Startup Weekend Lexington

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Awesome Inc
348 E. Main St.
Lexington, KY 40507

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It's like the Breeder's Cup of Startup Ideas!

Go from idea to startup in 54 hours! SW returns to Lex for the 8th time!


Friday November 20th

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 November 21st

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 November 22nd

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!

Event Judges

Kyle Schlotman
Chief Investment Officer

Lamar Wilson
CEO, Co-Founder, Lead Developer

Christine McAlister
Owner / Creative Lead

Brian Luftman
President / Founder

Coaches and Mentors

David Coomer
Chief Creative Officer

Warren Nash
Director of Lexington Office of Kentucky Innovation Network

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.

Chris Winfield
COO, Gun Media

David Penfold
Economic Development Manager

David Penfold is a digital strategist and lead generation specialist. He is the Managing Director of Web Mastermind and has a comprehensive understanding of strategic online marketing initiatives. David moved to Whyalla in 2017 to take on the role of Economic Development Manager for Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula. Prior to this David was based in Adelaide and worked with many businesses and organisations including local government, to design and implement innovative and cutting edge online and offline marketing strategies and to mentor executives to higher standards of operating. Winning awards in economic & digital strategy and implementation, David is regarded as a visionary catalyst for innovation across broad-based local government & regional development initiatives. David is a sought after keynote speaker and is know for his thoroughly researched presentations and succinct delivery allowing audiences to implement the suggested strategies immediately.

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.



Organizing Team

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

  • Nick
  • Brian
  • Theresa
  • Emily
  • Jake
  • Angel


Marc Nager
Startuper, skier, mountaineer, and CEO of UP Global - [ Startup Weekend, Startup Week, Startup Digest, Education Entrepreneurs, Startup Next ]

Marc Nager is the President and CCO of Techstars Startup Programs. In early 2009, he found the opportunity to acquire Startup Weekend, LLC and to transform it into a non-profit to help others pursue their passions, solve real problems, and impact the world around them. Years later, UP Global has built a network of more than 150,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer organizers and hundreds of trained facilitators spread across more than 500 cities in 130 countries, which later merged with Techstars. Marc balances his mission to make entrepreneurship a universally accessible career path with an active lifestyle. Marc holds a degree in International Business from Chapman University in Southern California. An ambitious go-getter, he is dedicated to expanding his experience and understanding of startup ecosystems around the world. His efforts focus on increasing the levels and quality of support available for passionate entrepreneurs and communities. Entrepreneurship is something that can be taught and learned, and he’s on a mission to make it possible for anyone.

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