Stamford 2015

    Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015


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Stamford 2015

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015



Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Hold the Date. Get ready to Innovate, Collaborate and Incubate your new business idea! This year's Startup Weekend Stamford is on. Stamford Innovation Center is our Venue Sponsor again this year and will be giving away free coworking space to the winning teams.
175 Atlantic Street
Stamford, CT 06901

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What can you accomplish in 1 weekend?

Innovate and shape your business idea into a viable venture.
Collaborate with developers, analysts, marketers, and designers.
Incubate a startup in 54 hours.  

If you have a great business idea of your own, or thrive on the energy around bringing new ideas to life, this is your weekend. Come start your own venture or bring your expertise to someone else’s. Be ready to pitch your business idea, build teams, and start UP!   Come see how LIMITLESS YOU are @ #StartupWeekendStamford!

Before you can say “Someday”…Say “Sunday.” With the help of your team, navigate the chaotic world of startups and get a venture launched quickly.
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Stamford has hosted Startup Weekends once a year for the past 4 years and draws highly educated attendees from a variety of tech, design, school and business communities statewide. Startup Weekend is a non-profit grass roots organization that created the model that has been hosted in 726+ cities and 120+ countries around the globe. 1,500+ Startup Weekend events have empowered 123,000 innovators to form 13,000 venture models in record time. This is your opportunity to make it happen for yourself and Connecticut.

Learn what angel investors and accelerators find most important.
Validate your idea. Build your professional network. Learn new skills. Most importantly, get your own business started. Become a leader in today’s conceptual era of serial entrepreneurs and self-starters.

Get the inside track on current practices, and nuances of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Now is your chance to team with skilled specialists to innovate, collaborate, and incubate a business idea into a viable venture.    

Who will benefit most from this experience?
Programmers & Engineers – Have great ideas, but missing the marketing skills or relationships to develop it into a business? Collaborate with designers and subject matter experts on your own innovative idea, or add your mad skills to theirs.
Designers (UX/UI/Graphics) – Looking to capitalize on your design abilities? Learn new ways to think about your craft, use your design skills to create your very own app and springboard towards prosperity.
Non Technicals – Analyst, Educator, Marketer, HealthCare Professional, etc.
Have you ever dreamed of being an innovator, improving a product, starting your own business? We are here to help you get the tools you need to bring that dream to life.


1st Timer – Startup Weekend Info & Video
Learn More about Startup Weekend Experience and What to Bring
Startup Weekend Resources
Last Year's Winners

Startup Weekend 2014
Startup Weekend Founding Board of Directors
10 Questions Judges Ask Startup Entrepreneurs











EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday April 10th


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


6:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Line up to pitch your startup idea. Be direct about the resources and skills your team needs to be successful.


8:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote to pick top ideas


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Winning teams recruit a team to help them form their startup over the next 54 hours. Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest about your skill sets.


9:30 pm
Ready, Set, StartUp!
Teams find office space and begin forming and discussing their plan of action and assigning tasks.


11:55 pm
Those Die Hards should start Wrapping Up
You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow, but we recommend heading out by 11:30/12 so you can make the most of a long weekend!

Saturday April 11th


7:30 am
UFC Startup Champion Class
UFC Gym developed a Startup Stamford Workout Class. Sign up at the Registration Table (Optional)


9:00 am
Breakfast
Eggs & Bacon Breakfast for Champions!


10:00 am
Define Problem/Business Case


10:00 am
Coaches Sign Up


12:15 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Validate: Get out and talk to customers


2:00 pm
Coaching Hours


3:00 pm
Beef Jerky Presentation


7:30 pm
Dinner


11:55 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday April 12th


9:00 am
Waffle Waffle Breakfast
Entrepreneur Sam Rockwell will be cooking up his Waffle Waffles, giving everyone a taste of a business that brought him to $1million in sales in a few short years after college!


10:00 am
Last Pivots!


10:00 am
Surveys Are DUE!
Up Global Surveys must be compete so your team can participate!


11:30 am
Coaches Arrive
Ask questions. Finalize presentations. PRACTICE PITCHING!!


12:00 pm
Lunch


2:00 pm
Pitch Workshop


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
tech-check for final presentations also takes place


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


8:00 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up



Speakers


Brian Anderson
Founder/Entrepreneur

Brian Anderson is a veteran executive and entrepreneur in the sports, fitness and outdoor industries.  He most recently served as CEO and co-founder of Madd Gear, a leading global brand of action sports products.  Anderson previously served as President of EB Sport Group, Sportline and Valeo (fitness accessories and fitness electronics), Senior VP of Global Sales and Marketing at 180s (outdoor apparel and accessories) and held various roles outside of the sports industry.  He has also served as a Board Member for several companies in the sports and outdoor industries and has been intimately involved in several industry acquisitions.  Anderson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) and heads up the SFIA task force on Sports and Fitness Technology.  He was a recipient of the Sporting Goods Business 40 Under 40 award in 2010.  Anderson holds a degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania.



Samuel Rockwell
Founder/Entrepreneur

Sam Rockwell was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. From an early age Sam was exposed to entrepreneurship through various family businesses. While attending the University of Wisconsin - Madison - School of Business, Sam co-founded WaffleWaffle. Sam came across a product that was surprisingly delicious, but not readily available in the United States. Taking the adage that if one does what he or she believes in, even if simple in nature, one can achieve great success. It does not need to be rocket science to exploit an opportunity in the marketplace. WaffleWaffle proceeded to develop a proprietary waffle formulation and build a scalable business through the development of a variable cost business model. The company developed a product line both horizontally and vertically, and one that is highly adaptable to regional tastes, market conditions, and multiple applications for food retailers. WaffleWaffle grew organically, with a specific objective of deferring immediate profitability in order to establish the scale required to become profitable. In four years, WaffleWaffle has grown, and now produces nearly 5,000 waffles per hour, has sold over one million pounds of waffle dough, and has annual sales in excess of one million dollars."


Event Judges


Brian Anderson
Founder/Entrepreneur

Brian Anderson is a veteran executive and entrepreneur in the sports, fitness and outdoor industries.  He most recently served as CEO and co-founder of Madd Gear, a leading global brand of action sports products.  Anderson previously served as President of EB Sport Group, Sportline and Valeo (fitness accessories and fitness electronics), Senior VP of Global Sales and Marketing at 180s (outdoor apparel and accessories) and held various roles outside of the sports industry.  He has also served as a Board Member for several companies in the sports and outdoor industries and has been intimately involved in several industry acquisitions.  Anderson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) and heads up the SFIA task force on Sports and Fitness Technology.  He was a recipient of the Sporting Goods Business 40 Under 40 award in 2010.  Anderson holds a degree in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania.



Tracy Chadwell
Angel Investor

Tracy Killoren Chadwell is an active angel investor focusing primarily on women owned and controlled businesses.  She was formerly a Partner with Baker Capital, a telecommunications private equity firm with more than $1 billion under management. She also was a Vice President with Robertson Stephens, a San Francisco based investment bank and a Vice President with Equity Institutional Investors, owned by Sam Zell in Chicago. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Belle Haven Land Co. and an Advisory Board Member of TIA Girl Club, an empowerment website for tween's. She is an attorney and earned her JD at Loyola University of Chicago and her BA from Trinity College in Connecticut. Tracy is a mother of 2 boys and resides in Greenwich, CT.



Steven Laitmon
CEO and Co-Partner

Steven Laitmon is the Chief Executive Officer of the Westport-based, better for you snack company, Nothin’ But Foods.  An attorney by trade, Steven has always had an eye and ear for cultivating and mentoring talented individuals in business and the arts.   Steven began his career in the entertainment industry producing the Emmy-nominated documentary, “The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till.”  In 2002, he founded The Calendar Group, an international staffing firm catering to the needs of the high net worth community.   Steven holds an undergraduate degree from Emory University and a law degree from Cardozo Law School.  Steven is married to a phenomenal wife and is the father to three amazing children.


Daryl Jones
Director of Research and Institutional Sales

Director of Research and Institutional Sales for Hedgeye, an actionable investment research and financial media company. Prior to joining Hedgeye Risk Management, Daryl was the sector head for Basic Materials at HIG Capital's hedge fund, Brightpoint Capital. Earlier, Daryl founded the public investment effort at Onex Corporation, a leading private equity firm. At Hedgeye, Daryl covers commodities, geo-politics, and major asset classes outside of equities.Daryl holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s degree from Columbia University in finance and value investing. While attending Yale University, Daryl played for the men’s ice hockey team.




Coaches and Mentors


Josh Aferzon
Founder and CEO

Josh is the 24-year-old founder and CEO of Orthozon Technologies. Orthozon Technologies is an engineering-driven medical device company focused on the minimally invasive surgery (MIS) market. It develops innovative products that can reduce surgical duration, limit blood loss and trauma, ease the complexity of surgery, and facilitate cost-saving clinical solutions for surgeons, hospitals, and outpatient surgery centers. Orthozon currently markets the FDA-approved and award-winning Lumiere Minimally Invasive Retractor System. Josh has been featured in Bloomberg Business, on TheWhiteboard. For more about Josh check out The Stamford Advocate.
Josh has authored various patents in the fields of medicine and mechanics. He has also co-authored several peer-reviewed papers and abstracts during his educational and research career.




Linda Singh
Founder, CEO

Ms. Singh is an innovative entrepreneurial-minded leader and advisor with a proven track record of building new business through initiating strategic partnerships. Ms. Singh is a long-term veteran of the beauty industry with over 30 years of first-hand beauty experience. She has held senior-level positions at Coty, Inc. and Revlon. Ms. Singh's diversified background includes some of the most notable names in the celebrity and designer fragrance and personal care brands. She has unique talents in connecting her clients with influencers, designing effective processes for improved profitability, and negotiating fair deals for all parties. She started social enterprise SitaraCollections.com after leaving Coty, to have a social impact after many years in the corporate world. In addition, Ascent Beauty Brands was also developed to meet the needs of several clients looking to engage in developing their brands.


John Lim
Founder, Chief Executive Officer

John Lim assumes many roles: ambitious entrepreneur, impassioned educator, and visionary innovator in mobile, technology, and consumer engagement. He has successfully launched three companies, including his flagship brand, Life in Mobile, that revolve around one pursuit: finding new ways to empower others. The holder of multiple patents, patents pending, and trademarks, John never ceases to innovate ahead of the curve. His forthcoming linknexus™ solution will shatter the status quo of post-click experiences, giving companies the ability to create one-on-one experiences on a truly massive scale. All of John’s endeavors were built upon his Human2 Theory of building for the human behind the device, not the device itself. His knowledge and accomplishments have been featured in Mobile Marketing for Dummies, Leveraging Your Links, as well as various industry publications. He has traveled on tour with Google, and continues to speak at events both domestically and internationally, further solidifying his position as a true visionary in mobile consumer engagement.


Janis Collins
Founder/Accelerator

Janis is Entrepreneur in Residence at the Stamford Innovation Centerwhere she mentors entrepreneurs and connects them to needed resources. She started and leads a women’s entrepreneur forum, Founder’s Connect, to help provide women entrepreneurs of Fairfield County more access to capital, networks and knowledge. A committed and passionate advisor to startups, she recently created Juice, an event to connect food innovators, mentors and investors. Janis coaches dozens of regional startups, using her proven methodology to help them develop their pitch, refine their business models, and create their go-forward plans.
She has been helping companies innovate, create and quickly launch new businesses for more than 25 years. First, through her own company, which focused on helping high tech startups and then later advising and funding new financial service companies. Janis has helped found and launch several companies including two non-profit organizations.
Dedicated to community service and always an innovator, Janis is a member of Westport’s Board of Finance, where she developed a new budget reporting format to create more transparency. Previously, as Chairman of Westport’s Parks and Rec, she created an innovative public/private solution to continue the investment in the Town’s parks and recreation facilities.


Samuel Rockwell
Founder/Entrepreneur

Sam Rockwell was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. From an early age Sam was exposed to entrepreneurship through various family businesses. While attending the University of Wisconsin - Madison - School of Business, Sam co-founded WaffleWaffle. Sam came across a product that was surprisingly delicious, but not readily available in the United States. Taking the adage that if one does what he or she believes in, even if simple in nature, one can achieve great success. It does not need to be rocket science to exploit an opportunity in the marketplace. WaffleWaffle proceeded to develop a proprietary waffle formulation and build a scalable business through the development of a variable cost business model. The company developed a product line both horizontally and vertically, and one that is highly adaptable to regional tastes, market conditions, and multiple applications for food retailers. WaffleWaffle grew organically, with a specific objective of deferring immediate profitability in order to establish the scale required to become profitable. In four years, WaffleWaffle has grown, and now produces nearly 5,000 waffles per hour, has sold over one million pounds of waffle dough, and has annual sales in excess of one million dollars."



Doug Campbell
Founder/Business Coach

A former Director of Marketing for $200M division of Champion International, Doug has been a professor, a writer, entrepreneur and community leader of entrepreneurship for over 20 years. He has founded and owned many of his own companies and is active on numerous entrepreneurial boards, including the Angel Investors Forum and the Fairfield County Microenterprise Investors’ Council (which has funded 900,000 entrepreneurs in 5 countries). Currently, Doug advises CEOs and Top-Performing Executives, through his business The Success Coach (SM) In 2014, he authored The 16-28 Solution: Unleash the Passions of Your Youth…. 5 Big Lessons From Your Early Adulthood, after authoring Where To Go From Here: Reinventing Your Career, Your Business, Your Working Life in 2009. Doug received his MBA from UVA’s Darden School and graduated Cum Laude from University of New Hampshire with a BA in Spanish and International Relations.  


Dave Tomczyk
Professor Entrepreneurship

Dave is an assistant professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at Quinnipiac University. His research includes the impact of video games on entrepreneurial skills and abilities, intellectual property issues facing students in the classroom, and entrepreneurs as social deviants, among other topics. 
He worked at NASA in a variety of capacities including doing audits the size of the astronaut corps, assessing NASA's IT security state, and building a system to disposition the Space Shuttles and Space Shuttle components upon their retirement. He was also the U.S. Representative of Science and Technology to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperate (APEC) at the U.S. State Department.


Jonathan Yarmis
Founder/Management Consultant

Jonathan Yarmis (aka Doctor Disruptive) has been a leading voice in the technology industry for over 30 years, with a variety of experience in industry analysis, end-user computing, and public and analyst relations. His research focus has always been on “disruptive technologies,” which these days focuses on “social business,” which is a combination of social media, mobility, cloud computing and big data, with a dose of augmented reality and Internet of Things (IoT) for good measure.
Jonathan has worked at leading analyst firms including AMR, Ovum, HfS Research and a 10 year stint at Gartner. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Stamford Innovation Center and Cava Capital,and is a member of the Internet Oldtimers Foundation.


Jerry Grammont
Founder/Entrepreneur

“User experience should unify your product and drive business goals and objectives.” A generalist with a wide range of skills and expertise, Jerry keeps the show running. Prior to EmployToy, he co-founded Let’s Order Now a social food ordering service that improved restaurant operations, saves users time and money, while automatically giving to charity. From branding to digital marketing, he has built and led many teams for various digital projects like Pepsi, MTV, Hennessy, Bic, Toyota Matrix and many more.




Dale Jasinski
Professor

Dale is someone who grew up in a family business, started his professional career as a CPA, and founded and sold a system integration company, Hobbs & Jasinski. 
He is the associate professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy director of the Professional Athlete Transition Institute at Quinnipiac University. His philopsohy on life is the same  philosophy he uses when developing young entrepreneurs and that is to get perspective through experience, academic training and most of all have PASSION with everything you do in life!  
Dale is a mentor, a motivated entrepreneur and someone who has been living the Startup Weekend Philosophy for decades! 


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Stamford 2015 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 Connecticut is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Sharland
    Blanchard
  • John
    Malloy
  • Chris
    Higbie
  • Marcela
    Guaman
  • Bob
    Trinka
  • Mia
    Schipani
  • Laurie
    Heiss
  • Larry
    Perlstein
  • Will
    Haire
  • Alan
    Tan
  • Diana
    Ackerly
  • Susan
    Dallas

Facilitators


Derek Koch
CEO and Founder, Independent Software


Event Staff


Lisy Pitruzella
Recruiter/Registration



Diana Salazar
Co-creadora WASI - Technology Concert

Diana Salazar

Apropiación Social Ciencia, Tecnología e InnovaciónCo-creadora WASI - Tecnology Concert (iniciativa que conecta a LATAM para la creación de tecnología), Co-fundadora Geek Girls Colombia (comunidad de personas interesadas en el empoderamiento de la mujer en la industria tecnológica). Trabaja con procesos de formación y apropiación social TIC, e-learning, redes sociales y startups. Cree en el papel transformador de la mujer en la sociedad, en la educación como eje fundamental para el desarrollo y en la tecnología como su aliado. Actualmente hace parte del equipo de apropiación social de ciencia, tecnología e innovación en la Secretaría CTeI de la Gobernación de Cundinamarca.


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