Startup Weekend LARAMIE

    Friday, October 4 - 6, 2019

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend LARAMIE

Friday, October 4 - 6, 2019

Friday, October 4 - 6, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

University of Wyoming College of Business
1000 E University Ave, Dept 3275
Laramie, WY 82071

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Startup Weekend LARAMIE is focused on helping current businesses create new business offerings.

Come with an idea, form a team and in 54 hours, pitch your idea! Develop entrepreneurial skills in a fun supportive environment! Not to mention...a weekend of free coffee and food!

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? Are you currently in a company and looking for an event to jump-start creative thinking and solutions to your business?

Who is Startup Weekend LARAMIE for?

Techstars Startup Weekend in Laramie is the place for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, designers, & developers to form a team, create a prototype, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. 

It’s a place for companies to send talented employees who will return to work with fresh ideas that may improve your business.

What do you need to bring?

Energy, Ideas, & Teamwork!!

The weekend will start off with people pitching business ideas. You can choose to pitch your own idea or listen in! The pitches will get voted on and teams will form around those ideas. 

Your idea should be something that you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your minimum viable product (MVP), that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a weekend of valuable business and entrepreneurial skills. 

Your ticket includes:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing business mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

As a Bonus: All participants that complete the weekend will receive their full ticket price of $10 (students) $20 (general) back (in cash!) before leaving! 

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement - REGISTER NOW!!


Friday October 4th

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 5th

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 6th

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

3:00 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Fred Schmechel
Assistant Director at University of Wyoming - Wyoming Technology Business Center

Trained as a sculptor and graphic designer, Fred Schmechel joined the Wyoming Technology Business Center in the Fall of 2010. Prior to joining the WTBC, he spent several years involved in all aspects of the small-run printing industry including design and project management.


As Assistant Director of the WTBC, Fred directly counsels client companies on all aspects of their business needs. His work also includes oversight of the Fisher Innovation Launchpad and is working on similar programs across the southeast and eastern sides of the state. Additionally, because the arts sector drives the culture of innovation and creativity that fuels tech sectors, Fred works with visual and performing artist clients in our arts incubation program.

Fred's artistic pedigree includes having work shown in the National Wildlife Museum and studying under famed graphic designer David Carson. With his background in sculpture, specifically in cast metals, Fred possesses the ability to look at problems from multiple angles and assist in coming up with creative, and effective, solutions.

Fred currently serves on the board of directors for the Wyoming Humanities Council and TechTalk Laramie, a Laramie based technology workers oriented 501(c)3 he helped to co-found in 2017. He is a 2019 graduate of Leadership Wyoming.

Event Judges

Ashleigh Chapman

Ashleigh S. Chapman, JD has worked solely on combating human trafficking and protecting vulnerable populations for the past 18+ years professionally, and travels extensively to strengthen the movement. Her passion and focus areas are in helping to reform systems of care, strengthening community collaborations, increasing multi-sector engagement, and building the solutions needed to increase the impact of all justice advocates in the field. Prior to founding the AFRJ, Ashleigh served as: the co-founder and Director of the Center for Global Justice at Regent University School of Law in Virginia; the Director of a non-profit serving thousands of at-risk youth in Tennessee; a Children's Pastor; and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care. Ashleigh is a licensed attorney. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law, receiving the school’s Most Outstanding Graduate award, and Summa Cum Laude with her B.S. from Tennessee Technological University. In addition to her work in the nonprofit sector, Ashleigh is the founder of Altus™, a benefit corporation that exists to innovate solutions in education, technology, finance, and business to accelerate the movement to end and prevent human trafficking. Ashleigh and her husband, Sloan, reside in Wyoming.

Ryan Claxton
Marketing Director

Ryan was born and raised in Green River, WY. He attended the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) where he received his B.S. in Sports Marketing and Psychology. After graduation he moved back to Wyoming and began a career in radio, both as a morning show host on a popular country station, color commentary for local High School Football and Basketball along with doing sales. After 5 years in radio he decided to move to Denver, CO where he worked at tech startup company called Signpost, where he did digital marketing for SMB’S across the country for 3 years. In 2017 he moved back to Wyoming and became the Director of Marketing for Premier Bone & Joint Centers. He loves the outdoors, cooking, volunteering, attending concerts, watching and playing sports, hanging out with his dog Jack, and movies.

Coaches and Mentors

Minden Fox
Marketing and Entrepreneurship Instructor, Laramie County Community College

With over 12 years of experience in the marketing industry Mrs. Fox has worked in multiple business fields from ecommerce, international marketing, and new product development. Her professional experience includes a tech based startup, publicly traded Silicon Valley company, top 100 Internet Retailer, and a Fortune 500 company. She currently teaches marketing and entrepreneurship classes at Laramie County Community College. When not teaching she runs a small company helping those with food allergies that was first pitched at a Startup Weekend event.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend LARAMIE team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Laramie is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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