Startup Weekend Fredericksburg

    Friday, September 26 - 28, 2014

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Startup Weekend Fredericksburg

Friday, September 26 - 28, 2014

Friday, September 26 - 28, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Germanna Community College Fredericksburg Campus
10000 Germanna Point Dr
Fredericksburg, VA 22408

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world. 

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Fredericksburg to Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Friday September 26th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitch Fire (Pitches Start)
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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 September 27th

7:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Call for needs & skills
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

7:30 pm
Mid weekend check-in
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 September 28th

7:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Call for help
This is self motivated, so don’t be shy! Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

DJ Bruggemann
Manager, Business Development at Social Tables

While born in DC, DJ hails from Lexington, KY. After graduating from Miami(OH) University he headed back East with dreams of solving peoples problems with software. He enjoys exploring the various concert venues, restaurants, and sports teams that DC has to offer.

Anthony Fung
Deputy Secretary of Technology

Mr. Fung is currently serving as Deputy Secretary of Technology for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In this capacity, Mr. Fung serves as a senior advisor to the commonwealth on technology matters including, big data/analytics, innovation and entrepreneurship, and technology operations. Mr. Fung is proven executive with over 17 years of experience in information technology management, strategic planning, and operations management. Prior to joining the commonwealth, Mr. Fung was the CEO of a professional consulting firm, which serviced Federal focused clients such as DoD, HHS, DHS, and GSA. Mr. Fung also served as a SCORE counselor, providing advice to small business on start-up best practices, business operations, and strategy. Mr. Fung has been recognized as one of Washington’s top business leaders, recipient of Washington Business Journal’s Award, SmartCEO Top 100 CEOs, and named Top 40 Under 40 Business Leader.

Jane Barratt
CEO & Founder at

After 20 years of building advertising and digital marketing programs for some of the best brands in the world, I have turned my attention to the ultimate in customer empowerment & loyalty – getting people to buy shares in the companies that they buy most. My nascent startup – Vested Interest (Vi) is launching in 2014, and will enable people to both build their investment expertise, as well as becoming more conscious customers for the companies they choose. In my time in the c-suite, I grew my expertise in global management, multiple domains and diverse products. I led agencies & practices for Havas, Sapient, Young & Rubicam & Dentsu mcgarrybowen. In this time, I collaborated with many Fortune 500 companies across Technology, Automotive, CPG, Financial Services, Media and consulting categories. My entrepreneurial spirit was honed by developing and growing digital agencies within traditional advertising companies, and marketing businesses within technology companies. One thing that was constant across categories, cultures and countries was every company’s commitment to their customers and their shareholders. However, the accelerating pace of change in the marketing world has led to fractional attention, increased transparency and scrutiny, and higher expectations of customers the world over. The old tools no longer engage the way they once did, and my passion is forging a new path for success for both customers and companies. I am also an investor, an advisor to technology startups and non-profits, a mother of three, an Australian by birth and New Yorker by choice, and a huge fan of caffeine in all its forms.

Brandon Gadoci
Director of Sales, Research & Advisory for @disruptioncorp & Principal for Crystal Tech Fund

Brandon is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and adviser. He is currently the head of services and research at Disruption Corporation - a private market analysis and strategic advisory company. He is also a principal in the Crystal Tech Fund, a $50 million investment fund for high growth tech startups.

Scott Ukrop
Director of Business Development

Scott joined Fahrenheit in 2014 and assists the firm in the area of Business Development. As The Fahrenheit Group continues to grow and expand its service offerings, Scott brings over 25 years of experience from a wide variety of companies in the retail, construction, architectural, real estate and marketing industries in addition to his extensive non-profit involvement. Having worked in a variety of organizations at various stages of their life cycles allows Scott to identify with our clients and their needs for our services. Past positions include chief marketing officer for a regional retailer, founder and CEO of a start-up, principal in mid-sized architectural firm, partner in several real estate development projects and strategic director at a branding agency. Before joining Fahrenheit, Scott worked with a variety of clients at the Richmond-based branding and creative agency, WORK Labs, and prior to that oversaw marketing, business development and client advocacy for 3north Architects. He was among the group of developers of Richmond’s Corrugated Box Building, a collaborative work environment of creative and tech firms here in Richmond. Scott also co-founded a design and construction firm focused on residential additions. He began his career at his family’s business, Ukrop’s Super Markets, Inc. where the company dominated the market controlling almost 40% market share. Scott served as vice president of marketing and category management where he led the company’s pioneering efforts in the 1990s with card-based relationship marketing. Scott also led the company’s entry into e-commerce in addition to representing the company nationally and internationally with packaged goods companies, share groups and speaking engagements on customer loyalty programs. Scott currently serves on the boards of Historic Richmond and the Better Housing Coalition in addition to a local holding company and an international consumer packaged goods company. He also has been actively involved on the boards of The Healing Place, the Greater Richmond YMCA and St. Christopher’s School.

Joe Queenan
Managing Partner at Ardago Partners

Joe Queenan has started and scaled several technology companies, partnered with some of the world’s leading brands to bring new products to market, raised over $40million in angel and VC funding, secured millions of dollars in contracts with state governments and an exclusive contract with the federal government. Joe was also a featured presenter in Apple's internationally acclaimed "Master of Media" speaker series and a member of Microsoft's RFID advisory team. Joe is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fellow Irish Social Hub (FISH). FISH is an independent, non-profit organization which invites Notre Dame students, faculty, alumni and local community members to help develop socially innovative ideas into for-purpose enterprises. Today, he serves as a mentor to CEO's and on several boards, including start-ups, a social venture incubator and USC's Faber Center for Entrepreneurship.

Coaches and Mentors

Christopher Muldrow
Co-founder and CEO Rampletype LLC

Chris Muldrow has worked in digital media since 1995. He helped build and worked with newspapers, local businesses and nonprofit organizations across the United States to establish their online brands. He is an energetic leader with proven expertise developing, expanding and managing digital media and technology operations and implementing new and emerging technologies, trends and communication strategies that generate multimillion-dollar revenues and significantly reduce costs for maximum profitability and growth. His specialties and core competencies include: Digital Strategy, Technology Strategy, IT, Social Media, Radio Broadcasting, Media, Internet, Digital Media, Technical Expertise, Innovation, Business Planning, Decision Making, Leadership, Project Management, Web Site, Solution Development, Design, Graphic Components, Editorial Content, Executive, Management, Operations, Finance, Budgeting, Mobile Technology, Programming, Software Development. Chris is a writer, a programmer, an IT geek, a numbers nerd, a business strategist, a husband and a dad. He has a journalism degree from the University of South Carolina Honors College and lives in historic Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Bryan Wengren
Mobile UI/UX Developer

Bryan Wengren has proven his leadership skills over the past 12 years overseeing teams of software and web developers working on web development projects for clients such as Warner Brothers Records, Fermilab and Sugar CRM. As Director of Interactive Development and Support for GateHouse Media, Inc., Bryan oversaw the development, build-out and daily management of a Content Management System (CMS) for more than 500 newspaper sites. He is both a student and practitioner of Agile Project Management (APM), and Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) and has a strong commitment to keep current with industry standards and best practices related to web UI / UX.

Andrew Curtis
Co-Founder & Creative Director of vanguard ideation

Andrew is the Creative Director & Co-founder, focusing on helping clients in finding the right visual solution for their creative problems. He is also responsible for project management and designing anything from websites to logos. Andrew is a graduate from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art & Visual Technology (Graphic Design). During his time at Mason he was involved with AIGA GMU for 3 years in helping build the student design community. He is currently involved in various networks in the DC & Fredericksburg Area. He currently resides as a board member & designer for FredXchange. After attending Startup Weekend, Andrew became apart of the Sprelly Team, as a Designer & Creative Strategist, in helping the eatery become a franchise.

Luis Cavero
CEO & Co-Founder of vanguard ideation

Luis is the CEO & Co-founder of Vanguard Ideation, focusing on day-to-day operations, strategy, inner functions and front-end design. He is also responsible for helping clients with marketing and social media strategy. Luis is a graduate from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Art & Visual Technology (Graphic Design) with a minor in Business Administration. During his time at Mason he was involved with AIGA GMU in helping direct and design their yearly student orientation program book project for 2013. Along with Andrew, he is actively involved in various networks in the DC & Fredericksburg area. Luis is always on top of the latest design news and technology and has a passion for typography.

Bill Blevins
Co-Founder of Plants Map Inc.

Bill Blevins has been building digital startups since 1999. He is the co-founder of Plants Map Inc. (, the January 2014 Startup Weekend Fredericksburg winner and he was a coach for Startup Weekend Fredericksburg in 2013. Prior to launching his own business, Bill spent the 2 years consulting with startup founders on digital marketing and business strategy. He has held multiple C-level roles in online operations and business development for both public and private national media companies. Since 2006 Bill Blevins has served on the Board of Directors for Search Initiatives, Inc. ( in Temecula, CA.

Libby O'Malley
FFunnel, Founder and Muster Me, Co-Founder

With over 25 years of employment in city government, the military, and non-profit organizations, Libby O’Malley might not seem like the entrepreneur type. However as a lifelong outside-of-the-box thinker, the frustration she experienced in these traditionally non-entrepreneurial sectors finally hit the tipping point in 2011, and she walked away from the non-profit world to establish FFunnel, an online collaboration calendar for architecture and design professionals. Following participation in her first (of several) Startup Weekends, she co-founded a second startup, Muster Me, with two Fredericksburg-based programmers (also SW Fredericksburg attendees). Light on the tech side and heavy on the operations and business development side, Libby brings well-rounded insight and loads of energy to the table. She looks forward to meeting new people on the verge of making their own leap from a safe, traditional life to the rollicking, dynamic life as an entrepreneur.

Dan Morrison
VP of Strategy & Marketing at Reacht

Dan has launched three startups in the last 8 years. Currently, he is the VP of Strategy & Marketing at Reacht (, a startup in Fredericksburg, VA that is changing how the world asks questions and gets answers. Prior to Reacht, he founded IMAGINE Social Good, a consultancy that helped build and brand social enterprises. In 2008, he founded Citizen Effect, a crowdfunding platform that allowed anyone to raise money for social good projects around the world. He is on the board of Food Tank and FredXChange and father of three awesome little boys.

Adrian Silversmith
Founder of Sprelly

Adrian Silversmith launched Sprelly in January of 2014 at StartUp Weekend in Fredericksburg, VA. Prior to Sprelly, Adrian served as the Director of Sales for an events management firm that specialized in trade and consumer shows in the Mid-Atlantic area. He has over a decade of sales experience with a combined $7M in generated sales revenue. Adrian was inspired by a trip to a frozen yogurt self-serve store with his wife and two daughters; which ultimately planted the initial Sprelly seed. He ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to launch Sprelly and has gone on to win 3 consecutive “People’s Choice Awards” at various business competitions. Silversmith is opening his first brick and mortar location in the late Fall of 2014 and is developing a plan for a different franchising methodology that focusses on tapping into the resources of the local communities where the stores are located.

Amy Alexander
Brand Manager of The Story Collaborative

With more than a decade of experience in multimedia graphic design, Amy has worked in small business, nonprofit, and corporate settings. She has also worked alongside editors, photographers, web designers, and brand professionals in the Higher Education marketplace. At the University of Mary Washington, she helped develop and execute the creative elements of their re-brand campaign. With a unique understanding of brand development, execution, and management, Amy understands the living nature of a company's identity. Not only designing external marketing material and advertisements, she also informed the brand strategy of their social media voice. As co-founder and Principal at The Story Collaborative, Amy now works to understand and shape the communication strategies of her clients, providing creative direction in a truly multi-media world.

Linda Clevenger
Founder of Organization Direct

Linda Clevenger is the Founder of Organization Direct. Originally from New Jersey, Linda has been in the Fredericksburg area for 23 years. Linda is married to Martin and has 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren. Linda spent over 20 years in Corporate America, working with International Unions in the Jurisdiction Departments and assisting in the creation of local area Union Contracts as well as many years in the Financial Planning field. Organization Direct helps businesses throughout the Country to be more organized by developing structure and systems in their daily practice. Linda works with Companies who want to do more in less time by streamlining their processes and work smarter, not harder to achieve their goals. She is also passionate and experienced in the area of social media for business and purpose-driven results through connections and communication – particularly LinkedIn. Over 80% of her business relationships and partnerships have been developed via LinkedIn. So, it only makes sense that she helps other businesses do the same to achieve their goals. Feel free to contact Linda if you would like to structure your business and increase your productivity.

David Mills
CEO & Storyteller at STORYCollaborative

David Mills has been helping organizations grow for more than 25 years and has trained and written extensively on strategies that make stories count. He co-leads the Story Collaborative (, an organization that helps both nonprofits and businesses place their story into their customers hands. Key activities include Story Bridge, providing custom social network content, and the Grant Services Center, helping nonprofits tell their story to build support.

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Techstars Startup Weekend Fredericksburg is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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John Sechrest
Founder, Seattle Angel Conference, Global Facilitator Startup Weekends

John Sechrest is Founder of the Seattle Angel Conference, Co-Organizer of the Lean Startup Seattle & Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend.

As an entrepreneurial collaborator, he focuses on entrepreneurial and innovation efforts as a way to develop new projects and companies. His efforts are focused building the tools , skills and processes that enable people to make a positive impact on the world.

All of the changes we are seeing in the world will find lasting and sustainable solutions by entrepreneurs and innovators creating new pathways to solving complex issues. By connecting resources, people and projects together and building feedback mechanisms into the conversation, he makes significant impacts on the groups that he works with.

He is currently working on the Seattle Angel Conference - and the Lean Startup Seattle - and of course regularly volunteers to facilitate Startup weekends such as Kirkland Maker's Edition 2014.

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