University of Denver Startup Weekend 2015

    Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015


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University of Denver Startup Weekend 2015

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015



Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Daniels College of Business
2101 S University Blvd
Denver, CO 80210

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Welcome to Startup Weekend DU 2015!

Startup Weekend DU is a unique opportunity for any student to learn, participate, and perform like an entrepreneur. Students learn how to turn ideas into tangible businesses, apps, and websites, through real world entrepreneurial experience. By attending, each student has access to entrepreneurial coaching, networking, and hands-on involvement. Either as the leader of your team driving your successful business idea or participating on a Startup team, each student learns:
·      The importance of defining the Why
·      How to understand your potential customers
·      What role Teamwork plays
·      When to build a culture to support your business
·      Where Leadership determines success
·      Who is impacted by your decisions and assumptions

To earn course credit students are required to attend the entire Startup weekend, pitch an idea, or participate on a team. Details of course credits are:

Business - 2 Credits - Due May 2
2-3 page paper Business purpose (the Why)
Lessons Learned
What went right?
What went wrong?
What did the team change to align to customer needs?
Customer alignment / Empathy mapping
Assumptions
Leadership Style

Business - 4 Credits - Due May 23
Complete above assignment plus
Continue team for five weeks from DU Startup Weekend 
1-2 page outline listing goals of team
Describe what company will look like
What do you hope to be in 5 weeks
How will you get there 3-4 page paper describing your continued experience
OR Complete an Independent study
7-8 page paper demonstrating an understanding of 2 to 3 of the following topics:
Emotional Intelligence, failure
Motivation, Stress, Leadership and Self Deception, Building Trust, Culture, or High performing teams

Computer Science - 2 Credits - Due May 2
Copy of Ticket and add drop slip
Software prototype
Commented code and functioning end product
1-2 page analysis containing: 
How you implemented your idea into code Challenges and successes Implement changes through feedback
Submit a .zip file

Computer Science - 4 Credits - Due May 23
Talk with Professor Ramki Thurimella in more depth to define the continued independent study
Basics include: 
Complete above plus
Continue team for five weeks from DU Startup Weekend 
1-2 page outline listing goals of team
Describe what company will look like in 5 weeks and how will you get there
1 page summary of developing process including: 
Challenges and iterations, how you incorporated feedback, and how your goals influenced working style




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday April 10th


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


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


7:00 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
Voting
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 April 11th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


1:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


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


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

Sunday April 12th


8:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


10:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Tom Rankin

Innovative leader motivating people, teams, and customers across multiple industries. Creative team builder leading organizational change aligned to vision, values, and mission statement. Influential in developing strategy, cross-functional teams, and communication platforms. Serve as a entrepreneurial leader between various stakeholders throughout corporations and startup companies. Mentor global resources for innovative product delivery.

Event Judges


Maura McInerney
Program Coordinator - Young Americans Center for Financial Education

As the Young Entrepreneur Program Coordinator At Young Americans Center for Financial Education, I support and educate youth with businesses, and encourage those exploring the concept of entrepreneurship for the first time. I am a Colorado native and I hold a B.F.A from Western State University and a M.A. from the State University of New York


Jeremy Wickenheiser
Founder and Director of Entrepreneurial Studies at DSST Public Schools

Jeremy graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara and he is currently the director of entrepreneurial studies at the Denver School of Science and Technology (DSST).  Prior to joining DSST in 2009, Jeremy taught various science courses and developed a solar car engineering program at Edcouch-Elsa High School in South Texas.  In addition to his entrepreneurship related work, Jeremy is a master teacher and has taught both Biology and Physics at DSST


Krista Morgan

Krista Morgan is cofounder and CEO of P2Binvestor, a Denver-based crowdlending platform for working capital financing founded in 2012. Since P2Binvestor went to market in January 2014, Krista led operations and strategic direction for the company and grew client contracts to more than $14 million and client funding to more than $50 million. Before starting a financial technology company, she worked in digital marketing and managed accounts for major brands such as Coca-Cola and Barclays at some of London's top digital agencies, and earlier in her career she managed operations for a custom motorcycle frame manufacturer. Krista hails from Montreal and earned a degree in economics from McGill University. She has a commitment to and passion for mentoring other women entrepreneurs, sharing her knowledge about business finance, and teaching others about fundraising and scaling a startup.


Coaches and Mentors


Jason Gates
President - RelationEdge Colorado

Jason is Founder and President of RelationEdge Colorado, a consulting services firm helping clients increase revenue by improving sales processes, leveraging automated tools, and enhancing customer engagement. Prior to starting RelationEdge Colorado, Jason built consulting practices focused on renewable energy integration, IT strategy, business process and IT outsourcing, flexible work environments, and hospitality management. Jason has a BA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Maryland. When not working, Jason spends as much time as possible outside, exploring the area while hiking, biking, camping, running, scuba, playing rugby, kayaking, snowshoeing, and snowboarding.   


Maura McInerney
Program Coordinator - Young Americans Center for Financial Education

As the Young Entrepreneur Program Coordinator At Young Americans Center for Financial Education, I support and educate youth with businesses, and encourage those exploring the concept of entrepreneurship for the first time. I am a Colorado native and I hold a B.F.A from Western State University and a M.A. from the State University of New York


Nick Rizzi
C.E.O. Of Sophworks & Educational Speaker at Abandon Average

Nick is a longtime supporter of entrepreneurship since his childhood where he jumped on many (mostly terrible) trends throughout his growth to see where business could be made. He is now one of the Co-Founders of Sophworks, a technology service focused to filling in small businesses' technological gaps and Abandon Average, a public speaking firm dedicated to the betterment of millennials and young professionals entering the workforce and bridging the gap between millennials and baby boomers. Nick travels the country with his professional organization Delta Sigma Pi and loves to help out wherever he can (preferably internationally) and is also the past 1st place winner of Aspen Startup Weekend.


Taylor Shiffrin

Taylor Shiffrin
Major- Finance & Mechanical Engineering, Masters in Business Analytics
Member of the Varsity DU Ski Team
2014 NCAA Champions 
Owner and CEO of Invoize LLC
Owner and CEO of OBS Capital Partners
Owner and Manager of Team Shiffrin LLC


Dr. Stephen Haag

Stephen Haag is associate professor-in-residence for the Daniels College of Business and former chair of the department of information technology and electronic commerce. After receiving his doctorate in information systems from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1992, Haag was named assistant professor at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He joined the University of Denver faculty in 1995 and was named department chair in 2000.

When working with the media, Haag brings academic and community-based perspective to discussions of societal impacts of technology. He has been quoted in Parenting magazine and FoxNews.com on Internet safety and was profiled by the Chicago Tribune in a feature on “Identity Terrorism.”


Vic Ahmed



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Organizing Team

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

  • Addison
    Callaghan
  • Jace
    Lieberman
  • Gus
    Kitchell
  • Charlie
    Mullen
  • Nic
    Salvini
  • Lucas
    Zimmermann
  • Matt
    Reisman
  • Jack
    Long

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