Startup Weekend Fort Worth

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Fort Worth

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Carl E. Everett Education & Administration Bldg
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd
UNT Health Science Center
Fort Worth, TX 76107

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Your idea in 54 hours

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 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!

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Friday November 9th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in.
Location: Carl E. Everett Education & Administration Bldg | 3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard | UNT Health Science Center | Fort Worth, TX 76107

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:45 pm
Opening remarks and introduce sponsors and organizing team

7:00 pm
Icebreaker Activity
Break the ice and get the creative juices flowing.

7:30 pm
Agenda for the Weekend
Understand how the event works and what the milestones are for teams

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Anyone can do a 60-second pitch! Get your idea off the ground and into reality.

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:15 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 until midnight

11:55 pm
Teams finish up & go home
Go home, get some sleep, and come back ready to work on Saturday

Saturday November 10th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work

11:00 am
Coaches Arrive
Local subject matter experts are on site until 2:00PM to help guide teams and answer questions

12:00 pm
Lunch & Learn
Video conference with Artkai, a Ukrainian development & design firm that helps startups around the world

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

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

11:55 pm
Finish up for the day. You may stay and work as late midnight.

Sunday November 11th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee.
Teams get back to work on their startup.

9:00 am
Begin Work
Get back to work

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:30 pm
Travel to WeWork Clearfork
The final pitches will happen at WeWork Clearfork at 5049 Edwards Ranch Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76109

4:45 pm
Judges Arrive
Judges arrive and get instructions on judging and rules for pitches

5:00 pm
Spectators arrive for Final Pitches

5:15 pm
Welcome spectators & review pitch rules
Facilitator will introduce judges and explain the rules for final pitches. Sponsors explain why they support entrepreneurs via Startup Weekend.

5:30 pm
Start Final Pitches
Teams pitch for 5 minutes and do Q&A for 3 minutes

7:00 pm
Judges deliberate
Teams and spectators network while judges are deliberating

7:45 pm
Awards Ceremony Begins
Judges announce the winners, provide feedback to teams, and present awards

8:00 pm
Dinner & After Party
Stay at WeWork Clearfork and enjoy complimentary food & drinks while celebrating the work of participants

10:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Tamara Payne
Connector | Community Builder | Communications Coach

Tamara is an expert on marketing communications and is a seasoned coach and trainer for small business pitching and business plan development. Tamara is also the Co-Founder and Chief Connector at Ensemble Coworking, Fort Worth's first woman owned coworking space. 

Tony Fornby

Founder and owner of Acre Distilling Company LLC, Fort Worth Texas. Acre Distilling produces award winning gins, whiskies, vodka, rum and several flavored spirits. His background spans touch screen systems in retail & hotels, and experience within the lighting industry involving natural lighting solutions. He is also an angle investor in various technology firms. 

Keisha Whaley
Founder, Brass Tacks Collective

Keisha Whaley is the founder of Brass Tacks Collective, a creative experience agency offering a one-year, paid apprenticeship to those looking to get their start in advertising and marketing. For the past 10 years, Keisha has focused her life in Dallas on creative direction, entrepreneurship, and community-based advocacy to fulfill her purpose of opening doors.

Susan Alanis
Assistant City Manager, City of Fort Worth

Susan Alanis is an Assistant City Manager with the City of Fort Worth. She has served the organization in a variety of capacities since 1996. Her significant policy areas during her career have included gas drilling, transportation planning and funding, labor negotiations, healthcare strategy, pension reform, tourism, convention facility financing, park system development and economic development. She strives to include many stakeholders with a variety of perspectives in the process of City policy development.

Coaches and Mentors

Meghan C. Wright
Assistant Professor of Management; Ph.D

Dr. Wright has also worked extensively with women in leadership and female entrepreneurs through her consulting firm. Dr. Wright finished her Ph.D. in 2013 and began teaching at Texas Wesleyan University in the fall of 2014. In addition to teaching, she is also one of the faculty advisors to the Entrepreneurship Club and participates in local events presented by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and local Organization Development networks. 

Hayden Blackburn
Executive Director, TechFW

Hayden is the Executive Director of TechFW, an entrepreneur support organization that helps entrepreneurs commercialize innovative technologies, and is the Director of Cowtown Angels, an angel network based in Fort Worth, TX that connects entrepreneurs seeking early-stage funding with local investors. Hayden has worked in economic development since 2007 and has co-launched two social enterprises prior to his role at TechFW.

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.

Collette Portis
Business Coach, Author, Strategist

As the founder and visionary of Collette Portis & Co. LLC and Destined Designs Business Solutions, Collette Portis coaches and consults with business owners, entrepreneurs, and executives teaching them how to develop the strategy to expand and grow their businesses.

Mrs. Portis is the author of the G.O.A.L.I.E.: Grafting Objectives Around Longevity in Entrepreneurship, which has been used to successfully assist her clients and students with clearly defining their business objectives, developing accountability markers, and meeting and achieving their goals. Ms. Portis conducts workshops on developing your growth plan, defining your daily work, developing company leadership, systemizing your business, and becoming an effective influencer to name a few. She has a diverse portfolio of clients and has facilitated workshops for the Mayor, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Northview Public Schools, Koinonia Christian Church, Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, Fifth Third Bank, Aquinas College, Bloomfield Hills ISD, and Mawusi & Associates.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Fort Worth 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.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Cameron
  • Marco
  • Walker


Susan Moring

Susan is the Norman Program Manager of OU's Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, overseeing CCEW's internship program, the programming Boot Camp OK Coders, and other big events like TEDxOU.

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