Startup Weekend Cincinnati: Social Edition

    Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016

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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: Social Edition

Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016

Friday, May 20 - 22, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

100 W 5th St
Cincinnati , OH 45202

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In partnership with United Way of Greater Cincinnati we are pleased to bring to you a special edition of Startup Weekend!

What Is Startup Weekend? 
It's a 54-hour startup competition allowing you to meet your potential co-founders, validate your startup idea and build your prototype. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model:
  • Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers;
  • Teams are formed around the top ideas (determined by popular vote);
  • Then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
  • The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
What is Social Entrepreneurship?
Creating a social business has many similarities to building a traditional business, but inspiration is usually drawn from a different place. Social enterprise ideas, unlike conventional business ideas, typically result from a desire to solve a social need; similar to how many non-profit and charity organizations find their beginning.

Traditional business ideas can also come from identifying a social need. But, the difference between a social enterprise idea and a traditional business idea is the motivation of the entrepreneur. The primary motivation for a traditional entrepreneur is more-often-than-not a desire to make money; a social entrepreneur is driven more by a passion to solve a social problem, and only chooses to use business as a mechanism to solve these problems.

Need some idea starters? 
Want to participate in the weekend but need some assistance coming up with a business idea?  We’re excited to partner with United Way for this edition because of their hard work to transform the quality of life for all in our region.  Through that work, we know that many in our community face barriers that stand in the way of:
  • Kids starting kindergarten ready to learn, succeed in school, and graduate from high school
  • Families getting the jobs necessary to support themselves and build towards the future
  • People having good health that keeps them learning, working and thriving
We’re interested in business ideas that provide resources to families to help them overcome barriers to success, such as:
  • Transportation that helps families get their kids to quality child care and schools and helps parents get to good paying jobs
  • Access to healthy food options to keep kids full and focused on school and make healthy lifestyles more  convenient and less expensive
  • Resources to encourage and support going to college, like financial aid
  • Employment opportunities for youth to help them earn money for school and learn and build the skills they’ll need for future success
  • Skills (like coding)  to be competitive in an evolving workforce
  • Financial products that help families plan around unpredictable income and expenses
This list isn’t exhaustive and by no means does your idea need to be limited to solving one of these; we just wanted to share them with you to get some creative and innovative juices flowing!

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Friday May 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 May 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 May 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am

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

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm
Clean Up, Go Home!


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

Keith Romer
Research Consultant, The Garage Group

Event Judges

Tony Blankemeyer
Startup Liason, 84.51°

Wendy Lea
CEO, Cintrifuse

Ross Meyer
VP of Community Impact, United Way of Greater Cincinnati

Allen Woods
Chief Vision Caster, MORTAR

Eric Avner
CEO, People's Liberty

Justin Beale
Lead Service Coordinator, Welcome House of Northern Kentucky

Coaches and Mentors

Ramsey Ford
Co-Founder & Design Director, Design Impact

Derrick Braziel
Co-Founder & Managing Director, MORTAR

Caitlin Biehle
Social Enterprise & Media Coordinator, Design Impact

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

Tamaya Dennard
Social and Civic Innovation Specialist, Design Impact

Bill Tucker
Executive Director, Flywheel Social Enterprise Hub

“I am passionate about making the world a better place and I believe that the marketplace can be a powerful force for social and environmental change.”

Naashom Marx
Director of Corporate Connections, Cintrifuse

Beth Nowak
Founder, GivingFamilies

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Cincinnati: Social Edition 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.

Signature Sponsors


Organizing Team

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

  • Justin
  • Julia
  • John David
  • Chris


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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