StartupWeekend of Central Connecticut
Friday, October 2 - 4, 2015
Friday, October 2 - 4, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm
45 Wyllys Avenue
Call for Innovators, Social Entrepreneurs, Developers, Designers, Engineers, Marketers
Everyone is invited to pitch a new product, medical device, software, app, or service. Participants will form into teams around the top ideas. Then it’s a frenzy of business modeling, designing and prototyping; with the support of business, design, production, marketing, IT, and legal coaches. The weekend culminates with demos and pitches to investors, as teams vie for free legal services, office space and other resources to launch their ventures.
- Free legal advice from Wiggin and Dana LLP
- "Breakfast with a VC." One-on-One meeting with Konstantine Drakonakis of LaunchCapital
- 6 months free co-working space at the reSET incubator in Hartford
- 3 months free co-working space at 1253Whitney.com incubator in Hamden
- More to come -- stay tuned!
Friday October 2nd
Saturday October 3rd
Sunday October 4th
Patty is a member of the Angel Investor Forum, and serves on the Global Advisory Board for Astia (providing funding, growth, & leadership for women entrepreneurs). She was a Principal with Dakota Ventures (leading the AdChina deal for Dakota- which exited to Alibaba in 2015), a mentor for Yale's YEI startups, spearheaded Fairfield County's 1st StartUp Weekend, and was on StartUp CT's BOD. In late 2013 she accepted her final role within the ecosystem, as a full-time Technology Business Advisor with the CT SBDC. She works with high growth startups and her portfolio companies have raised over $15MM to date.
Prior to joining CI, Mike worked for the University of Connecticut as manager of the Springboard Program. Mike assisted research faculty as they formulated ideas for new technology companies and partnerships and helped to establish startup companies.
Coaches and Mentors
He is the associate professor of Entrepreneurship & Strategy director of the Professional Athlete Transition Institute at Quinnipiac University. His
Makaela advises social entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and changemakers across generations and in all fields of work. At Wesleyan, she runs grant, training, and mentoring programs for undergrads who want to make the world a better place. She is especially interested in ways that academic rigor and interdisciplinary critical thinking skills can lead to success for innovative and action-oriented people. Her own activism is centered around learning by play, natural parenting, and collaborative consumerism. Makaela graduated from Wesleyan in 1998 and lives in Hamden, CT, with her husband and two children.
After Mintz, Eric helped transform a five-person Web-development company into an international powerhouse with over 250 employees, spanning 18 offices in 13 countries. Eric has a wide range of patents and products in the marketplace. Eric Knight's full bio can be seen here: www.RemarkableTechnologies.com
Specialties: Inventing, business consulting, business development, business planning, patents, intellectual property, social media strategies for business, and online & offline marketing / advertising.
Specialties: Bridge the gap between business and technology, entrepreneurial mindset, institutional branding, personal branding, business system architecture.
Before joining Wiggin and Dana, Adam was an Associate at Greenberg Traurig, where he advised emerging technology and startup companies on financing and corporate governance. Prior to law school, Adam worked in the music industry as a manager and record label executive.
Lafir is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Lafir also holds a Double Major in Finance and Accounting from the University of Bridgeport and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Passionate and open to the fact that online media is an ever changing and growing space full of opportunities.
Specialties: Search Engine Marketing (domestic & international), Search Engine Optimization, SLPR, Lead Generation, Email Marketing & Development, Media Buying & Media Placement, ECommerce Strategy & Development, Social Media, Strategic Partnership & Alliances, Analytics, Online Project Management, Affiliate Marketing, Communications Strategy & Development, Spanish Search Engine Optimization, ECommerce & Digital Marketing Strategist
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The StartupWeekend of Central Connecticut 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 Connecticut is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
Bill Kenney has founded 6 companies and currently leads two growing ventures. One is a business promotion company and the other is a self-promotion company. MEET (myeeteam.com) specializes in helping growth healthcare, energy, and technology companies exhibit at trade shows. MEET develops and implements client event participation strategy. His second company, Test My Pitch (testmypitch.com) is an online platform helps students, entrepreneurs, and professionals develop their communication skills in a safe and collegial environment. Think of Test My Pitch like a batting cage for communication skill development. Test My Pitch is currently embedded in the curriculum of universities, accelerators, incubators and corporations from Saudi Arabia to San Francisco.
Bill also leads four community building efforts in Connecticut. The first has developed a statewide entrepreneurial event calendar where more than 30 organizations events are now aggregating and the second is a statewide entrepreneurial mentor cooperative where more than 20 organizations are sharing mentorship best practices and resources. The third is a statewide entrepreneur awards event. And the fourth is a statewide entrepreneur summit.
Bill is also part of the leadership team at Startup Champions Network (formerly Startup America) and he emcees and speaks frequently on a variety of networking, business, mentorship, entrepreneurship and community building topics.
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