Startup Weekend Mobile 2017
Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017
Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm
The Steeple on St. Francis
251 St. Francis St.
Friday March 31st
Saturday April 1st
Sunday April 2nd
Chief Executive Officer, IPC Industries, Inc. & Managing Partner, IPC Capital Partners, LLC
Mary Beth Greene
Owner/Designer, mb greene
Mary Beth spent many late nights at the kitchen table with paper, tape and scissors, making patterns for the simple, functional bags that have since become a celebrity favorite and are now sold in Neiman Marcus and over 400 specialty stores throughout the United States and Caribbean.
Mary Beth’s success has allowed her to launch a “work of heART” in support of the M. Bagwell Foundation, which honors the memory of her beloved sister, Mandy Bagwell. Learn more about their story at mbgreene.com
Staff Director, Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship Hub at Rollins College
Prior to Joining Rollins, Patrick served as the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Consultant for The Institute for Global Enterprise in Indiana and taught International Business Strategy, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Micro-Financing for the University of Evansville's Business School.
Patrick is Founder and President of Friends of Dago, Inc. as well as Program Coordinator for the Dago Dala Hera Orphanage Center in Dago, Kenya. He has also been part of Startup Weekend events throughout the Midwest including Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, St. Louis and Nashville.
Speaker, Artist & Author, Miss Malaprop & Content Analyst, FSC Interactive
Carlos J. Montalvo, PhD
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Alabama & Director of Aerial Systems & Technology Lab
Technology Solutions Manager at TekLinks & Winner, Startup Weekend Mobile 2016 (Team Conference Cash)
Prior to his time at TekLinks, Jimmy was Product Director for Chalkable’s suite of applications and products for the K-12 education market. He was also the founding COO for a reward management tool for teachers called Learning Earnings and sold the company in 2013.
Coaches and Mentors
CEO, Southern Light
Andy was recently named the “2017 Outstanding Entrepreneur” by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. He is active in the Gulf Coast community serving on such boards as the Alabama School of Math and Science Foundation Board, Downtown Mobile Alliance, University of South Alabama Mitchell College of Business, and UMS-Wright Preparatory School.
He is an Alabama native and received a degree in Economics from Birmingham Southern College.
Carlisha Hartzog, MBA
Principal, Hartzog Consulting & Owner, URBANE
The company’s founder, Carlisha Hartzog, is a branding consultant with a career background in the financial, marketing and fashion industries, and is the managing member of Hartzog Consulting. Hartzog spent nine years of her career in leadership and management positions for various financial institutions in the United States, focusing on the consumer and commercial banking needs of her portfolio, managing portfolios in excess of $20 million. Hartzog graduated magna cum laude and received a bachelors of science degree from the University of Alabama with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minors in Business, Marketing and Spanish. She completed her Masters of Business Administration at the University of South Alabama in May 2012.
Keith Sherrill, MBA Candidate
Founder, Haint Blue Brewing Company
Scott Tindle, JD
Co-Founder, Gulf Coast Ducks
Prior Chairman of ProUroCare, a public company based in Minneapolis, he has served on the boards of InQ Biosystems, Gene Capture, BioAlabama and the EDPA. He was a co-author of the Commercialization portion of the Alabama Science & Technology Roadmap commissioned by then Governor Bob Riley.
Dr. Chambers has been recognized in Best Attorneys in the United States in Commercial Law, Arbitration and Mediation, and recognized as a Top Attorney in Health Care. He has taught arbitration for the American Arbitration Association for over 20 years to certify new arbitrators in the US and routinely serves as an arbitrator in complex disputes. He was previously certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has served as an examiner for those seeking certification.
Dr. Chambers served as Chairman of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce in 2014. He co-founded 1702, an entrepreneurship and mentoring organization and was named “Start-Up Executive of the Year” in 2014 by Alabama LaunchPad. An active Rotarian, he served as District Governor in 2015-2016.
Dr. Chambers received B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva in Switzerland where he was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and a Swiss Confederation Fellow. He speaks French and Spanish.
Dr. Chambers serves as an Adjunct Professor of Oncologic Sciences at the Mitchell Cancer Institute and has served as a grant reviewer for the National Science Foundation.
President, Harper Technologies
As a business owner, I believe in a resource rich environment and creating a culture of excellence through customer service. I believe that leadership is a privilege and that the pace is set by the head. Our company purpose and desire is to serve both our customers and community while contributing our resources to the business ecosystem of the markets that we participate in.
Co-Founder, The Thirst Amendment
Charmane May, PhD
Associate Professor of Management, Spring Hill College
Co-Founder & CEO, Slope.io
Denise Browning, MBA
Principal, Browning Mecke & O'Neal and Hunter Ventures LLC
Jeff Zeiders, PhD
Shayla Beaco, MCP
Executive Director, Build Mobile
Beaco first stepped onto Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s executive team in 2013 as the Senior Director of Community Affairs charged with public outreach and citizen engagement. In January 2016, she was promoted to Senior Director of City Planning; and less than a year later, in October 2016, Mayor Stimpson recognized her abilities as a leader and promoted her to her current position of Executive Director of Build Mobile.
Before coming to the City in 2013, she worked in the City of Mobile's long-range planning division where she coordinated the Mobile’s Smart Growth initiative and land-use planning efforts. From there, she was hired by the City of Prichard as the director of community and economic development, and later went on to work for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce charged with long-range strategic planning efforts for the coastal Alabama region.
President, FFTB & Associates, Inc. & Manwaring Solutions
Anna McClure, Lang Hamilton & Chambliss Brister
Ken Forbes, MBA
President and Co-Founder, FastPassNow Inc.
Alma Hoffmann, MFA
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, University of South Alabama
Founder, Open Frame
Mark Weaver, PhD
Retired Ben May Chair of Entrepreneurship at University of South Alabama
Elizabeth Garza, MA
Co-Founder, FOY Superfoods
Serial Startup Founder, Retired
Mel Washington, MBA
Regional Manager, Alabama Small Business Development Center Network
He is currently the Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Alabama, where he provides one on one confidential counseling to entrepreneurs and small businesses in six counties in South Alabama. He is also the former Executive Director & CEO of Project Enterprise, a micro-lending organization supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses in under-resourced communities in New York City.
Mr. Washington holds an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, a Masters in Business Administration from New York University and completed the Administration Executive Education Program at Wharton School of Business. He has held executive level positions in Finance, Operations, and Strategy and Planning in the financial services and telecommunications sectors. His career includes successful stints at top tier firms including AT&T, Salomon Brothers, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, and Citibank.
Mr. Washington has been actively involved with non-profits throughout his career, and has served on the Boards of several organizations in Mobile and the New York City Area. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Prichard Preparatory School; Vice President of the Board of Mobile Baykeeper; member of the Advisory Boards of the Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Liftfund in Austin Texas; and formerly on the Boards of the Gulf Coast Angel Network; and the History Museum of Mobile. He was also a judge for Alabama Launchpad 2013 & 2015, a state-wide competition that offers up to $250,000 to high-growth and innovative startups across Alabama.
Todd Greer, PhD, MS
Chief Catalyst, Exchange 202
Lance Covan, MS
Founder & CEO, Bon Secour Capital Holdings
Prior to returning to his hometown of Mobile, Covan served as the president and chief executive officer of the New York Foundation for Leadership at The King’s College in New York City.
COvan moved to New York from Tuscaloosa, Al. where he functioned as the Director of Athletic Development for the University of Alabama’s Athletic Department. In his role there, Covan’s primary responsibility was to work towards securing $150 million in funding for facility enhancements and seeding the Crimson Tide Foundation.
Outside the world of higher education, Covan has also worked with and consulted for various domestic and international non-profit organizations including the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and International Professional Resources for China.
Throughout his career, Covan has had a keen interest in social enterprise and entrepreneurship and has placed capital in collaboration with venture and private equity funds in industries that include renewable energy, real estate acquisition and development, banking and manufacturing.
Director, Melton Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at University of South Alabama
Freelance Business Advisor & Director of Sports Events & Marketing, Mobile Sports Authority
Brent McClure, CPA, CGMA
Strategic Business Advisor & CFO at Chalkable
Trevor Boehm, PE
Founder, Inventure Engineering Services & Co-Owner, Gulf Coast Containers
Owner, The Fairhope Store
President & Lead Consultant, The Net Effect
Co-Founder & CEO, Mighty
Megan van der Woodsen
Mermania has showcased collections in numerous fashion weeks all over the southeast. Through hard work and strategic marketing, Mermania has been featured by several fashion blogs and magazines. Our swimsuits have also appeared in a music video by Grammy award winning artists, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J.
Mermania’s launch has been an exciting ride with overwhelming support! We look forward to continuing our success and growing the Mermania brand year after year.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
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