Startup Weekend Cleveland

    Friday, October 12 - 14, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Cleveland

Friday, October 12 - 14, 2018

Friday, October 12 - 14, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Case Western Reserve
11111 Euclid Ave
Thwing Hall
Cleveland, OH 44106

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Your idea comes to life in 54 hours!!!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT 10/02/2018 - Startup Weekend Cleveland will be extending Early Bird Ticket special all the way to the event!  All tickets will remain at $75.

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 October 12th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

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

6:30 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 October 13th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 pm
Dinner and a guest speaker

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 October 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive to help you complete your pitches… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

2:30 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 with a final guest speaker

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Steve Santamaria
CEO at Folio Photonics

Steve’s passion is working with cutting edge and disruptive technologies. He is well versed in identifying trends, understanding ecosystems and creating strategic plans that position technologies into industry control points, generating market presence, share and value.

Coaches and Mentors

Jay Apple
Co-Founder -

Jay Apple is a serial entrepreneur who co-founded TenantMagic, LLC.   TenantMagic provides online software services to the residential real estate market nationwide.   Additionally, Jay has extensive experience in operations management, market development and strategy implementation primarily for small and mid-sized businesses.   Jay has also worked as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney and, later, with a regional firm. Jay is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds an MBA from Cleveland State University.

Matthew Iorio
Manager of Clinical Affairs @ Neuros Medical

A champion of the entrepreneurial community in Cleveland, Matthew Iorio currently serves as Manager of Clinical Affairs for Neuros Medical Inc., a clinical-trial stage neuromodulation startup that’s working toward developing an implantable medical device for treating chronic pain.At Neuros Medical, Matthew is responsible for the development and continuous improvement of clinical research processes, guidelines and tools, as well as their implementation. In addition, he manages day-to-day clinical trial execution, including clinical site support, data collection, data monitoring and analysis and patient recruitment.Prior to Neuros Medical, Matthew served as a Science and Technology Researcher at NineSigma, a company that connects organizations with external innovation resources to accelerate innovation in private, public and social sector. In this role, Matthew provided open innovation solutions to Global 1000 companies in the consumer and medical space and was involved in C-level management strategic initiatives.Before NineSigma, Matthew worked for Case Western Reserve University’s Technology Transfer Office as a Technology Analyst, where he focused on medical devices in the neurostimulation space.He has volunteered with Mutual Capital Partners, providing technical, financial, and marketing due diligence for growth-stage companies in the healthcare software, wireless LAN, and online customer loyalty spaces.Matthew holds a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, with a focus in medical devices and algorithm development, as well as an MBA from Cleveland State University, with a focus in marketing.

Manoj Jhaveri
Co-Founder and CEO

Manoj is Co-Founder and CEO at Hyr Medical, Inc. (, a health tech startup based in Cleveland, OH. Hyr Med's web-based platform eliminates the traditional locum agency "middle-man" and enables doctors and hospitals to directly, efficiently and transparently connect to fill part-time (locum) shifts. 

Prior to Hyr Med, Manoj was a mechanical & industrial engineer at several Fortune 500 companies. He then spent 10+ years as an innovation strategy & product development focused management consultant. Manoj was also a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University where he taught innovation management and marketing strategy.

Manoj has two young kids and loves to play basketball and golf, listen to podcasts while driving around town, volunteer his time to important causes and learn new things by talking to interesting and curious people.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Cleveland 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.




Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend NE Ohio is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Amit
  • Andrew
  • Jaudia
  • Leah
  • Manoj


Andrew D'Amours
Conseiller Principal, KPMG-SECOR Services-Conseils

Andrew is Techstars Community Leader, having organized and facilitated startup events in communities across Eastern Canada in the past couple of years, and now happily supporting the Triad Startup Weekend team for this event!
Previously, Andrew worked as a Senior Management Consultant with KPMG's Strategy Advisory practice, he has recently jumped into the world of entrepreneurship himself, launching an online travel media called Flytrippers that is part discounted flight deals curation and part travel blog. An avid traveler, he is also a recognized air travel industry expert in Canada and serves on a regional board for a Canadian crowdfunding nonprofit. 

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