and local organizations..


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of SW Lex 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, KY; small stint in Charlotte, NC
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 13+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1



Matt Brown
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Dustin Pitts

Dustin has over a decade of technology experience working with non-profit organizations throughout North America. He is currently a Solution Engineer at Salesforce.org.  In that role he is responsible for helping non-profit leaders to determine which Salesforce tools will be most effective in moving their mission forward.  

Prior to joining Salesforce.org, Dustin was a Principal Consultant at Blackbaud.  In his spare time Dustin mentors students in the Management Information Systems department at the University of Georgia.  He also enjoys cycling, saltwater fishing, and traveling.


Belinda Hare

Belinda Hare is the Founder & COO of Launchpeer, a company that helps build, launch and scale tech startups around the world. She’s also an experienced developer who has worked with worldwide brands such as Laura Ashley, Burt’s Bees, and Gildan. While at Launchpeer Belinda has overseen operations for the company as it’s grown from 3 to 18 employees with consistent ~200% month over month growth the last 12 months.


Jason Rosenblum
Law Office of Jason H. Rosenblum, PLLC

Jason established his own independent law practice in Brooklyn, New York in 2009 after returning from living in Israel and working in Ramat Gan as a patent attorney at Ehrlich & Fenster, an Intellectual Property law firm that prosecutes Intellectual Property applications internationally. Prior to moving to Israel, Jason has worked as an associate at Feldman Rosman, a civil litigation firm with a focus on commercial and landlord-tenant matters, and as an associate at The Martinez Group PLLC, an Intellectual Law firm focused on the design industry, soon after graduating law school. Jason attended and received his Law Degree from Brooklyn Law School after earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Binghamton. He is admitted to the bars of the States of both New York and New Jersey, and has practiced before the Courts of the States of New York, New Jersey, and the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Since a recent move to Charleston, South Carolina, Jason has continued to practice federal prosecution of Intellectual Property matters and represents clients around the country and the world in protecting their assets. Before ever deciding on an education and career path, growing up Jason spent time in his family-owned and operated, small retail business in New York. Jason credits in large part, his values of commitment, dedication, and hard work that he applies in working with and for his clients, to the lessons he learned working at the shop with his family. Jason is not only an attorney, but a counsellor and advisor to his clients as well. He believes in open communication with his clients in order to build long-term, trust-based relationships. 


Betsy Hare
Campus Director, The Iron Yard Charleston

Campus Director for The Iron Yard Charleston, which focuses on growth and mentorship through tech-focused education.  In this role, I foster community relationships, manage admissions, develop social media content, offer career support, and create an awesome learning environment for both instructors and students.  One of the best parts about this job is helping students pursue careers that they are passionate about.  Before joining The Iron Yard, I worked in Dorchester School District Two as an Instructional Technology Specialist where my focus was to collaborate with district personnel, administrators, teachers, and students to incorporate technology into the classroom.


Austin Price
Cofounder and Design Lead at Krit

Cofounder and Design Lead at Krit, a startup turned software studio in Charleston. I design, brand and build products from the ground up for the web and mobile. First startup: A comic book company I started in grade school (has since shut down).


Keranna Williamson
Founder

Kerranna is one of the founders of ALIS Health, a sales and growth accelerator focused on bringing the next generation of women's health diagnostics to market. She is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for growing smart businesses and leveraging the global shifts in workforce/workplace trends, having launched VAGA in 2014 to tackle challenges in supply and demand for short-term commercial space. Before launching ALIS Health in 2016, Kerranna worked as a commercialization consultant for international life-science companies launching their newest discoveries in the US market. In addition, Kerranna brings over 10 years of EdTech experience working with Kaplan and other curriculum development organizations developing online digital training platforms and learning tools.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Charleston 2017 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Dee
    Hamill
  • Stacey
    Segal
  • Cori
    Banyon
  • Jocelyn
    Pearson

Facilitators


John Beadle
Director of Startup Weekend


Event Staff


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of SW Lex 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, KY; small stint in Charlotte, NC
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 13+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1



Matt Brown
Get Lit



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