Startup Weekend Chester County

    Friday, May 31 - June 2, 2019

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Startup Weekend Chester County

Friday, May 31 - June 2, 2019

Friday, May 31 - June 2, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Penn State Great Valley
30 E. Swedesford Road
Conference Center Building
Malvern, PA 19355

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Learn how to take ideas from concept to creation in 48 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!

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Friday May 31st

5:30 pm
Registration/Dinner & Networking
Arrive at the venue, get checked in, grab dinner and network

6:30 pm
Welcome Remarks from Facilitator
Welcome from Roger Osorio, welcome from Penn State Great Valley Chancellor and keynote - Victor Bakunoff

7:30 pm
60 Second Pitches & Team Formation
Participants pitch ideas, we vote, and form teams for the weekend.

8:30 pm
Team Building Exercise
Team organization & design thinking ice breaker by Co-Facilitator Ian Lim

10:00 pm
Venue closes. You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here! Rest up, Saturday's a long day!

Saturday June 1st

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Saturday Morning Kick-Off!
SW Facilitator Roger Osorio will take you through the weekend agenda and objectives.

10:00 am
Getting to the Root of Your Idea!
In this workshop, we are going to dig into your idea and get to the root problem that you solve for customers.

12:30 pm

1:00 pm
Mentor Panels
Teams will meet with mentor panels to get feedback on different parts of their work for the weekend. These panels are meant to give you some feedback before you move too far on any part of your weekend's work. Panel schedule to be posted with team assignments.

7:00 pm
Take a step back, eat a little food, and reflect before getting back to work.

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may find another location to work, but the venue will be closed

Sunday June 2nd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Pitch Workshop Session
A short session on getting started with your final pitch for the weekend.

10:30 am
Mentor Sessions
Mentors will be available throughout the late morning and early afternoon to provide any last minute feedback or guidance.

12:00 pm
Working Lunch
Grab some food and keep working!

1:00 pm
Practice Pitches
Teams practice pitches and get feedback and coaching from mentors. Sessions are by appointment.

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

4:30 pm
Final Pitches!
Teams will present their final pitches to the audience.

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:45 pm

7:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Kecia Sturdivant
Business Consultant

Kecia Sturdivant, brings more than 25 years of consulting, marketing, sales and business development experience, both nationally and internationally, including worldwide market development roles with a fortune 500 company to her role as Business Consultant at the Kutztown University SBDC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Muhlenberg College. Master’s Degree in Education from DeSales University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Kutztown University.   Kecia assists entrepreneurs and small business owners primarily in Kutztown, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Coatesville and Exton offices with all aspects of starting, growing and expanding their businesses, including: business, product, marketing & sales planning; financial forecasting and loan presentation development.  

Coaches and Mentors

John Tooher

John Tooher is a Managing Partner at HeadRoom LLC a Business Accelerator and Consultancy Practice in suburban Philadelphia. His main focus is on helping businesses scale by identifying and systematically fixing the key issues holding them back. Prior to co-founding HeadRoom john was President and General Manager of Yell Adworks Inc. He led a 3,000-person global operation engaged in the production of print and on-line advertising solutions. He began his career in 1986 as a process engineer with General Electric. From 1988 to 1997, John worked for 3M where he held various senior technical and manufacturing management roles at a European level. From 1997 to 2002, he worked for a 3M spin-off, Imation Corp. and was responsible for European technical, manufacturing and service operations for a number of divisions. John holds a B.Sc. in Science from the National University of Ireland and a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College in Dublin. John and his wife Kirsten have two adult children and enjoy living in the beautiful countryside of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Carl Woodin

Carl founded AZtech Multimedia & Training Group in 2002. The company has supported the multimedia and audio-visual aspects for corporate meetings on 6 continents, designs and develops websites and works on various video productions. The client list includes musicians, the BBC, Fortune 500 companies, biotechs, medical offices, artists and others. Carl has worked on Billy Joel’s documentaries “The Last Play at Shea” and “A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia” and the CD “The Stranger: 30th Anniversary Legacy Edition Set.” Prior to AZtech, Carl worked at Shared Medical Systems, Merck & Co. and IMS Health in the roles of Systems Analyst, Programmer Analyst, Trainer/Instructional Designer, Training Manager and International Creative Director.    Carl is a former adjunct faculty member at Penn State Great Valley and Temple University. Carl has a BA in Psychology from Temple University, an MEd from Penn State Great Valley in Training Design and Development and a PhD in Multimedia Design and Development from The University of London. He has traveled to over 80 countries and all 7 continents. 

Walter Wang
Professor of Marketing Management

Dr. G. Walter Wang is Professor of Marketing at Penn State University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies. He has published numerous research articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and has advised a number of startups in biotech, renewable energy, and food distribution sectors. He is an expert in customer research, consumer marketing, and business-to-business sales.

Maura Jarve
Entrepreneur and Chief Creative Officer, Raconteur Media Co.

In her career spanning the political, pharmaceutical, financial, and technology sectors, Maura has created brand strategies, web sites, application interfaces, corporate identities, and marketing collateral for companies large and small since 1998. Her philosophy of business-strategy driven design informs every decision for the web, mobile, and application design.  Previously Maura led creative teams at Digitas Health, Unisys, and USABancshares before starting her own firm, True Creative Partners. Mrs. Jarve’s clients have included Goldline, (a Gannett company), Refresh (now part of Linked-in), USABancshares, Unisys, Astra Zeneca, Jedediah Bila (Fox New Contributor), and many high-profile political candidates, small businesses, and start-ups. True Creative was acquired by Raconteur Media Co, an Austin-based digital marketing firm in 2018, where Maura is now Chief Creative Officer. She enjoys the challenge of translating a client’s goals into effective design, and working with diverse teams to realize each client’s goals.  Mrs. Jarve holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Mark Stevens
Managing Partner, Enable Health

Mark Stevens is Managing Partner of EnableHealth, a professional services firm, which he co-founded in 2017.  Since 2010, Mr. Stevens has also lead the health IT consulting firm he co-founded, ARRAHealth.  During that time, Mark Stevens also served as a Vice President at Best Practice Partners (BPP), a leader in healthcare training, process re-design and IT optimization solutions serving providers, payers, HIEs and ACOs.  Prior to joining BPP, Mr. Stevens was Vice President of Digital Collaboration Solutions, a health IT professional services firm; Senior Director for eHealth Innovation at World Congress, a leader in healthcare conference management; and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative (PAeHI), a not-for-profit organization founded in 2005 by Pennsylvania’s leading healthcare stakeholders to promote broader adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchange (HIE).

Brandon Steiger
President and Big Idea Guy, 2120 Creative

Steiger founded 2120 Creative, an integrated marketing firm, in 2005 to help organizations develop innovative and creative strategies for the web. With more than 22 years of experience, Brandon’s technological background allows 2120 to partner with marketing and IT departments alike, delivering the right digital solution for each client.    As a full-service digital marketing agency, 2120 Creative cultivates relationships and builds transformative strategies by integrating various mediums such as website development, app design, branding, content marketing, SEO, social media, graphic design, PPC/SEM, predictive analytics, native and mobile advertising. Brandon believes in harnessing the power of technology to grow businesses from the inside out. With a client list that boasts national professional service firms, international nonprofits and foundations, renowned schools and universities, industry-leading advertising and design agencies, and retail giants, Brandon never discounts the power of personal relationships. Clients include: AmeriGas, GE Aviation, Advanced Staging Productions, United Way of Chester County, Kimberton Whole Foods.   Proof that his agencies’ strategies work, is evident in recent awards his firm has been recognized with. For a second year in a row, 2120 Creative was named to the prestigious Philly 100, which recognizes the top 100 fastest-growing, privately-held companies in the Philadelphia region. In addition, 2120 was recognized in 2018 by Inc. magazine as No. 2178 on the Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Other awards include SCORE of Chester County Small Business Achievement Award, Mainline Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award and 2018 Best of Chester County for Best Digital Advertising Agency.   Brandon has served on the boards of the American Marketing Association - Philadelphia Chapter, William Jessup University Alumni Association, and Chester County Young Entrepreneurs. Outside of the office, Brandon is a devout husband and father to two beautiful children, golfer in search of the ever-elusive “perfect game”, former collegiate soccer star, and an aspiring chef.

Russ Daniels
Senior Manager of Product Marketing

Russ Daniels is the senior manager of product marketing for HomeNet Automotive, a Cox Automotive brand. Russ has a strong background with inventory software products, holding leadership roles in Product, Marketing, Training, and Operations at HomeNet and Cox Automotive. His primary focus over the past few years has been working with HomeNet Sales and Business Development teams to launch innovative merchandising and syndication product offerings for dealers and industry partners. As the senior manager of product marketing, Russ works to understand core business as well as unmet and unrealized market needs. Russ serves as the “voice of the customer” to understand industry trends in an effort to launch and market product offerings that are valuable, desirable, usable and feasible. Russ is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania School of Business and is currency enrolled in a Masters of Organizational Leadership program at Colorado State University.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Chester County 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 Malvern, PA is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.

Ian Lim

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