Techstars Startup Weekend JAX

    Friday, February 7 - 9, 2020


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

Friday, February 7 - 9, 2020



Friday, February 7 - 9, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm

UNF Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
112 West Adams St.
Barnett Building 4th floor
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “jacksonville@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday February 7th


6:30 pm
Registration
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


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
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 February 8th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:00 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 9th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hour of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place by organizers.


4:00 pm
Final Presentations


5:30 pm
Dinner
Judges will eat dinner in private and discuss presentations.


6:30 pm
Judging & Awards


7:30 pm
Wrap-Up


8:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Joseph Colca
Senior Vice President - Digital Experience at Vystar Credit Union

Senior Strategic Executive who is passionate about leveraging digitization and analytics to drive remarkable customer experiences. Progressive insights and analytics experience spanning global financial services, banking, payments, lending, and digital experience.

Proven ability to lead high performing teams through strategic vision, partner development, and disciplined frameworks to drive impactful results. Adept at leading teams, driving change, and forging trust-based relationships across diverse stakeholders. Alumnus of prestigious Citi Leadership Development program for high potentials.

In September VyStar Credit Union announced the creation of a $10 million fund designated for investing in FinTech companies looking to partner with credit unions to deliver innovative solutions. VyStar, being the 15th largest credit union in the U.S. by asset size with more than $9 billion in assets, is continually looking for ways to enhance the digital member experience


Event Judges


Karen Bowling
Director of The UNF Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Karen began her role as the first Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and
Innovation at the University of North Florida in January of 2019.
She started her career in television news in Jacksonville after graduating from the
University of North Florida.
She transitioned to a career in healthcare marketing and management, before
catching the entrepreneurial bug, and co-founded Solantic, a walk - in urgent care
company now operating under the name CareSpot. After serving as CEO for ten
years, she joined Mayor Alvin Brown as the Chief Administrative Officer with the
City of Jacksonville.
In addition to her entrepreneurial career, Karen has been on many notable boards.
She serves on the 4 th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission, is immediate past
chair of the Florida State College District Board of Trustees, and serves on the
Board of Security Devices International, a Boston based less-lethal weapons
company.
Karen is a graduate of both Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida.


Carlton Robinson
Vice President of Entrepreneurial Growth at JAX Chamber

As vice president of the entrepreneurial growth division, Dr. Robinson is responsible for research,
strategy, and implementation of small business initiatives that assist the JAX Chamber in promoting
regional economic growth from within. His development of the JAX Bridges entrepreneurial program
helped the chamber qualify as a finalist for chamber of the year in 2016. He has held entrepreneurial
mentoring positions with Startup Weekend, Lean StartUp Week (San Francisco), Womens’ Business
Centers, and several startups. He has prior experience in banking and entrepreneurship.


Drew Himel
Founder & CEO PCR Agency & Investor

Drew Himel started WSI in 2007 when he was 23 years old teaching himself web design and in 6 years became the 2nd highest-grossing franchise in the world out of 1500.  He rebranded the agency in 2012 to PCR with a focus on inbound marketing working with Hubspot and becoming the fastest partner to ever reach Platinum status. His agency has worked with early stage startups like Dosist which recently raised on a $300 million valuation to helping launch the Los Angeles Chargers launch in LA over the last two years.  He is also an active investor and advisor having worked with SpaceX, Calm, & Seed.  His views on entrepreneurship have been covered in USA Today, Wall Street Journal, & Fox News.  He's passionate about using his marketing agency to help with work around social impact having worked on the campaign with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, GivePower and Conservation International. He currently has an office downtown and lives in Neptune Beach. 


Raghu Misra
CEO & Founder at Wired2Perform. Investor

Serial Entrepreneur, Visionary, Technocrat, Strategic & Creative Thinker with Global Perspective - Worked in Start-Up / Rapid Growth / High-Tech / Global Corporations

As per DNABehavior.com, I am an Initiator.

"Initiators are people who create activity and set the pace. Due to their desire to lead, they quickly take charge by defining goals and delegating tasks. They are not afraid to take risks or strong action in order to achieve their desired results."


Joseph Colca
Senior Vice President - Digital Experience at Vystar Credit Union

Senior Strategic Executive who is passionate about leveraging digitization and analytics to drive remarkable customer experiences. Progressive insights and analytics experience spanning global financial services, banking, payments, lending, and digital experience.

Proven ability to lead high performing teams through strategic vision, partner development, and disciplined frameworks to drive impactful results. Adept at leading teams, driving change, and forging trust-based relationships across diverse stakeholders. Alumnus of prestigious Citi Leadership Development program for high potentials.

In September VyStar Credit Union announced the creation of a $10 million fund designated for investing in FinTech companies looking to partner with credit unions to deliver innovative solutions. VyStar, being the 15th largest credit union in the U.S. by asset size with more than $9 billion in assets, is continually looking for ways to enhance the digital member experience



Coaches and Mentors


Jared Graybeal
CEO of Superfit Foods & E3 l Forbes Under 30

CEO of Superfit Foods & E3 l Forbes Under 30

Superfit Foods is a healthy meal prep company that is available twice weekly for both pick up or delivery and serves Lakeland, Florida as well as its surrounding areas.


Venkat Avirneni
Chief Technology Officer & Founder

VENKAT AVIRNENI – CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Built Products such as

- Pharm Eats
- TrakEazy
- DesiPoster

Venkat has over 15 years of experience in Asset Management, process, and equipment experience. At VaaridaTech, his team focuses on research and development activities for efficiency road map, cost reductions, and product development, as well as engineering tasks for current and future production sites. Prior to starting VaaridaTech, Mr. Venkat
was a Senior Architect with IBM where he managed implementation of large scale Enterprise Asset Management applications at Detroit Energy, American Electric Power, First Solar, Babcock and Wilcox,
Suncor and multiple other clients. He is responsible for process and product engineering along with the
development through implementation of best practices in Procurement and Product Analysis.



Brianna Kilcullen
Founder at Anact

Brianna Kilcullen is the founder of Anact, a sustainability consultant and hemp hustler.  Anact is short for “an act”.  The simple act of taking action and creating positive impact.  Brianna’s simple act was to create a sustainable towel made out of hemp and organic cotton that is better for ALL people and the planet.  Prior to starting Anact, she worked in the apparel industry for prAna, a subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear and Under Armour.  She has traveled to over 40+ countries and has worked in factories on almost every continent.  She was Under Armour’s first ever full-time sustainability employee based out of Baltimore, MD.  She graduated from The George Washington University International Business program and is an avid traveler and dual citizen in Ireland and the United States that welcomes conversations around the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, Africa and her favorite Chance the Rapper song (it’s ever evolving).


Dr. Stephen Fitzmeyer
Jax Code Founder and CEO

Jax Code Academy was founded by Dr. Stephen Fitzmeyer, a Physician
Informaticist and expert in web development. He currently serves as the
CEO and Lead Instructor of Jax Code Academy.

His education and training include an M.D. degree with two postdocs in
Informatics, one as the Ruth L. Kirschstein NIH NRSA Informatics Fellows
at Boston Medical Center and the other as an Advanced Medical
Informatics Fellow at the Boston VA Healthcare system. Dr. Fitzmeyer
founded MD Idea Lab, a digital health and informatics incubator at the
Venture Development Center located at the University of Massachusetts on
the Boston campus.

As a specialist in Web Development, Clinical Informatics, and Health IT,
with over 35 years of experience, Dr. Fitzmeyer has built hundreds of
web-based applications for clients including MIT, UF Medical School,
Treatment Scores, Boston College, Boston Children’s Museum, Houghton
Mifflin Interactive (Curious George and The Polar Express), ZDNet,
WGBH/PBS and NOVA.

Recent Highlights
- Founder, Jax Code Academy, 2018
- Third place winner, MIT Hacking Medicine Miami Dade College, February
2016
- First place winner, Brigham & Women’s Hospital Hackathon - Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Massachusetts Prize, September 2014
- First place winner MIT’s Grand Hackfest – Hospital IT Track, March
2014
- Founder, MD Idea Lab @ UMass Boston, a digital health incubator;
featured in the Boston Globe Newspaper, 2013


Stephanie Jones
Founder/Creative

Stephanie A. Jones, LCSW is an alumnus of Florida State University (FSU) and received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work in 2005 and a Master of Arts in Social Work in 2006. While at FSU, in 2006, she became a member of the Marianna Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Ms. Jones went on to establish her own mental health counseling practice in 2011, Lifestyle Management Counseling. @lifestylemcc She also founded a women's empowerment organization, Women at Werk @womenatwerk in 2017. Stephanie has a passion for empowering women to pursue entrepreneurship and utilizes a solution focused approach to achieving startup readiness. 

If you are new to Jacksonville and looking to get connected get to WERK and reach out!

Office: @LifestyleMCC
Empowerment: @womenatwerk


Joni Roberts
Chief Strategy & People Officer / Founding Team Member

As a business advisor, I develop strategic plans and provide consulting for companies (start-up to established corporations) to provide vision, clarity, alignment, and goal achievement. I’ve led the execution of strategic plans and program launches for many businesses, including founding one of the first software technology outsourcing companies in Romania in the early 2000s.

One of my passions is creating positive work cultures and learning organizations that drive high performance. As a university and corporate educator for over ten years, I have expertise designing and delivering enterprise/higher ed learning programs in online, blended and in-person formats. A program I created for entrepreneurs and sustainability focused leaders is the Mini-MBA for Changemakers™ featuring Marketing, Business, and Action planning sessions infused with creating a better world through people, processes, and products.

Areas of expertise:

• Leadership, organizational behavior, global business, entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, execution, sales, marketing, corporate learning, and higher education.


Luis Luis
Founder at BizBros

BIZBROS
Luis & Luis (Yes we have the same name)
Macro2micro - Content Marketers. 
Over the last 5 years we have been servicing and coaching multiple businesses with their Market Positioning, Content Strategies and Sales Funnels. Throughout the process we fell in love with the Content side of things and found that Content and Consistent Publishing is THE fuel of any marketing machine. We now help businesses and individuals build and stay consistent with their publishing using very specific frameworks that include all the above. 


Danny Monzon
Owner - CMO, DM Digital

Bilingual Social Media Strategist and automation software educator. The creative and strategic thinker behind DM Digital, a digital marketing solutions agency working with local brands in the U.S and in Latin America. We develop tailor-made Smart Loyalty Programs designed to inject repeat customers month after month.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend JAX 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 Jacksonville is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Tunji
    Fadiora
  • Kevin
    Fincel
  • Kamni
    Gupta
  • Marc
    Lissade

Facilitators


Marc Lissade
CEO and Founder, Executive Director Startup Broward

Marc is a developer and digital marketing expert with more than a decade of small business consulting under his belt.

A proud graduate of the FAU College of Business  Leadership & Entrepreneurship inaugural  program, Marc also holds multiple degrees in finance, computer science, marketing and management.

Marc's drive to spread the startup gospel far and wide is instructed by his extensive experience as a startup founder and entrepreneur.


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