Techstars Startup Weekend Fort Worth

    Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017


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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Fort Worth

Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017



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

UNT Health Science Center
1000 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth , TX 76107

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Take Your Idea from Nothing to Something in 54 Hours!

We know that there are lots of people with great ideas in Fort Worth and this is your chance to bring them to life - in just a weekend!

Startup Weekend is a great place for entrepreneurs to connect with developers, designers, coders and other business minded people to build companies in the course of a weekend. The event begins with 1 minute pitches of an idea and then all of the participants choose between which of 8-12 different ideas they want to work on throughout the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday each team gets as much work done on their idea as they can including building a brand, developing customers, designing a website and bringing an idea to life. On Sunday evening, each team will present their startup to a panel of local judges who will give them feedback on their ideas and select the winning teams from the weekend. Joining a Startup Weekend is the best way to get hands on experience about what starting a company is really like. 

Remember, Startup Weekends are for brand new ideas. If you've been working on something already, have a product developed or are already in business, this event is NOT for you. We'll be building up brand new ideas!

Get your tickets now before they are all gone! Early bird rates disappear on October 16, so save money by registering now! All Early Birds get a FREE Startup Weekend Fort Worth coffee mug too!

Remember, all of your food and beverages for the weekend are INCLUDED. Its going to be an awesome weekend!




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 3rd


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 November 4th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


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

Sunday November 5th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


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


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Marc Nager
Startuper, skier, mountaineer, and CEO of UP Global - [ Startup Weekend, Startup Week, Startup Digest, Education Entrepreneurs, Startup Next ]

Marc Nager is the President and CCO of Techstars Startup Programs. In early 2009, he found the opportunity to acquire Startup Weekend, LLC and to transform it into a non-profit to help others pursue their passions, solve real problems, and impact the world around them. Years later, UP Global has built a network of more than 150,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer organizers and hundreds of trained facilitators spread across more than 500 cities in 130 countries, which later merged with Techstars. Marc balances his mission to make entrepreneurship a universally accessible career path with an active lifestyle. Marc holds a degree in International Business from Chapman University in Southern California. An ambitious go-getter, he is dedicated to expanding his experience and understanding of startup ecosystems around the world. His efforts focus on increasing the levels and quality of support available for passionate entrepreneurs and communities. Entrepreneurship is something that can be taught and learned, and he’s on a mission to make it possible for anyone.


Event Judges


Victoria Wise
Founder, Tanglewood Moms and Madeworthy Media

Victoria Wise is an entrepreneur and the mastermind of Tanglewood Moms and Madeworthy Media. She is a founding member of TCU Neeley Business School’s Women to the Power of 10, and continues to serve on Facebook’s SMB Council. She is the mother of four elementary-aged children and has been married to her husband, William, for 10 years. 


Brian Byrd
Fort Worth City Councilman

Brian represents District 3 on the Fort Worth City Council, a position he won in early 2017. He is also a board certified physician and entrepreneur. Before serving on the city council, Brian was the founder and CEO of Texas Hospice, a company he sold in 2013.


Les Kreis
Venture Capitalist at Steelhead Capital Management and Bios Partners

Les Kreis has been investing in companies, both large and small, for over 20 years. He is currently running two Fort Worth-based funds, Steelhead Capital Management and Bios Partners. Previously, he worked as a Portfolio Manager and Trader at HBK Capital Management. He also serves on the Cowtown Angels Steering Council and on the Advisory Board for the Neeley Entrepreneurship Center at TCU, his alma mater.


Michael Sherrod
Entrepreneur in Residence, TCU's Neeley School of Business

He built Sherrod Publishing Company in the late 1970's from zero to $4 million in sales in 3 years, establishing four additional companies in the process. In the 1980's he worked in video text, then helped build AMR Information Services. In the 1990's started Nerrv Systems and co-founded DigitalCity. In the 2000's Sherrod integrated AOL Local into Netscape, AOL, Compuserve and Time Warner and revitalized AOL's world wide community products and services. He helped prepare Ancestry.com for liquidity event in 2008. Founding CEO of Examiner.com. He was the first publisher of TexasTribune.org and he founded BluePigeon.coop.


Anuja Ghorpade, PhD
Interim Vice President for Research and Innovation, UNT Health Science Center

Dr. Ghorpade has been on the faculty at the UNT Health Science Center since 2007 where she has held multiple roles. She currently directs their research, commercialization and innovation efforts, even as she continues her work as a researcher. At the Health Science Center, she established a research program in HIV/AIDS, glial biology and a Brain Bank for neurodegeneration research that is designed to study the effects of HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease on the brain. 


Coaches and Mentors


Dawn Shannon
Co-Owner and Chief Activator of Ensemble Coworking

Dawn has over 23 years of experience managing business operations and is an expert at strategic goal setting and working with companies to achieve success. 


Sunny Lowe
CEO of Blue Jean Networks

Sunny has led Blue Jean Networks, a Fort Worth-based company that helps companies manage and maintain computer networks for small and medium sized companies in the DFW area since 2008. He has spent several decades working in and around technology and networks, including for brands like UPS.


Chris Botvidson
Managing Partner, Ascend Concepts

Chris is an entrepreneur, creative director and problem solver. He is the Managing Partner at Ascend Concepts, a local design and branding company that delivers smart design solutions for its clients. 


Jerry Gamble



Matthew Nutsch

Matt Nutsch is a business and technology consultant, specializing in web development and business process automation. He brings over 10 years of experience implementing technology products and business processes at companies with over $1 Billion in annual revenue. Matt has an MBA from the University of Washington, a BBA from Texas Tech University, and is continuing studies in Computer Science at Oregon State University.


Chris Handy

Chris Handy is an acclaimed sales & marketing strategy consultant and keynote speaker whose podcast was named one of the Top Ten Podcasts Produced By Agencies in 2015. His company, Thinkhandy, is based in Fort Worth, Texas.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Fort Worth team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Hayden
    Blackburn
  • Alexis
    Nguyen
  • Cameron
    Cushman
  • Jason
    Hays
  • Damon
    Hickman
  • Kristian
    Barrera
  • Nathan
    Winkler

Facilitators


Marc Nager
Startuper, skier, mountaineer, and CEO of UP Global - [ Startup Weekend, Startup Week, Startup Digest, Education Entrepreneurs, Startup Next ]

Marc Nager is the President and CCO of Techstars Startup Programs. In early 2009, he found the opportunity to acquire Startup Weekend, LLC and to transform it into a non-profit to help others pursue their passions, solve real problems, and impact the world around them. Years later, UP Global has built a network of more than 150,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer organizers and hundreds of trained facilitators spread across more than 500 cities in 130 countries, which later merged with Techstars. Marc balances his mission to make entrepreneurship a universally accessible career path with an active lifestyle. Marc holds a degree in International Business from Chapman University in Southern California. An ambitious go-getter, he is dedicated to expanding his experience and understanding of startup ecosystems around the world. His efforts focus on increasing the levels and quality of support available for passionate entrepreneurs and communities. Entrepreneurship is something that can be taught and learned, and he’s on a mission to make it possible for anyone.



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