Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2015

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Texas A&M University School of Law
1515 Commerce St
Fort Worth, TX 76102

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Your City. Your Idea. Your Future. The Rally For Innovation Is On!

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business development folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Fort Worth and launch your next startup!

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Friday November 20th

6:00 pm
Arrive at IDEA Works FW and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants. Dinner provided by Chase Bank

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:20 pm
Keynote Speaker
Doug Renfro, Renfro Foods

7:40 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 November 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee Provided by Honest T

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

12:00 pm
Provided By The Damon R. Hickman Law Firm

1:00 pm
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
Provided by the TCU Neeley Entrepreneurship Center

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 November 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee Provided by IDEA Works FW

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

12:00 pm
Provided By Cockrell Enovation

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
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4:00 pm
Food & Networking
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5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Location: Texas A&M University School of Law

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Location: Texas A&M University School of Law

8:30 pm
Location: Texas A&M University School of Law

9:00 pm
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Doug Renfro
President, Renfro Foods

Event Judges

Steve Johnston

Linda Nelson

Bryan Redd

Robert Sturns

As a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), Robert has received numerous awards and accolades for creative and successful business recruitment/retention efforts. By leveraging partnerships with public and private entities, Robert has been directly engaged in the announcement of over $1.0 billion in new capital investment, 9.5 million SF of commercial development and the creation/retention of 11,000 jobs. The Dallas Business Journal has recognized a total of 16 projects Robert has been involved with as finalists for “Best Real Estate Deal of the Year” with 4 of those projects winning their respective category. Robert's background also includes positions in banking operations and commercial real estate management which has helped him navigate some of the challenges that arise in commercial real estate development.

Robert devotes his time to many community endeavors including the Board of Directors for the Chisholm Trail Chapter of the Red Cross, Rotary Club and the United Way Income Council. Robert has also served as the past President of the Greater Fort Worth Area Economic Development Association and has sat on the Boards of the Fort Worth Economic Development Corporation, William Mann Community Development Corporation, YMCA and Cancer Care Services.

Coaches and Mentors

Ajay Bangale
Founder of Eddy Bang Bang

Ajay Bangale is a Cowtown native who attended Fort Worth Country Day. He then went on to study at Duke for his bachelors and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and Harvard Kennedy School for an interdisciplinary double master’s program focused on business and government. He has worked at several leading multinational companies such as Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan, Bain and MasterCard. In addition, he has experience working with startups and recently also helped design a course at Harvard focused on entrepreneurial finance. He welcomes coffee chats and feel free to contact him at 

Jerry Gamble

Doug Cannon

Stephen Rivers

Ryan Chambers

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2015 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

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  • Alexis
  • Timothy
  • Nick
  • Allen
  • Mitch
  • Dan
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