Techstars Startup Weekend Lakeland

    Friday, September 6 - 8, 2019

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Lakeland

Friday, September 6 - 8, 2019

Friday, September 6 - 8, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Catapult Lakeland
331 Florida Avenue South
Lakeland, FL 33801

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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!

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Friday September 6th

5:30 pm
Doors Open
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Meet your fellow participants.

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:35 pm
Speaker presentation

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

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 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 September 7th

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!

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 8th

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

4:30 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

8:30 pm
Go Home!


Samyr Qureshi
Co-Founder & CEO at Knack

Co-Founder & CEO at Knack.  Market segmentation, business model viability, sales model, partnership strategy.  

Jonathan Truong

A Texas native experienced in graphic design with a demonstrated history of working in the startup scene.Transitioned into the health tech space from his pain points from physical therapy. Bachelor's degree focused inEntrepreneurship Studies from University of Tampa. 

Event Judges

Dr. Richard Munassi MD MBA
TechDiversity Cohort Director, Tampa Bay WaVE

Dr. Richard Munassi MD MBA has been a founder, mentor, consultant, and an active board member in startups in multiple verticals for close to a decade in Los Angeles, Houston, and Tampa.

He is both a Director as well as the Health Tech expert for the Tampa Bay WaVE, and sits on a range of committees for both the Operation Startup and the Tampa Bay WaVE Accelerator programs.

Dr. Munassi is also the co-chair of the Healthcare & Wellness Pavilion at the Synapse Innovation Summit and the co-founder of Blackfin Technology Partners. 

Coaches and Mentors

Jonathan Truong

A Texas native experienced in graphic design with a demonstrated history of working in the startup scene.Transitioned into the health tech space from his pain points from physical therapy. Bachelor's degree focused inEntrepreneurship Studies from University of Tampa. 

Jeffery King
Vice President Of Business Development

Entrepreneur with 26 years experience building innovative organizations in cutting-edge industries, including the clean tech and high-tech sectors, and raising private and public funds for those organizations. Expertise in business development, strategic planning, new market penetration, product development and early-stage fundraising. 

Justin Heacock
Entrepreneurship Center Coordinator

"I Make People Great", I follow that life mission through entrepreneurial education, innovation, and chasing ways to improve the world around me. I'm a genuine person who is very passionate about servant leadership and I treat people I just met the same as a friend of 20 years. Currently I am working on a way to redefine innovative ecosystems in academia. If you are interested in building great things while building people up to be great, lets connect! 

Kevin Goodwin
Director, Global Customer Success, Malwarebytes

Kevin leads the Global Customer Success teams at Malwarebytes a Silicon Valley tech firm. Joining in 2016, he ensures that all technology support decisions meet with company strategy and vision. Kevin successfully led his own tech start-up to a successful exit in 2014. He also has played a key role within organizations in both start-up, high-growth enterprises, and traditional corporate environments. Whether as a senior leadership role creating best-in-class service cultures or an operations expert building the most efficient customer service organization in an industry, Kevin has extensive experience in the technology and financial industries.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Lakeland 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.



Organizing Team

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

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Event Staff

Allison Barkley

It’s not the coffee, that’s just me...

During the day I work in the finance sector which translates to that I have an affinity for data and metrics. My specialty is analyzing information to find trends and diagnose problem areas. I love decomposing and defining workflows and processes. I am naturally compelled to utilize lean principals of continuous improvement. I find myself very comfortable talking about technical matters with business people and business matters with technical people. 

I have been involved with Startup Weekend Tampa Bay since 2012  - when I started off as a volunteer and have since been dedicated to entrepreneurship in the Tampa Bay community. 

I also spend most of my free time volunteering with Tampa based non-profits. Other than that,  I'm vegan and love all creatures, particularly my pets Garbage and Cosmo. Come say hi!

JR Griggs
President, Red Wall Marketing

JR is the founder and president of Red Wall Marketing, lead organizer of Tampa Bay Startup Week, mentor for Tampa Bay Wave, and serves on the marketing committee at Tampa Bay Wave.

He has a passion for business and marketing which is what led him to start Red Wall Marketing. He firmly believes marketing should be everything in and to your business, and has worked with businesses in a variety of industries, implementing proven marketing strategies that help their business grow.

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