Startup Weekend Fargo 2017

    Friday, March 3 - 5, 2017

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Fargo 2017

Friday, March 3 - 5, 2017

Friday, March 3 - 5, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

NDSU Richard H. Barry Hall
811 2nd Avenue North
Fargo, ND 58102

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Startup Weekend Fargo - March 3-5, 2017

Friday kick-off: 
Time: 6:30pm
Where: NDSU Richard H. Barry Hall
811 2nd Avenue North - Fargo, ND

Sunday’s Closing Night Presentations:

Time: 4:00pm
Where: The historic Fargo Theatre
314 Broadway – Fargo, ND

Sunday Post-Party For Participants and Sponsors presented by our friends at Eide Bailly

Time: 7:00pm
Where: Twist
220 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 go through the exercise of starting a company during a weekend together with a bunch of gifted people.

What's included:
  • Catered food - 7 meals total
  • Coffee, coffee, coffee
  • Startup Weekend Fargo t-shirt
  • Fantastic working space in downtown Fargo
  • Discounts for some of the best startup tools
  • Access to some of the area's best startup mentors
  • Beautifully locally-crafted trophies for the top 3 teams.  Winning team also receives free team logo shirts courtesy of Heat Transfer Warehouse.
  • A fun party courtesy of Eide Bailly to end the weekend
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 2017 will continue to be the region's largest and most impactful entrepreneurial event.


Friday March 3rd

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

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, coaches, and community leaders

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 as late as the venue will allow

Saturday March 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams continue to work

9:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches will be there to help at different points throughout the day

12:00 pm
B-Dubs delivered courtesy of Appareo Systems

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for 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 March 5th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:30 pm
Hungry for a Rhombus Guys delivery?

2:30 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
Final Presentations
Fargo Theatre - 314 Broadway N, Fargo

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm
Post Party presented by Eide Bailly
Participants, partners and sponsors gather at Twist to celebrate the weekend. This fun event to cap off of the weekend is courtesy of Eide Bailly.

10:00 pm
Party Ends!
Go home and get some rest!


Wade Foster
Co-Founder & CEO at Zapier


Jordan Maahs
1st Place Team Lead - Startup Weekend Fargo 2016

Event Judges

Wade Foster
Co-Founder & CEO at Zapier


Kathryn Nyhus
Head of Product Marketing at CoSchedule

Eric Christianson
CFO at The Kilbourne Group

Amber Ferrie
Partner - Valuation, Mergers and Acquisition at Eide Bailly

Paul Smith
Regional Director at ND Small Business Development Center

Coaches and Mentors

Amanda Hanson

Dave Batcheller
President and COO - Appareo Systems

Brian Glaeske

Blaine Booher
COO - Clifton Labs

Blaine has been a Startup Weekend participant (winner too), organizer and coach.  He is a great asset to our community and has an excellent mind that is analytical and creative.

Jake Joraanstad

Jeremy Neuharth
Co-Founder - Sycorr

Jodee Bock
Principal/Founder - Bock’s Office Transformational Consulting

Jodee Bock is principal and founder of Bock’s Office Transformational Consulting where she provides coaching, speaking, facilitation, development and delivery of customized workshops and seminars that support individuals and teams in succeeding at whatever they are committed to accomplishing.

Josh Christy
CEO at Codelation

Josh has helped many companies and entrepreneurs with his technical knowledge as well as business expertise.  His company Codelation works with companies to harness the opportunities available in the digital age and use them to promote long-term growth and success.

Josh has been a past Startup Weekend participant, organizing volunteer and coach.

James Dravitz

Travis Kiefer

Wade Foster
Co-Founder & CEO at Zapier


Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • John
  • Camille
  • Nick
  • Amanda
  • Brittany
  • Michael
  • Daniel


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1

Event Staff

McKenzy Diehl
Social Media Manager

McKenzy is a biology student at Concordia College, certified EMT, competitive bodybuilder, and Startup Weekend alum/winner.

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