Startup Weekend Cincinnati

    Friday, November 18 - 20, 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

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Union Hall
1311 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Friday November 18th

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 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Customer Validation 101
A chat about validating your business by talking to potential customers with The Garage Group.

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!

4:30 pm
Startup Grind Fireside Chat
A mini-Startup Grind fireside chat with Jake Rouse, co-founder and CEO of Braxton Brewing Co.

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 20th

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!


Wendy Lea
CEO, Cintrifuse

Jake Rouse
Co-Founder & CEO, Braxton Brewing Co.

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.

Keith Romer
Research Consultant, The Garage Group

Event Judges

Tony Alexander
General Manager, The Brandery

Miranda Millard
Chaos Coordinator & Development Assistant, MORTAR

JB Woodruff
Program Director, UpTech

Nancy Aichholz
Executive Director, BGV, Inc.

Scott Weiss
CEO, OCEAN Accelerator

Coaches and Mentors

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


Ry Walker
Founder & CEO, Astronomer

Nikki Ridenour
Web/Mobile UX Designer, Freelance

Erin Flynn
Chief Marketing Officer, Cladwell

Natasia Malaihallo
Co-Founder & Chief Hacker, Wyzerr

Stedmon Harper
Co-Founder, Creative Director, Wyzerr

Bjorn Simmons
Cofounder, Chief Strategy Officer

Cofounded and led as Chief Strategy Officer of startup company, Wyzerr, an artificial intelligence software making surveys fun, fast and easy to analyze in real time. Led marketing, sales, partnerships, and public relations. Currently serve as a founder focused on strategic sales and partnerships. Created the world’s first smartform, game-like questionnaires that can answer up to 25 questions in under 60 seconds. Responsible for strategizing and executing a B2B software as a solution market penetration and growth strategy along with branding, marketing activations, digital content creation, CRM management, and PR. Effectively managed enterprise-level relationships and raised $2M Dollars in venture capital. The company graduated from The Brandery Venture Accelerator in 2015 and launched out ofStartFast New York in 2014.

Tim Balzer
Product Manager, Roadtrippers

Tim Gusweiler
Co-Founder, Jersey Watch

Anthony Breen
Founder & CEO, FEASTY

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.



Organizing Team

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

  • Julia
  • Justin
  • John David
  • Chris
  • Alex
  • Jonathan
  • Hillary


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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