Startup Weekend Green Bay

    Friday, February 12 - 14, 2016

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

Friday, February 12 - 14, 2016

Friday, February 12 - 14, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

2740 West Mason St.
Green Bay, WI 54307-9042

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Build Your Business, Network and Community

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Attendees vote on their favorite ideas and form teams around them. 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!

Prizes, Swag and Freebies!

In addition to all this, all participants will also receive
  • An SWGB t-shirt
  • An SWGB water bottle
  • A free .co domain registration
  • Google stickers and swag

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Friday February 12th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

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

7:15 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

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 as late as the venue will allow

Saturday February 13th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

1:00 pm

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!

5:30 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 February 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
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

6:15 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!


Michael Diamond
Chief Revenue Officer, Mitek Systems

Mike Diamond is the Chief Revenue Officer of Mitek Systems, a NASDAQ-traded company headquartered in San Diego.  Mike has led teams and grown innovative technology companies such as Obopay, a global innovator in the mobile payments market, IBM and Alphablox in the business analytics markets, and S1 and Edify in the online banking and financial technology markets.  His teams have been located throughout Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America. Mike holds a BBA in International Business from St. Norbert College.

Event Judges

David Troup
CEO, Xensr

Started as a programmer in 1982 and developed many telecommunications software systems in the 80's as an independent developer. Received a BS in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence with a personal emphasis in planetary autonomous robotic systems. Founded DCT Technologies, Inc. in 1991, co-founded Space Explorers in 1998 and Solinus, Inc. in 1999. David’s latest startup, Xensr is the world leader is 3D sports motion tracking and used around the globe by professional athletes and amateurs to quantify their action sports sessions.

Quasan Shaw
Economic Development Director at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Anna Steinfest

Since 1998, when she made the United States her permanent home, Anna has worked in the banking industry, most recently in business development. She conducts business-related workshops in the Greater Green Bay area, works with small businesses, and with the Entrepreneur Network for minority entrepreneurs which she organized. She also serves in various capacities with local organizations.

Paul Jones

Paul Jones is Of Counsel to the Business Practice Group and Co-chair of the Venture BestTM team. His practice concentrates on representing emerging technology and life sciences companies in financing and other strategic transactions as well as general corporate matters. He also represents venture capital firms and other investors in emerging technology and other high impact businesses.

Mr. Jones regularly holds office hours at the Maryland Incubator Shady Grove Innovation Center, located in Rockville, MD and the Water Council in the Global Water Center located in Milwaukee, WI. Along with a rotating group of Michael Best attorneys, he meets with venture capitalists, scientists and engineers to discuss legal concerns as well as strategic business and financial alternatives.

Al Zeise
CEO, ZyQuest

Al Zeise has over 35 years experience in the field of Information Technology and almost 20 years experience as President and CEO of ZyQuest, Inc., an IT outsourcing, augmentation, hosting and software development company headquartered in Green Bay, WI. Al learned a long time ago that really powerful technology disappears in the background. It gets out of your way, performing the tasks you assign it efficiently and without fail. The best technology lets you stop worrying about “How,” and start analyzing “Why.”

Coaches and Mentors

Dan Gowronski
Attorney at Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Daniel Gawronski is an attorney in the Madison office and is a member of the firm’s Transactional Practice Group and Venture Best ™ Team. His practice focuses on all aspects of corporate law, including corporate planning and formation, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital.

Ryan Hatch

Ryan is a lean software entrepreneur & consultant who leads with customer success as the single driving focus.  Ryan helps companies launch new products people want to buy.  He co-founded Dynamis, funded by Golden Angels in 2012, to create sales growth for brokers and enable employers to maximize their group health insurance.  He excels at energizing teams towards shared purpose with fast execution.  Ryan now works with other startups & new product executives using lean principles to accelerate growth & time-to-market.

Quasan Shaw
Economic Development Director at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Paul Lemens

I am a strategic business leader with a record of accomplishment in the areas of business development, product development and brand marketing. I am a recognized expert in the innovation process and have helped Fortune 500 companies achieve their objectives through training and new product concepts. Through my management positions, I have developed a strong entrepreneurial spirit and am passionate about uncovering both new product opportunities and new growth markets for companies both large and small. I have fueled the growth of diverse businesses across key revenue generation functions including marketing, brand management, and business development. I thrive as a member of a team and function as a collaborative results-driven leader and skilled communicator. I am a creative problem solver with over 40 patents to my name and have extensive experience managing intellectual property portfolios.

Thomas Duffy

An uninhibited creative professional who stretches the imagination with brainstorming ideas in the name of strategic marketing, product development, advertising and public relations. An effective collaborator and strong relationship builder helping organizations meet bold goals. Through skillful project management, creates distinct brand positioning and innovative solutions that drive business results.

Specialties: Creative thinking, communications, public speaking, project management, relationship building, and all around good guy.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Green Bay 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 Green Bay is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Perry
  • Ross
  • Chris
  • Chad
  • Andrew


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1

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