Startup Weekend Cincinnati

    Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018


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

Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018



Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Union Hall
1311 Vine St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Your 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, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! 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.

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!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at "cincinnati@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday April 20th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce coaches, and community leaders


7:45 pm
Speaker
Hear Tim Metzner talk about what he wished he knew at his first Startup Weekend


8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
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 April 21st


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 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 April 22nd


9:00 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


Tim Metzner
Managing Director, Differential


Event Judges


Victoria Sumner
Program & Evaluation Manager, MORTAR

   


JB Woodruff
Program Director, UpTech



Candice Matthews
Hillman Accelerator

Co-Founder & Executive Director at Hillman Accelerator


Eric Weissmann
Director of Marketing, Cintrifuse



Coaches and Mentors


Paul Armstrong
Director of User Experience, EBTH



Steffan Howey
Head of Product, Alchemy (A P&G Company)

 


Natasia Malaihallo
Co-Founder & Chief Hacker, Wyzerr



Bob Gilbreath
Co-Founder, Ahalogy



Stacy Kessler
Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, Platform 53



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.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Chris
    Ridenour
  • Jesca
    Ngangombo
  • Julia
    Chick
  • Justin
    Boh
  • Hillary
    Fraley
  • Jonathan
    Marshall
  • John David
    Back

Facilitators


Chris Ridenour
CTO

Chris Ridenour is a Cincinnati native and serial entrepreneur. He started his first company LISNR on the Startup Bus in March of 2012. As CTO, he led the product team through multiple iterations and funding rounds until stepping down in 2014.

He then started Casamatic, a truly personalized home search that learns more about you the more you browse. After raising a seed round in 2015, Casamatic expanded to seven cities before shutting down in early 2017.

Chris then joined the leadership team at Cladwell to help them launch a new product, Outfits, and continue their already impressive growth so far.

Outside of work, Chris has tried to give back as much as he can to the startup community who helped in his path. He helped bring Startup Weekend to Cincinnati and continues to lead the organizing team as well as facilitating around the region. He also started and organizes the Cincinnati Web/Tech Drinkup and HackCincy, the first open hackathon in the city.


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