Startup Weekend Stamford

    Friday, September 21 - 23, 2018


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Stamford

Friday, September 21 - 23, 2018



Friday, September 21 - 23, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Ferguson Library
96 Broad Street
Stamford, CT 06904

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Join us for this weekend of fun, ideas and entrepreneurial energy!

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! 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.

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! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “stamford@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 21st


6:30 pm
Registration
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
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 September 22nd


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 September 23rd


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!


Event Judges


Jim Huerta
Co-Founder and Managing Partner

James R. (Jim) Huerta is a seasoned executive with senior and C-Suite management experience. He has held positions in a wide variety of industries including Intellectual Property, Entertainment, Strategic Business Consulting, Market Research, Mining, and Security & Commodity Trading and Trade Finance.


Brenda Lewis
Principal Transactions Marketing

Brenda is an entrepreneur with 36 years of venture management and tech start-up funding experience in enterprise software, systems and services. She has launched 20 ventures, mostly mobile. In 2017, she co-founded TechXel Stamford, LLC, the first B2B tech accelerator in Fairfield County. Prior to Transactions Marketing, Inc., Brenda spent 15 years in enterprise systems and marketing with Exxon, Marine Management Systems and Howmet Aluminum, a subsidiary of Paris-based Pechiney Ugine Kuhlmann. Brenda graduated cum laude from Smith College in economics and received her MBA from the University of Connecticut. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development and holds a certificate in Telecommunications Management from NYU .Brenda is on the Steering Committee for Innovation Stamford and is a charter organizer of One Million Cups /Stamford. She is a judge for the CT New Venture Challenge, the CT Collegiate Business Competition and the Draper competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs.


Coaches and Mentors


Brien Buckman
Facilitator

Brien works with companies to help define, build and ship new products that delight customers. His experience includes working for Magic Leap, MasterCard's Digital Labs group and for Apple. Additionally, he cofounded an HR SaaS company that was acquired and consulted for a university technology incubator company working on new nano-particle production IP. Outside of work, Brien enjoys traveling to new places, eating good food and supporting entrepreneurs.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Stamford 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

The Ferguson Library is Stamford's public library and center of entrepreneurial activity.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Elizabeth
    Joseph
  • Hugh
    Seaton

Facilitators


Brien Buckman
Facilitator

Brien works with companies to help define, build and ship new products that delight customers. His experience includes working for Magic Leap, MasterCard's Digital Labs group and for Apple. Additionally, he cofounded an HR SaaS company that was acquired and consulted for a university technology incubator company working on new nano-particle production IP. Outside of work, Brien enjoys traveling to new places, eating good food and supporting entrepreneurs.

Event Staff


Elizabeth Joseph
Coordinator, Information & Adult Services

Elizabeth Joseph is currently the Coordinator of Information & Adult Services at the Ferguson Library where she oversees all aspects of adult services, programs and collections.  Elizabeth also manages the Stamford small business resource center and is the lead organizer of Stamford 1 Million cups, a monthly program developed by the Kauffman Foundation that connects entrepreneurs to the larger community.  


Hugh Seaton



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