Startup Weekend Mobile 2018

    Friday, April 13 - 15, 2018

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Startup Weekend Mobile 2018

Friday, April 13 - 15, 2018

Friday, April 13 - 15, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm

The Steeple
251 St. Francis Street
Mobile, Alabama 36602

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Launch 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.

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Friday April 13th

5:00 pm
The day has arrived! Arrive at the venue at 5:00pm to get checked in.

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants.

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
We'll go over the agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders.

6:45 pm
Pitches Start
If you've got an idea, line up and pitch!

8:00 pm
Vote on Idea Pitches
Startup Weekend Mobile contestants vote for the top pitches.

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

10:00 pm
Wrap Up
Begin to finish up work for the evening.

10:30 pm
Steeple Closed
Finished for the day. At 10:30pm, go home and rest because we'll have a long day tomorrow!

Saturday April 14th

8:00 am
Arrive at The Steeple for some breakfast & coffee.

8:30 am
Business Model Canvas Presentation
Startup Weekend participants will learn about the Business Model Canvas, which will be a useful tool when teams refine their idea for a venture.

9:30 am
Begin Work
The finalized teams bunker down and set up their workspace for the weekend.

12:00 pm
Lunch & Learn
Lunch will be provided for competitors with a presentation on Market Research.

1:00 pm
Team Block
After-lunch, back to the grind. This block will include getting out of The Steeple to perform market research.

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Team Block
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help.

10:30 pm
Wrap Up
Begin to finish up work for the evening.

11:00 pm
Steeple Closes
Finished for the day. At 10:30pm, go home and rest because tomorrow is the final pitch!

Sunday April 15th

8:00 am
Arrive to The Steeple for simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Team Block
Final Day. Push to the finish line.

12:00 pm
Power lunch.

12:30 pm
Team Block
Coaches will be there -- ask questions!

2:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation. Tech-checks will also take place to ensure final presentations are ready to roll.

4:30 pm
General Admission Begins
General admissions to the public begin to file in to get a taste for the excitement.

5:00 pm
Startup Weekend Final Pitch Competition
Teams pitch for all the glory!

6:30 pm
Food Fest
After the pitch competition, unwind with some of Mobile's finest culinary establishments. The Food Fest is a Startup Weekend Mobile tradition where we feature new and innovative restaurants around town!

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards
The Startup Weekend Mobile 2018 winners will be announced!

7:30 pm
Go Home!
Close up shop, and start prepping for next year.


Todd Greer, PhD, MS
Chief Catalyst, Exchange 202

After almost two decades of on-the-ground work in a wide variety of organizationsTodd Greer, brings with him a wealth of experience in community building, ideation and innovation, capacity building, social media and organizational communications, and leadership development.  
He is a Co-Founder and the Chief Catalyst for the Exchange 202, a Coworking Community in the heart of Downtown Mobile. In his role with the Exchange, Greer leads the Business Development, Community Relations, Operations (the “BIG” picture), Community Culture, Innovation and Programming, as well as working with members as an in-house advisor.  
Todd holds a PhD from Regent University in Organizational Leadership, an M.S. in Ministerial Leadership from Amridge University, and a B.A. from Defiance College in Communication Arts. His mission in life is to grow others through the engagement of their “sweet spot” where they can thrive in teams, organizations and, especially, as people. 
Besides his work at the Exchange, Todd is an avid community volunteer, raving fan of a wide variety of sports and sports teams (especially the teams from his native SE Michigan region), and a voracious reader.

Michael Chambers
Assistant Vice President for Research Innovation, University of South Alabama

Prior to joining the University of South Alabama as Assistant Vice President, Research Innovation, Dr. Chambers founded and served as President and CEO of Swift Biotech, a company developing technologies to fight cancer.  Before Swift, Chambers helped found and served as CEO of InnoRx Pharmaceuticals, an ocular drug delivery company. He negotiated its sale to SurModics (NASDAQ: SRDX) in 2005.

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.

Event Judges

Paolo Kalaw
CEO at nimbyx and Evident Healthcare Software

Paolo Kalaw is the leading Canadian entrepreneur in the healthcare technology industry. He is a first-generation immigrant from the Philippines who moved to Vancouver in 1982 with his parents, two brothers and seven sisters. In 1989, Mr. Kalaw graduated with distinction from the University of British Columbia, achieving a degree in microbiology.
Paolo first showed his business prowess in 1997, when he took a five-man dental lab and transformed it into one of the largest dental lab operations in North America. Over a nine-year
period, Paolo and his team acquired and operated dozens of stand-alone laboratories, many of which generated north of 30% earnings and grew to make millions in revenue.
After the sale of the business to a private equity group in 2006, Paolo took Frontier Dental Laboratories under his wing. With large, established labs in both Canada and the United States, Paolo utilized Frontier Labs’ success to create evident software, an SAAS operating software that facilitates electronic payments, records management and e-commerce.
In just three years, evident has become the leading healthcare management software with over 15 million patients and 110,000 dental practices worldwide.

Brien Buckman

Brien works at Magic Leap where he is excited to help redefine the human experience and the definition of "real." Previously, he worked within MasterCard's Digital Labs group, for Apple's education group, founded an HR SaaS company that was acquired, and consulted for a university technology incubator working on nano-particle production. Outside of work, Brien enjoys traveling to new places, eating good food and supporting entrepreneurs. 

Mary Beth Greene
Founder and CEO of mb greene bags

After 10 years in the wholesale industry as a sales rep and 2 years of designing, networking and planning, mb greene launched in January 2015. Mary Beth spent many late nights at the kitchen table with paper, tape and scissors making “paper bags”. A simple andfunctional bag was the ultimate goal. The durable waxed canvas bags are offered in solid colors and are meant to be mixed, matched and enjoyed. mb greene offers 3 collections and is sold by specialty boutiques throughout the United States, Neiman Marcus, and was quickly tapped as a celebrity favorite and must have! mb greene has been featured on Good Morning America, Los Angeles Times, InStyle, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Visit to learn more about the essential bag, her “work of heART”, and the M. Bagwell Foundation that mb greene proudly supports in loving memory of her sister, Mandy Bagwell. (4/10/75-7/16/14)

Agustin Paniagua
CEO & Co-founder at RE:FORUM

Agustin is CEO and co-founder of RE:FORUM, a New York City-based retail tech startup that provides digitally-native brands with experiential, tech-enabled spaces and retail-as-a-service solutions. Previously, he worked as an investment banker at JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Barclays in New York City focused on corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions in the real estate, gaming and lodging sectors. In 2010, Agustin co-founded Plan Pais, Inc., a U.S.-based non-profit educational services organization that provides a platform for Venezuelans abroad to exchange perspectives on the most pressing social, economic, and institutional challenges facing Venezuela. Agustin graduated from Yale University with a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science

Bob Crutchfield
Executive Director of Innovate Birmingham, Operating Partner at Harbert Growth Partners

Bob Crutchfield, a venture capitalist for the last decade, he serves on the boards for the Southeast Medical Device Association, the Florida Venture Forum, the Innovation Depot in Birmingham and the Atlanta Venture Forum. He is a member of the Investment Advisory Board for the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. He is a Venture Fellow at The University of Alabama, a member of the Advisory Board for the STEM Path to MBA at The University of Alabama and a Visiting Executive at Auburn University. Previously, Crutchfield worked with Harbert Management Corp. and Pharmacy Services Division at U.S. Oncology.

Monica Motley
President of Alabama School of Mathematics and Science

Dr. Monica Motley earned a doctorate in counselor education and supervision from Auburn University, a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama and an undergraduate degree from the Alabama State University. Prior to arriving at ASMS, Motley was an assistant professor for six years at the University of South Alabama, worked as a school counselor and educator in Mobile County and within the Auburn City Schools system. She is a graduate of Leadership Mobile’s 2009 class, and has served as chair of the Education Committee for Mobile United.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Mobile 2018 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 Mobile is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Hayley
    Van Antwerp
  • Danette


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