Startup Weekend East Lansing 11/4-11/6
Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016
Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm
MSU Innovation Center
325 E. Grand River Ave. Suite 300
Start It Up in 54 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. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but 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 54 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 4th
Saturday November 5th
Sunday November 6th
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.
My interest in biotechnology led me to become one of 3 co-founders of TheraB Medical (http://www.therabmedical.com), an early-stage medical device start-up. Our first product is SnugLit, a wearable treatment for infant jaundice that promotes maternal-infant bonding, breastfeeding, and improved patient experience. We are currently seeking early stage funding as we continue development and initial production.
From college graduation until late 2015, I worked in Foreign Exchange Operations at Goldman Sachs & Co., focusing on process optimization and risk management of the global FX trading/sales business.
Interests: Entrepreneurship; Start-ups; Biotechnology; Women in STEM; Emerging technology in bioengineering; Financial Economics; International Relations
Before joining the MSU Innovation Center, Shinn was CEO and creative director of Shinn Marketing, LLC, and deputy campaign director of Cure Michigan. Shinn serves on the board of Impression 5 Science Center, the Capital City Film Festival, the Michigan Technology Network, and was named one of the Lansing Chamber of Commerce “10 Over the Next Ten” young professionals in 2012.
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 2015 - I founded SpaLot. A digital salon marketplace. The concept was born from the struggles witnessed while I was helping my mom run her cosmetology business. (www.spalot.com)
Contributing to Michigan's urban growth is my passion.
Wallet without cash is better than a life without purpose. Below are my lifelong goals.
Serial Entrepreneur -> Policy Analyst -> IP Attorney -> Angel Investor -> Writer
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.
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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