Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, March 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Stamford Innovation Center
175 Atlantic St.
Stamford, CT 06901

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Fame! Fortune! Create Your Business in 54 Hours!

Startup Weekend is the global entrepreneurial challenge - where you and dozens of your closest friends get together to create a business, get fast customer feedback and pitch it to a panel of world-class investors.

So stop reading about Mark Zuckerberg and come learn to create your OWN company in just two and a half days - 54 hours of fun, hard work, and startup glory!


Friday March 18th

6:30 pm
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
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 March 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
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

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

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

Sunday March 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Sal Syed
CEO of Arccos

While Sal Syed was earning his MBA at the Yale University School of Management, he realized that golf was lacking a high-performing, comprehensive tool to track and analyze a golfer’s game and improve decision-making on the course.  This Gap in the market place inspired him and his co-founders (Clinton Grusd and Ammad Faisal), to develop a product concept, plan and strategies his idea, develop and test his product and eventually form a business. His diligence and hard work has allowed Arccos to excel in the Golf Technology Market. Sal is a visionary. We are fortunate and excited that he can come by to tell us about his entrepreneurial journey in making golf more addicting.

Event Judges

Jim Conley

Mr. Conley is the Managing Partner of Yellion Partners, a boutique specializing in operational and strategic advisory, mergers & acquisitions, private equity, and venture capital finance.

As a senior finance and operations advisor with 29 years’ front-line international experience, he’s provided corporate finance and investment banking advisory in securities and M&A transactions, and general consulting, operations and turnaround counsel to private and public companies.

He has completed long-term operational assignments as COO and CFO to NewsSift (, aka: Financial Times Search), a nascent semantic business news search engine “start-up” funded exclusively by The Financial Times Group (Pearson, Plc); and was the Group COO/CFO of LTB Media (EU & U.S.), as well as Group COO/CFO of LTB Holding (UK, France, U.S.), where he led the U.S. and European finance groups (international business planning & development, M&A, treasury, accounting, audit, compliance, and operations for the LTB Private Office and the LTB Institute), as well as tax and strategic planning.

J. Skyler Fernandes
Startup Judge

J. Skyler Fernandes, Co-Founder & General Partner, Venture University. 

J. Skyler (Sky) Fernandes is ranked as a Powerlist 100 VC and is the Co-Founder & General Partner of Venture University, a multi-stage investment fund and trade school for venture capital, private equity, and angel investing.  

Venture University is redefining the value of an investment fund by creating an investment team that is capable of covering markets broader, deeper, faster, and smarter than a typical fund, providing a significantly more powerful network that can better support portfolio companies, and offering greater value to LPs.  

Previously, Sky was the Managing Director of Investments at Cleveland Avenue, a fund focused on food and beverage brands, food related technology, and new restaurant concepts, co-founded by the former President and CEO of McDonald's.

Sky was the Founder, Head, and Managing Director of Simon Venture Group (SVG), the venture capital arm of Simon Property Group, an S&P 100 company, and the largest retail real estate company in the world. CB Insights ranked SVG as a top 5 investor within retail alongside GV(Google Ventures), Intel Capital, and Comcast Ventures and focused on investing in retail technology, rising new brands, and internet of things for smart cities and buildings. 

Sky has developed key resources, such as "The Best Startup Pitch Deck" (viewed and downloaded 500,000+ times and used by leading accelerators and business schools).  Sky also co-founded with his wife the #1 startup and VC board game, "The Next Big Thing: The Game of Entrepreneurship",

Sky graduated early from New York University (NYU), summa cum laude, due to his studies at Harvard University in Physics and Foreign Policy. 

Erika Smith
Deputy Director

Erika Smith is the Deputy Director at the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute, where she helps to expand entrepreneurial opportunities for students, faculty, and alumni. Erika was formerly the senior director of investments with the Center for Innovative Technologies in Virginia. In addition to a strong early stage investment background, she has worked for a number of years in establishing ties with technologists at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and other universities and has taught commercialization courses on medical product development at the National Institutes of Health to the organization’s intramural research teams. Erika holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Coaches and Mentors

David Tomczyk
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Strategy, and Game Design

I have had a great variety of jobs and experiences in fields as diverse as teaching, IT security, program auditing, foreign relations, and risk management. I have a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship, and now teach entrepreneurship and game design at Quinnipiac University. I look forward to using my background and various areas of expertise to help others develop as professionals in whatever pursuits they enjoy. I have redesigned the Entrepreneurship major and created a variety of classes to help convey the entrepreneurial spirit in my students. I teach small business marketing, social entrepreneurship, opportunity recognition and negotiation, digital businesses, entrepreneurial finance, building effective businesses, and writing business plans, investor decks, and granular decks. Through a happy series of coincidences, I have been invited to teach game design as well and have done so since Fall 2013

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.

Bert Schefers
Managing Partner at Abbey Road Associates

Bert is Managing Partner of Abbey Road Associates, a boutique strategic pricing consultancy. He has led assignments for clients in various industries, including information services, technology, financial services, education, health care, construction, consumer products and retail. He is the former Chief Marketing Officer for Boots Healthcare USA Inc., and before that, worked at Bayer Healthcare’s Diagnostics division, where he was VP of Global e-Business and VP of Global Marketing for the Diabetes Business Unit. Before Bayer, Bert spent seven years at Johnson & Johnson, where he managed the North American oral care business and Johnson’s baby product line, as well as other personal care brands in Europe. 

Peter Propp
President & Co-Founder

Anthony Uzzo is President and Co-Founder of Core Informatics. He brings over 17 years of experience in delivering custom Laboratory Information Management Systems to the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and academic communities. He has extensive experience in software engineering, informatics, laboratory automation, project management and scienceAnthony’s LIMS project have focused on a wide range of research needs including Electronic Document Management Systems built to comply with 21-CFR-11, High Throughput Screening (HTS), Animal Facility Management, In-vivo Study Management, Laboratory Automation and Integration, High Throughput Analog Chemistry, Inventory Management, Gene Expression, Proteomics, and Project Management.

Jim Gregory

James (Jim) Gregory is Chief Software Architect and Co-Founder of Core Informatics, bringing over 17 years of experience in software engineering, system design, project management and science to Core Informatics. He has significant experience in both academic and pharmaceutical research settings. Jim has led a wide range of informatics projects including the development of systems for: Automated High Throughput Screening, High Speed Chemical Synthesis with QC/QA, PK and In-Vivo Study Management, Archive Reformatting as well as Data exchange & integration systems to collaborate with corporate partners.

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 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.

Jack Foreman

As a passionate innovator, I have had considerable success generating incremental revenue streams by managing both internal and external cross-functional teams to create new products and executing go-to-market strategies. I am a consummate networker with deep network of contacts and relationships, and a track record of establishing partnerships in the United States, AsiaPac, Europe the Middle East, and Latin America.

Specialties: Business development, strategy, information services, product development, product marketing, global/international, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), sales channels, distributors/distribution, partnerships/alliances, technology, information services, subscription/continuous services, business-to-business (B2B), music, entertainment, digital media/content, internet, higher education/universities, consulting, pricing, market research, data, outsource/outsourcing/offshore.

Scott Fuller

Scott Fuller is a senior marketing executive with a track record of building global brands in start-up, expansion, late stage and Fortune 100 companies. He has held senior positions with The Walt Disney Company, Cablevision, Scholastic Media and General Mills. Currently, he serves as an advisor to emerging digital, mobile and social media companies, with a focus on business planning and development and marketing strategy. Scott holds a business degree from the University of Minnesota.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Connecticut is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Will
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  • Bob
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  • Alan


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Alan Tan
President and CEO

Alan Tan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The TAN2000 International Regulatory Corporation (TANRC). TANRC is the final pivot for a computer club that Alan founded in elementary school to help others improve their knowledge and opportunities. Through 2015, the Connecticut-based Benefit Corporation operated as TAN2000 International, developing a highly structured entrepreneurial marketplace that assisted many aspiring entrepreneurs in honing their concepts and connecting with needed service providers, including investors. In developing the processes that allowed them to run the marketplace, the founding team realized that those same processes were also able to spot fraudulent marketplace activity within the private equity market. The team was able to use those processes to remediate some, but not all, of the fraudulent case activity.   Fast forward to December 2015 when the SEC published a report that indicated that they were evaluating multiple paths to reduce the high level of fraudulent activity in the start-up ecosystem. Having already developed a well-articulated and documented process needed for accountability and trust, Alan and his founding team decided to pivot and work to become the recognized voluntary self-regulatory organization for the private equity markets. TANRC wants to give the SEC and state securities agencies, consumer protection agencies, attorneys general, and the labor agencies the tools they need to address cheaters in the marketplaces and give the startup world the ability to regulate itself.  The marketplace blueprint they developed is available to any entrepreneurial group who would like to create an opt-in system that promotes trust and accountability. TANRC is working to function as the interface between the markets and the regulators. Thus, the markets will remain confidently focused on innovation, filling the economic pipeline with many start-ups, some of whom will be the publicly listed companies of tomorrow.  

For his community work, Alan was appointed by the House Majority Leader of the Connecticut House of Representatives to the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission in 2015, elected its Treasurer in December 2015, and continues to serve on its successor state agency, the Commission on Equity and Opportunity.

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