Startup Weekend East Lansing

    Friday, November 6 - 8, 2015


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend East Lansing

Friday, November 6 - 8, 2015



Friday, November 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Innovation Center
325 E. Grand River Ave.
Suite 300
East Lansing, MI 48823

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 6th


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


7:30 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


9:30 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 November 7th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and work with coaches


12:00 pm
Lunch
While enjoying your lunch.


1:00 pm
Work
Continue to work, get help from coaches


6:30 pm
Dinner
While enjoying your dinner, stay for an appearance by a special speaker


7:30 pm
Work
Continue to work.


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

Sunday November 8th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch
Get nourishment before pitches.


1:00 pm
Final Presentations
You will have 5 minutes to pitch a PowerPoint presentation in front of judges.


3:00 pm
Judging & Awards
No monetary gain - but all glory!


3:30 pm
Wrap-Up


4:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Bryan Taylor
President at EduGuide


Event Judges


Bruce Umpstead
Managing Partner



Paresh Malde
CEO SU2 Systems



Andrew McColm
Managing Director of Venture Creation at Spartan Innovations

Andrew McColm is responsible for new venture creation at Spartan Innovations, the entrepreneurship hub of the Michigan State University Innovation Center. Previously he managed an early stage commercialization fund focused on moving Ag/Bio technologies developed at MSU to the market. 
Andrew came to MSU from the venture capital industry where he was Managing Director of a $100M Midwest focused venture capital fund. Prior to his work in venture capital, he was Associate Director at the University of Michigan Office of Technology Transfer where he oversaw the Business Formation unit responsible for the creation of startup companies based on University technology. During his tenure at UM the group produced over three dozen startups and developed a robust pipeline of pending projects.
Before turning to university technology commercialization, Andrew had a 20 year international career in telecommunications with multiple startup companies across three continents. He has held positions from founder to C-level at both private and publicly traded companies and has grown businesses to over 600 employees and $75M in revenue. Fundraising activities total over $120M from private, public market, debt and government grant sources. Andrew has served as a board member on numerous public, private and non-profit companies.
He received an MBA, with High Distinction, from the University of Michigan, a B. Electrical Engineering and Management from McMaster University, is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and has one issued patent.

His lifelong passion has been in transforming cutting edge technologies to commercial realities.


Jody Burgess



Jaci Umpstead



Coaches and Mentors


Silvia Mansoor
Attorney



Brad Gakenheimer
MSUFCU



Jerry Norris
CEO at GAIA

I obtained a B.S. in Statistics from the University of Michigan, with a focus on Computer Science. I began my career as a Quality Engineer and ISO 9000 Lead Auditor in 1988. Throughout the years, I moved up through the ranks of the quality profession (i.e. Quality Manager, Director of Quality, and VP of Quality). I have worked in the following fields: telecommunications, automotive, furniture, food safety, environmental 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.


Paul Rizik
Marketing Analyst



Gerard Smith
Marketing Analyst



Terence O'Neil
Entrepreneurship Librarian



Shay Manawar
Co-Director at Startup Grind Lansing

Shay is a graduate of Michigan State University in public policy, with a focus on urban redevelopment. Upon graduation, Shay had the opportunity to work at the Spartan Innovations for three years. The experience led him to work on several exciting “lean startup” projects. Shay’s core passion remains in law and public policy. Shay strongly believes that technology startups are soon going to disrupt several traditional public-interest industries, including K-12 education. His first half of the day is spent at Michigan Virtual, an Educational Technology organization. Whereas, the evenings are dedicated to community engagement through Startup Grind Lansing. Outside of work, Shay enjoys playing squash at the Michigan Athletic Club. 


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend East Lansing team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Signature Sponsors

Spartan Innovations provides the educational and financial support necessary to turn MSU faculty and student technologies into successful Michigan businesses – and spur entrepreneurship in the Michigan economy.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Tony
    Willis
  • Ken
    Szymusiak
  • Paul
    Jaques
  • Jeff
    Smith
  • Tom
    Stewart
  • Lori
    Fischer

Event Staff


Danielle Campbell
Intern Manager

I am currently a junior at Michigan State University pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts in Advertising. Creativity is incorporated into a great portion of my life, and I implement creative processes whenever applicable. I am passionate about advertising, marketing, entrepreneurship, and startups. I currently serve as the Intern Manager for Spartan Innovations, which is an affiliate office of Michigan State University, which aims to promote entrepreneurship at MSU. 


Paul Rizik
Marketing Analyst



Gerard Smith
Marketing Analyst



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