Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus

    Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019

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  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus

Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019

Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Script Drop Inc
855 Grandview Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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Ready to spring your ideas into action?

Join us on March 22-24 for the next edition of Startup Weekend Columbus at the new ScriptDrop location. 

What happens at Startup Weekend? In 54 hours you and your team of talented people across all disciplines will turn an idea into a reality. This is where entrepreneurs, designers, coders, hustlers, and innovators in Central Ohio come together to prototype and validate business ideas for viable ventures.

It all happens in one weekend, so bring lots of energy!

On the first night you'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Feel like you might not be totally prepared? Don’t worry, we all begin at the same starting point. This means your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues.

Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Everyone is welcome and no previous entrepreneurial experience is necessary.

It’s a full weekend of discovery, connection, and fast launch of ideas to businesses. Don’t wait, get your ticket today!
  • Semi-Early Bird Tickets are available for a limited time! ($75 instead of the full price of $100)
  • Looking to watch and not participate for the whole weekend? Pick up a Demo Day ticket to watch the final pitches on Sunday evening. This applies to Sunday only.

What's included:
  • A weekend-long event to build and launch a business concept with a collaborative team
  • Space to work for the weekend at the beautiful new ScriptDrop office space
  • Invaluable access to a community of entrepreneurs, mentors, and experts (even more coming soon!)
  • Access to the top entrepreneur and tech talent serving as mentors throughout the weekend
  • 3 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts (We feed you good food!)
  • An awesome t-shirt
  • All the coffee, soda, energy drinks, and water you could ever need
  • An amazing experience and chance to get a taste of the startup world
  • And probably more
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now! What are you waiting for?

(psssst, students! - use promo code STUDENT for $50 tickets. Student Photo ID required on the day of event)

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Friday March 22nd

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Startup Showcase
During the first hour of registration and networking, there will be a Startup Showcase where various startups and innovation groups from around Columbus will be in attendance so you can learn more about what they do! Think of it like an informal meet & greet.

6:30 pm
Eat food and enjoy mingling with the Startup Showcase

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 March 23rd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Validation Workshop
30 minute workshop with Lucas and Mackenzie reviewing tactical and actionable ways to validate your idea within the next 54-hours.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Mentor Sessions
First round of mentor sessions begin. Mentors will in and out from 1pm - 5pm on Saturday.

3:00 pm
Mentor Sessions
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 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 March 24th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Pitch Presentation Workshop
Exactly what you need in your final presentation.

11:00 am
Mentor Sessions
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Mentor Sessions Continued
Mentors are here! ASK FINAL QUESTIONS

2:00 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!

Event Judges

Jill Raderstorf
Partner at Ohio Innovation Fund

Jill Raderstorf is a Partner at the Ohio Innovation Fund. She is focused on seeking out new investments for the Fund all across Ohio and working alongside portfolio companies to accelerate growth.  Jill has an extensive background in due diligence, banking, and risk management. She is a graduate of Creighton University and received her MBA from The Ohio State University. 

Amanda Epp
President at ScriptDrop

Amanda currently works at ScriptDrop, a successful healthcare start-up in Columbus, where she began as the company’s first employee and now serves as President.
Prior to ScriptDrop, Amanda rose through the ranks at CoverMyMeds, a healthcare IT company that sold for more than 1 billion dollars to McKesson Corporation in 2017. As one
of CoverMyMeds’ first employees, Amanda played an integral role in the company’s exponential growth during her eight-year tenure, and eventually became the Director of New
Product Implementation. In that role, she focused on bringing new products to market and selling the company’s prior authorization solution to pharmaceutical companies.
Amanda earned her undergraduate degree in Healthcare Administration from Ohio University and her MBA from Franklin University.  In early 2018, Amanda started a foundation called Go Get the World, which supports and empowers women to chase their dreams.

Micah Fening
Senior Consultant, Nationwide Financial Innovation

Micah Fening leads the Nationwide Financial (NF) Innovation portfolio work and the Living in Retirement domain strategy. In this role, he provides support for core and adjacent innovation to all NF lines of business through training and tools/templates to increase innovation evaluation and throughput.  For the domain, he evaluates, prioritizes and activates opportunity areas for consumers transitioning and living in retirement. He partners closely with the P&C and Enterprise Innovation teams to drive innovation best practices throughout the company. Prior to joining the NF Innovation team, he spent the last seven years helping companies in healthcare and consumer products advance their innovation initiatives.  He helped launch over a dozen products in the technology space, focused on mobile and Internet of Things devices, as well as tech-forward B2B services.  Prior to his experience in the innovation space, Micah worked in financial consulting, helping Fortune 500 automotive and telecommunications clients in corporate tax planning and audit defense at the state level. Micah is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University, completing his undergraduate in Finance in 2004, and his MBA in 2011.  In his life outside of work, Micah spends time with his wife, Jennifer, and his two daughters, Kate, age 5, and Charlotte, age 3.  He serves on the Board of Trustees for his daughter’s school, the Columbus Montessori Education Center.

Jonathan Nutt

Jonathan is a co-founder of Rhove, a technology that aligns the incentives of property owners and renters to promote home ownership. Previously, Jonathan served as the Director of UX Strategy for IBMix (fka Resource/Ammirati) and Head of User Experience for Beam Dental.

Coaches and Mentors

Carolyn Morgan
UX Researcher at OCLC

Driven by a motivation to democratize research, Caro invokes curiosity and grit to craft and implement creative and effective research approaches that allow team members to uncover insights and allow us to collectively build better products. She advocates for humans - not just users - and asks the questions needed to expose information required to deliver useful products. Caro contributes to the Columbus UX community through local leadership with IxDA and is always open to conversation and coffee.

Ned Bauerle
Director of Solutions Development at Leading EDJE

Ned Bauerle is the Director of Solutions Development for Leading EDJE, an IT consulting firm in Columbus who are serious tech experts solving serious business problems, without taking themselves too seriously in the process.  They refer to themselves as 'Real,Fun.Geeks'. Ned has over 23 years of experience delivering high quality software solutions. As a consultant, he has worked in a variety of industries planning and implementing architecture, software, and business processes focusing on technology projects to deliver high quality, tangible business results.

Dan Rockwell
CEO, Big Kitty Labs

Dan is a startup-launching engine that keeps big kitty purring by applying his passion for helping businesses leverage their technology to provide a superior experience for their customers. He is a regular speaker and mentor at Startup Weekend Columbus, hosts and organizes the monthly Wakeup Startup series, and fuels innovation at The Ohio State University.

Nick Potts
Founder of ScriptDrop

Nick has 6 years of experience in Healthcare IT. As the Founder of ScriptDrop, he loves the intersection of technology, startups, and healthcare. ScriptDrop's flagship product is a prescription delivery service that they are currently scaling nationally.

Andrew Frank
Coding Instructor at TechElevator

Throughout his technical journey, Andrew Frank has had the opportunity to solve complex business problems as a Developer, Architect, Development Manager, and Technical Lead at companies ranging from startups to established enterprises. Technologically, he has had the chance to work with many technologies and frameworks, including ASP.NET [], C#, Java, Ruby, PHP, JavaScript, and Angular. Along the way, he has also had the privilege and joy to coach and mentor developers looking to establish and further their careers in meaningful ways.

Matt Carlson
Senior Manager, Design and Web at OCLC

For over 20 years Matthew has worked with both small and large businesses to craft engaging user experiences and designs. He brings a proven knowledge of branding, creative strategy and leadership to print and digital projects. From designing logos, laying out brochures, developing websites or mobile apps, to building and leading creative teams, he has the vision, creative direction and business understanding to ensure a successful delivery of all types creative projects.

Brandon Walker
Vice President, Sales at Untappd

After dropping out of college in 2015, Brandon Walker started as a marketing intern at Next Glass - a start-up founded in Wilmington, NC which eventually acquired Untappd. Brandon attended entrepreneurship boarding school, Draper University, in Silicon Valley after his internship, and returned to Next Glass as the company's first salesperson. 

Today, 4 years later, Brandon leads multiple sales teams selling Untappd's business software to wholesalers, breweries, bars, and restaurants all over the world. Untappd is the world's largest beer app with over 8 million donwloads and over 17,000 businesses on the platform.

Jeff Graham
Principal, Data Analytics at Fuse by Cardinal Health

Jeff Graham is a Principal of Data Analytics who is responsible for developing new quantitative technologies for Fuse Labs. He has over 20 years of experience in Big Data, database performance tuning as well as systems and application development on-premise and in the cloud. Jeff has applied new methods of stream processing, graph databases, in-memory grids, and advanced search capabilities that are used in Fuse and throughout Cardinal Health.

Jeff has many years of software development, IT strategy, and operations experience at Cardinal Health and specializes in the field of big data and analytics. At Fuse, Jeff was recently involved in the creation of cloud-based big data analytics platform leveraging learnings from building a 300-node big data platform and created a cloud-based, HIPAA compliant, analytics platform that is the basis for much of the clinical research in Fuse Labs today. Jeff also led a team in the creation of a scalable design for collecting real-time electronic medical records from clinical systems across the US for use in treatment research.

Brian Cerney
Associate Consultant at Workstate

Brian is currently an Associate Consultant at Workstate, an IT  services organization. He is Team-focused, T-shaped, and capable of collaborating across the entire SDLC. He is a former teacher with an innate drive to learn new concepts and technologies. In Brian's free time he's been exploring cloud architecture and development using AWS.

Lucas LaTour
COO and Sales Director, Grypmat

One of Lucas' life goals is to be a life-long learner and to see the world be a better place. For the past 6 years, he has focused on one thing: growing businesses. Whether that's in the tool, retail, technology, or wellness industries, Lucas get's great joy in finding what works and then executing on it until overcoming what people think is impossible.

Alex Chudik
Head of Marketing and Business Development at

Alex is currently the Director of Inbound Marketing and Business Development at and has worked with hundreds of startups to help grow their business. She specializes in email marketing, content and social media strategy, SEO, PPC, and new product launches- but when she isn’t doing all of that, you can usually find her exploring a new city around the world. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus 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

ScriptDrop provides prescription delivery by seamlessly connecting pharmacies to our network of couriers. We are the first medication delivery program that integrates directly into the pharmacist’s existing workflow—making the delivery process more efficient for the pharmacy and leading to a seamless delivery solution.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Andrea
  • Vijay
  • Matt
  • Nora
  • Sandhya
  • Jeff
  • Ryan
  • Matt
  • Dylan
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