Startup Weekend Cheyenne

    Friday, April 26 - 28, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Cheyenne

Friday, April 26 - 28, 2019

Friday, April 26 - 28, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Laramie County Community College
1400 E. College Dr.
Business Building
Cheyenne, WY 82007

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Develop your business idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, learn valuable skills, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy, all ideas your excited about, and a laptop if you have one. You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team. Know that you don't have to pitch your idea if you don't want to. You are more than welcome to come and enjoy the experience, learn about the tools and skills you can use to develop your own idea, and meet amazing people from the Cheyenne area.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday April 26th

6:00 pm
Registration, Dinner, & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants.

7:00 pm
Guest Speaker
Guest Speaker Eric Trowbridge "ET" will speak to attendees on entrepreneurship.

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:45 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 April 27th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 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 April 28th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

4:30 pm
Final Presentations
Final presentation of ideas/businesses to judges

5:30 pm

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Top presentations and ideas will be awarded and recognized.

8:00 pm
Wrap-up and Go home!
Thanks for coming!


Eric "ET" Trowbridge
Chief Executive Officer & Headmaster of The Array School & Studio

Eric Trowbridge commonly referred to by his initials, ET, is the Chief Executive Officer and acting Headmaster of The Array School and Studio. He was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming and graduated from Central High School in 2004.   ET then moved to San Francisco to study art direction and later relocated to Los Angeles to work in the film industry for various art and design departments on short and feature films. He then began working for Apple in a leadership capacity for eight years in Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago. In 2014, he left Apple to pursue entrepreneurship endeavors and returned home to Wyoming.   ET helped found Array in 2016 which became Wyoming's first accelerated private school teaching graphic design, computer science fundamentals, and web development among other subject areas. In 2018, he was appointed by the City of Cheyenne's Mayor to chair a city-wide broadband task force exploring solutions to affordable and high-speed broadband efforts for the City. Later that year, ET was appointed by Wyoming's Governor to serve a four-year term on the state's Workforce Development Council.

Coaches and Mentors

Ashley White
Copywriter - West Edge Collective

Bright, engaging and memorable copy is Ashley’s signature, sparked by an early love of words and stoked by a steady stream of copywriting, editing, and adjective-collecting ever since. As the resident Copywriter at Cheyenne's own West Edge Collective, Ashley spins up catchy, benefit-oriented copy for a variety of mediums—ranging from video scripts and social posts, to websites and brochures. No matter the occasion, Ashley makes it her goal to leave readers feeling inspired and engaged. 

Peter Scott
Entrepreneur in Residence

Peter is the Entrepreneur is Residence at the University of Wyoming, where his goal is to help students, faculty and Wyoming entrepreneurs start companies. He brings over 20 years of experience in industry and academia working with entrepreneurs and technology companies.Most recently Peter was the founder of a baseball analytics company that provides digital coaching for analog baseball players. His previous experience includes advising 25+ technology start-ups in strategy, marketing/sales, finance and securing commitments of over $10 million of investment. These companies have been in varying markets from solar, to wind turbines, fuel injection, engine controls, consumer products, and medical devices.Peter began his teaching career as a Professor of Entrepreneurship in Syracuse University’s top 10 ranked program. He created a class on Angel Investing and started a Creativity and Innovation competition for the College of Engineering. In addition he created Entrepreneurial Training Guides that are being used by incubators and universities in the Papua New Guinea and Bahrain. Mr. Scott was also part of economic development projects focusing on Syrian refugees in Turkey, and an Aspen Institute project focusing on Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Libya. Additionally he has taught in countries as varied as S. Korea, China, Pakistan and Luxembourg. Most recently he was a Lecturer at the University of Colorado teaching entrepreneurship to MBA’s on the Boulder and Denver campuses.He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and an MBA from the University of Michigan

Kate Debow
Owner and Coach at High Ground Coaching and Development

Kate Debow Hayes is the owner and coach at High Ground Coaching and Development where her main goal is to influence the way people and organizations look at personal and professional development through one on one coaching, trainings and workshops, keynote speaking and mentor programs.  Recently, she acquired Connect 2 Wyoming, which is intended to be of assistance to small businesses and non-profits - linking them with resources they need and the services available so they can run a successful organization.   She also is the founder of a Non-Profit, Connect 2 Women which focuses on connecting women across Wyoming for networking, development and growth by hosting workshops around the state as well as a state wide mentor program.  

Bria Hammock
Creative Director at Big Horn Design Studio, & Owner/Designer at Go Slo Wyo

Bria Hammock has spent over a decade navigating the waters of corporate marketing and design.  From handling the retail marketing and graphic design for Sierra Trading Post to her current gig as the Creative Director at Big Horn Design Studio, she knows the ins and outs of getting awesome stuff in the right hands. Stemming from a love of Volkswagen'ing and Wyo adventuring, she started growing her side hustle, Go Slo Wyo, in 2016 and hasn't looked back since.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Cheyenne 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 Cheyenne is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Grant Carlile
Managing Director, The Mountains

Grant thrives on curiosity, coffee, and office supplies.
Drawing on my experience growing three businesses, building out content strategies, coaching teams in multiple capacities across multiple industries for 12+ years, and creating relationships with personnel of many walks of life, I thrive on curiosity, coffee, and office supplies.

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