Startup Weekend Jackson

    Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Jackson

Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015

Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Mississippi College School of Law
151 East Griffith Street
Jackson, MS 39201

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Friday March 27th

5:30 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 & Preview
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers/sponsors, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:45 pm

8:00 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 March 28th

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!

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
Zippity Doo Dah Parade Watching Party
For those who are interested, there will be a Zippity Doo Dah Parade watching party at the Capri Theater in Fondren. Must be there by 6 p.m.

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 March 29th

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
Wrap-Up & Go Home!

Event Judges

Josh Mabus
President, Mabus Agency

The value of strategy in the context of creativity drives Josh Mabus, founder of the Mabus Agency, centering an energy dedicated to communication and service. Experience in marketing’s art directs the agency’s award-winning work, but his grounding in marketing’s science separates his group from the rest. Crafting communication that best bridges the gap between business and consumer begins with pointed thought, a step that proves its value from concept to completion. Perfection, timing, planning and skill all make contributions, but the management of their input determines the outcome. Since 2008, Josh’s agency has been winning for clients by doing just that.

Nathan McNeill

Nathan McNeill's experience in entrepreneurship and business strategy began only four months after his final college exam with the founding of a software company which would grow from three-person startup to over $50M in yearly revenue in just ten years. Nathan's specialities include market and product strategy, competitive positioning, and business plan development and delivery. Nathan worked as Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer of Bomgar Corporation, where he was responsible for product and corporate strategy, competitive positioning, and strategic partnerships. Bomgar relied on Nathan's market positioning to sell over $200M of software in ten years, growing 20% to over $50M in 2013. Additionally, Nathan led the development and delivery of Bomgar business plans resulting in four capital investments totaling $20M between 2004 and 2007 and a successful exit in 2014 at a multiple of revenue.

Tammy Arthur
Professor of Management, Mississippi College

Tammy Yates Arthur, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business.  She has years of experience in the fields of Information Systems and Small/Family Business, both in both industry and academia.  Her research interests include ethical decision making, entrepreneurial intent, and sustainable social enterprise.

Mike Morgan
Visiting Professor of Practice, University of Southern Mississippi

Mike Morgan joined the Department of Finance, Real Estate and Business Law in 2014 as a Visiting Professor of Practice. Prior to joining Southern Miss, Mr. Morgan served as President of Bomgar Corporation, a software development company. Mr. Morgan has served as Chief Financial Officer of several technology companies, both public and private. He received his Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Mississippi in 1988, a Masters of Business Administration from Mississippi College and has completed additional graduate accountancy work at the University of West Florida. Mr. Morgan is a CPA and a member of the AICPA and MSCPA.

Andrell Harris

Andrell Harris is an accomplished businessman, investor, philanthropist on a mission to empower people regarding financial literacy. In 2014, he became the youngest franchise owner in Papa John's history. His mission is to teach youth to invest their money so that they can live the American dream with the people they love.

A proud Mississippi native, Harris was born and raised in and around the state’s capital in Jackson and Terry, Miss. Harris proved to be a very enterprising young man. At 16, Harris and his friend, Jason Owens, discovered old gumball machines in the Owens family’s garage. Within two years, Harris had vending machines in 20 stores. By age 20, Harris' Vending Services had machines in seven Mississippi cities and more than 50 store locations. That business venture piqued Harris’ interest in the stock market and investing. That interest blossomed and by the age of 26, Harris had become an accredited investor.

Harris was very active as an undergraduate student at Jackson State University. As president of the Student Government Association during the 2007-08 academic year, Harris successfully worked with the university’s administration to benefit students. He made those accomplishments while also enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard as a private first class (E-3). After earning a degree in finance in 2008, Harris was commissioned as a military intelligence officer in the United States Army Reserve.

After college, Harris interned with the prestigious Morgan Stanley in New York City and went on to spend two years as a financial analyst at Northrop Grumman.

The military called and in January 2010, Harris was deployed to Baghdad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After serving there for nine months, Harris returned to Baghdad as an intelligence analyst for a private contractor. By January 2011, Harris was in Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. After three years of working abroad, Harris returned to the United States in July 2013.

Harris’ love for Jackson State University has led him to be a loyal contributor, giving each year since he graduated in 2008. Harris’ business acumen has made those contributions possible. A Blue and White Life Member of the JSU National Alumni Association, Harris was the platinum sponsor for the 2013 National Alumni Association Annual Conference in Tunica, Miss. Harris currently serves on Jackson State University's Development Board and in 2013, the university announced Harris’ contribution of $55,555 dollars. The number is significant because 2013 marked Harris’ fifth year since graduation. The scholarship is endowed and will be a permanent part of Jackson State University, therefore benefitting its students for years to come.

Coaches and Mentors

Micah Fincher
Associate, Jones Walker

Micah Fincher is an associate in Jones Walker LLP's Intellectual Property practice group and Business Litigation section. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Mr. Fincher helps clients protect and maximize the value of their businesses' intellectual property by advising them on all aspects of trademark, patent, trade secret, and copyright law. He has represented both IP owners and accused infringers in complex IP cases in state and federal courts, before the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, and in Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission.

John Brandon

Anne Turner
Shareholder, Baker Donelson

Anne Ligman Turner is a shareholder in the Jackson office and is a member of the Firm's Global Business Team and Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Group. With a focus on technology and software development, licensing and commercialization for oilfield services, biotechnology agricultural and other companies with core technology assets, Ms. Turner practices business and corporate law for U.S. companies with domestic and international interests. Ms. Turner has advised U.S. clients on establishing international operations and foreign clients on engaging in U.S. transactions and acquiring U.S. technology assets, which advice has included guidance on structuring, strategic partnerships and joint ventures, trade issues and regulatory compliance with anti-corruption regimes. Ms. Turner has also counseled clients on a wide variety of acquisition and financing transactions, including those involving secured debt and venture capital equity positions.

Tim Mask
VP of Brand Planning & Development, Maris West & Baker

Tim oversees marketing and brand development for clients in a wide range of industries including Public Health, Youth Marketing, Technology Marketing, Social Marketing, and Tourism. He is also a Public Health Marketing consultant specializing in helping state agencies, regional/national cause-related entities, and other non-profits develop their media and outreach programs. A new project close to his heart, in 2013, he founded the Mississippi Brain Drain Commission to develop and initiative to retain Intellectual Capital in Mississippi.

Joe Donovan
Director of Entrepreneurial Development, Else Management School, Millsaps College

Director for Entrepreneurial Programs, Else School of Management at Millsaps College Currently responsible for development, implementation and coordination of a new core focus on entrepreneurship within the Undergraduate and Graduate business programs at Millsaps College; with eventual inclusion within additional Departments in the College. This includes curriculum, co-op experience and partnerships with private equity firms along with Community, State and Federal governmental agencies. Joe Donovan is a man of many talents. He has worked in every area of the business world, for companies large and small, and has invaluable business experience and knowledge.

Lucretia Williams
Project Performance Manager at Cyient

Alan Crancer

Crancer is currently President of Berkeley, Newman and Friends, LLC. Berkeley, Newman and Friends. The firm specializes in working with entrepreneurs and small to midsize start-up companies with an emphasis on operations and marketing issues.   Crancer’s highlights include opening over 150 wireless retail stores across the Southeast United States, launching the largest Wi-Fi/Broadband market in the United States and rolling out the original ALLTEL wireless brand into the consumer marketplace.   Crancer has served as Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Kite Networks/Broadband, Vice President of Marketing for Tritel, Inc./TeleCorp PCS, ALLTEL of the Carolinas and Director of Marketing for ALLTEL Mobile as well as others.   He has won several national and regional awards including the Wireless Association (CTIA) award for Excellent in Communications, the National Highway Safety Transportation award for Excellent in Public Safety and several advertising and marketing awards from the Advertising Federation of the Southeast and 2 National Telly awards.

Aimee Stanford

Aimee Stanford is the owner and founder of A Marketing Mind, a digital and social media marketing company that still believes word-of-mouth is the social marketing boss.    Aimee’s ambition, creativity and self-taught internet skills were instrumental in contributing to the success of, one of the first and most successful online vacation rental companies, which was started by her parents. In only a few short years, this family-run business was purchased and used to launch the world’s largest vacation rental website - HomeAway/    Aimee enjoys helping others succeed. Through her collaborative marketing approach to social media and digital marketing, mixed with her organic SEO skills, she makes a terrific coach, cheerleader and consultant for budding entrepreneurs and established business professionals – and everyone in between.    With an undergraduate and master’s degree from Mississippi College, Aimee has also served as an adjunct professor for the university’s Communications Department. An energetic supporter of and volunteer for many community projects, Aimee resides in Brandon with her husband and their four boys.

Adrian Jones
CEO, RedLaser Technologies

Adrian Jones is a technically sophisticated IT Project management professional with a strong background planning and directing projects across multiple platforms and systems. Adrian has experience managing worldwide IT / logistics development project teams utilizing excellent analytical, communication, leadership and organizational skills. Adrian is a capable leader, able to relate highly technical information across learning levels, accurately evaluate issues and develop appropriate solutions to ensure prompt resolution.

Will Moody
Manager of the Office of Innovation for the Existing Industry, Mississippi Development Authroity

Will Moody is the Manager of the Office of Innovation for the Existing Industry and Business Division of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). He works with entrepreneurs by providing overall business assistance including business plans, management, marketing, and financial analysis, as well as innovation training. He also serves on the Existing Industry and Business Loan committee and the Minority Loan committee, which issues loans to businesses. Will received his Masters in Business Administration from Mississippi State University in 1990 and his Bachelors Degree from Mississippi State University in 1989 where he studied Accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Economic Development Finance Professional, Certified Innovation Engineer, and Certified Online Instructor. He was selected as one of The Outstanding Young Men in America in 1996. In addition to his work with MDA, Will serves as an adjunct professor at several colleges where he teaches business and accounting classes. He also owns a small consulting company that works with colleges on curriculum development.  

Bradley Lum
Attorney at Law Studio

Chris Smith
Business Instructor, Mississippi College

Bryan Carter
President, ThinkWebstore

Bryan Carter is president of Think Webstore, a media production and integrated marketing agency, based in Ridgeland, Mississippi, focused on helping mindful companies realize marketing, branding, social, and online strategies.

Carter holds degrees in Computer Science and Instructional Technology and earned recognition as an interactive media designer and usability engineer early in his career. Prior to founding Think Webstore, Carter served as a director for two internet companies and as a vice president for a nationally recognized advertising agency. He has worked for IBM, AT&T, and NCR in multimedia, interactive learning, and organization development, and has consulted with multiple Fortune 500 companies, including Home Depot, ETS, and Citigroup in the areas of e-commerce, e-learning, and e-business transformation. Carter has also worked with hundreds of small to mid-sized businesses in the areas of online presence, marketing, and business strategy.

A recognized industry author, Carter is an invited speaker on a range of topics including intrinsic motivation, interactive media strategies, user experience engineering, organization development, marketing, and advertising.

Lisa Kemp

Lisa leads the technical team at the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) located within the University of Southern Mississippi’s Technology Accelerator.  MPI serves polymer-related companies in 4 main areas: Commercial Development of new technologies, 3D-printing or rapid prototyping, Analytical Testing, and Workforce Development.  Prior to joining MPI, Lisa was co-founder and CSO of Ablitech, Inc., a pre-revenue biotech startup seeking to commercialize a polymer-based delivery platform for DNA and RNA therapeutics.  While at Ablitech, she helped the company raise over $2.5 million in grant and private funding.  Lisa also worked as an industrial chemist for 3 years at Eastman Chemical Company where she was able to develop and commercialize several coatings technologies, one of which had commercial success with 2-year sales of over $5.5 million.  Lisa is a trainer at ecosVC where she helps scientists and engineers translate their research into commercial innovations.  Lisa was recently selected as a member of the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society.  She is also an inaugural member of the Fortune 500 W.O.M.E.N in America group, which aims to advance promising professional women.  Lisa is also a volunteer at local science fairs and enjoys working with students who are interested in STEM careers. Lisa holds a PhD in Polymer Science and Engineering with a Technology Commercialization focus from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

David Pharr

David K. Pharr practices with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings’ Litigation Practice Group, focusing on commercial litigation, including insurance coverage disputes and intellectual property litigation. David also has significant experience handling litigation involving personal injury, construction, employment disputes, real estate, and environmental matters. He has developed extensive knowledge in all phases of civil litigation. David's diverse trial and pre-trial work includes representation of clients sued under state and federal commercial statutes and common law theories of negligence and fraud. He has won cases by dispositive motion and/or been a member of successful trial teams in employment, highway construction, and negligence cases. David has litigated procedural issues related to jurisdiction, removal of cases to federal court, and judicial recusal. He has also represented clients in a variety of mass tort cases.

George Fondren

George Fondren has been a Trader in Mortgage Backed Securities and Structured Products for several Wall Street firms for over ten years.  He has invested in and managed a wide range of businesses from manufacturing and internet retail to non profit and after school education.  He received an MBA with a major in analytical finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  He and his wife, Lacey, live in Ridgeland, MS.

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