Startup Weekend East Lansing

    Friday, November 6 - 8, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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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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Friday November 6th

6:30 pm
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
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
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
While enjoying your lunch.

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

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

7:30 pm
Continue to work.

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

Sunday November 8th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm
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

4:00 pm
Go Home!


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

Brad Gakenheimer

Jerry Norris
CEO, The Fledge


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.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

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
  • Ken
  • Paul
  • Jeff
  • Tom
  • Lori

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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