Startup Weekend Fort Myers
Friday, April 13 - 15, 2018
Friday, April 13 - 15, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm
Endeavor Innovative Workspaces
8831 Business Park Drive #301
Your idea in 54 hours
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.
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 full (and delicious) 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 internet and coffee 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!
Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!
No talk, all action!
Friday April 13th
Saturday April 14th
Sunday April 15th
Coaches and Mentors
As a Solution Architect I am responsible for working with sales team doing discovery of customer’s requirements during proposal stage and help achieve those goals during implementation. For Marketing products on the cloud, I provide expertise in designing & implementing solutions involving various products and integrations with UBX, accelerator & on prem s/w. For OnPrem customers I help with designing system layout, hardware sizing, installation, configuration, and tuning activities for all IBM Marketing suite of products.
CEO CommLynx, LLC
Mr. Howard is currently the owner of CommLynx, LLC which provides multiple technology related services including technology evaluation, vendor management, IT support and project planning, budgeting, management and implementation services to multiple companies. Previously
Mr. Howard served as a Vice President at T3 Communications, Inc., a Fort Myers, FL based CLEC and managed services provider. While at T3 he led several projects including T3’s conversion to a fiber based network infrastructure, deployment of WiMax based last mile connectivity, Operational and Support System (OSS) development and opening T3’s Winter Haven data center. His focus on customer service also led to T3 reaching a 99% customer satisfaction rating. Prior to joining T3, Mr. Howard served as VP of Network Technology and Business Development at Cleartel Communications (now part of Birch Communications) where he played a major role in the acquisition and integration of three other CLECs. Prior to joining Cleartel, he served as VP of Access Revenue and Cost at Choice One Communications (now part of EarthLink) with responsibility for budgeting, revenue assurance and network planning for a $100 million network serving 29 markets. Other significant experience includes managing Talk America’s nationwide UNE-P expansion process as VP of Local Operations and serving as VP of Operations at Con Edison Communications responsible for fiber deployment (now part of Light Tower).
Mr. Howard earned a BS in Physics from Rhodes College, a MSEE from Vanderbilt University, and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. Mr. Howard also completed post-graduate work in Finance and Economics at Vanderbilt University. Outside of work, Mr. Howard is an active member of the Rotary Club of Fort Myers.
Zarela Graves is a Web Developer with a Marketing background. She was born and raised in Peru and moved to USA 13 years ago. From an early age, technology, exploring different cultures, and continuously learning, have been at the forefront of her life.
Having a cross-discipline with a Bachelors degree in Marketing grants her with a unique vantage point to work with web development; as she can see and understand demographics and end-users more clearly.
Zarela is the organizer and founder of SWFL Coders, a local group of developers with over 400 members. The group who is now lead by a team, meets monthly and has been around for over a year. SWFL Coders is a group for techies, developers, coders and non-coders, who wish to learn more about the fantastic world of programming. The group's main goals are to connect people, help each other while learning together, as well as connecting companies to local talent and help with the growth of the tech industry in Southwest Florida.
Currently, Zarela works as a Front-End Developer with Politech, the company behind Blocks. Blocks is a SaaS web application, which provides the necessary tools for political and non-profit organizations to effectively manage their information and meet the goals on political advocacy.
In her free time, Zarela studies new skills and works on building applications for her own enjoyment, which allows her to always stay up-to-date with the latest trends in programming. You will also find her at concerts or among other Trekkie fans.
- Risk Taker: Enthusiastically takes on challenges, highly optimistic perception of risk yet takes rational approach to decision making to mitigate that risk.
- Business Focus: Emphasizes profits, goals, and metrics; aligns employees/team with company goals.
- Determination: Tremendous work ethic, confronts and overcomes obstacles, undeterred by failures and roadblocks.
- Relationship Builder: High social awareness; develops and builds mutually beneficial relationships; open, positive demeanor; gets to know customers and team.
- Delegator: Readily delegates authority and responsibility, proactively collaborates, recognizes and draws on others abilities.
- Knowledge Seeker: Acquires business relevant, in-depth information; uses knowledge as a competitive advantage; anticipates information needs.
- Creative Thinker: Thinks past boundaries, generates ideas, explores options, thinks through problems from start to finish before the project starts.
- Confidence: Presents well, takes initiative, believes in ability to build businesses.
- Promoter: Speaks boldly on behalf of company, communicates company vision effectively.
- Independence: Self-reliant, handles multiple tasks well, strong sense of responsibility.
- Strategic: Takes long-term approach, highly creative, questions status quo, considers profitability, a sign of success.
- Activation: Action orientated, focused on results, unafraid of risk, forceful, pushes people to improve, high expectations.
Sebastian, was born in Romania and raised in Austria. Since his earliest years, he has been a design and tech geek. At the age of 13, Sebastian started to teach himself design tools (Coral Draw 9, Adobe® Photoshop, and Adobe® Illustrator) to create websites, logos, digital art and t-shirts just for fun.
After his graduation from the academy of creative design in Austria and several years in advertising agencies, he decided to start his own design studio named myflecki.com. He is specialized in Branding & Identity Design, UX, and UI Design.
In 2012, he co-founded the network theWG.net to provide international clients with unique Apps, Websites, Brands and much more. Sebastian has now been a professional for over 10 years and loves to support entrepreneurs and companies to define their own success story.
Let's tell your story with pixels.
James started his first business out of pure necessity in 2009 when he had to make extra money. In nearly 10 years, James has started, sold and most recently grown his small car sales business into a large scale buying, selling and trading company.
With a drive to survive, he has had real life experience. From failing big to winning big, James has done it. There is no fear with him. He’s not one to hear the words “NO” or “CAN’T”.
After establishing his web-based business, Brian noticed that the 3D world of technology had become much faster, produced better results, and was finally cost-effective. So, along with his business partner Brian Smith, he formed 3D Architectural Solutions (3DAS)—a 3D architectural visualization facility specializing in the production of architectural renderings and animations. A portfolio of his work can be seen at www.3das.com.
Brian later joined efforts with his business partner Jeff Mottle to develop CGschool – the only company in the world that provides Autodesk Authorized books and training dedicated to architectural visualization while simultaneously working full-time in visualization production. More information can be found at www.thecgschool.com.
The Lab is a place for people to explore creative solution making as they learn the process and practices of ingenuity. Dave's framework for collective ingenuity is summed up in his book, Tribal Alchemy: Mining Your Team's Collective Ingenuity. He's currently working on a second edition to the book. Dave can bring his Lab to you or you can come to him. Either way, his passion is to help you infuse ingenuity into your everyday execution. Through keynotes, Ingenuity Lab workshops, and strategic coaching Dave can help you ignite ingenuity.
Dave earned a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems. Along with his work in The Ingenuity Labe, he is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Fort Myers team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Techstars Startup Weekend Fort Myers is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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