Startup Weekend Iowa City 2015

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Iowa City 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

MERGE (Old Wedge Pizza / May's Cafe)
136 S. Dubuque St
Iowa City, Iowa 52240

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Trust your crazy ideas

Startup Weekend is a global, grassroots movement of creative and empowered people who are learning the basics of launching new ideas. More than 45,000 people from 200 cities around the world have participated! 

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their 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 and community leaders.

Startup Weekend is for you if you want to...
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to try something new.
Make something real. 
Startup Weekend is all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.
Build your network. This isn't just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts our community’s best makers and doers. By spending a weekend working together to solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships, leave inspired and maybe even walk away with a job or an investor.
Meet your co-founder. 
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
Actually launch a business. Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months.


Friday November 20th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Local Burrito Dinner & Networking
Korean taco bar by Local Burrito, 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 November 21st

9:00 am
Brewhemia Breakfast & Java House Coffee
Arrive, Breakfast Burritos and Coffee Cake from Brewhemia & coffee from Java House

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

12:00 pm
Bread Garden Market Lunch
Lunch will be featuring food from Bread Garden Market

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
Oasis Dinner
Dinner will be from Oasis, Iowa City's falafel joint.

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

8:00 am
Venue opens, Java House Coffee
Arrive, coffee from Java House

10:00 am
Breakfast from Griddle Me This
Snow can't stop us! Pancakes fresh from the griddle outside Merge.

12:00 pm
One more opportunity to ask questions. What do you need to finish the weekend strong?

2:00 pm
Late lunch
More griddled goodness is on tap

4:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Levi Bostian
Freelance mobile app developer and founder of Me2

Levi Bostian, a Startup Weekend veteran and Venture School alumni, is the founder of me2, an app for cancer patients and their families to gain emotional support. me2 launched at Startup Weekend Iowa City 2014 and Levi credits the supportive community in the region for it's development. Levi is looking forward to sharing old Startup Weekend memories, demonstrating the power behind Startup Weekend, and celebrating this great startup community

Event Judges

Mark Nolte
President of the Iowa City Area Development Group

Helen Adeosun
Founder of Care Academy, recent graduate of the Iowa Startup Accelerator

Jennifer Banta
Training and engagement liaison for the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

Katie Wilson
Founder & CEO of JumpOnItDeals

Coaches and Mentors

Ben Anderson
Founder of Bandwidth Pool, Director of Business Development at BDC Group, Inc.

Ibrahima Bah
CTO of HiFit Juice

Curtis Crosier
Managing Director, Intuitive CFO

Riley Eynon-Lynch
Co-founder and CEO, Pear Deck

Pete Fry
Founder of START LLC, Entrepreneur in Residence at EDC, Inc.

Thomas Hornbeck
VP of Engineering at Compass Education Group and co-founder of GotIt!

Dapo Kolawole
Co-founder Citispoon, Founder Plus5technologies

Jesse Lane
CEO at Agropolis, LLC

Jason Kristufek
Founder and CEO of Fanstreamm

Joshua McNary
Marketing Technologist & Founder

David Miessler-Kubanek
Design, Instruction, and Consulting Print/Digital Solutions at DMK Creative, LLC

Andrea Olson
Founder/VP International Marketing and Digital Strategy at Prag'madik

Scott Swenson
Regional Director, Kirkwood SBDC

Faraz Shah
Interaction Designer

Dan Sweeney
VP of Design, Pear Deck

Mat Winegarden
Product Design Manager & UX Researcher at ConnectFive, Inc.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Iowa City 2015 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




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Student Sponsorship

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Iowa City is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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David Tominsky
Community Builder

David Tominsky is a 14-year veteran of the staffing industry and now Program Manager of the Iowa Startup Accelerator. After launching CoreTCS in 2010, he has immersed himself in the community where he focuses his energy on fostering creativity and entrepreneurship training in K-12 education, developing the local talent economy, and working tirelessly to make Iowa's Creative Corridor the most amazing place to start a company.

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