Startup Weekend Education Colorado

    Friday, October 11 - 13, 2019

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Education Colorado

Friday, October 11 - 13, 2019

Friday, October 11 - 13, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

St Vrain Innovation Center
33 Quail Rd
Longmont, CO 80501

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Your education innovation 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.
Sneak peek at some of this year's prizes:
  • Two Tickets to SXSW Edu Conference 2020
  • $500 Radical Collaboration prize from Gary Community Investments
  • IndigoEducation Assessments
  • EdGarage Coworking Space in Denver
  • Marketing Audit (Better Place Marketing)

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Friday October 11th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Welcome & Keynote
Welcome, keynote, playhalf-baked, review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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 12th

8:00 am
Doors Open & Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Mentors Arrive
Coaches help teams one-on-one. Mentor Session #1 | They are here to help!

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:00 pm
Cook-Out BBQ

7:15 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:30 pm
Wrap-Up, Venue Closes
Finished for the day! Nice work.

Sunday October 13th

8:00 am

9:00 am
Check-in and Mentors Arrive
Mentor Session #2

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Tech Check
Teams check their slides

1:30 pm
Pitch Practice
Pitch Practice with Mentors

4:00 pm
Registration Open
Join us for final pitches!

4:30 pm
Final Presentations Kick-Off

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Dave Cass
Business Development @ Techstars

Dave Cass is Co-Founder of Uvize, a cloud-based mentorship platform designed to help students succeed through mentoring relationships. Uvize is a Techstars 2013 alum and was recently acquired. A former Navy officer, Dave is also an adjunct professor at Leeds of School of Business (University of Colorado, Boulder). He is deeply committed to veterans issues, mentoring, and driving progress in education through technology. Dave has a BA from Tulane University and an MBA from University of Colorado, Boulder. He lives in Boulder with his wife, two daughters and golden retriever. Dave considers himself a fairly fast skier and a fairly slow mountain biker.

Event Judges

Dr. Aisha Jackson
Director of Academic Technology Applications and Design, CU-Boulder

Dr. Aisha Jackson is the Director of Academic Technology Applications and Design with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at the University of Colorado Boulder. In this position, Aisha provides strategic leadership, vision, and direction for academic technology application and design services.

Keller Anne Ruble
Associate Investment Director

Keller Anne Ruble is the Associate Investment Director for School Readiness at Gary Community Investments (GCI), where she manages and supports grants and investments in Colorado's early childhood system and public policy efforts. Prior to joining GCI, Keller Anne served as the Associate Director for Policy Research at the Institute for Child Success, a national nonpartisan policy research think tank. There she worked on a variety of technical assistance projects and research efforts, led federal advocacy efforts, and supported the development and dissemination of social policy along with the organization’s ongoing research initiatives focused on improving outcomes for young children and their families. A 2012 Teach for America alumna, she taught 7th grade science in Memphis, Tennessee and was founding teacher in the Tennessee Achievement School District. She has worked with Rhode Island Kids Count, a data-based policy and advocacy organization, and as a consultant for program and policy evaluation and strategic planning. Keller Anne describes herself as a Jill-of-all-trades, finding joy and value in the complex and nuanced world of early childhood and public policy. She holds a Master of Arts in Urban Education Policy from Brown University and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Clemson University.

Jasmine Kabiri
Silver Creek High School student


Alex Carter
Vice President of Implementation

Alex Carter, Ed.D is a member of the senior leadership team at the Colorado Education Initiative.

He is committed to helping the most equity minded, innovative, and progressive educators working in our K-12 schools to accelerate educational improvement and innovation across Colorado.

Alex's passion for searching for new ways to support improved teaching and learning has driven him to join one the most exciting educational teams in the country.

Coaches and Mentors

Steff Clothier
Investment Director | Gary Community Investments

Steffanie Clothier serves as an Investment Director for Gary Community Investments and the Piton Foundation, where she develops and manages a portfolio to promote school readiness that deploys a mix of capital types such as grants, PRI’s and for-profit investments. At GCI she leads a team that is designing and implementing innovation strategies to support innovators to have access to the supports and capital they need to dramatically improve outcomes for young children. Prior to joining GCI she was Senior Policy Director for the Alliance for Early Success, providing strategic support to state and national organizations as they work to improve outcomes for young children in the early years. For nearly a decade, Ms. Clothier led early care and education initiatives with legislatures of the 50 states and territories as program director with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Her experience and expertise encompasses investment strategies to support young children’s early learning and development, developing key partnerships, initiating new strategies to problem solve at the early childhood sector level, and substantive knowledge in a range of early childhood research, policy and practice areas. Ms. Clothier earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and a law degree from the University of Denver School of Law.

Farrah Martin
CEO | Aman STEAM Academy, Inc.

Every night I ask myself, "Farrah, what are we going to do tonight?" and the response is "What you do every night...try to take over the world." In life, work, and business...I want to infuse the world with joy, possibility, and belief in the creative impossibilities that all of us can accomplish if we believe, persevere, and and stay our destined course. And in the meantime, have fun doing it.

Diana Anthony
Partner | Figure Eight Investments

Diana Anthony is a partner and co-founder of Figure Eight Investments, a VC firm that invests in education and future of work.
Diana is a former Montessori and third-grade teacher with years of classroom experience to her name. She has worked in the field of education internationally, in the US, UK, and Switzerland.

Catherine Cafferty
Education Innovator

Catherine Cafferty has over 15 years experience in K-12 and higher education ranging from classroom teaching to digital product development. She was an administrator in two charter school networks in NYC strategizing and implementing change through building an online graduate school and then directing a hybrid literacy program. She also worked at Amplify Education, where she helped develop the early platform and English Language Arts curriculum and recently led product development for a middle school print product. She is dedicated to bringing all her knowledge of teacher and student needs, ways of learning, and opportunities and constraints of digital product development to create dynamic, practical, and beautifully designed products to life.

Brandon Zeigler
Program Officer | Walton Family Foundation

Brandon is a program officer for the K-12 Education Program. He is active in the foundation’s Denver and San Antonio portfolios, and a national body of work engaging communities of color.Before joining the foundation, he served as the director of admission at Church Farm School in Exton, Pennsylvania, and a mathematics curriculum coordinator with Uplift Education in Dallas. He has also held positions at Saint Mark’s School in Southborough, Massachusetts, and as a summer graduate school fellow at KIPP Houston with Education Pioneers.Brandon received his Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Davidson College and his Master of Education degree in education policy and management from Harvard University. He is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc., and serves as a member of the Young Professionals chapter of the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver.

Savinay Chandrasekhar
CEO | Minds Matter of Denver

My work is to promote equity and eradicate suffering through peace, love, and compassion. And I'm blessed to do that at Minds Matter by helping the best and brightest high school students from under-resourced backgrounds get into college with scholarships.

Charlie Coglianese
CEO | Schoolrunner

Founder and CEO at Schoolrunner.

Zuben Bastani
President | Flyer

Driven by innovation and fueled by diversity, Zuben Bastani began his career In mobile technologies helping both small and large organizations improve access and develop markets. Serving his own child’s school he realized the impact he could make among connect low-income and ELL families. Zuben founded Flyer Connect in 2016 as a social venture to improve community engagement. The Flyer School app and platform is used by schools and non-profits nationwide to bridge the divide between families and those who can assist them with unified translated communications, social resources and academic tools.

Bill Kottenstette
Executive Director, Schools of Choice | Colorado Department of Education

I am the Executive Director of the Schools of Choice Unit at CDE. In this role, I support a team that works to ensure for high quality educational choices for Colorado families and students. Our unit works with public school choice options like charter schools, innovation schools, and blended and online learning. Prior to joining CDE, I worked as the Executive Director of Compass Montessori, which is a unique P-12 network of charter schools known for being one of the only fully-articulated P-12 public Montessori programs in the country that also worked to implement many unique design elements into the model. These included things like: mixed-age classrooms, competency-based learning, high school internship programs, and farm-to-table food service.

Gary Dolsen
COO/CPO | Figure

Gary Dolsen is the COO/CPO of Figure, an NSF-funded Colorado startup building online math learning tools that engage students using a new way of learning and unlock new opportunities for those who suffer from math anxiety. He is a software startup veteran across a variety of C-level roles and serves as a entrepreneurship mentor at Boomtown Accelerator and the University of Colorado.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Education Colorado 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.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Graham
  • Katy
  • Tara
  • Paul
  • Laura
  • Eileen


Malliron Hodge

Malliron serves as the Manager of Community Engagement at 4.0 Schools. Within her work she strives to provide opportunities for the New Orleans community to be engaged with entrepreneurs in the 4.0 Schools programming. During the time Startup Weekend Education was part of 4.0 programming she served as the program coordinator, coaching, and guiding organizers as they planned their events. She is passionate about all things community and youth engagement driven.

Malliron received her Masters in Public Affairs from Indiana University and a BS in Business Management and Human Resource Management. When she is not engaging the community, she can be found rolling around in skates!

Paul Beck
Next Gen Initiative Manager, The Colorado Education Initiative

Paul serves as the Innovation Specialist at the Colorado Education Initiative. Paul’s work gives him the opportunity to work with educators, administrators and school district leaders across the state of Colorado to design user-centered approaches to student learning, educator professional learning and systems design. Paul has served as an organizing team member for Startup Weekend Education(SWEDU) in Denver for the last two years and is stepping into a facilitator role this year to support teams to have the most engaging, exciting and productive SWEDU possible!

Paul has a B.A. in Education for Eastern Illinois University and when he is not at SWEDU, he is outdoors exploring the most beautiful state in the country with his family and friends. 

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