Techstars Startup Weekend East Lansing 11/10-11/12
Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm
MSU Innovation Center
325 E. Grand River Ave.
Start It Up in 46 Hours!
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same 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 46 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.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.
Hope you can join us!
Friday November 10th
Saturday November 11th
Sunday November 12th
Coaches and Mentors
Dynamic entrepreneur/executive/innovator with 25 years of general management, sales, marketing and investment experience in environments ranging from nanotechnology to advanced materials to consumer products. An acknowledged leader in technology commercialization with extensive start-up as well as big company experience. 10 year track record of raising venture capital, angel financing, strategic investments and government grants. Very experienced public speaker, writer and dealmaker.
Recognized for excellence in entrepreneurship by the National Science Foundation. Named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Contributor to Forbes.com on topics related to entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership.
Specialties: Innovation, entrepreneurship, venture capital, early-stage company formation, tech transfer, technology transfer, government grants, SBIR, technology incubation, barbecue sauce, diamonds, Rubik's Cubes.
Tom is currently managing Quantum Medical Concepts, a pre-seed fund for medical startups. He also operates The Center for New Enterprise Opportunity (NEO Center), a small business incubator in Lansing. He was the winner of the Lansing Regional Chamber’s 10 Over the Next Ten award in 2010 and was named MLive Lansing’s “Ones to Watch in 2013.”
He previously served Downtown Lansing, Inc., the REO Town Commercial Association, and the Capitol Area United Way's Young Leader's Society. He currently serves on the board for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In my current role at MSU, I serve as the Internship Coordinator for the College of Natural Science. In this position, I strive to oversee our college's vision for creating a culture of internships and experiential learning for our undergraduate students. In the past I've also served as a leadership instructor, classroom facilitator, and program manager. I apply my passion for workforce development and Michigan's economic renaissance in several professional organizations, including Michigan's Employer Educator Partnership (MEEP), the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), and the Michigan Career Educator & Employer Alliance (MCEEA), for which I currently serve as President. My interest in helping Michigan's recovery has led me to partner with initiatives like MichAGAIN, LiveWorkDetroit! and local workforce development for young professionals.
I am the founder of The Wednesday Wake Up blog, a site for which I write on topics such as leadership, career development, and self-improvement. When I’m not penning my musings on leadership and life, you can find me writing about my stellar wife, amazing daughter, and our mischievous Black Labrador as a regular contributor to Daddy Daughter Time (daddydaughtertime.com). For more information on my professional endeavors, visit www.christophersell.com for a comprehensive look at how I get to live the dream every day, doing what I love, in a state that I love.
Before joining MEDC in October 2011, Denise held sales and business development positions in a number of small and second stage high-tech companies in Ann Arbor. Her experience includes new business development, channel partner relations, client relations, sales, strategic planning, public speaking and contract negotiation and management.
In 1988 as a Quality Engineer and Lead Auditor, I began developing a software product to help manage compliance activities. This product was my "hobby and baby" for 10 years, always keeping in mind patterns and system theory concepts that would help the software become stronger in all industries, before I decided to start my own company, jadian incorporated. In 2014 jadian was sold. The next logical step for me was to start a new software company developing a member directory of compliance professionals.
Now I am the CEO of GAIA, LLC. We operate globally with customers in over 50 countries helping members connect based on expertise and vicinity. www,closeandcompetent.com.
My expertise includes software development, quality management, food safety management, automotive and aerospace related quality management, environmental protection and management, and safety systems. I also enjoy reading standards (e.g. ISO 17021, ISO 9001, GFSI) and following the industries that are moving from prescriptive systems (e.g. customer based, GMPs) to more agile and adaptive management systems.
Specialties: Quality Assurance, Statistics, Software Engineering, Sales, Food Safety, Compliance Management, Auditing, Inspections, International Business, Entrepreneurship, building Brands.
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