Startup Weekend Cleveland

    Friday, October 20 - 22, 2017

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend Cleveland

Friday, October 20 - 22, 2017

Friday, October 20 - 22, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

675 Alpha Drive, Suite E
Highland Heights, OH 44143

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Build a Startup in 54 hours!

What is Startup Weekend?

The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Techstars Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.
Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event, where attendees pitch ideas, form teams and start companies. These events are very community focused and provide a place for budding entrepreneurs to find co-founders, mentors and momentum for their ideas.
The participants that attend have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with presentations and demos in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. So, what are you waiting for; join us!

Day 1: Meet, Pitch & Team Up
Day 2: Learn & Work
Day 3: Present & Celebrate

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Who can attend Startup Weekend? 

Anyone :) All are welcome; and the more diversity the better. Young and old, newbies and old hats, men and women, developers, MBA's, designers, researchers, serial entrepreneurs, corporate veterans... anyone that has a passion for entrepreneurship!

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Friday October 20th

5:30 pm
Arrive at LaunchHouse (675 Alpha Drive, Suite E, Highland Heights, OH 44143), get checked in and gear up for an exciting weekend!

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome (*Very Important*)
Review the agenda for the weekend and get to know speakers, coaches, judges, premier sponsors and your Startup Weekend community leaders. Monica Wheat, our SW facilitator, will also lead a fun warm up exercise called "Half Baked"!

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Line up to deliver your 60 second pitch (OPTIONAL)

9:00 pm
Voting Begins
Each attendee votes for their favorite pitches

9:30 pm
Teams Form
Finalize teams and team members; start discussing ideas and plans

10:00 pm
Business Model Canvas (Intro)
Lean how the Business Model Canvas can help you focus your efforts for the weekend (presented by BMC expert Sue Marrone)

10:30 pm
Work Begins!
Take skills inventory. Be honest and direct about how to best organize and divide & conquer. NOTE: LaunchHouse will be open all day and night (sleepovers are encouraged; bring a sleeping bag and pillow!)

Saturday October 21st

9:00 am
Breakfast + Presentation
Arrive and enjoy a simple breakfast & coffee. Plus at 9:15 pm, attorney Brandi Weekley will be presenting!

10:00 am
Continue Working
Complete your BMC, Get "out of the building" as needed and start speaking w/ potential customers; start rapid prototyping

11:30 am
Team Coaching Sign-Up Deadline
Sign-up for coaching slots (various experts will be available from 2-6 pm Saturday at LaunchHouse - legal, marketing, tech, etc.)

12:00 pm
Lunch + 2 Back-to-Back Presentations
Eat a hearty lunch (it will be catered in; no need to go anywhere!). In addition, at 12:15 pm during the lunch hour there will be 2 presentations. First will be Adrian Bota (12:15 to 12:45), followed by Chris Varley (12:45 to 1:15).

1:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Get team-focused help from the coaches; they are here to help!

6:00 pm
Dinner + Presentation
Eat an energizing dinner (it will be catered in; no need to go anywhere!). Plus at 6:45 pm, doctor turned startup co-founder, Dr. Faris El-Khider will be presenting!

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:00 pm
Continue Working
Keep plugging away! NOTE: LaunchHouse will be open all day and night (sleepovers are encouraged; bring a sleeping bag and pillow!)

Sunday October 22nd

9:00 am
Breakfast + 2 Back-to-Back Presentations
Arrive and enjoy a simple breakfast & coffee. During breakfast time from 9:15 - 9:45 am Jonathon Vinocur (startup attorney) will present; followed by CWRU Professor Scott Shane from 9:45 - 10:15 am.

10:00 am
After-breakfast check-in, status reports, call for help

12:00 pm
Eat a hearty lunch (it will be catered in; no need to go anywhere!)

1:00 pm
Work on Pitches & Demos
Use this time to create PowerPoint decks, prepare digital and/or physical product demonstrations and anything else to wow the judges!

3:00 pm
Final Pitch Prep & Tech Check
Focus on perfecting your presentation during these final couple hours, tech-check for final presentations will also take place

4:00 pm
Dinner (Early)
Eat an energizing dinner (it will be catered in; no need to go anywhere!)

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Show time!! Each team will have approximately 7 minutes to present their startup and 3 minutes to answer questions from the judges.

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards
Judges will complete their scoring and make final decisions; event sponsors will present 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards to teams.

9:00 pm
Go Home!
Remember to exchange business cards and phone numbers with your team members and other fellow SWCLE2017 attendees :)


Adrian Bota
Co-Founder and CEO - Piccadilly Artisan Creamery & The Origin Milk Company

Faris El-Khider, MD
Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer - Hyr Medical, Inc.

Jonathon Vinocur
Partner - Thompson Hine LLP

Chris Varley
Technology Executive | Open Innovation Practitioner | Strategist | Intrapreneur | Mentor

Sue Marrone
Owner - Sue and Company

Sue is an expert at facilitating Business Model Canvas workshops:

Scott Shane
Professor at Case Western Reserve University

Brandi Weekley
Associate Attorney at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Event Judges

Courtney Gras
Program Director at Bounce Innovation Hub

Charlie Lougheed
Managing Partner at InCuya (Co-Founder Explorys, Co-Founder Everstream)

Nick Barendt
Founding Curator, Cleveland Hub of the Global Shapers Community; Former Director of Studio and Labs at LeanDog; Adjunct Lecturer at CWRU

Rene Polin
President & Founder, Balance, Inc.

Mel McGee
Founder & CEO, We Can Code It

Gene Groys
Entrepreneur-In-Residence @ Youngstown Business Incubator and JumpStart, Founder OnShift

Jon Stahl
Agile & Lean Coach, President @ LeanDog

Mike Maczuzak
CEO & Founder, SmartShape Design

Coaches and Mentors

Jay Apple
Co-Founder -

Jay Apple is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded TenantMagic, LLC.   TenantMagic provides online software services to the residential real estate market nationwide.   Additionally, Jay has extensive experience in operations management, market development and strategy implementation primarily for small and mid-sized businesses.   Jay has also worked as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney and, later, with a regional firm. Jay is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds an MBA from Cleveland State University.

Faris El-Khider, MD
Co-Founder & Chief Medical Officer - Hyr Medical, Inc.

Robert Sopko
Director - CWRU LaunchNet at Case Western Reserve University

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Cleveland 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.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Marybeth
  • Patrick
  • Manoj
  • Renee
  • Haja
  • Jaudia


Monica Wheat
Founder @ Parallel Ventures & Digerati Girls

Monica Wheat is a Strategist, Educator, and Venture Developer. She is the past Co-Founder and Partner of Pixel DSi, a digital strategy consultancy and Parallel Ventures, an incubator focused on branded innovation partnerships and startup ecosystem development. Ms. Wheat is also the Founder and Executive Director of Digerati Girls, Inc. / Digerati Kids, a non-profit that has helped over 5,500 Detroit-area students gain skills and an introduction to digital technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Ms. Wheat has extensive experience in program management focused on digital, social, and economic development efforts. Ms. Wheat is extremely invested in the Detroit startup community, including her roles as Lead of Detroit Startup Week, Curator for Startup Digest Detroit/Ann Arbor, Director of Startup Next Detroit, Organizer/Facilitator of Startup Weekend, and fmr. Co-Lead of Women 2.0 Detroit.

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