Startup Weekend Women Cincinnati

    Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015

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

Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015

Friday, May 29 - 31, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

112 W Pike St.
Covington, KY 41011

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Startup Weekend Cincinnati - Women's Edition

Ready to be part of something big?

Join us: we’re assembling the most talented entrepreneurial-minded women (and men) for a very special edition of Startup Weekend. We provide the working space, brain fuel, food, mentors, new friends, and inspiring speakers and judges. You supply the energy and innovation to build something big over the weekend.

Bring an idea, a talented friend or potential co-founder, or just yourself! Startup Weekend hosts a series of events in cities around the world and offers a way to test ideas for new startups, contribute to those ideas, and even meet potential co-founders. Ideas are shared on Friday evening and the event culminates in final presentations to an all-star panel of judges on Sunday evening. This particular Startup Weekend will have a unique spin: a focus on connecting and showcasing the talents of women entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Men who wish to attend Women’s Startup Weekend can do so…if they find a female participant to bring them along!

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Friday May 29th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Parking is available in the surface lot across the street from UpTech

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 May 30th

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 May 31st

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!


Renee Murphy
Director of Lean Research at The Garage Group

Renee is a serial market research innovator with 10+ years of multi-method research experience including social media ethnography, Minimum Viable Product testing, in-home interviews and more both in the US and around the world. Beyond execution of research, she’s energized by coaching other researchers in startup-minded research methods.

Keri Dooley Stephens
Vice President of Breakthrough Things, The Garage Group

Event Judges

Wendy Lea
CEO, Cintrifuse

Joan Lewis
Market Insights Consultant, Former SVP, Global Consumer & Market Knowledge, Procter & Gamble

Julia Poston
Cincinnati Office Managing Partner and Ohio Valley Assurance Leader, EY

Naashom Marx
Director of Corporate Connections, Cintrifuse

Johnna Reeder
President and CEO, REDI Cincinnati

Valerie Jacobs
VP, Managing Creative Director, Trends, LPK

Coaches and Mentors

Candice Matthews
Hillman Accelerator

Co-Founder & Executive Director at Hillman Accelerator

Amanda Kranias
Founder & COO, Hello Parent

Stacy Kessler
Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, Platform 53

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

Emily Cooper
Marketing & Operations Manager, The Brandery

Genine Fallon
Executive Director, OCEAN Accelerator

Becky Blank
Sr. Project Manager, Ample. Co-Chair, Girl Develop It Cincinnati

Amanda Grossmann
Analytics Engineer, InfoTrust

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Women 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

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


Suzy Bureau

The ebullient Suzy Bureau (as she was referred to in TechCrunch) hails from Columbus, Ohio USA and is dedicated to building communities – locally & globally: from facilitating Startup Weekends in Mexico, Ireland and across the US, representing the US alongside delegates from 100+ other countries at Global Startup Youth in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to facilitating the invite-only Startup Extreme conference in Norway. 

She honed her technology & startup chops as the first product employee at CoverMyMeds, an HIT startup that grew to be Ohio’s first unicorn acquisition. 

Now, Suzy is focused full-time on bridging the gap between technology, social impact and sustainable entrepreneurship through the organization she founded, GiveBackHack. GiveBackHack starts with a weekend event pulling top hackathon participants together and continues throughout the year in communities to create lasting social enterprise.

Recently, Suzy was named the first “Create Columbus Visionary” by Columbus City Council and the Create Columbus Commission.

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