Startup Weekend Fort Collins: Music Innovation

    Friday, February 22 - 24, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Fort Collins: Music Innovation

Friday, February 22 - 24, 2019

Friday, February 22 - 24, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Nancy Richardson Design Center
522 West Lake Street
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526

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For the first time ever, Fort Collins Startup Weekend will be free to all CSU students, staff, and faculty!

Fort Collins Startup Weekend: Music Innovation is a themed event, where participants are encouraged to develop business/product ideas related to music innovation, and have potential for applications in other industries.
If your idea does not relate to either of those, no problem! Pitching any and all ideas are welcome! 

You! And other like minded people that are excited by problem solving, new solutions, and innovation across different industries, experiences, and businesses. 

A Friday night through Sunday night experience to develop new business ideas, and understand their feasibility. 

Participants will pitch ideas upon arriving Friday night. After participants have a chance to pitch their idea, voting occurs.
If your idea doesn’t get picked, don't sweat it! You'll get to vote for another idea and work in that team. Whether it's your idea or someone else's; the process of the weekend is the same!

Tips for pitching - Give an overview of your idea that covers:
1.The problem you want to solve. Why is it a problem?
2.Potential solution(s) you have in mind
3.Your background and experience.
4.Who you need on the team to make it successful!

Example pitch:
My name is Greg and, if you’re like me, you have trouble finding the right place for your dog to stay when you’re out of town. We all love our furry friends, but realize kennels are often expensive for us, and unpleasant for the animal. My solution is to make an airbnb style platform for animal care. I have experience in venture capital and computer science, so I am looking for team members passionate about customer experience, and the sharing economy. Web development and marketing skills would be great as well.

This example is based on an actual first pitch at Seattle Startup Weekend in 2011. won the pitch contest for the event, and 7 years later, reached a 970 million dollar valuation.

Can I participate in this awesome event even if I don't have an idea? 
Absolutely! No matter your background or skillset, you'll be able to make meaningful contributions to your team throughout the weekend! 

Startup Weekend FAQs:
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, 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. (This means you haven't already tried selling the product, raised money, etc.)
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 and your team will be challenged to create a prototype or demo of your MVP. (Minimum Viable Product) The purpose of the prototype is to get feedback, understand what functionality it needs to have, and if it  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.
  • All the snacks and caffeine you can consume!

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday February 22nd

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

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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

7:00 pm
Keynote Speaker
Lloyd Starr, President and COO of Vinyl Me, Please will give the keynote.

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

Saturday February 23rd

8:45 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Mandatory Morning Check In
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Customer Discovery time!
Get out of the building, make some phone calls, and ask the right questions!

1:00 pm
Grab lunch, take a quick break, and head back to work!

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches available to help teams one-on-one from 2-6 pm.

6:00 pm

6:15 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

7:00 pm
Prototyping & Teamwork time!
This time is dedicated for teams to start work on their prototype or demo!

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

Sunday February 24th

8:45 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Mandatory Morning Check-In
Run through the schedule for the rest of the day!

12:00 pm
Pitch Coach Meetings
12-2 pm Coaches will be available to help teams review their pitches ahead of the final pitch event!

1:00 pm

4:00 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
Networking and Appetizers
Grab a snack and network with fellow attendees and participants!

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:15 pm

7:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Dawn DeTienne
Professor of Entrepreneurship

Dawn DeTienne PhD, is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at Colorado State University. She currently serves as the Program Chair of the Academy of Management, Entrepreneurship Division. 

Coaches and Mentors

Brian Hanning

Brian Hanning is the owner of Hanning Law Ltd., a Fort Collins based Law Firm focused on assisting small businesses with their legal structure, contracts, and registrations. He graduated from Colorado State University College of Business and Michigan State University College of Law. For more information, you can find him at his LinkedIn Page or find Hanning Law Ltd. online at

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.

Bill Dieterich
Director of SAGE

Bill is the Executive Director of SAGE, an Advisory network connecting early stage startups to experienced local advisors. A player in two startups himself, he has experienced most aspects of starting up a company.Bill is a Senior Instructor for leadership and organizational development for Duke University’s Corporate Ed program. He is also a board member for a Colorado Utility Company.Previously he served as a Director of R&D at the Hewlett-Packard CompanyHe served in the U.S. Air Force as an Aeronautical Researcher, Assistant Professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy and as an aircraft designer.His education includes a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, M.S. from Stanford University and MBA from Wright State University in Ohio.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Fort Collins is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Mark
  • Scott
  • Rachel
  • Rachel
  • Lauren


Mark Madic
Business Resident

Mark became a Facilitator for Startup Weekend Techstars in February 2018 after helping successfully run 4 Startup Weekend events. 
He holds a B.S. in Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship from Colorado State University. 
Over the past 4 years, Mark has been heavily involved in the Startup communities in Fort Collins and Colorado, helping develop multiple startup programs. 
Additionally, Mark has helped oversee the research and development of a Protein Consumer Appliance Machine, similar to a Keurig. 
In his free time, Mark is a huge fan of boxing and golf, as well as being a mega fan of blues music! 

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