Startup Weekend Columbus

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014


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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 Columbus

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014



Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

The CCAD (Columbus College of Art and Design) Mind Market
60 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 14th


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:45 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
Voting
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 15th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 16th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


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.


Brian Link
Software Engineering Director at Dell Software

Brian is a software technology executive, passionate technologist, and Internet start-up enthusiast. He is a strategic web, engineering and product manager addicted to the agile development process.

Brian was the first CTO at Digg.com where he led Development, Product, QA and R&D for 3 years as Digg grew to be one of the most highly trafficked websites in the world. Today, Brian is also an advisor and board member to various Internet startups in San Francisco, Austin, Boston and Columbus.

Brian has been the CTO of multiple startups and co-founded WakeUpStartup.com, a grassroots startup networking and monthly pitch event to help connect entrepreneurs, technologists and investors. He is also one of the founders of Columbus TechLife, one of the largest technology meetup groups in the country. Brian started his career in consulting where he spent 13 years at Cambridge Technology Partners in technology leadership roles on dozens of multi-million dollar consulting and system integration engagements.

Event Judges


Nick Seguin
Partner at Dynamit

Nick is a high level thinker, a curator of people, a connector of dots, a storyteller and a contrarian.

Currently, he is full-time at Dynamit – a data, design and technology company he has built from founding to Inc 5000. His focus is on business development, partnerships, recruiting, digital/product strategy, brand and managing the company's growth. 

Beyond founding partner of Dynamit, he has also worked for a multi-billion dollar foundation building and managing a multi-million dollar grant portfolio focused on high growth startups, entrepreneurial community building and capital access. 

He is on the board of directors for Startup Weekend, which is more than just an amazing weekend experience, it’s a global non-profit organization focused on experiential entrepreneurial education. 

Nick is also an avid mentor to startups and an advisory board member to programs and organizations in the educational and private sectors focused on web, technology, and startups.

His specialties include strategy, ux, product development/management, recruiting, business development, and early stage startup strategy.


Rich Langdale
Managing Partner, NCT Ventures

Rich is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor. In 1986, while attending The Ohio State University, Mr. Langdale founded Digital Storage, Inc. ("DSI"). Since that time he has founded, co-founded, acquired or invested in several more under the umbrella of NCT Ventures. Through his capacity as a Managing Partner of NCT Ventures, he is still actively involved with several portfolio companies. 

In 2001, Mr. Langdale (along with other persons affiliated with NCT Ventures and OSU) founded and developed the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, which quickly earned a tier one ranking from Entrepreneur Magazine. Mr. Langdale helped develop the Entrepreneurship curriculum in addition to teaching undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA courses on Entrepreneurship. Mr. Langdale has been an executive board member of The Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Steering Committee, OSU's Center for Entrepreneurship, Columbus Technology Council, and Nationwide Children's Hospital (Research Board). 


Luke Westerman
Founder and CEO, Solomon Global Holdings INC.

Luke Westerman has been a professional investor for over 13 years – first through the public markets on Wall Street and now in the private markets as Founder and CEO of Solomon Global Holdings, a venture capital firm focused on investing in explosive and disruptive growth companies.Mr. Westerman is also a veteran entrepreneur and has founded, co-founded, acquired or invested in over 25 startups across multiple industries over the last decade – several of which have had successful exits. He also currently sits on ten for-profit Boards of Directors where he helps govern and advise dynamic early stage companies. His Wall Street experience includes tenure as Vice President of Investments for JPMorgan Chase as well as Fifth Third Securities where he was responsible for due diligence, investment selection and overall portfolio management.Solomon’s latest venture and passion project is Endeavor Forward, a cutting edge “Incubator 2.0″ that partners with dynamic entrepreneurs and provides hands-on support, strategic guidance and critical resources to high growth startups. Mr. Westerman is a graduate of Mount Vernon Nazarene University where he earned degrees in Finance and Marketing. He is a regular keynote speaker and lecturer at universities and business seminars nationwide speaking on a variety of subjects including entrepreneurship, modern venture capital, global economics, and ethics. Mr. Westerman is also heavily involved in philanthropic endeavors and serves on the Board of Trustees for several charities and non-profit organizations including Opera Columbus, iLearn and The Westerman Family Foundation. Luke and his wife of ten years, Alisha, reside in Granville, Ohio along with their two dogs, Franky and Dino. They are passionate about the arts, animal welfare, veteran affairs and the environment.


Coaches and Mentors


Alan Gilbert
VP of Engineering, CoverMyMeds

Alan joined CoverMyMeds in 2012 as Vice President of Engineering, responsible for all technical activities, product development and product management. Alan has spent most of his career building and nurturing high-performing engineering teams that allow exceptional people to reach their potential and accomplish great things. Still an engineer at heart, he has been developing and commercializing medical devices and software for more than 25 years, holding positions at IBM, DuPont, Codonics, and CoverMyMeds. He has served on or led teams that brought dozens of medical products to market in more than 100 countries and holds several patents. Alan also volunteers at hack-a-thons, and has served on technology transfer committees at Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University.


Bill Troy
Founder and CEO of PR Brigade and TroyResearch

An offshoot of TroyResearch, PR Brigade is a fast-growing social media services firm specializing in content creation/content marketing, social media execution and 24/7/365 community management. 

Behind all the hype about social media marketing, there is a hard truth: it’s a lot of work. To keep up with it, company owners and managers need professional help. Many marketing firms provide customers with a social media strategy and to-do list. At PR Brigade, we roll up our sleeves and actually do the work.

TroyResearch is an Inc. 500 full service leader in online qualitative and quantitative consumer and B2B market research. Since 1997 we've completed over 10 million documented online surveys in 16 languages and a dozen countries.


Matt Scantland
Co-Founder and CEO at CoverMyMeds

Matt Scantland is CEO and Co-Founder of CoverMyMeds, the nation’s largest electronic prior authorization platform.
As CEO, Matt is responsible for overall company leadership and growth. He brings a product and technology perspective to the management team, and helps drive the company’s innovation strategy. Matt also is a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.

Matt and Co-Founder Sam Rajan started CoverMyMeds to help patients get the medications they need to live healthier lives. Through its innovative products and partnerships with the nation’s largest health plans, pharmacies, providers, and clinical systems, CoverMyMeds helps millions of patients access their needed medications each month.

Prior to co-founding CoverMyMeds, Matt was Co-Founder and President of a software development company in Columbus that served large healthcare companies. Matt is active in Columbus’ business, civic, and technology communities, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Columbus.



Mikey Sorboro
Owner, Mikey's Late Night Slice

When Mikey Sorboro was still in the pedicab business, he kept hearing the same question: “Where’s the pizza by the slice in this city?” It wasn’t long before he started asking the same. So he bought an empty used-car lot office near his apartment and, with cash he earned pedaling, turned the 140-square-foot space into a pizza shop. Five years, eight locations and two trucks later, Mikey’s Late Night Slice is Columbus’ signature pizza-by-the-slice joint. From an employees-only cafe at Nationwide Arena to windows at Woodland’s Tavern and Newport Music Hall, Late Night Slice has not-so-subtly moved into almost every neighborhood in the city, with plans to franchise into new markets by 2016.


Brian Zuercher
CEO, SEEN

Brian Zuercher is the CEO of SEEN, a marketing software platform that is helping marketers tell the story of their brand and build relationships with their customers through consumer generated photos and videos. The SEEN team is excited to be working with clients like ESPN, Bath and Body Works, New Balance, and many others. 


Brian Link
Software Engineering Director at Dell Software

Brian is a software technology executive, passionate technologist, and Internet start-up enthusiast. He is a strategic web, engineering and product manager addicted to the agile development process.

Brian was the first CTO at Digg.com where he led Development, Product, QA and R&D for 3 years as Digg grew to be one of the most highly trafficked websites in the world. Today, Brian is also an advisor and board member to various Internet startups in San Francisco, Austin, Boston and Columbus.

Brian has been the CTO of multiple startups and co-founded WakeUpStartup.com, a grassroots startup networking and monthly pitch event to help connect entrepreneurs, technologists and investors. He is also one of the founders of Columbus TechLife, one of the largest technology meetup groups in the country. Brian started his career in consulting where he spent 13 years at Cambridge Technology Partners in technology leadership roles on dozens of multi-million dollar consulting and system integration engagements.


Nikola Ranguelov
UX Lead, Express

User Experience Designer with a passion for engaging users and ensuring that their voices are heard throughout the organization as well as that their feedback successfully influences design to deliver truly user-centric products. Former local leader of IxDA Chicago.


Inggrie Merriman
Partner and Chief Creative Officer, TehKu Tea Company

Marketing exec with broad experience in all aspects of product management, market strategy, business process assessment, branding, packaging, consumer behavior and market research. Direct experience with product requirement development, go-to-market strategy, sales training, and consulting services. 

Interested in early-stage startups as well as established companies looking for an out-of the box marketing strategist. 

Interested in challenging opportunities in the beverage industry, specifically with new product development in food and beverage market.


David Geiger
Vice President Business Development, CrossChx

David is a strategic business development and marketing entrepreneur with over 14 years of healthcare experience. Prior to CrossChx, David co-founded ePAY Healthcare and served in leadership, marketing, and business development roles with startup and Fortune 500 companies including Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Black & Decker. Actively involved in Columbus, Ohio’s startup ecosystem, David volunteers as a mentor for 10Xelerator, Founders Factory, and Startup Weekend. David attended business school at Butler University and is a graduate of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.



Jonathan Johnson
UI Architect, EXPRESS

Jonathan is a product strategist and front end engineer recently transplanted to the Columbus area from San Francisco. Originally from Chicago, he worked at and helped build a number of startups including OpenAirplane, Wrapports, and High School Cube before joining Express to help define and develop innovative digital experiences. 

His career as a designer and engineer started after a friend convinced him human-computer interaction was the field to be in. He shortly thereafter quit his job as an airline pilot, taught himself to code and pursued graduate studies in HCI. He enjoys an unhealthy amount of coffee.


Denise Chroninger-Philipsen
Director UX, Moxie and Local Leader of Columbus IxDA

Design professional with over fifteen years of experience growing as a Director UX, Principal Interaction Designer, User Interface (UI) Specialist, Interaction Designer, Information Architect, Web Developer, and Programmer for a variety of industries ranging from government to retail.


Andrea Archibald
Owner at Simply Vague

Andrea and her husband Nate own the Simply Vague stores in Polaris Fashion Place, The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Greene Town Center, and South Campus Gateway (Devoted by Simply Vague). All of our stores sell OHIO MADE products from over 300 local vendors. In 2013 she began hosting the largest local shopping event in Columbus. Made LOCAL Marketplace shows feature over 80 Ohio vendors, local music, and the proceeds from each show benefit a different Columbus non-profit organization. In February Andrea created Live Columbus, an online publication that features Columbus people, places, food, fashion, and fitness. Andrea also loves to write and currently contributes to Columbus CEO and Cbus Chic. In addition to writing, she love photography and enjoy taking photos for both families and businesses in her free time. Andrea recently began helping small businesses with their marketing and PR, and is passionate about small businesses and helping them grow.


Brian Billingsley
CEO, Klarna North America



Matthew Mohr
Assistant Professor of Advertising and Design, CCAD

Matthew Mohr is an Assistant Professor of Advertising & Graphic Design at CCAD. He teaches senior Applied Design as well as Advanced Branding. Mr. Mohr’s professional career includes a decade in New York with clients such as Samsung, Newsweek, Norma Kamali, and Bloomingdale’s. 
Prior to getting a graduate degree from Parsons in Design & Technology, his first company, Millennial Web, was purchased by a NASA contractor where he worked for on-base for over two years. Scans of his retina are most likely still on file.
In addition to teaching, Mr. Mohr is currently the President of Wonder-Shirts, a T-shirt company dedicated to encouraging children to read. Online: www.wonder-shirts.com and www.matthewmohr.com. 


Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Suzy
    Bureau
  • Jay
    Clouse
  • Steve
    Gacka
  • Marek
    Michalski
  • Claudius
    Mbemba
  • Manuel
    Austin

Facilitators


Suzy Bureau
Founder

The ebullient Suzy Bureau (as she was referred to in TechCrunch) hails from Columbus, Ohio USA and is dedicated to building communities – locally & globally: from facilitating Startup Weekends in Mexico, Ireland and across the US, representing the US alongside delegates from 100+ other countries at Global Startup Youth in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to facilitating the invite-only Startup Extreme conference in Norway. 

She honed her technology & startup chops as the first product employee at CoverMyMeds, an HIT startup that grew to be Ohio’s first unicorn acquisition. 

Now, Suzy is focused full-time on bridging the gap between technology, social impact and sustainable entrepreneurship through the organization she founded, GiveBackHack. GiveBackHack starts with a weekend event pulling top hackathon participants together and continues throughout the year in communities to create lasting social enterprise.

Recently, Suzy was named the first “Create Columbus Visionary” by Columbus City Council and the Create Columbus Commission.


Jay Clouse
Founder, Unreal Collective

I am a writer, entrepreneur, and community builder. After discovering the power of small groups of driven individuals who meet regularly to make rapid progress, I founded Unreal Collective. Unreal Collective creates micro-communities to help individuals accomplish more, faster. 

Previously, I spent several years in tech startups as COO of a ticket exchange called Tixers (sold in 2015) and a product manager at CrossChx, a healthcare startup. Now, I serve as a Create Columbus Commissioner and Facilitator of Startup Weekend. The Create Columbus Commission exists to advocate for young professionals to the city officials in Columbus, Ohio. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour community event that teaches individuals how to conceptualize, build, and launch a startup company. 

My mission is to help and empower others to achieve more through community. With a love for music, I am exploring the intersection between entrepreneurship and the arts. I once bought 500 Startups founder Dave McClure a beer and he said that my pitch “didn’t completely suck.”

I write a daily newsletter on life, learning, and personal growth at https://jayclouse.com


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