Startup Weekend UMass Dartmouth

    Friday, February 22 - 24, 2019

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Startup Weekend UMass Dartmouth

Friday, February 22 - 24, 2019

Friday, February 22 - 24, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Charlton College of Business
285 Old Westport Rd
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747

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Your idea in 54 hours

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?
Are you interested in joining a startup team, experiencing the thrill of taking an idea from concept to prototype to business model to pitch – all in one weekend?
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.

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Friday February 22nd

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

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:15 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

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 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 February 23rd

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 February 24th

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!

Event Judges

Chris Baldwin
Private Investor

Chris Baldwin is a Private Investor from the Boston area, with extensive experience in Venture Capital, Marketing, and Engineering.

Chris was a General Partner at Charles River Ventures where he developed and executed Storage investment thesis that led to over $400M in returns over an 8 year period. Notable investments include: EqualLogic which was acquired by Dell for $1.375B in 2008, and Pirus Networks which was acquired by SUNW in 2002, etc.

Chris Baldwin's Marketing and Engineering career include key positions at Chipcom, Cascade Communications, Argon Networks, Polaroid & Digital Equipment Corp.

Chris has an Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University and a Master Degree  in Optics from University of Rochester.

Ellie Paris-Miranda

Dr. Ellie Paris-Miranda is a former Startup Weekend participant and an alumina from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where she served as the founder and president of CSESC (Charlton Student Entrepreneur & Startup Club). She holds a Ph.D in the Luso-Afro-Brazilian Studies & Theory with a dissertation in Entrepreneurship, Social Capital, & Gender Politics; an MBA with an individual interest in International Entrepreneurship, a MA in Portuguese Studies with a focus on Angola and Brazil Postcolonial Relations, all from UMass Dartmouth. Dr. Paris-Miranda also holds a Post-Baccalaureate in Intercultural Relations from Open University in Portugal and a BA in Psychology from the Lusophone University of Humanities and Technologies also in Portugal.Ellie Paris-Miranda is from Cape Verde and was raised in Switzerland, France, Portugal, and now lives in the U.S. She is the founder and CEO of several startups including Ellie Paris, a social enterprise that is committed to inspire, motivate, and empower people through merchandise, apparel, and self-improvement programs and initiatives while supporting underprivileged children worldwide. Dr.Paris-Miranda spends most of her time between teaching about entrepreneurship and small business management and her companies. She has shared her work and experience in many places including the World Bank, Harvard University, and many countries such as India.

Anthony Baird
Director of Corporate Programs Development

Experienced Professional, serving in the role as Director, Corporate Development at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Charlton College of Business-- Providing Career Management and Coaching Services to Business Majors, with the goal of improving their professional and career readiness for the future of work. I embody a demonstrated history of effective leadership, a positive work-ethic, with a solutions-driven mindset in all my endeavoring. I am Enthusiastic about developing our human potential, especially of today's learners. Passionate about learning and bringing creative solutions to unique problems and challenges. Possess expertise in Education, Personal & Professional Development, Nonprofit Organizations, Business Development, Startups, and Entrepreneurship. I have a strong background in Operations Management, Leadership, Organization Behavior, Organization Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, Program Evaluation, Conflict Resolution, and Academic Advising, Employer Relations, Employer On-Campus Recruiting and Talent Development. An Edu-preneur- use and development of technology solutions to increase student engagement with key stakeholders in education and other eco-systems, especially for their successful transition in to the 21st century workforce. A resilient business development professional with a Doctor of Education Degree (Ed.D.), Leadership from Johnson & Wales University. I AM A Person of Excellence and High Standards. I AM YOUR Quintessential Educational, Personal, Professional, and Inspirational Coach. Let’s talk about solutions to the problems with which you are challenged!

Coaches and Mentors

Philippe Frangules
Vice President & General Manager, Global Power, Gas, Coal, and Renewables | IHS Markit

Philippe A. Frangules is Vice President, IHS Markit, leading a team of 175 colleagues focused on research and consulting in Power, Gas, Coal and Renewables across the globe. Previously, Philippe led IHS Markit’s Upstream Oil & Gas consulting business consisting of over 100 consultants globally.Before joining IHS, Philippe was cofounder of Excelergy Corp., a software & internet service company focused on the intersection of the internet and deregulating energy. Previously Mr. Frangules was Vice President of Strategic Planning at Boston Edison Company, worked in strategy consulting with Alliance Consulting & Quantum Associates, and has experience in investment and commercial banking.Mr. Frangules holds a bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Selected Engagements:
  • Business Strategy & Growth – Primary driver of building IHS’ energy consulting business from revenues of $15 million to over $70 million through acquisition and global expansion. Designed and built infrastructure supporting IHS’ consulting business.
  • Oil Prices & Capital Spending - IHS analyzed impact of the low oil prices (under three price scenarios) on the pumps capital expenditure in the oil and gas value chain: upstream, midstream and downstream.
  • Corporate Portfolio Strategy - For a major South African mining conglomerate, Mr. Frangules and his team helped the company evaluate the competitive position and industry attractiveness of a portfolio of businesses including gold and platinum mining, ferrochrome and manganese, pulp and paper, and electronics businesses.
  • New Business Strategy - Mr. Frangules and an IHS team provided a global market assessment and customer willingness to pay for a new, small scale nuclear technology.Growth Strategy – Mr. Frangules led a team that developed and executed a plan for an electric utility to invest over $500 million in a major, branded telecommunications joint venture. Mr. Frangules also testified before the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for this project.

Audra Parker
President and Chief Executive Officer | Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound

Audra Parker is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the permanent protection of Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts. She has also recently started her own consulting group specializing in strategy, development and communications.

Audra holds a Master of Science degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT Sloan School) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Brown University.

Audra’s previous experience is in the private sector with positions in executive management, strategy, and marketing. She was a Director and General Manager at MapInfo Corporation in New York where she managed its core software business and established technology and marketing partnerships for new products. From 1990 to 1997, Audra worked as a Strategy Consultant for Bull Worldwide Information Systems in Boston and then in Paris where she improved financial and operational performance across businesses and geographic markets. She has also worked at Microsoft Corporation in Product Management in Seattle and in Management Consulting at several strategy firms in Boston including Braxton Associates, the Alliance Consulting Group and Quantum Associates.

Audra serves on the Boards of the OceanSide Performing Arts Center, the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition and the Cape Cod Chapter of the Lithuanian American Community.

Patrick Phillips
Founder and Director | Senseworks, Inc.

Patrick Phillips has led several diverse companies in media and technology. Recently he founded HereLab, an IoT hardware OEM, which was acquired in 2018 and now leads Senseworks, a sensing software and hardware company focused on using data and tools to foster intelligent and sustainable environment relationships. Patrick has conducted workshops in socially responsible sensing for industrial design departments and has worked with municipalities to help plan local social innovation through technology. He has written a couple of books, is an avid cyclist and lives with his wife, and various animals, on Martha's Vineyard, MA.

David Bell
Full-time Lecturer | Management & Marketing Department, UMass Dartmouth

David é um consultor altamente conceituado junto de empresas de produtos alimentares, nutrição e dermocosmética. Possui mais de vinte anos de trabalho com gestão de topo de corporações líderes globais e empreendedores dinâmicos na análise de oportunidades de negócios, na elaboração e execução de estratégias.  
É especialista em mercados de consumo dos EUA para produtos alimentares e nutracêuticos, sendo a qualidade de relacionamento com decisores chave em grandes corporações e outras organizações.  
A Bell Advisory Services (BAS) é conhecida pelo seu papel na sensibilização corporativa e do consumidor sobre os benefícios dos produtos naturais, com ênfase nas diversas características de desempenho dos fito compostos, para a saúde humana.  
Le Prunier, Drink Simple e Primal Kitchens são apenas alguns dos mais recentes clientes de sucesso.

David is a highly regarded advisor to global food, nutrition, and aesthetic skin care companies and has spent more than twenty years working with senior management of leading global corporations and dynamic entrepreneurs in the analysis of business opportunities, the design and execution of strategy.
He is an expert in U.S. consumer markets for food and nutrition products. Essential to this capability is the quality of relationships I have with key decision-makers in corporations and other organizations. 
Bell Advisory Services (BAS) is known for its role in expanding corporate and consumer awareness of the health benefits of natural products, with an emphasis on the diverse performance characteristics of phytocompounds.
Recent client successes include Le Prunier, Drink Simple, and Primal Kitchens.

#business start-up #brand development #market and competitive analysis

Peter Karlson
CEO | NeuEon Inc.

Peter’s day job is being the President/CEO of the technology consultancy NeuEon Inc. that specializes in providing strategic guidance and advice to entrepreneurs and established organizations looking to create and use technology more effectively. Peter is a serial entrepreneur with experience in bootstrapping, strategic investments and angel financing. As a former chief technology officer for two Massachusetts based technology services firms, Harrison & Troxell, Inc. and Inforonics BTS, Peter has gained diverse industry expertise in healthcare, non-profit, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and publishing. He has been involved with developing Internet technologies since 1991 with the creation of the first Internet browser, the InterNavigator™. Peter has a bachelor of science in computer science from Northeastern University. He speaks regularly at business and technology events, seminars and workshops. In 2009, Peter received of a scholarship from the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce to attend the Entrepreneurship Development Program at MIT and currently serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Cape Cod Chamber. In addition Peter has successfully completed the Lean LaunchPad for Incubators/Accelerators program by NCIIA. Peter is a past chairman of the board of directors for the Cape Cod Technology Council and remains on the board. He also serves on the board of directors of the Cape and Islands Workforce Investment Board. Peter is currently on the advisory board of the Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF) and the Charlton College of Business at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Peter is also a certified facilitator for Startup Weekend and a former lead organizer for multiple events.

#entrepreneuship #agile #SaaS #productdevelopment

Tina Hartwell
Partner at Imbue Partners and Xcelerate Performance, LLC

Tina is a consultant in business strategy development with over 20 years of professional problem-solving experience. Her strengths and experience are in strategic planning, operational execution, process improvement, facilitation and motivation, marketing, and business development. She has helped companies ranging from startups to global enterprises and across industries including Technology, Biotech, Pharmaceutical, and Energy.

Selected startup engagements:
  • Start Strong for Startup: Tina has worked with startups to refine strategy, positioning, messaging, sales and operations for teams from 3-100 in a range of industries. Results include funding from investor pitches, internal process and team development, successful launch and revenue growth.
  • Positioning for Future: As a member of the executive team at IT consultancy, Tina built and managed the marketing engine including brand, lead-gen, and customer success with an eye toward exit. The results were over $1.5M in new clients and a successful acquisition by a $2B global company.
  • Building the Engine: At Razorfish, a global digital solutions consultancy, Tina was responsible for building the Strategy Consulting Practice as well as managing the delivery of all Strategy projects in the Boston Office. She facilitated executive visioning workshops to identify, prioritize, and plan digital solutions, across a range of industries. She managed a team of professionals including user intelligence, branding, and business strategy.
  • Learn and Refine: Tina has owned marketing teams and operations at multiple software and technology companies. She is an active practitioner and continues to test and learn about successful strategies.She holds a BS from Franklin Pierce and an MBA from University of NH.

Stephen Collins
Serial Entrepreneur and Principal Consultant | 1024tm

Stephen Collins is principal consultant at 1024tm, providing business strategy and product marketing services to startups, emerging growth companies and other technology-driven organizations. He has more than three decades experience in networking and telecommunications, spanning many segments of both the enterprise and service provider markets.   Over the course of his career, Stephen has served in a wide range of executive, managerial, engineering, consulting, analyst and advisory roles and has a proven track record introducing new products and solutions into rapidly evolving markets.   Most recently, Stephen worked as an industry analyst, creating and leading ACG Research’s practice in network visibility and analytics. Prior to that, he served as VP of product marketing at Active Broadband Networks, VP of marketing at Acme Packet, VP of marketing and business development at Tatara Systems and VP of marketing at Sonus Networks.   In the late 90’s, Stephen cofounded Spring Tide Networks, which developed a new class of IP service switch, and was acquired by Lucent Technologies for $1.5 billion. He began his career in 1981 at Bell Labs developing data communications systems and then was first exposed to IP networking and the original ARPANET while at BBN Communications. After BBN, Stephen joined Wellfeet Communications as founding engineer and served as software engineering manager and then director of product management, bringing two generations of multiprotocol routers to market. After Wellfleet merged with Sypoptics, he served as director of product marketing for Bay Networks.   Stephen is an active blogger, frequent speaker at industry conferences and has authored numerous articles for trade publications. He holds an M.S. in Computer, Information and Control engineering from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Mick Rookwood
VP Product Management | EvBridges

Mick has spent over 20 years in senior software development and product/project management positions in disruptive and emerging clean energy technology companies, building and delivering software that faces and connects utilities/suppliers, customers, businesses, and field operations.  This includes residential and commercial energy analysis; online energy procurement auctions; meter data feeds and interval analysis/alerting; utility bill processing, analysis, and validation; utility time-of-use tariffs; demand management; and distributed energy resources.  He has most recently been working at the intersection of energy and transportation with an electric vehicle charging startup.  He is a seasoned product/project management lead with experience that spans the entire spectrum from discovery, to strategic planning, to tactical delivery.  He also has extensive experience running robust agile processes to drive high-performance agile teams, and building financial models and roadmaps.  Mick has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University College London, and a Masters in Technology and Public Policy from MIT.

Karen Ephraim
Financial Specialist

Karen Ephraim has a background as a financial management professional providing customers solutions to fulfill their programmatic needs. She works to assist others by leveraging her expertise in budget formulation and financial execution services to enable their fullest potential.

David Boghossian
Managing Director | Private Market Impact Fund

David Boghossian is an experienced CEO, investor, and entrepreneur with over 25 years of deep expertise in start-ups, innovation, social enterprise, strategy, and leadership. A founder of several successful start- ups including StoryStreet Technology, PowerSteering Software and the Private Market Impact Fund, he is an experienced growth and turn-around leader with expertise is leading-edge approaches to accelerating innovation and growth through the application of cloud, mobile, and analytic technology to the enterprise.

A founding team member of the Private Market Impact Fund, he helped lauch a diversified $25m fund focused on generating market-rate returns and measurable social impact. PMI has become a core product for mid-market asset managers and their customers seeking entry into impact investing.

A founder and Managing Partner at Enterprise Innovation Partners (EIP), he is deeply engaged in the B2B technology ecosystem and the challenges of launching, accelerating and scaling businesses in the enterprise software market as an investor, advisor, and interim executive.

Phillip Adams
Interim Director of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth - Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE)

Phil Adams, the former CEO of a Massachusetts-based energy management software firm that grew from seven to 130 employees under his leadership, has been appointed interim director of the UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).   Adams served as CEO of World Energy Solutions (NASDAQ: XWES), which helps enterprises simplify energy procurement, from 2011 to 2015, President from 2006-2010,  and as chief operating officer from 2001 to 2005. He also serves on the Board of World Energy Efficiency Services and as a business strategy consultant to multiple companies.   During his time at World Energy Solutions, the Worcester-based company grew from $250,000 in annual revenue to $40 million and was added to the NASDAQ. Adams’ success at the company, along with his active engagement with the Worcester business and civic community, earned him the 2013 Central Massachusetts Business Leader of the Year Award from the Worcester Business Journal.   Adams joins the CIE as the university enhances its position as a catalyst in the development of the region’s innovation economy with a focus on marine technology. Several current and former CIE companies are already engaged in the marine technology sector. In addition, the university is working to strengthen the academic connections between the CIE and the main campus, including the College of Engineering and the Charlton College of Business.   Prior to joining World Energy Services, Adams served as the senior marketing executive for multiple technology companies and a consultant to Fortune 500 executive teams, as well as a mentor at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and Harvard University’s Innovation Labs.    Adams is the founder of the Pufahl Farricker Spirit Foundation and leads the Foundation’s annual 20-city ALS fundraising event. He is also a founding member of the U.S. (1982) and World (1983) Championship Ultimate Frisbee team, and a Massachusetts State Squash Champion (1999 3.0 Division). He received his master’s degree in management from MIT’s Sloan School and his undergraduate degree in economics from Williams College.

Edward Spring
Mechanical Prototyping Lab Manager at the UMass Dartmouth Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Edward has more than ten years of experience in product development, assisting to dozens of startup companies with bringing their ideas closer to reality. His areas of expertise: mechanical design, mold design, prototype machining, CNC programming, 3D printing, file conversion, welding/fabricating, and wood works. 

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