Lansing Startup Weekend // Maker Edition

    Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Lansing Startup Weekend // Maker Edition

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Lansing Community College West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Drive
Lansing, Michigan 48917

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Join in on the Maker Startup Culture Excitement!

Startup Weekend // Maker Edition is focused on building physical products during the weekend. And better yet, it’s made possible by access to state-of-the-art tools and expertise provided by Lansing Community College. The 290,000 square foot tech center offers a full array of tools, equipment and workspaces—electronic labs, CAD systems, 3D printers, metal working areas, woodworking tools and MORE! You should find just what you need to design, cut, assemble, program and finish your maker project. The possibilities of what can be created during the weekend are just about endless!
Startup Weekend is a 48-hour event where entrepreneurs can take their idea from concept to a full blown business. On the first night, attendees pitch ideas for new ventures to the group. These ideas must be brand new and cannot be works in progress. From there, the group will vote on the top 5-10 ideas, form teams around these ideas, and spend the rest of the weekend taking the ideas from the drawing board to reality. At the conclusion of the weekend, the teams will pitch what they have created to a panel of judges. The winning team will receive business services from sponsor organizations and publicity to help them continue to develop their business.
  • Build awesome prototype
  • Work collaboratively with groups
  • Enhance and broaden skill set
  • Use top-tier machine equipment
  • Be surrounded with likeminded individuals who are always pushing the boundaries—coming up with the latest and greatest

  • Meals will be provided
  • Participants will receive a Startup Weekend // Maker Edition shirt
  • For those who stay for the entirety of the weekend, top-notch prizes will be given away!

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Friday October 9th

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

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

10:00 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 October 10th

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 October 11th

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

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm


Rick Wyble
Head Distiller & President at American Fifth Spirits

Event Judges

Scott Reschke
CEO Strength in Numbers Studios

Paresh Malde
CEO SU2 Systems

Bo Garcia
Dean, Community Education and Workforce Development

Coaches and Mentors

Tom Donaldson
Regional Director at Michigan Small Business Development Center

Tom is a seasoned business executive with broad knowledge of all aspects of small business management including marketing, operations, accounting, and finance. As Vice President of Operations for The Daniels Group, Tom helped guide the company through a troubled financial period into a high growth, highly profitable company with over 100 employees. Tom also took the lead role in the acquisition and subsequent turnaround of Lincoln Distributors in Tempe, Arizona. He was a partner in the startup of Diamond Tech International in Tampa, Florida, a manufacturer and importer of cutting & grinding equipment for the glass and tile industry. Tom has also owned a small publishing company. Since joining the Small Business Development Center, Tom has worked both with growing companies as well as turnaround situations, assisting business owners with financial forecasting and budgeting and helping them access capital. His current role is Regional Director for the Small Business Development Center at Lansing Community College.

Sean Huberty
Professor, Game Designer, Mad Scientist

Professor Sean Huberty is the Lead Faculty for Alternative Energy Engineering Technology and an adjunct faculty member in Computer Information Technologies. He currently teaches courses in electronics, building construction, and residential energy auditing. Sean is also the Project Investigator for an NSF grant titled "Integrated Career and Educational Pathways in Building Science" that aims to create a pathway for students into building science careers by way of new curriculum and partnerships with industry groups. The curriculum is designed as a series of games, visual aids, and simulations that are being developed at LCC's Digital Innovation Institute. Sean is the 2013 TRENDS Educator of the year and he enjoys playing ice hockey and video games in his spare time. Certifications include COMP TIA A+ Computer Support Technician, LEED Green Associate, BPI Building Analyst, MEEA Building Operator Certificate level 1, and Lead Safe.  

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Lansing is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Tony
  • Joe
  • Sara
  • Grant

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