Startup Weekend Columbus
Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm
2 Miranova Place
Startup Weekend Columbus Returns!
At Startup Weekend: You'll get to work alongside some of the top entrepreneurs, designers, coders, and innovators in Central Ohio. You'll also get to meet and learn from Seth Miller, Cofounder of RapChat & Startup Weekend Alumnus. (Neat fact: Over 4.5 million raps were created and shared on RapChat last year!) As always, you'll get plenty of food and swag throughout the weekend.
For $99, you'll receive:
- Space to work for the weekend at the beautiful CoverMyMeds office
- A chance to meet and learn from Rapchat's Cofounder and CEO, Seth Miller
- Invaluable access to a community of entrepreneurs and mentors (even more coming soon!)
- 3 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts (We feed you good food.)
- A sweet 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
We look forward to you joining us for another great event! In the meantime, also check out our blog at columbus.up.co.
(psssst, students! - use promo code STUDENT for $50 tickets. Student Photo ID required)
Friday November 11th
Saturday November 12th
Sunday November 13th
VP of Engineering, CoverMyMeds
Coaches and Mentors
In addition to running OBM, I serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Columbus Museum of Art, and am actively involved in other activities and causes related to the arts and community development.
In collaboration with the Downtown Denver Partnership and other partners, Orange Barrel Media operates the nations' first interactive wayfinding and digital communications system, a key component of Denver’s leadership in Smart City initiatives.
After launching the company from her dining room in 2009, Heather’s fresh, data-driven approach to best practices has helped Geben evolve into a highly respected, sought-after, award-winning PR firm with 26 employees and offices in Columbus and Chicago.
In addition to delivering exceptional results for client partners, Heather prides herself on using Geben as a platform for doing good. She is a vocal advocate for issues impacting women and girls, especially paid parental leave. After rolling out a 10-week leave policy for new moms and new dads at Geben, her perspective on this issue has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur.com and a variety of local and national media outlets. Additionally, her advocacy for paid leave was a key reason she was dubbed a #ChangeMaker by Deeds Not Words, the organization that mobilizes and activates Millennial women, founded by former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis.
One of Columbus BusinessFirst's 40 Under 40, Heather serves on the boards of The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio and The Gladden House. She’s also a trustee for micro-lending platform, Kiva Columbus. She frequently mentors women starting businesses, as well as college students interested in PR. Connect with her on Twitter (@prTini) or Instagram (@heatherwhaling).
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.
Entering the industry at its roots with CompuServe, Gina learned the value of user research, data analytics and engineering on the edge. This path led to heading up product teams at America Online and later Netscape. Prior to taking time off for family, Gina served as VP of Product in starting up ShareThis (formerly Nextumi), one of the top share icons on the web today. Her experience defining products to both meet a market need and fulfill the business goal led her to enter the consulting world with Mutually Human Software. As Director of Product Strategy, she taught companies how to execute in a way that delivers products people want to use.
Gina is a proud mother of three, and a Michigan Wolverine living in Buckeye Country.
Ben is VP Delivery and Experience for the Columbus Collaboratory. Columbus Collaboratory is a cutting edge startup focused on rapid innovation that delivers business impact in the areas of advanced analytics and cyber security.
Senior leadership roles previously held by Ben include VP of Growth Hacking for Pillar Technology, VP of IS for Progressive Medical, Director of the Columbus Technology Council, and Director at Owens Corning. His first successful exit was in 1996.
Ben is a frequent conference speaker on a wide range of topics including project management, enterprise agile, entrepreneurship and lean startup. Teams that Ben has lead have won numerous industry recognitions such as: Computerworld 100 Best Places To Work, InformationWeek 500, TechColumbus Innovation Awards. Additionally Ben has been named by Computer World to its Premiere100 list of top IT leaders nationwide.
As a community leader Ben founded TechLife Columbus, and is the curator of the Columbus Startup Digest. Ben resides in Dublin with his wife Sandy and his 4 daughters.
Gary Ross is a CEO experienced in leading the growth of software and technology-intensive service businesses from $1M to $150M in revenues. Under his company formed in 2014, Ross
Gary graduated with honors from Kent State University with a degree in Mathematics, and achieved his MBA from The Ohio State University with a focus on International Business. In addition to completing a 2-year relocation assignment in Europe, Gary has successfully planned and implemented at least 14 acquisitions and integrations in the U.S. and abroad, and has received international business alumni recognition from OSU.
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.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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