Startup Weekend Cincinnati

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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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, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

100 W. 5th St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Friday November 20th

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 21st

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 November 22nd

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

Tony Alexander
General Manager, The Brandery

Tony Blankemeyer
Startup Liason, 84.51°

Scott Weiss
CEO, OCEAN Accelerator

JB Woodruff
Program Director, UpTech

Don Wright
EVP & Chief Operating Officer, Assurex Health

With over 25 years of experience in the information technology, product development, operations and life sciences fields, Don Wright works hard to bring the latest technology and brightest minds to Assurex Health. As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Don can be counted on to keep Assurex Health working smoothly as a market leader in pharmacogenomics for neuropsychiatric disorders. Before co-founding the Assurex Health team, Don was co-founder and CTO of SaaS Capital, a specialty finance company serving the SaaS (Software as a Solution) enterprise software application market. He has also served as Vice President of Global Product Development at Attachmate Corporation, directing a product development team with over 450 people worldwide that served over 65,000 customers and accounts in nearly all the Global 10,000 enterprises. Don has previously held positions as Vice President and CTO for Spotlight Solutions and Vice President and CIO for Domin-8 Enterprise Solutions. Don earned his B.S. in Computer Science with a Business Minor from Xavier University.

Coaches and Mentors

Tim Metzner
Managing Director, Differential

Chris Moore
CEO, Gaslight

Chris Ostoich
Co-Founder, Marketing Leader, LISNR

Avi Ram
Partner, Araytha

Emily Cooper
Marketing & Operations Manager, The Brandery

Chad Reynolds
Founder, Batterii and Co-Founder, OCEAN

Tim Balzer
Product Manager, Roadtrippers

Brian Duerring
Founder, CEO, StreamSpot

Bob Gilbreath
Co-Founder, Ahalogy

Alex Burkhart
Founder, CEO, Tixers

Alex Burkhart graduated with bachelor degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship and an MBA from Xavier University. He has spent the last few years working in project management and strategy at Macy’s before starting his first entrepreneurial venture, Tixers. Tixers lets you upload tickets that you are unable to use in exchange for other tickets in the future. Tixers was originally funded by the UpTech Accelerator based in Covington, Kentucky right across the river from downtown Cincinnati and has since been acquired by Oneup Sports.

Tim Holcomb
Associate Professor, Cintas Chair in Entrepreneurship, Miami University

Shashank Saxena
Director, Digital & eCommerce Technology, Kroger

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

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

  • Melissa
  • Julia
  • Justin


Alex Bowman
Co-Founder, CEO, Casamatic

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.

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