Startup Weekend EDU Denver 2017

    Friday, June 23 - 25, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend EDU Denver 2017

Friday, June 23 - 25, 2017

Friday, June 23 - 25, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Roots Elementary
3350 Hudson St.
Denver, CO 80207

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Startup Weekend Education (SWEDU) is returning to Denver in 2017 for another great weekend of ideas, collaboration and innovation.  SWEDU brings together people of all skill sets and experience levels to collaboratively launch tools, schools and learning spaces that reimagine the future of school and education more broadly. 

Everyone is welcome and no previous entrepreneurial experience is required.

Our state is home to a vibrant and growing community of education entrepreneurs.  We look forward to hearing your stories and learning about your ideas for change in education!
Here are just some of the benefits of participating!
  • Meals and drinks provided (including all the caffeine you can consume!)
  • SWEDU Denver Tee Shirt
  • Access to Mentors and Coaches to help refine your idea and pitch.
  • The opportunity to win great prizes including
  • A chance to meet and collaborate with other smart, motivated, awesome people like you!

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Friday June 23rd

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:10 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Give your 60 second pitch! (not required)

8:00 pm
Voting & Team Formation
Attendees vote for the top pitches. Find your teammates.

8:30 pm
Get to 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.

11:55 pm
Doors Close.
Head home. Get sleep.

Saturday June 24th

8:00 am
Doors open, breakfast & coffee, get to work.

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!

5:30 pm
Take a break. Eat food. Play games. Hear music.

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

11:55 pm
Doors Close.
Go home. Get sleep.

Sunday June 25th

8:00 am
Doors open, breakfast & coffee, get to work.

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

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm
Dinner & Close

8:00 pm
Go Home!


Sean Wybrant

Katy Kappler
CEO, Founder | Inscribe

Katy Kappler is an original organizer for Startup Weekend Education Colorado

Clint Knox

Event Judges

Alex Hernandez

Sarabeth Berk

Tay Anderson

Ben Wilkoff

Coaches and Mentors

Richard Billings

Paul Teske

Alesha Arscott

Dave Cass
Business Development @ Techstars

Dave Cass is Co-Founder of Uvize, a cloud-based mentorship platform designed to help students succeed through mentoring relationships. Uvize is a Techstars 2013 alum and was recently acquired. A former Navy officer, Dave is also an adjunct professor at Leeds of School of Business (University of Colorado, Boulder). He is deeply committed to veterans issues, mentoring, and driving progress in education through technology. Dave has a BA from Tulane University and an MBA from University of Colorado, Boulder. He lives in Boulder with his wife, two daughters and golden retriever. Dave considers himself a fairly fast skier and a fairly slow mountain biker.

Brooke Brown

Brandon Zeigler
Program Officer | Walton Family Foundation

Brandon is a program officer for the K-12 Education Program. He is active in the foundation’s Denver and San Antonio portfolios, and a national body of work engaging communities of color.Before joining the foundation, he served as the director of admission at Church Farm School in Exton, Pennsylvania, and a mathematics curriculum coordinator with Uplift Education in Dallas. He has also held positions at Saint Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts, and as a summer graduate school fellow at KIPP Houston with Education Pioneers.Brandon received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Davidson College and his Master of Education degree in education policy and management from Harvard University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc., and serves as a member of the Young Professionals chapter of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver.

Antonio Pares

Michelle Culver

Daniel Owens

Josh Scott

Christine Levy

Melissa Risteff

Farrah Martin
CEO | Aman STEAM Academy, Inc.

Every night I ask myself, "Farrah, what are we going to do tonight?" and the response is "What you do every night...try to take over the world." In life, work, and business...I want to infuse the world with joy, possibility, and belief in the creative impossibilities that all of us can accomplish if we believe, persevere, and and stay our destined course. And in the meantime, have fun doing it.

Britt Stich

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend EDU Denver 2017 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 Denver is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Katy
  • Christine
  • Graham
  • Lauren
    Almon Dietz
  • Paul
  • Elyse


Julian Bryant
iOS Developer

For the past six years Julian has been an organizer in San Diego's startup community. He is a passionate community builder leading the first Startup Weekend event in the city and has helped lead a team of volunteers to create 15 other events over the past few years as well as organize for Startup Week and Geek Girl Tech Con. 

Julian Bryant received is law degree from Georgetown and a BA in Japanese, Computer Applications, and Government from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently the senior mobile developer at FreshForm Interactive and advises several startups on mobile development.

Malliron Hodge

Malliron serves as the Manager of Community Engagement at 4.0 Schools. Within her work she strives to provide opportunities for the New Orleans community to be engaged with entrepreneurs in the 4.0 Schools programming. During the time Startup Weekend Education was part of 4.0 programming she served as the program coordinator, coaching, and guiding organizers as they planned their events. She is passionate about all things community and youth engagement driven.

Malliron received her Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University and a BS in Business Management and Human Resource Management. When she is not engaging the community, she can be found rolling around in skates!

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