Startup Weekend Cincinnati

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

NKU Digitorium
Northern Kentucky University
Griffin Hall, Room 201
Highland Heights, KY 41099

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Friday November 21st

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 November 22nd

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!

5:00 pm
Happy Hour
Meet with representatives from local startups and practice your pitch!

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 November 23rd

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

Nancy Koors
Executive In Residence, UC Accelerator & Advisor to Startups

Chad Reynolds
Founder, Batterii and Co-Founder, OCEAN

Samuel Frith
Investment Analyst, CincyTech

Samuel graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a minor in Entrepreneurship. Samuel is an investment analyst at CincyTech, focusing on market opportunities for potential portfolio companies in the information technology field. He specializes in deal screening, company and industry due diligence, early stage valuation, and modeling. Prior to joining CincyTech, Samuel was an analyst at Vine St. Ventures where he focused on due diligence and quarterly reporting to the fund’s investors. He was also managing director of the Miami University Student Venture Fund, which is a comprised of a team of 20 students and advisors who invest in student and alumni startups. Samuel was also a summer analyst at Fifth Third Bank in its Syndicated Finance Group in Chicago, Illinois. He has had experience in account management, operations and logistics. Samuel works directly with three portfolio company management teams on a daily basis, to develop financial models and customer acquisition strategies while still remaining passionate about finding, building, and scaling disruptive, early stage businesses in the Midwest.

Amanda Greenwell
Program Director, UpTech

Mike Bott
General Manager, The Brandery

Coaches and Mentors

Avi Ram
Partner, Araytha

Michael Wohlschlaeger
Founder of Ahalogy

Gerard Sychay
Co-founder of Differential

Filippo Catalano
Global Digital and Brand Assets Service Leader, P&G

Dov Rosenberg
Director at Allos Ventures

John Lauck
Cofounder and Wrangler of Technologies, Roadtrippers

Tarek Kamil
Founder & President, Cerkl

Tarek is a serial entrepreneur who has started multiple companies. With a degree in business information systems, Tarek has been able to master other skills such as e-commerce, strategic planning, social media, and startup development. Now, he has immersed himself in being the founder and president of Cerkl, which personalizes newsletters through automated personalization technology that ensures readers they are getting the information they are interested in receiving. When he is not busy evolving email communication, Tarek is very involved in the #startupcincy community by being a mentor for The Brandery and on the advisory board for UpTech Accel

Sean McCosh
EVP, Sales & Marketing, SparkPeople

Tony Alexander
General Manager, The Brandery

John Hutchinson
President & CEO at Vinimaya, Inc.

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.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Nikki
  • Tim
  • Chris
  • Alex
  • Rodney
  • Ry
  • John David


Chris Ridenour

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.

Alex Bowman
Co-Founder, CEO, Casamatic

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