Startup Weekend Cincinnati

    Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Cincinnati

Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017

Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

1100 Sycamore, 3rd floor
Cincinnati, OH 45208

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Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening.  

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Friday October 6th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

9:00 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 October 7th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 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

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

Sunday October 8th

9:00 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
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Eric Weissmann
Director of Marketing, Cintrifuse

Tori Schoetmmer
Program Manager, Aviatra Accelerators

Coaches and Mentors

Bjorn Simmons
Community Catalyst, Cintrifuse

Tara Manicsic
Director, Cincinnati Women Who Code

Ry Walker
Founder & CEO, Astronomer

Paul Armstrong
Director of User Experience, EBTH

Ron Meyers
Entrepreneurship Program Director, UC

Charles Matthews, Ph.D.
Founder, UC Center for Entrepreneurship

Amanda Grossmann
Analytics Engineer, InfoTrust

Erin Flynn
Chief Marketing Officer, Cladwell

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Cincinnati 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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Chris
  • Julia
  • Alex
  • Hillary
  • Jesca
  • Jonathan
  • Justin


Chris Ridenour
CTO, Cladwell

Chris Ridenour is a Cincinnati native and lifelong developer. Outside of the small branch into the mechanical world (with a degree in Mechanical Engineering), Chris has pursued his passion for technology in school, free-time and work. During his undergrad at University of Cincinnati, Chris worked as a software developer inside Procter & Gamble's GBS Innovation group. 
After graduating, Chris joined Rockfish Digital, one of WPP's premier interactive agencies. After participating in the Startup Bus in March of 2012, Chris made the decision to join Lisnr full-time as CTO to lead the product team. Outside of work, Chris stays very active in Cincinnati's thriving startup community. As the organizer of the Cincinnati Web/Tech Drinkup, Startup Weekend Cincinnati and CincyPy, Chris gets a chance to interact with much of the technical talent in the city and is working with a team to advance the Startup Cincy initiative. In 2014 Chris co-founded Casamatic, a truly personalized home search that learns more about you the more you browse. 
In 2017, Casamatic shut down and Chris moved joined the team at Cladwell to help launch and grow their new app Outfits for iOS.

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