Startup Weekend Lexington

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018


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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Lexington

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018



Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm



Lexington, KY

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Your idea in 54 hours

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?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something 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 MVP, or minimum viable product, 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 full weekend long experience. 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 mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “lexington@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 16th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 November 17th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


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

Sunday November 18th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Daniel Diachun
CEO, Computer Services and Solutions, Inc.



Phil Holoubek
President, LRC Lexington's Real Estate Company

Downtown developer, entrepreneur, venture investor, civic activist, social entrepreneur.


Lamar Wilson
CEO, Co-Founder, Lead Developer



Jason Rainey
Deputy Executive Director , Office of Entrepreneurship, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Helping start-up businesses as well as existing businesses continue to develop and be successful within Kentucky. Preparing businesses for success and growth using proven strategies for business growth.


Coaches and Mentors


Brittany Joiner
Demand Generation Associate

I'm a marketing nerd and productivity scientist! I'm an experienced marketer helping business to grow with marketing strategy, analytics, automation, digital marketing optimization, content production, social media, digital ads, and more. 


Drew Sutton
Engineering and Innovation Specialist at Barksdale Rutherford



Lafe Taylor
Co-Founder / Chief Design Officer

Hijro Network
The financial operating network for global trade built on blockchain technology


Bruce Walcott
Electrical Engineering professor, University of Kentucky

Dr. Bruce Walcott is an engineering professor and sponsor of the Entrepreneur Club at the University of Kentucky. "Coach Wal" has been to every Startup Weekend Lexington event since it began in 2008, and is a frequent judge at 5 Across.


Laurie Daugherty
Business Advisor and Lawyer

Entrepreneurial-minded transactions lawyer and business leader with multidisciplinary background.


Gary Ditsch
Director of Product Management at xMINIMUS

Director of Product Management at xMINIMUS


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Lexington 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

Other


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Lexington is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Nick
    Such
  • Brian
    Raney
  • Emily
    Wehrle
  • Keith
    McMunn
  • Ross
    Ladenburger
  • Garrett
    Fahrbach
  • Amanda
    Murray
  • Allison
    Cooper
  • Aayat
    Ali

Facilitators


Keith McMunn
Fellowship Director



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