Startup Weekend Louisville, KY

    Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Louisville, KY

Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015

Friday, March 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

FirstBuild (
333 East Brandeis Avenue
Louisville, KY 40208

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Friday March 6th

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 March 7th

8:30 am
Doors Open & Breakfast

9:00 am
Customer Discovery Workshop
A quick overview of customer discovery techniques, ideas to think about and where to talk to target customers.

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

12:00 pm
Lunch & Call for help

1:00 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 March 8th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm
Lunch & Pitch Workshop
Suggestions on how to pitch & audio/video how-to

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation

4:00 pm
Tech Check
Verify your equipment works with the projector & audio

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Katie Bush

KBD helps jumpstart emerging young companies with creative, energetic, and easy to use brand elements.

Event Judges

Trisha Finnegan
Vice President of Community Leadership, Community Foundation of Louisville

With a career spanning Fortune 100 technology and health companies, a start-up social enterprise and non-profit, Trisha leverages business approaches create positive social impact.  As Managing Director at Biometrac, a tech solutions company providing health tracking for low-resource environments, Trisha is responsible for growing business and increasing reach. As Vice President of Community Leadership at the Community Foundation of Louisville, Trisha works to connect community, philanthropy and people to drive greater investment and impact in our community

Ross Jordan

Ross joined the Yearling Funds, an early-stage venture capital firm, as an Associate in September 2012, and was promoted to Senior Associate in January 2015. He performs due diligence for prospective investments and assists existing portfolio companies with fundraising, business strategy, financial modeling, and general corporate structuring issues. With his legal background, Ross is deeply involved in the document drafting phase for new and follow-on investments. Prior to joining the Yearling Funds, he spent two summers as a Summer Associate with Stites & Harbison, a large Southeastern law firm with offices in five states. While at Stites & Harbison, Ross worked on a range of legal projects, including both corporate and litigation matters. Ross received his BA from Xavier University and his JD/MBA from the University of Louisville. He is a licensed attorney with the Kentucky Bar.

Kayla Mount
Co-Founder and Chief of Operations

Kayla has been in the marketing and advertising industry for more than 10 years, having co-founded her own marketing agency in 2009 after working with one of the region’s top advertising agencies for 5 years. She is a long-time sports fan, and after seeing the need for sports fans to connect with one another, Kayla co-founded SuperFanU in 2011. Kayla is a graduate of the University of Kentucky ’05, which reigns supreme with the winningest basketball program in the country!

Coaches and Mentors

Suzanne Bergmeister
Entrepreneur In Residence

Suzanne Bergmeister has eighteen years of experience working with entrepreneurs and start-up companies.  She is currently the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Louisville.  In this capacity, she teaches across all the UofL MBA programs including the nationally-ranked Entrepreneurial MBA Program, and the undergraduate Entrepreneurship Minor.  She also teaches two electives in the MBA program:  New Ventures and Social Entrepreneurship.  In addition, Suzanne teaches an engineering entrepreneurship elective and Entrepreneurship-600, an entrepreneurship elective open to any graduate student at the University.  She also mentors the MBA and undergraduate Business Plan Competition teams.  Suzanne formerly worked in the Private Equity Industry for Fort Washington Investment Advisors, and as a Venture Capitalist with Blue Chip Venture Company in Cincinnati and Chrysalis Ventures in Louisville. In 2004, Suzanne founded Sunflower Business Ventures Inc.  Sunflower specializes in business consulting and management, education and training, and angel investing activities.  She founded the Sunflower Seed Funds as an investment vehicle for not-yet-accredited investors.  Suzanne has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from California State University and an MBA from Cornell University, concentrating in Finance. Suzanne is the Chair and former President of Venture Connectors (formerly the Venture Club of Louisville).  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Community Foundation of Louisville, Algood Food Company and several start-ups.  She is also on the Advisory Board of Greater Louisville Inc’s Enterprise Corp.  Suzanne is a Business Coach in the Launch-It Program, a 10-week Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.  She is active with the Leadership Louisville organization and is a graduate of Focus Louisville (‘02), Leadership Louisville (‘05), and Bingham Fellows (’07, ‘16).  Colonel Bergmeister is a retired Air Force reservist with 30 years of service.  She began her Air Force career at Edwards Air Force Base in California where she was an Avionics Flight Test Engineer on the B-1 Bomber and the B-2 Stealth Bomber, and taught Electronic Warfare Testing at the Air Force Test Pilot School.  As a reservist, she was assigned to the AF Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, where she was the National Training Director for the entire Admissions Liaison Officer force.  Suzanne currently lives in the St. Mathews neighborhood of Louisville, KY with her cats, Lola and Vivian, and her dog, Toby Keith.  Suzanne’s son, Karl is an Ensign in the United States Navy.  

Bob Saunders
General Partner, OCA Ventures

 Bob is a General Partner of OCA Ventures (Chicago), a Founding Partner of Saunders Murdoch and Associates (Louisville/Boston), and is an active investor in many healthcare startups.  Bob was a Managing Director and General Partner at Chrysalis Ventures from 1997 to 2009. Bob was a founding board member of MetaCyte Business Lab, the University of Louisville’s life science incubator. Over the last 30 years, he has invested in several dozen startup companies and has mentored 100+ startups. Bob received a B.A. from Stanford University, an M.Sc. from the London School of  Economics, and an M.A. from Harvard University. He was both a Fulbright Scholar and a Marshall Scholar. 

Stacy Griggs
President & CEO, El Toro

Tendai Charasika

As the CEO of SuperFanU, Inc, Tendai Charasika’s leadership responsibilities include guiding the vision, strategy and ensuring the execution of value creating milestones for SuperFanU. Prior to joining the SuperFanU team, Tendai was the Executive Director of Greater Louisville Inc’s (GLI) EnterpriseCorp, the entrepreneurship arm of the region’s leading economic development agency. He also was the first person hired to help scale the sustainability division of the fast-growing, entrepreneurial firm, Summit Energy, which was acquired by Schneider Electric in 2011 for $268 million. Tendai has most recently been named to the board of directors for the Louisville Sports Commission and holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and an Entrepreneurial M.B.A both from the University of Louisville.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Louisville, KY 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 Louisville is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Jacy
  • Greg
  • Daniel
  • Zack
  • Melissa
  • Eric
  • David
  • Matthew
  • Greg
  • Kelby
  • Amelia


Bill Kenney
CEO at Test My Pitch

Bill Kenney has founded 6 companies and currently leads two growing ventures. One is a business promotion company and the other is a self-promotion company. MEET ( specializes in helping growth healthcare, energy, and technology companies exhibit at trade shows. MEET develops and implements client event participation strategy. His second company, Test My Pitch ( is an online platform helps students, entrepreneurs, and professionals develop their communication skills in a safe and collegial environment. Think of Test My Pitch like a batting cage for communication skill development. Test My Pitch is currently embedded in the curriculum of universities, accelerators, incubators and corporations from Saudi Arabia to San Francisco.

Bill also leads four community building efforts in Connecticut. The first has developed a statewide entrepreneurial event calendar where more than 30 organizations events are now aggregating and the second is a statewide entrepreneurial mentor cooperative where more than 20 organizations are sharing mentorship best practices and resources. The third is a statewide entrepreneur awards event. And the fourth is a statewide entrepreneur summit.

Bill is also part of the leadership team at Startup Champions Network (formerly Startup America) and he emcees and speaks frequently on a variety of networking, business, mentorship, entrepreneurship and community building topics.

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