Startup Weekend Fort Worth

    Friday, March 1 - 3, 2019

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

Friday, March 1 - 3, 2019

Friday, March 1 - 3, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Carl E. Everett Education and Administration Bldg
UNT Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
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.  

This sessions theme: Health and Wellness

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 as they relate to health and wellness. *Note: Business ideas can include: Fitness, Nutrition, Pharma, Mental health, etc. topics.  You do not have to be currently involved in these industries to participate.* (i.e. marketing, developers, coders, designers) 

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 March 1st

6:30 pm
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
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 March 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

1:30 pm
Coach Arrival
Coaches arrive and check-in.

2:00 pm
Coaching Sessions/Customer Validation
Scheduled 30 minute sessions with available coaches and get out in the community and talk to your customers!

6:00 pm
Reconvene at UNTHSC
Check back in for next steps

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 March 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast & coffee. Get to work!

12:00 pm

2:30 pm
Coaches Arrive
Coaches check-in at WeWork-Clearfork

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm
Wrap-Up and After Party

10:00 pm
Go Home!


Sean Duffy
Senior Partnership Manager

Sean Duffy is the Senior Partnerships Manager at Capital Factory helping bridge the gap between startups and corporate innovators through strategic programming and community events. As a former classroom teacher, Sean is a passionate education and technology evangelist, community organizer and founder of EdTech Austin.

Event Judges

Annesha White
Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation

Annesha White, PharmD, MS, PhD, is Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation, Associate Professor at the University of North Texas, System College of Pharmacy. She educates pharmacy students on pharmacoeconomics, outcomes research, and health policy. A natural extension of her outcomes research background includes the assessment of programmatic outcomes for the college. She enjoys assisting faculty with research projects and brainstorming to ‘think outside the box.’ Dr. White believes that innovation in health care delivery is crucial and she encourages student projects focused on optimizing value in healthcare to advance the quality of healthcare, reduce costs, and improve patient outcomes. Her research interests include prescription drug abuse education and the pharmacoeconomics of hormonal contraceptive use. Her most recent project involves a proof-of-concept/feasibility study in the development of the HealthKnect app to empower the patient allowing them to maintain control and access to their own health information. She has published several peer-reviewed articles, a textbook entitled Introduction to the Pharmacy Profession and serves as a referee for journals such as Medical Care and the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy. Dr. White is actively involved as a Board of Trustees member for the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. She obtained her degrees from Florida A&M University (PharmD and MS) and her PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Florida. 

Osiris Wade
Licensed Professional Counselor

Osiris Wade, Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, is the founder and CEO of Wade Counseling of Frisco, PLLC an outpatient mental health counseling center. Wade Counseling is known for specializing in stellar care to its patient base, which includes boys, teens, and men of all ages. Osiris states his most important designation and rewarding daily meditation is being the Father to a rambunctious and energetic group of four children. He is a corporate retreat leader, Certified Dynamic Mindfulness Teacher, and a Purpose Coach, leading workshops and working one-on-one to help both Entrepreneurs and Creatives alike to leverage and unleash those superpowers that both groups need to reach the next levels in their corresponding fields. Known for his humor, clinical precision, and interpersonal warmth, Osiris is trusted by parents with the most challenging cases. He has specialized in working with high-conflict couples, professional athletes, infidelity, couples on the edge of divorce, traumas, dually diagnosed, and children and Veterans with PTSD

Matt Loeffelholz
Attorney at Law

Matthew T. Loeffelholz focuses his practice in the areas of corporate, real estate, intellectual property, and oil and gas. At Rattikin & Rattikin, he is the Section Lead of the Business Entities & Intellectual Property Section because of his experience with business and entrepreneurial issues. Mr. Loeffelholz is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Creighton University School of Law. He is member of the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, the Tarrant County Bar Association, the Dallas Bar Association, and is admitted to the State Bar of Texas.

Richard Margolin
Founder and Chief Technology Officer of RoboKind

Richard Margolin is the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of RoboKind and over the past decade has developed some of the world’s most recognizable facially expressive and socially interactive robots. The company’s mission is to provide cost-effective and inclusive education for all, with a focus on teaching social and emotional skills to children on the autism spectrum, as well as STEM education.  His company has developed Robots4Autism and Milo, a socially advanced robot, whose proven effectiveness with learners with ASD is over 80 percent as opposed to the 3 percent for traditional therapy. To continue their mission of diverse and inclusive education, RoboKind created Robots4STEM, a visual programming language that gives children the building blocks for computer science.  A serial entrepreneur and researcher, Richard studied cognitive and computational neuroscience at Trinity College and Mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a Forbes Technology Council member, a 2017 Tech Titan, a Finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of The Year 2018 Award in the Southwest region and was recently named a Red Herring Top 100 Global winner for the year’s most promising private technology ventures. Most recently, Mechanical Engineering Magazine named RoboKind as the winner of their Emerging Technology Award in Robotics; other winners included Airbus, Microsoft HoloLens, General Electric’s Renewables Division, and IDE Technologies. 

Coaches and Mentors

Andrew Kussmaul
Startup & Venture Capital Attorney

Andrew Kussmaul is the managing attorney at Kussmaul Legal, PLLC. His practice has a strong focus on providing technology startups with entity formation and venture capital services. Andrew also helps startups with corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, copyrights, and trademarks. Unlike most attorneys, Andrew operated a personal service business he built from the ground up. With this experience, he is able to provide entrepreneurs and startups with the most practical legal and business advice.

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.

Farhaj Mayan

Farhaj is the co-founder of Kanna, a managed marketplace for gig workers in Cannabis. A UI/UX Designer, product owner and passionate storyteller, he previously worked as an early employee at 3 startups (VR, Experiential Marketing, Drones) before co-founding his first venture Fade, a barber booking marketplace that launched in DFW and grew to early revenue.

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.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Fort Worth is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Sean Duffy
Senior Partnership Manager

Sean Duffy is the Senior Partnerships Manager at Capital Factory helping bridge the gap between startups and corporate innovators through strategic programming and community events. As a former classroom teacher, Sean is a passionate education and technology evangelist, community organizer and founder of EdTech Austin.

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