Charlotte Startup Weekend

    Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015

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

Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015

Friday, February 27 - March 1, 2015
Event starts at 7:00 pm

UNCC Center City
320 E 9th St
Charlotte, NC 28202

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Get Your Business On!

Come join us for a 54-hour build-a-business competition in Uptown Charlotte! Whether you're looking to pitch an idea, try out a new technology, or meet some of Charlotte's best entrepreneurial minds, Charlotte Startup Weekend is the event for you. 


Friday February 27th

7:00 pm
Registration Begins
Arrive at the venue & get checked in.

7:15 pm
Dinner and Networking
Pizza and connecting with other attendees

7:45 pm
Welcome & Speaker
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speaker

8:15 pm
Review Format & Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:15 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 February 28th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Teams working
Teams are formed and working on their projects

10:00 am
Good&Smart Pop-Up Communications Agency
Located in Rm 303

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

1:00 pm
Saturday Workshops begin
Check schedule to see the lineup!

7:00 pm

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

10:00 pm
Continued Working
No guaranteed re-entry into the building.

Sunday March 1st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

5:15 pm

5:30 pm
Pencils Down! Cease Working!
Grab a drink and mingle!

6:00 pm
Demos begin!

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Juan Garzon

Juan is one of our organizers, as well as our MC for the weekend! He will also be presenting a workshop on Pitching Your Idea at 4pm on Saturday!

Jenifer Daniels

Jenifer Daniels’ alter ego, jentrification, is hell-bent on one thing: Improving the internet’s property value. As the co-founder and CEO of colorstock, a stock photo library featuring people of color, she’s bringing diversity to digital media. Jenifer is the co-host of #WomensWednesday on SiriusXM Progress' Make It Plain and has been quoted in The New York Times, HuffPostLive, BBC News, Essence, and more.

Event Judges

Steve Nolan
Managing Principal

Binary Ventures is the third software company I’ve founded. Thanks to my co-founder Christy Harner, I was finally able to build the software company that I’ve always envisioned. Its the perfect blend of our collective passions: creativity, technology and people.
With over fifteen years of experience in the application development space, I can say there is no better feeling than helping an entrepreneur realize their dreams by successfully launching their product or enabling a Fortune 500 company to reinvent themselves, gain efficiencies or mobilize their workforce by leveraging technology.

Christie Kahil
Program and Resource Manager

Christie is an artist, educator and writer who brings her passion for creating a better world to her work with businesses and non-profits. She promotes a space where social enterprise, the arts and entrepreneurship intersect to empower people to be agents of change and transformation. Originally from South Florida, she moved to the Queen City in 1988 and now feels almost like a native. After working with educators, artists and non- profits, Christie decided it was time to meld her entrepreneurial spirit, education experience and talent for management to help social entrepreneurs build their businesses while making a positive impact on our world. Christie has an MA in Global Studies, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Management & Technology.
Christie will be presenting best practices for using the Business Model Canvas.

Coaches and Mentors

Christy Harner
Creative Principal

Christy founded Binary Ventures with partner Steve Nolan in 2012. They now work with over 21 startups. Says Christy, "I’m passionate about equipping my clients with the tools to increase their professional edge in the online market through website and graphic design, video production, photography, and social media management. I collaborate with clients to create and refine a compelling aesthetic — one that is not only visually compelling but also organically connected to their business’ target market and long-term goals."

Jay Bendis

Jay's experience for the past 30 years has been in the areas of marketing, sales and operations from Fortune 500 to start-up companies in both domestic and international markets. His expertise has been supporting emerging life-science companies get their innovations to market.

Jim Van Fleet

Jim is our facilitator for the weekend. He is a past CSW Organizer and participant. He owns a software company, it's bspoke, and has worked with many startups in Charlotte. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Charlotte Startup Weekend team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Megan
    Van Fleet
  • Tyler
  • Jill
  • Brett
  • Adam
  • Juan
  • Venture


Jim Van Fleet

Jim is our facilitator for the weekend. He is a past CSW Organizer and participant. He owns a software company, it's bspoke, and has worked with many startups in Charlotte. 

Event Staff

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Amy Ritchie

Kayla Dugger

Garrett Tichy

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