Startup Weekend Kansas City

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

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

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Sprint Accelerator
210 W 19 Terrace
Kansas City, MO 64108

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Startup Weekend #10 is here!

It's finally that weekend! Time for 54 hours of making ideas happen.

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Friday November 14th

6:00 pm
Registration & Dinner
Get checked in, grab some dinner and meet the other participants for the weekend.

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches & Voting
Line up to give your pitch & Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Teams Form & Work Starts
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 15th

8:00 am
Venue Opens

9:00 am
Breakfast & Work
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee and continue the work that was started on Friday.

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches begin arriving to help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm
Lunch & Check-in
Get some lunch, check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 pm
Dinner & Check-In
Get 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 16th

8:00 am
Venue Opens

9:00 am
Breakfast & Check-In
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee, check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches begin to arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:15 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm


Kevin McGinnis
VP of Product at Pinsight Media+

Event Judges

Maria Meyers
Director, UMKC Innovation Center | Founder, U.S.SourceLink & KCSourceLink | Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

George Hansen
President & CEO Enterprise Center of Johnson County

Kelly Pruneau
Network Manager of the Women’s Capital Connection

Tim Donnelly
President & CEO of SoftVu LLC

Coaches and Mentors

Chris Brown
Entrepreneur, Attorney, & Ukulele Strummer

Chris Brown is an attorney and the founder of Venture Legal, a law firm serving the Kansas City entrepreneurial community. The attorneys at his firm enjoy practicing law using new technologies such as online document sharing, online billing, and electronic signatures and he prefers to bill using fixed fees whenever possible.

Chris is the founder of Twenty30Mentors and a proud member/mentor with Think Big Partners, Social Media Club Kansas City, The Kauffman Foundation, UMKC E-Scholars, The Sprint Accelerator, Coffee + Design, Startup Grind, and Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.

Ryan O'Connell
Vice President at Influence & Co

Melissa Roberts
Senior Program Officer, Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

Melissa Roberts works at the Kauffman Foundation, where she makes grants to nonprofits that support entrepreneurship. I’m her career, she has been a small business owner, nonprofit executive, and built educational program for entrepreneurs.

Alisha Templeton
Program Manager for the Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars

Alisha is a program director for Techstars, running the Sprint Mobile Accelerator in Kansas City. Techstars provides seed funding for early stage startups, offering an interconnected network of over 3,000 successful entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, helping the most promising startups do more faster. With 15 programs worldwide, Techstars mentorship-driven accelerators fund the best companies in the most entrepreneurial communities. [Areas of Expertise: all aspects of startup businesses including strategy, product, marketing, partnerships and fundraising]

Carrie Royce
CPO at PartyLark LLC

Rick Vaughn
Managing Director, Mid America Angels

Chris Cheatham
CEO of ClaimKit LLC

Joe Spirk
Business Development Manager at Sporting Innovations

Enthusiastic about facing difficult challenges. Relentlessly pursuing simple/r answers to complex questions. Analytic business development specialist with a wandering background in financial analysis, business model development, data analysis, market research, sales-process design, practical technical enthusiasm, and problem solving. Let's build something.

Mike Pandzik
Founding President and CEO of National Cable Television Cooperative

Nick Yecke
Marketing/ Product/ Growth. Entrepreneur.

Hal Gottfried
Founder, Level Up Labs

Idea Evangelist,Serial Entrepreneur, Data Head, Maker, Tinkerer & Shameless Self-Promoter, Strategic Coach & Freelance Problem Solver, @KCOHG OSHWA Founding Mbr

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

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  • Kelly
  • Tina
  • Neil
  • Troy
  • John
  • Jen
  • Scott


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