Techstars Startup Weekend Fort Collins

    Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Fort Collins

Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017

Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017
Event starts at 7:45 am

Rockwell Hall West
501 W Laurel St.
Fort Collins , Colorado 80523

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From Idea to Launch in 3 Days!

Colorado State University and the Institute for Entrepreneurship are proud to host the second Fort Collins Startup Weekend! 
All majors, backgrounds, and experience levels are encouraged to apply!

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?

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 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.
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Friday November 3rd

7:45 am
Go Home!

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

6:15 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

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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. (10 Pm in Rockwell Hall)

Saturday November 4th

9:00 am
Light Breakfast
Arrive- Breakfast snacks and coffee!

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
Cheba Hut Sandwiches and salads for lunch

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

2:00 pm
Mentor Help
Mark Wanger 2:30-5 Tyler Gunderson 1-3 pm Doug Cannon 1-4 pm

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 November 5th

9:00 am
Light Breakfast
Arrive- Breakfast snacks and coffee!

9:30 am
Check-In, Keep working
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:00 am
Mentor Help
Mark Wanger will be around from 11-2

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation! Slide decks & materials need to be sent in by 4 pm.

4:30 pm
Move over to Innosphere
The Fort Collins Innosphere- a business incubator will be hosting our final pitch event. Teams will head over there to set up.

5:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
The Final Pitch event will happen at Innosphere Fort Collins- 320 E Vine Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524

5:30 pm

6:00 pm
Pitches Start

7:00 pm

7:30 pm
Pitches Verdict


Josh Moser

Josh, with the help of 3 other participants in our first hackathon event, started Laborjack. The premise of the company was to pair responsible, hardworking college students with clients looking to fill last minute moving/odd jobs. 

Event Judges

Kent Cottle

Kent has more than 30 years of business and chef experience. He recently launched Z's Catering and offers a unique catering experience, including locally sourced food and exquisite combinations for every type of event. 

Emily Wilson

Emily is the Communications Director for Innosphere, Colorado’s leading technology incubator supporting high-tech companies that have the potential to exponentially grow in the industries of health innovation, bioscience, energy, advanced materials, and software/hardware. At Innosphere, Emily is responsible for investor relations, entrepreneur education classes in Fort Collins and Denver, the monthly "Innovation After Hours" series, and serves as the project manager for the NoCoBio Cluster, which is Innosphere's bioscience program

Coaches and Mentors

Jim Browne

Jim has founded successful information technology consulting companies that support the healthcare, non-profit foundation,  insurance, and construction industries.
His experience includes more than 15 years as an IT Project Manager, Agile Product Owner and Process Improvement Consultant in the energy and utility environments.  His current focus is working with organizations that are trying to improve the effectiveness of project management and organizational change management processes and programs.
Jim has a master’s degree in Communication with an emphasis on Technology and Change from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs and holds the Prosci Organizational Change Management certification.  He is a certified Project Manager with the Project Management Institute and is an Agile certified Scrum Master with the Scurm Alliance organization.  Jim also holds an ITIL Foundation accreditation.
Jim has been married to his wonderful wife Theresa for 39 years.  He has three grown sons and one grandson.   Jim has a passion for craft beers and has been making beer for more than 25 years.  His hobbies include flying sail planes and fly fishing.

Mark Wanger

5 yrs starting and building the Ridekick business in Fort Collins.  7 yrs business planning.  Engineering design, marketing, fundraising, business strategy. High value placed on creative understanding of user needs. Mark worked for Hewlett Packard specializing in Business Strategy for 25 years. Mark is also a Proprietor at MW Consulting, Developing strategies to generate business at a new level. Successes range from retail business to museums and private schools.

Tyler Gunderson

I am currently a Financial Advisor with Wells Fargo & Co, working with people to meet their financial goals, whether that be retirement, a new car, or a new business venture. I am experienced and well diverse in raising capital, and can help people identify what path might be preferable depending on the type of business being started. Lots of experience with business plans.

Douglas Cannon

Proactive, dedicated, and accomplished non-profit professional with wide-ranging experience in private and public sector complemented with proven record of conceptualizing and facilitating social enterprise and economic development initiatives. Results-driven manager increases program effectiveness through identifying opportunities and building strong teams and partnerships. Distinguished MBA develops non-profit and civic strategic plans, provides superior leadership and drives strategic decision-making. Skilled manager who consistently brings tasks to successful completion through combining implementation of strategic and collaborative operational initiatives that enhance performance in an ethical and transparent manner. Specialties: Access to capital, debt financing, equity financing, technical adviser, business development, economic development

Organizing Team

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

  • Mark
  • Rylee
  • Ben
  • James
  • Aiko


Aiko Cheslin

CEO and Founder of MentorMatter, proud winner of GoCode Colorado and Co-Organizer of Denver New Tech, Meteor Boulder and Pitch Camp  

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