Startup Weekend Fargo 2015

    Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Fargo 2015

Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015

Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015
Event starts at 7:00 pm

Concordia College - Offutt School of Business
1310 8th St. S
Moorhead, MN 56560

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Startup Weekend Fargo

Friday kick-off: 
Time: 6:30pm
Where: Grant Center @ Concordia College (Offutt School of Business)
1310 8th St. S – Moorhead, MN
Free parking is available across/west of Grant Center – Corner of 12th Ave S and 8th St S

Sunday’s Closing Night Presentations:

Time: 5pm
Where: The historic Fargo Theatre
314 Broadway – Fargo, ND

Sunday Post-Party Presented By Eide Bailly

Time: 7pm
Where: CoCo
122½ N. Broadway –  Fargo, ND

We are seeking the Red River Valley's best developers, designers, marketers, and other non-coders. At Startup Weekend Fargo you will start a company during a weekend together with a bunch of gifted people.

What's included:
  • Catered food - 7 meals total
  • Unlimited coffee
  • Startup Weekend Fargo t-shirt
  • Fantastic working space
  • Discounts for some of the best startup tools - AWS, Sendgrid, Microsoft Azure, etc.
  • Access to some of the area's best startup mentors
What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. Startup Weekend Fargo 2016 will continue to be the region's largest and most impactful entrepreneurial event.


Friday March 27th

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 and coaches

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 until 2am.

Saturday March 28th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm
Sponsored by Appareo Systems

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
Sponsored by RDO

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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work until 2am.

Sunday March 29th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Fargo Theatre – 314 Broadway N, Fargo ND

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm
Eide Bailly Post-Party at CoCo!
Eat, drinks and fun to finish off the weekend! Special thanks to Eide Bailly for sponsoring!

11:00 pm
Party Ends
Go home and get some rest!


Jon Dahl
VP of Technology - Brightcove

Saurabh Tyagi
Founder - Medytex

Event Judges

James Burgum
Managing Partner - Arthur Ventures

Jon Pederson
VP of Technology - Midcontinent Communications

Kris Bevill
Editor - Prairie Business magazine

Ross Manson
Principal - Eide Bailly

Chuck Hoge
Interim Executive Director - NDSU Research & Technology Park

Chuck Hoge is the interim executive director for the NDSU Research & Technology Park and has served on the board of directors for the park for most of its existence. Chuck is the former CEO of Otter Tail Corporation manufacturing platform.  Otter Tail is a company with diverse operations including electric utility and infrastructure businesses which include manufacturing, construction and plastics. He is the former president and CEO of Bobcat Company a leading provider of compact equipment for global construction, rental, landscaping, agriculture, grounds maintenance, government, utility, industrial and mining markets.

Jim Gartin
President - Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation

Coaches and Mentors

Tim Brookins
Distinguished Engineer - Microsoft

Shilpa Apte
Software Engineer - SurveyMonkey

Casey Helbling
Founder - Software For Good

Casey is a social venture entrepreneur and community catalyst. He's the founder of Software for Good, and on the nonprofit boards of Minnestar, MNvest and Metro IBA

Jake Joraanstad
Co-Founder/CEO - Myriad Mobile

Jake is simultaneously building a tech company and a tech community in an unusual place -- Fargo, ND. He and his team have worked with U.S. Bank, Bobcat, Midco, and American Express on mobile technology projects. He strongly believes that technology innovation is not limited to the coasts. In addition to co-founding Myriad Mobile, Jake also co-founded Emerging Prairie, a non-profit organization that helps grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Fargo and the upper great plains. He’s as much a social entrepreneur as he is a tech entrepreneur, but he actually gets paid to be the latter.

Dave Batcheller
President and COO - Appareo Systems

Jeremy Neuharth
Co-Founder - Sycorr

Harlan Goerger
President - H. Goerger & Associates Inc.

Jeremiah Utecht
Project Management - Myriad Mobile

Kathy Cochran
SVP of Operations - Intelligent InSites

Byron Snider
Information Services Leader - Scheels

Nathan Nesiba

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Fargo 2015 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 Fargo is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Andy
  • Greg
  • Camille
  • Shane
  • Shane
  • John
  • Brittany


Shane Reiser

Former COO of Startup Weekend. Doing about 2/year now. Maybe yours?

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