Startup Weekend Las Vegas

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017


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

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017



Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Rob Roy’s Innevation Center
6795 S Edmond Street
Las Vegas, NV 89118

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Startup Weekend Las Vegas

With the help of your entrepreneurial peers and an expert panel of mentors, Startup Weekend Las Vegas helps turn bright ideas into marketable business plans. From polishing your pitch to winning over potential investors, you will learn the skills of entrepreneurship hands-on with teams of other innovators like yourself.   

1st Stage
Friday night begins with dinner and networking, then ideas are pitched in an open mic format. You will vote for your favorite pitches, and from there, teams form to begin working on the top ideas. This is where your earlier networking comes in handy; you will want to build a team that has all the necessary skills and resources to help you achieve your team goal for the weekend.

2nd Stage

On Saturday and Sunday, your team dives deeply into building out its idea. Coaches and mentors are available to help, so it’s encouraged that you to take advantage of their expertise!

3rd Stage

Sunday evening is devoted to final presentations, during which time your team will present its developed idea to a panel of judges. Demo prototypes, wow the judges, and win awards!

Startup Weekend is the perfect place to see exactly what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, meet other innovative people who might just become your co-founders or partners and test your ideas with some of the smartest business minds in the community. The full schedule is listed below. Reserve your spot today!




EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 10th


5:30 pm
Registration, Dinner & Networking
Get checked in & start networking! Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants.


6:00 pm
Welcome & Introductions
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders.


6:30 pm
Ice Breaker
Let's break the ice!


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Top Teams are Selected
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


9:30 pm
Teams Form / Meet Your Team
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.


10:30 pm
Wrap-up

Saturday November 11th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams begin to set up in their workspace for the weekend


11:00 am
Workshop: Building Your Business
Kurtis Wankier will dive into Market Research, Funding & Strategic Planning.


12:00 pm
Lunch


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. Prepare some questions and take note of their feedback!


5:30 pm
Dinner


9:00 pm
Wrap-Up

Sunday November 12th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Keep Working!
Teams continue to work through their business plan and start to practice their pitch.


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Presentation Prep
Final hours of work time should be focused on perfecting your presentation.


3:00 pm
Tech Check
Tech check for final presentations takes place.


4:00 pm
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Final Words


9:00 pm
Wrap-up



Speakers


Kurtis Wankier
CEO, NeONBRAND

Youth sports coach, Kurt has an impressive pedigree, beginning with a business degree in Finance. He has worked with the Small Business Administration consulting with small companies, honed his analytical skills with Fitch IBCA, led companies in a variety of industries to stratospheric success, and founded both the College Entrepreneurial Organization (CEO) and Envision Management & Marketing. Kurt's business and analytical skills have been vital to NeONBRAND since he joined the team in 2015.

Event Judges


Ciara Byrne
Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Green our Planet

Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Green Our Planet 
In March, 2013 Ciara with Kim MacQuarrie co-founded a non-profit organization called Green Our Planet based in Las Vegas.  Green Our Planet's mission is to raise money for green projects and to educate the public about the most pressing environmental issues facing the planet today. The overall goal is to help conserve, protect, and improve the environment through funding green projects and through education, which includes STEAM, nutrition and conservation education in K-12 schools.  Since March 2013 Green Our Planet has raised over $2m, built 115 school gardens, won the American Honda Foundation grant to pay teachers to adapt PreK-5 STEAM curricula so it can be taught in the gardens.  Green Our Planet won Public Health Hero of the Year 2014 awarded by the Health District of Southern Nevada; Community Organization of the Year 2014 USGBC; Ciara won Las Vegas Tech Woman of the Year 2015 and the Las Vegas City Compassionate Hero of the Year 2017.    

Filmmaker & Executive Director, Lion Television
In 2001, Ciara moved from London to New York where she set up Lion Television’s first US office.  Ciara hired the staff, oversaw the development team and created and was the executive producer for hundreds of hours of programming for television networks including PBS, The Discovery Channel, TLC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, and E!. Ciara then expanded Lion Television to the west coast.  Ciara lived between New York and LA during which time she oversaw the US development team, executive produced several series and managed a team of over 60 employees.    Ciara has produced & directed a number of diverse film projects including a 10-hour series for The Discovery Channel shot in remote locations all over the world.  Together with partner Kim MacQuarrie she developed a feature documentary with Dr. Richard Leakey on biodiversity collapse, and wrote a script for IMAX for a 3D film on the extinction of giant predators around the world.


Patrick Olson
Portfolio Manager, VTF Capital

Patrick has co-founded two startups, developed Zappos.com’s new corporate campus and worked in product and engineering. This diverse experience brings unique value to the VTF Capital team and the extensive portfolio of companies. Our portfolio’s greatest assets are the humans behind each company so he spends much of his time building human connections inside and out of the portfolio and sharing as much knowledge as possible.Patrick has an amazing wife that puts up with his obsessiveness over whatever activity consumes him at that time. It’s ever changing but usually consists of rock climbing and golf but can be as random as corn hole and foosball.Patrick is based in Las Vegas.


Lauren Luckey
President, Mint Locker

Lauren is a decorated veteran who served in Afghanistan as a Captain in the United States Army. After returning, she tried her luck as the Director of Internet Sales and was recognized as the Top Sales Person from Lexus of Henderson. Currently, she is slaying the dry cleaning industry as the President of Mint Locker, a Las Vegas born startup.  

You can find Mint Locker all around the Las Vegas Valley, including right at the Startup Weekend Las Vegas venue, Rob Roy’s Innevation Center. By personalizing the process and taking virtually all work out of the customer’s hands, clean clothes could not get any easier.   


Zachary Miles
Associate Vice President, UNLV Office of Economic Development

Zach not only serves as the Associate Vice President for Economic Development, but also  as the Director of the Nevada Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at UNLV and Executive Director for the UNLV Research Foundation. In these capacities, Zach manages the assessment, protection, and commercialization of intellectual property owned or controlled by UNLV and assists start-up companies in building a strong business foundation and seeking capital.


Coaches and Mentors


Tom Wszalek
Owner, SW14

Tom is the Partner/Founder of SW14 Group. SW14 Group provides management consulting services to help businesses - from start-ups to small and medium size firms - unlock new avenues of profitable growth. The consultation process includes researching areas of opportunity such as: strategy, customer acquisition, company culture, organizational structure, operational processes, and the utilization of digital technology. 


Shavonnah Tièra Collins
Managing Director, RedFlint

Shavonnah has a diverse background including being part of the initial organizing team of Startup Weekend Las Vegas and teaching Starting Entrepreneurial Ventures at the University of Nevada Las Vegas Lee Business school. She has a background in startup ventures and is heavily involved in the entrepreneur community. As a second-generation Las Vegan, Shavonnah is committed to helping companies start and grow in her hometown.


Terence Carroll
Software Engineer, Fortis Digital

Terence Carroll is a Software Engineer that strives to build beautiful things but limited by his “programmer art”. He is fascinated watching designers making pretty things. Past work includes tiny startups and giant enterprises, and he built technology acquired by Expedia. Smart enough to realize teamwork is the foundation of success. Lucky enough to work with talented friends. Loves Angular, C#, iOS, and Android. Misses C/C++.


Kurtis Wankier
CEO, NeONBRAND

Youth sports coach, Kurt has an impressive pedigree, beginning with a business degree in Finance. He has worked with the Small Business Administration consulting with small companies, honed his analytical skills with Fitch IBCA, led companies in a variety of industries to stratospheric success, and founded both the College Entrepreneurial Organization (CEO) and Envision Management & Marketing. Kurt's business and analytical skills have been vital to NeONBRAND since he joined the team in 2015.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Las Vegas 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 Las Vegas is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Nicole
    Bautz
  • Chelsea
    Phillips
  • Kenny
    Eliason
  • Kitty
    Lusby
  • Michael
    Grema
  • Janet
    Runge
  • Allison
    deSousa
  • Thomas
    McAllister
  • Vincent
    Kwan

Facilitators


Marion Desmazières
Tech Business Developer, Amazon Alexa

Marion is a tech business developer based in Seattle, WA. She runs developer education partnerships for Alexa, the voice service powering Amazon's popular Echo devices. Before joining Amazon two years ago, Marion coordinated Global Startup Battle in 2012 and managed partner relations for Startup Weekend HQ in Seattle. She holds a Master's in Business Management from EDHEC Business School and an MBA in Technology Commercialization from the University of Alberta. A Startup Weekend veteran, Marion has facilitated 20+ events in France, Canada, the US, Algeria and Morocco. 



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