Startup Weekend Mansfield

    Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Mansfield

Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018



Friday, September 28 - 30, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

IdeaWorks
40 W. 4th St.
Mansfield, OH 44902

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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 “mansfield@startupweekend.org”, follow us on Facebook, or read our blog about what to expect for the weekend.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement! Spots are limited to 75, so first-come, first-served!

Early-bird ticket sale ($25 for students and $40 regular) is ending Friday, September 14. So hurry up to take advantage of the discounted deal!


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 28th


6:30 pm
Registration & Dinner
Arrive at the venue, get checked in, and have dinner. We'll also kickoff the event with an introduction and overview of the schedule for the weekend.


7:00 pm
Speaker
Dan Manges from Root Insurance will kick us off with a talk about his experiences with entrepreneurship.


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Let's get started with pitching your ideas! Remember, strict 60-second limit on pitches, but you can pitch multiple times.


8:30 pm
Voting
Participants vote for the top pitches.


9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discuss how they want to work on their ideas over the weekend. 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.


10:00 pm
Wrap Up
Wrap up for the day. Feel free to socialize at the local bars though!

Saturday September 29th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive for breakfast, tea, and coffee.


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


12:00 pm
Lunch & Speaker
While you have lunch, Marquis Stillwell from Open Box will share his insights about entrepreneurship.


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 you with your business ideas! They'll be here till roughly 6pm.


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 September 30th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Final day! Arrive for breakfast and coffee.


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Last chance to ask coaches for help… ASK THEM 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


6:30 pm
Judging & Awards


7:15 pm
Wrap-Up
Some final words of thanks and then go home and celebrate!



Speakers


Marquise Stillwell
Founder and Principal of Openbox

Marquise is the Founder and Principal of Openbox. As a business designer and developer for more than two decades, he brings innovation and strategic planning to the Openbox vision in the fields of investing, product development, and technology. Marquise also works in creative leadership, teaching with the KaosPilots in Denmark and South Africa to help students learn by doing.

A stalwart supporter of the arts, Marquise champions such organizations as the Joyce Theater, the New Museum, and MCA Denver for their ability to inspire exploration and empower creative cultures. He also serves on the board of the Lowline Underground Park and advisory board of the Andrew Goodman Foundation and is a mentor to Geeks Without Borders and the Girls & Boys Club.

Marquise is passionate about the power of design, and has a boundless curiosity for life. You can find him riding his bike through the streets of Manhattan, doing his part to build a greener urban future.


Dan Manges
CTO of Root

Dan Manges is the CTO of Root, an auto insurance startup that uses data science to identify and insure good drivers. Root was started in 2015 in Columbus, OH, and has raised $7M from Drive Capital. By not insuring bad drivers, Root is able to reduce insurance premiums for good drivers significantly.

Prior to Root, Dan was the founding CTO of Braintree, an online payments company that was acquired by PayPal in 2013 for $800M. The company's focus on building exceptional tools for developers led to it processing payments for thousands of discerning and disruptive companies, such as Uber, Airbnb, and GitHub.

Dan began his career in software development with JPMorgan Chase, building software to support SOX Compliance. He also spent time as a Senior Consultant for ThoughtWorks, providing software delivery for ambitious organizations.

Event Judges


Falon Donohue
Chief Executive Officer of VentureOhio

Falon Donohue is a community organizer, veteran and the Chief Executive Officer of VentureOhio, a for-impact organization created to facilitate a collaborative statewide entrepreneurial ecosystem and increase access to angel and venture capital for Ohio entrepreneurs. Prior to VentureOhio, and while serving her country in the Ohio Air National Guard, she began her career in technology solution sales and business development. Falon is an active member of the Ohio startup community and serves on several nonprofit committees.


Lisa Delp
Co-President & Founding Partner at GDI Partners, LLC

Using her experience in the Ohio Third Frontier and as an entrepreneur, Lisa assists governments and non-government organizations to create and implement programs to grow companies and create jobs. Within the Ohio Federal Research Network, she worked to create and deliver a suite of services to identify technology developed in academic research labs and move it to market via Ohio industry partners.

Under her leadership a team of Commercialization Executives provided technology, legal, and business development services to small companies and enabled them to address the mission critical technology needs of NASA, DoD, and DoE. 

Lisa is a recognized expert in the US and abroad in many aspects of technology-based economic development. International projects include: start-up ecosystem assessments in Vietnam; investment fund recommendations in Tunisia; design of an outreach strategy for small woman-owned businesses in Jordan; and the creation of a micro-enterprise support program in Egypt.

Her knowledge of government-led economic development has benefited higher education programs such as the highly successful Coursera title, “Beyond Silicon Valley: Growing Entrepreneurship in Transitioning Economies.”

A strong believer in the value of community involvement, Lisa also supported the organization and launch of VentureOhio, where she served as founding board member and Research Committee Chair.


Patricia Grospiron
Partner, Entrepreneurial Network Management at JumpStart Inc.

Pat manages the day-to-day operation of the Northeast Ohio Entrepreneurial Signature Program (NEO ESP). She works with 13 collaborators across the region to manage the deal flow process, metrics and performance. In addition, she works with regional partners and communities as they embed entrepreneurial activities in their economic development plans—from grassroots events to the implementation of hyper-local investment funds to the creation of an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Pat has over 20 years of working experience, including her work at the Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), where she managed several federal, state-funded or self-funded programs which were always multi-disciplinary, multi-organization complex R&D or commercialization projects.

Pat is experienced in all phases of program management, including business development, team formation, proposal support, program execution (contract administration, reporting close‐out) and cultivating customer relationships.

She received her MBA from Cleveland State University and also holds a Master’s Degree from the Graduate Business School ESC Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is a graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders, Class of 2012 and now serves on the Cleveland Leadership Center’s Leadership Council as the Chair of the Next Gen Committee.


Coaches and Mentors


Matt Armstead
Executive Director, Founding Member, Board Member at Fintech71

Matt Armstead is a serial tech entrepreneur and Executive Director of Fintech71. He has co-founded several startups in which he successfully sold; and he’s been in leadership of others which have failed or fluttered along the way.

Matt is an advisor and founding partner of Root Insurance. He’s also an angel investor in tech accelerators, including Lumos Innovation, in which he has run, co-founded and/or mentored nearly 50 startups. Matt also work’s with Singularity University helping global corporations on disruptive innovation.

Having previously worked for Fair Isaac and Experian, Matt has an affinity for big data, predictive analytics; and a growing interest in artificial intelligence and machine learning.


Bob Cohen
Business Advisor at Braintree Business Development Center

Bob is a Certified Business Advisor (CBA®), a Certified Global Business Professional, and completed the Incubator Management Certification Program of the International Business Incubation Association.

As part of the StartupNEO regional network, Bob has worked with hundreds of startup entrepreneurs.

He has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Ohio University, an MBA from Franklin University, and a B.A. from the University of Akron. His entrepreneurial background is in insurance and broadcasting.

Bob spent ten years working as regional manager for a Washington-based international business development agency and one year as operations manager for a Columbus-based micro-enterprise program.

He also serves on the faculty of Ashland University's Dauch College of Business and Economics.


Beth DeLaney
Owner of the Spherion Mid-Ohio Employment Services, Inc.

Beth is the owner of the Spherion Mid-Ohio Employment Services, Inc. She has 28 Years of Staffing Experience, with 16 of those years as owner. Spherion’s territory covers 11 counties in Ohio, which includes 4 branch offices, and 6 on-site locations. Spherion is recognized as an industry leader in the Mid- Ohio Area and hires over 5000 individuals each year.

Beth is very active in the community. She is on the Richland Bank Board of Directors, Ontario Economic Development Board (Leadership Board), was the Chairman on the Executive Board of the Richland County Foundation and the Workforce Investment Board, received the Women's Business Enterprise Certification (WBENC), and many more boards and committees.


Michalina Lacy
Certified Business Advisor for the Small Business Development Center

Michalina is the Director and Certified Business Advisor for the Small Business Development Center at Ashland University and has spent 15 years working with entrepreneurs at the SBDC.  In that span of time, she has worked with numerous entrepreneurs, in all industries and in all stages of their growth.
Michalina’s entrepreneurial background includes growing up in an entrepreneurial family that owned an import retail store and having owned her own lawn care company in the past.

Michalina obtained an Associate degree in Business Management from North Central State College, obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Management, with a Minor in Marketing from Ashland University. She also holds a Certified Business Advisor graduate certificate from the University of Toledo that requires continued education each year.

Some of Michalina's entrepreneurial expertise includes marketing planning, general business planning, start-up assistance, strategic growth planning, and financial analyses.


Marquise Stillwell
Founder and Principal of Openbox

Marquise is the Founder and Principal of Openbox. As a business designer and developer for more than two decades, he brings innovation and strategic planning to the Openbox vision in the fields of investing, product development, and technology. Marquise also works in creative leadership, teaching with the KaosPilots in Denmark and South Africa to help students learn by doing.

A stalwart supporter of the arts, Marquise champions such organizations as the Joyce Theater, the New Museum, and MCA Denver for their ability to inspire exploration and empower creative cultures. He also serves on the board of the Lowline Underground Park and advisory board of the Andrew Goodman Foundation and is a mentor to Geeks Without Borders and the Girls & Boys Club.

Marquise is passionate about the power of design, and has a boundless curiosity for life. You can find him riding his bike through the streets of Manhattan, doing his part to build a greener urban future.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Edward
    Akinyemi
  • Cameron
    Haring
  • Tracy
    Graziani
  • Heather
    Tsavaris
  • Kaleb
    Packer
  • Jay
    Allred
  • Elijah
    Torrence

Facilitators


Kenny Chen
Program Director

Kenny is the Program Director of Ascender, an early-stage startup incubator/coworking space that also produces the annual Thrival Innovation + Music Festival. Kenny focuses his attention on curating and delivering innovation programs and building collaborative relationships with organizations locally and internationally, with a specific focus on artificial intelligence and robotics policy.

On the side, Kenny works as the co-founder of involveMINT (winner of Startup Weekend Civic 2015), a social enterprise that works with local businesses to reward volunteers who create digital content for the organizations they serve. He also serves as an XPRIZE Ambassador, and a board member for Social Venture Partners and the Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Forum.

Kenny was born in Madison, WI, raised in Las Vegas, NV, and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Social Psychology. He has worked in several places around the world, including San Francisco, Washington DC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.



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