2016 Jacksonville Startup Weekend

    Friday, September 9 - 11, 2016

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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2016 Jacksonville Startup Weekend

Friday, September 9 - 11, 2016

Friday, September 9 - 11, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Student Union Building
1 University of North Florida Drive
Jacksonville, Florida 32224

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Startup Weekend event follow the basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup 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 leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.


Friday September 9th

6:00 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

7:00 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 September 10th

10:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:45 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 11th

10:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:45 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

5:00 pm

6:00 pm

6:15 pm
Final Presentations

8:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Mark Dawkins
Dean and Distinguished Professor for Excellence, Coggin College of Business, @ University of North Florida

Kate Stewart
Executive Director, JAXCoE - Jax Community of Entrepreneurs

Derek Distenfield
Director of Expansion & Strategy and Founder Bunker Labs Jacksonville

Anthony Catanese
Product Manager | Entrepreneur | Community Builder

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.

Event Judges

Ted Willich
Chief Executive Officer at NLP Logix

Juliet Negrete Anderson
Founder and COO of OnPay Solutions

Craig Mandeville
Founder and CEO of Forcura

Coaches and Mentors

Jonathan Raiti
RZI, LLC, President and General Manager

Camille Wilson
Patent Attorney, Wilson Dutra

Fernando Dutra
Intellectual Property Attorney, Wilson Dutra

Jiten Chandiramani
Co-founder & Chief Engineer, Jaycon Systems

Derek Blankenship
Co-founder & Chief Operations Director, Jaycon Systems

Lucy Diala
Business Consultant-Small Business Development Center

Bob Hawkinson
Owner/Partner - Weed Recede® and North Florida Inventors/Innovators Group

Derek Distenfield
Director of Expansion & Strategy and Founder Bunker Labs Jacksonville

John Fails
Executive Director , Bunkers Labs

Ovidiu Dimulescu
Cloud Engineer with Oracle

Sandeep Reddivari
Assistant Professor, School of Computing, University of North Florida

Lakshmi Goel
Associate Professor, Coggin College of Business

Karthikeyan Umapathy
Associate Professor at the School of Computing, University of North Florida

Diane Denslow
Instructor in Entrepreneurship, Coggin College of Business, University of North Florida

Pandurang Yachwad
Founder, 123 Apps Studio

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The 2016 Jacksonville Startup Weekend 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.


Bronze Sponsorship

Organizing Team

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

  • Yash
  • Marice
  • Pavan


Ann-Marie Nunziata

Ann-Marie is on the pursuit of becoming the Olivia Pope of Columbia startups. By day, she’s pursuing her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. By night, she helps plan Columbia startup events including Startup Weekend, Startup Grind, and The Exchange. Ann-Marie consults with the companies at the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator on social media, efficiency, and student engagement.

Event Staff

Kirby Gilliam

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.

Vatsal Nath

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