Startup Weekend New York - Limitless Edition

    Friday, May 31 - June 2, 2019

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Startup Weekend New York - Limitless Edition

Friday, May 31 - June 2, 2019

Friday, May 31 - June 2, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Slice HQ
902 Broadway
New York, NY 10010

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Learn how to take ideas from concept to creation in one weekend!

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?  

Join us at Startup Weekend with your limitless ideas!  Let's do this!

Many thanks to sponsors, IBM and Slice!

What is 
Startup Weekend?

Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago"? If you have, that means you did not have a process for taking that idea from concept to creation.

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take an idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Absolutely join us if you are looking to: 
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in NYC,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
  • take your own idea from concept to creation  
Check out this video of Startup Weekend!     

Who is Startup Weekend For?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including:
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.),
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills,
  • passionate visionaries, and
  • many more!  

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.

Your Full-Price ticket includes:
  • Access to the full, weekend-long, event (Friday 6pm-Sunday 11pm)
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire Session
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the startup world and the tech startup community
  • 7 meals plus coffee throughout the weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals from throughout NYC
  • All-star judge's panel led by tech and startup leaders
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>350K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • Over 100 new awesome friends!  

Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great!  We hope you pitch for the weekend.  If you don't have an idea, that's quite all right!  Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest!  The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other.  If you have more questions, check out the 
Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Join Startup Weekend and IBM for a very special weekend! 

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

6:30 pm
Registration, Networking, & Dinner
Doors Open, check-in, mingle, and get some dinner.

7:15 pm
Event Kick-Off
Introductions, SW overview, pitch fire session, voting, and team formation. Let's do this!

10:00 pm
Friday Night Wrap-Up
Exchange contact info with your new team, go home, and get some rest. We kick-off Saturday at 9am!

Saturday June 1st

8:00 am
Doors Open & Breakfast
Get some food, settle into auditorium for kick-off at 9am.

8:30 am
Weekend Kick-Off (all-hands)
Review the mission for the weekend, judging criteria, and weekend agenda.

12:00 pm
Grab-and-Go Lunch
Refuel and get ready for a wild afternoon!

1:00 pm
Mentor Madness
Mentors on hand to meet with teams by appointment until 6pm.

6:30 pm
Grab some food and work to get everything together!

7:30 pm
Deep Work Block
No mentors, no workshops, no distractions. Enjoy a solid block of deep work time before the venue closes up.

10:00 pm
Venue Closes
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here. Divide, assign, and conquer some homework before leaving.

Sunday June 2nd

9:00 am
Doors Open
Arrive, enjoy some breakfast, and get back to work with your teams.

12:00 pm
Grab-and-Go Lunch
Lunch is served, pick up, and keep working.

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm
Pitch Perfect Practice Sessions
Rehearse your draft pitch in front of some mentors for feedback. By appointment.

5:00 pm
Final Presentation Night!
We kick off final presentations! All teams to report to the main room for judge introductions. Dinner to follow when pitches are complete.

10:00 pm
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here - let's move things over to the after-party!


Mouna Mahouachi
Product Management Consultant | Innovation Leader | Author

Mouna is a product management consultant, innovation leader and author. She is an active member of Startup Weekend New York. She previously organised Startup Weekend events in Zurich, Switzerland.

Event Judges

Sam Rahman
Founder & CTO at Scale Computing

Sam joined Scala as their Head of Engineering and founding member where he leads all aspects of development and the daily management of the engineering team. In this role, Sam has been driving many of the engineering efforts at Scala Computing and spearheading the development of the core platform. Prior to joining Scala, Sam has served of CTO and Co-founder of DidItLabs, a VC backed startup specializing in NLP for location services. At DidIt, Sam raised $2.5Mn in Seed round financing from VCs in addition to leading all engineering and product development efforts within the organization. Prior to starting DidIt, Sam started and sold another early-stage software start-up and served as the Head of Mobile and Connected Devices at BamTech (acquired by Disney for $1.6Bn) where he developed the AtBat app, one of the first applications on the Apple app store and, till this day, one of the most popular iPhone applications of all time.

Alicia Syrett
Founder/CEO of Pantegrion Capital

Alicia Syrett is the Founder/CEO of Pantegrion Capital, an angel investment vehicle focused on seed and early stage investments, and The Point 25 Initiative which helps women-led companies build robust Advisory Boards. She was named as one of LinkedIn’s 2018 “Top Voices in Startups and Entrepreneurship,” one of the “30 Women in Venture Capital to Watch in 2018” by Business Insider, and one of the “25 Angel Investors in New York You Need to Know” by AlleyWatch. She has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, Inc., The Huffington Post, Mashable, Entrepreneur, NPR’s Marketplace, and USA Today. She has appeared on CNBC and MSNBC 100+ times, and her TED talk on “Why VCs and Angel Investors Say ‘No’ to Entrepreneurs” has been viewed over 65,000 times. She is a 2019 Fellow at the Economic Club of New York, a Board Member of the NY Tech Alliance, and Contributor for Inc. Prior to founding Pantegrion, she was the first employee and CAO of a multi-billion dollar private equity firm.

Rhea Alexander
Founder/Director of Parsons Entrepreneurial Lab

Rhea is the founder and director of the Parsons Entrepreneurial Lab, started in 2014 a design led business lab dedicated to entrepreneurship research and practice. It is there she is prototyping a distributed model of an academic business incubator with design at its core and also where the new famous Unfold Stories  or Instagram, Designity and PMDAlliance were incubated among others. It is sector and business model agnostic. She has been published many times in peer-reviewed journals and regularly presents at conferences with her research in this area most recently in the Design for Health Journal  nd will be speaking at the ADIM conference coming in June '19. 
Rhea has been actively involved in the startup community, sits on the board of a startup and is working closely with founders, investors and industry experts. She's currently an Assist. Professor in Strategic Design and Management at Parsons unleashing the power of design thinking for business innovation and entrepreneurship where Alexander just finished a three-year term as Co-director of the graduate program in Strategic Design and Management. Her experience as an award-winning designer and 3BL entrepreneur for over 21 years with DIGS,  accompanied by her education in design and media gives her a unique perspective in the startup space. 

Jenny Fielding
Managing Director @ Techstars

Jenny Fielding is a Managing Director at Techstars, where she leads the FinTech-focused Barclays Accelerator and the R/GA Accelerator focused on the Internet of Things. 

Prior to joining Techstars, Jenny headed up a corporate venture and digital innovation group at BBC Worldwide where she made strategic investments and led business development deals. 

She has also started several companies, most notably Switch-Mobile, a mobile VoIP company that was acquired in 2008.  She began her career as a lawyer and also spent some time in banking at JP Morgan.

Coaches and Mentors

Don Buckley

Don is an innovator who believes design thinking needs to be part of every school's curriculum.

Jackie Ros
Regional Director, Americas @ Techstars

Jackie Ros is the Regional Director of the Americas, from Alaska all the way down to Tierra del Fuego, including Brazil.

Jackie was born in Miami, and she's lived in Mexico City, Boulder, and Switzerland. She is an alumnae of the Techstars accelerator program where she led her company, Revolar, as CEO and raised over 5M from incredible investors such as Foundry Group.

Jackie has experience working with governments and was formerly a Teach For America educator. She's now based in NYC.

Carley Jacobson
Corporate Innovation at Techstars

As Innovation Coach at Techstars Carley runs the Techstars Innovation Bootcamp (link below). This is a 3-day, 54-hour event surrounding internal teams with the frameworks, mentorship, and resources necessary to rapidly identify and validate solutions for critical business problems. 

Craig DiFolco
The Pitch Doctor

Craig, The Pitch Doctor, is a public speaking and media coach dedicated to the art of narrative, film & video, and communication. Since receiving his MFA from Columbia University, he has served as a presentation coach for over ten years, as well as a producer for Sunnyside Films.

Charlotte George
Senior Product Manager at Audible, Inc.

Currently looking after the website as a product manager. Helping tech and business teams solve complex problems and iteratively build and launch new features

Henry Bruce
Director of Product at MIX

Henry is the Director of Product at MIX (Microfinance Information Exchange), managing the MIX Market suite of information service & analysis products for funders and investors in the Financial Inclusion sector. He has built successful product-first teams at companies ranging from start-ups to multinationals.

Alex Hantman
Business Operations at Parsley Health

​Alex Hantman serves as the Director of Business Operations at Parsley Health, where he focuses onfinancial, people, and sales operations.

Rosie Wang
Associate at BlackRock

Rosie is currently an associate with the Investment Risk team at BlackRock. Most of her experience has been focused on risk reporting automation, analyzing large data set, and helping risk and portfolio managers analyze counter party and issuer risks. She has developed a solid understanding of risk models and quantitative financial knowledge including fixed income, equities, derivatives and structured products.

Calvin Shum
Offering Manager at IBM

Calvin co-founded one of the Top 8 XR Startups Trailblazing Higher Education and coached China Men’s National  Lacrosse Team. 
Now in Manhattan, he leads product management and intrapreneurship at IBM. 
After existing his first venture, developing a high growth NGO spin-off, and accelerating startups like Tesla and Uber, he is eager to serve the entrepreneurial community through management consulting and much more. 

Tony Lew
CoFounder at CoSolo | Managing Partner at Product Mastery

Tony is a product strategist and co-owner of Product Mastery, where he consult and coach growth-stage startups identify and expand into new markets. He gained his product and growth experience in product and management leadership roles in companies such as Gartner, NBCUniversal, BCG and Alibaba as well as multiple startups. 

Kimberly Eliscar
UX Strategy & Design at Deane Financial Partners

Kemberly Eliscar is a Harlem, NY native, UX Designer & Strategist passionate about digital trends, innovation, and mentorship. As a UX Strategy Designer she leverages her entrepreneurial and strategic experience to help companies add value and kickstart them into the future. 

Aaron Foss
Founder at Nomorobo

5x serial entrepreneur. Techstars NYC alum '11.

Ravi Shah
Analyst at IA Capital Group

IA Capital Group is a New York based private investment firm and manager of the Inter-Atlanticfunds.  Sectors of interest: Insurance Technology, Insurance Services, Payments, Retirement,Education Finance, Asset Management, and Business Process Outsourcing

Jennifer Chin
Director of Conservation Innovation @ The Nature Conservancy

Business leader obsessed with building organizations for social and environmental impact

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend New York City is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Kyle
  • Arjun
  • Mouna
  • Prianka
  • Eric
  • Laura
  • Susie
  • Cristina
  • Surya
  • Karan
  • Valerie
  • Kexin
  • Roger


Mouna Mahouachi
Product Management Consultant | Innovation Leader | Author

Mouna is a product management consultant, innovation leader and author. She is an active member of Startup Weekend New York. She previously organised Startup Weekend events in Zurich, Switzerland.

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