North Dallas Startup Weekend

    Friday, July 8 - 10, 2016

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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North Dallas Startup Weekend

Friday, July 8 - 10, 2016

Friday, July 8 - 10, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

NoD Coworking (
17290 Preston Road
Suite #300
Dallas, TX 75252

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North Dallas Startup Weekend 2016

Theme: Food, Fitness, and Physical Education
Venue: NoD Coworking


Friday July 8th

6:30 pm
(Optional) Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Optional: Weigh in!

7:00 pm
(Optional) Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

Saturday July 9th

9:00 am
Official Start Time
Breakfast & coffee provided by iStart Valley and High Brew Coffee.

9:30 am
(Optional) Group Fitness Warmup
Get energized for the day with a group warmup and stretching routine with a local professional fitness trainer from Frazier Fitness.

10:00 am
Form Teams
Pitches, Voting, and Team Formation

11:00 am
(Optional) Guest Speaker: Lydiah Tate
Lydiah Tate from Chase Bank will speak about Chase Bank's resources for entrepreneurs.

12:00 pm
Provided by NoD Coworking

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm
Provided by NoD Coworking

7:30 pm
Check-In + Guest Speaker Joey Allette
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 July 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee provided by High Brew Coffee.

10:00 am
City Surf Fitness Demo with London Fish
A quick demo of a new innovative workout technique developed by City Surf Fitness.

12:00 pm
Lunch Fireside with Tech Genies
Guest Speaker: Mark Hamdan, Founder of Tech Genies. Lunch provided by BB Bop Seoul Kitchen.

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
Provided by NoD Coworking

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
7-8 teams will conduct their final presentations.

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Judges: Jim Welch, Lacey Baxter, Nida Nadir, and Paula Gean

8:30 pm
Trophies awarded to winners, everyone on stage for group photo.

9:00 pm
Go Home!
Optional: Weigh out!


Lydiah Tate
Vice President

Vice President at Chase Bank

Shahzil Amin
Partner at Karlani Capital

Partner at Karlani Capital

Katherine Lindholm
North Texas Food Bank

North Texas Food Bank

London Fish
Owner of City Surf Fitness

Owner of City Surf Fitness in Plano

Mark Hamdan

Maan (Mark) Hamdan is an established corporate executive and entrepreneur with a wealth of hands-on experience providing focused leadership, building effective management teams and creating and developing profitable businesses.

Event Judges

Lacey Baxter

Lacey owns her own health/fitness coaching business.

Jim Welch
Sound Engineer & Composer

Nida Nadir

Nida is an accomplished attorney with an in-depth knowledge of intellectual property law as well as commercial and business law.

Paula Gean

Coaches and Mentors

Alexis Lens

MJ Charmani

 MJ has organized several Startup Weekends and Startup Next, a pre-accelerator program in North-East Florida. He works with startup ecosystem leaders across the nation and is passionate about building network of innovators and creators. MJ founded iStart Valley, a business accelerator that helps aspiring entrepreneurs with resources to transform their ideas into growing startups. MJ works at Accenture as a Sr. Manager for Cloud First Applications - practice. He holds an Executive MBA from University of Texas at Arlington and Grad Certificate in Global Business Studies.

Ruben DeLeon

Ruben specializes in intellectual property, commercial litigation and general corporate law.

Richard Carrizales

Steve Thrasher

Shaz Amin

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The North Dallas Startup Weekend 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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Chirag
  • Kelly
  • Carri


Chirag Gupta
Founder of NoD Coworking

Director of an 11,000 square foot coworking space in North Dallas that houses tech startups, creatives, designers, and developers. Tweet him @ChicagoGupta.

Event Staff

Shiree King

Robin-Ann Klotsky

Aaron Kelton

Saamer Mansoor

Sarah White

Edna Navarro

Caitlin Studley

Austin NA

Joseph Arora
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Reza Mohamed

Noel Behailu

John Novakovich

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