Global Startup Weekend Long Island

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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Global Startup Weekend Long Island

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

LaunchPad Huntington
315 Main Street
2nd Floor
Huntington, NY 11743

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In 54 hours, you'll learn exactly how to start a startup

Do you have an idea but don't know what to do next? Do you have the next big idea in healthcare?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to learn how to take the idea in your head and build it into a viable business.

You'll form an all-star team, create a prototype of your idea, validate it, receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, continually iterate, and finally pitch to a panel of judges made up of top VCs and business people - all in one weekend!

We're interested in the Health & Wellness verticals - from exercise apps to yoga innovations, patient portals to hospital security - but anyone with the goal of learning more about building out a business concept should attend and be a part of a team.

And if your idea is outside these market verticals, give it a shot anyway. There is no downside. You learn anyway you slice it. You won't regret it!

Who should participate?

In short - everyone! It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from. If you're interested in entrepreneurship, Startup Weekend LI is the place for you.

Startup Weekend brings together all types of people including designers, developers, creatives, business people, healthcare providers, doctors, nurses, and more.

What happens at Startup Weekend?

On Friday night, you'll pitch your own idea and/or listen to others. Everyone then votes on the most interesting ideas and form teams.

On Saturday, you'll work with top mentors and coaches to refine your idea and get customer feedback. Don't freak out when all your ideas go out the window and you're forced to pivot. That's what a real startup is like.

On Sunday, you'll learn how to create a million dollar pitch. It all comes together that night when you and your team present your work to a panel of judges including top VCs, business people, and community leaders.

While it's not required that you pitch an idea on Friday night, it's highly encouraged. Half the fun of Startup Weekend is getting out of your comfort zone and doing something that makes you a little bit nervous. Also, while you can come with friends, you’ll have the best experience if you participate in separate teams and on different ideas.

There's only 1 rule - Your idea can't be something that you're currently working on.

The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve has to be something completely new. It can't be something that you've previously worked on.

Startup Weekend is all about constant and rapid iteration and figuring out what problems customers are facing. If you already have a fully baked idea/business, you can't change quick enough and it won't be any fun for you or the other participants.

But don't worry - Startup Weekend is great for current founders, too. The skills that you learn and the people that you meet at Startup Weekend can easily be applied to your current startup.

In just one weekend, you'll:

  • Get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
  • Learn the process for going from concept to creation
  • Meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs including mentors from Northwell Health and Techstars
  • Build a new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world
  • Get one-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • Receive special benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • Eat 7 delicious and nutritious meals along with unlimited snacks and coffee
Scholarships Available!

Are you on a limited budget? Don't let that stop your entrepreneurial goals. Click here to apply for a scholarship.

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Friday November 16th

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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. Go home!

Saturday November 17th

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

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. Go home!

Sunday November 18th

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

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Dave Calone
CEO of Jove Equity Partners

Dave Calone is the CEO of Jove Equity Partners LLC, a venture capital firm that invests in and helps build technology companies in the internet, software, digital media, energy, real estate, transportation and health care industries. He serves as a director of nine privately-held companies located throughout the country and is a co-inventor on twelve issued U.S. patents relating to internet messaging and to optimizing medical treatment based on comparative treatment effectiveness data. He helped organize the recently formed bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the U.S. House of Representatives through which he has been a leading advocate for federal policies that promote the creation and development of start-ups and other small businesses. He is the co-founder of the newly launched Long Island Emerging Technologies Fund, which creates and provides seed funding for early stage technology companies on Long Island. He has served as a founding mentor for the Techstars' Patriot Boot Camp which helps veterans from around the country start technology-based businesses.

Christopher Fasano
Manager at EisnerAmper LLP

Christopher Fasano is a Manager in the Private Business Services Group. He specializes in compilations, reviews, and tax preparation for private companies.

Stacey Sikes
Executive Dean, Hofstra Center for Entrepreneurship

Stacey Sikes is the Executive Dean of Hofstra University's Center for Entrepreneurship and Scott Skodnek Business Development Center. She previously served as the Assistant Executive Director for Accelerate Long Island, where she coordinated the efforts of the Accelerate Long Island Seed Fund and developed and implemented the organization’s programs.

Coaches and Mentors

Adam Casson
COO at Inscope Medical Solutions

COO of @inscopemedical, entrepreneur in (constant) training, startup advisor, disciple of lean entrepreneurship.

Alex Hantman
Director of Business Operations at Parsley Health

​Alex Hantman serves as the Director of Business Operations at Parsley Health, where he focuses on financial, people, and sales operations. Previously, Alex served as the Manager of Strategy & Operations at Spreemo, a healthcare startup focused on predicting and preventing medical errors with data science. Alex joined Spreemo as an early employee, where he went on to launch and lead Spreemo’s operations improvement and quality assurance teams before transitioning into a more strategic capacity prior to Spreemo’s acquisition in August 2017. Alex is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton University, where he majored in bioengineering and minored in sustainability engineering. When he’s not working on making Parsley bigger and better, you can find him geeking out at tech events and hackathons, relaxing on meditation and mindfulness retreats, or trying something new like skydiving or running a solo marathon.

Jon Klein
Co-Founder & President of Kantian Skincare

Jon Klein is co-founder and president of Kantian Skincare, LLC. He is focused on creating and implementing marketing and business development initiatives to continually drive company growth. Jon is an entrepreneur with expertise in e-commerce, direct response marketing and online marketplace channels including He is experienced with customer acquisition and retention via online media channels: social media marketing, search engine marketing (paid & SEO), e-mail marketing, and online display advertising.

Paul Lipsky
Creative Director, MindYolk Technical 3D Animation Studio

Paul Lipsky is the founder of MindYolk Creative Studio and brings with him more than 25 years of professional experience in the field of visual communications. After earning a Master of Fine Arts degree at the School of Visual Arts, he began working for several prestigious video postproduction companies in Washington, D.C., and in New York City. He has successfully provided creative direction and advanced animation expertise to such clients as the National Institutes of Health, HBO, Grey Advertising, MSG Network, CBS Sports, and to TV programs such as The McLaughlin Group, America’s Most Wanted, and Inside the NFL. This expertise has won him such industry awards as the National Telly Award, the Medical Illustrators’ Award and the BDA Broadcast Designer Award. In addition to his professional career Lipsky has taught in higher education for over 15 years at NYU, St John University and currently teaches at Hofstra University. He has been invited to lecturer internationally in Taiwan, China, London, Jamaica, and South Africa. He helped write a new and innovative 2 and 4 year degree in Interactive Computer Graphics for Five Towns College which launches in September 2018.

Chris Lopinto
Travel Expert, Founder, Advisor, Investor

Chris Lopinto is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Since founding ExpertFlyer in 2004, Chris Lopinto has been a pioneer in providing airline data transparency to consumers.  Prior to ExpertFlyer, Chris founded, built, and then sold an IT consulting company in Long Island New York. Prior, he served as the Director of IT at ProductivityNet, a network management software startup. Chris is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Abdul Salam
Google Cloud Certified Engineer

Abdul is passionate about big data, analytics and cloud. His current focus revolves around data science and data engineering practice across internet services, online retail, travel and telecom industries.

Gus Spathis

Gus Spathis is the founder & CEO of The Xogito Group, a product development and management consulting firm, focused on startups, business transformation and advisory services in emerging technologies. Gus serves on a number of corporate and non-profit advisory boards and generously donates his time assisting early stage entrepreneurs. Gus’ career spans over 30 years, managing businesses and building award-winning teams and technology. He has focused on making entrepreneur’s visions become reality by solving difficult problems efficiently and creating breakthrough solutions. As an entrepreneur himself he has participated in founding over a dozen different companies. He is a sought after advisor by venture capitalists, angel investors, and private equity firms. Most recently Gus launched Xogito Ventures, focused on angel investments in a variety of companies and funds.

Paul Trapani
President, LISTnet

President of LISTnet - Long Island Software & Technology Network

Frank Zinghini
Technical CEO

Frank founded Applied Visions Inc. with the goal of building a software engineering company where skilled developers, researchers, and designers could create cutting-edge software products and systems for businesses and government customers. Frank has led the organization’s growth from its basement-office beginnings to the multi-location software and systems engineering solution provider it is today. AVI produces cloud, mobile, and Internet of Things applications that drive revenue and transform businesses. AVI’s Secure Decisions division conducts advanced cyber security research and development for the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security; that work led to the spin-out of Code Dx, a provider of application security testing tools that help organizations create secure software.

Frank’s passion for the power of digital technology and the idea of simplifying the complex remains as strong today as it was when he first founded the organization in 1987. A Long Island native who attended Stony Brook University, Frank is committed to helping grow the next generation of engineers on Long Island: he is an advisory board member for the Stony Brook College of Engineering and Applied Science, and works with area high schools to promote STEM careers among students as a board member of the Academy of Information Technology and as a supporter of the FIRST Robotics competition.

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The Global Startup Weekend Long Island team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Techstars Startup Weekend Huntington, NY is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Arjun Grama
Early Stage Technology Analyst

Arjun is an experienced marketer, mentor and manager currently working as an Offering Manager at IBM. 

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