Startup Weekend NYC - General Theme

    Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend NYC - General Theme

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

WeWork Fulton Center
NEW YORK, NY 10038

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Startup Weekend NYC - General Theme

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. Here in NYC, its our mission to help spread entrepreneurship to the masses. Through education, we hope to motivate as many people as we can to explore entrepreneurship for themselves. We bring the tools and provide the mentors and coaches to help guide you along your path to launching your own business!

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Friday April 17th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce 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 April 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
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!

6:30 pm

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 April 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

David Goldberg
Director, Venture Capital at Corigin Ventures

 David Goldberg is a Director at Corigin Ventures, a NYC-based provider of capital and support to early-stage tech-enabled companies. Corigin Ventures invests in inspirational teams tackling high-growth markets across all sectors including consumer, mobile, real estate tech, and the on-demand economy. Some prior investments include Lending Club, Urban Compass, Zeel, Transfix, and Poshly.  Prior to joining Corigin, David founded and led, a men’s accessories collaborative consumption platform, through its exit in 2014.

Murat Aktihanoglu
Managing Director at Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

Murat is a technologist, entrepreneur, investor and author. He is the co-founder and Managing Director at ERA, an early-stage investment fund and technology accelerator in New York City with a portfolio of 80 and growing companies

Meng He
Chief Product Officer,

Meng is Chief Product Officer at, a platform that bridges the gap between your online experience and real world visit. She has led product strategy and design at early and mid-stage startups in e-commerce, social media, travel, security, mobile payments, and dating—one of which appeared on Shark Tank. Recently, Meng was part of a 5-person UX special ops team during the 2014 TED Conference. She graduated as valedictorian from Parsons The New School for Design and hopes to one day have a corgi.

Justin Mitchell
Founding Partner, A# Capital

Justin is a founding partner of #A capital, a fund focused on early stage tech investments.  Previously, he helped found Pave, a company reinventing loans for millennials, and was an early engineer and eventual product engineering manager at Facebook.  Outside of technology, Justin enjoys playing guitar, snowboarding, and college football.

Coaches and Mentors

Sumeet Shah
Senior Associate at Brand Foundry Ventures

Principal, Brand Foundry Ventures

Sumeet handles sourcing and managing new opportunities at Brand Foundry Ventures, a seed-stage venture capital firm focused on low-tech and high-tech consumer products and devices. He has over 6 years of experience across the startup and private equity industries, formerly running new business strategies at Gist Digital and handling business development and project work at Gotham Consulting Partners. He also assisted in the creation of XRC Labs, a consumer and retail accelerator run by Kurt Salmon and Parsons, as the Program Manager for their inaugural class and was Head of Strategic Partnerships for their second class. 

Tina Yip
Social Strategist, Big Spaceship

Jimmy Chandler
UX Architect

Jimmy Chandler, an independent UX Architect, works with his clients to solve complex problems by designing user-friendly and effective websites and mobile apps. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, startups, government agencies, and non-profits. Jimmy is available to help teams with UX/UI design, research/validation, and pitch presentations.

Peter Crysdale

Peter is the Founder and CEO of StrategyHack, an organization dedicated to building and championing a community of startup marketers. Never content with traditional norms, Peter brings a wide breadth of experience to bear on the organization, from his role as Director of Programs at Venture For America, to his three years abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso.

Neil Prendergast
Business Development, SWILL

Kenny Peng
Chief Product Officer and Software Architect at School Yourself

Co-founder, Chief Product Officer, and Software Architect at School Yourself. I shake and bake.

Rebecca Zapfel
Product Manager

Chi Nguyen
Startup Weekend B2B Edition co-lead, Product Communications at Perka

Chi is the co-lead for the upcoming Startup Weekend - B2B Edition.  Her experience includes retail planning, insurance strategy, and now mobile loyalty for small businesses.  At Perka, she is a connector of information and people.  Chi supports the product team and helps them prioritize product feature buildouts.  She joined the Startup Weekend community a year ago to help inspire other people about the startup world!

Galina Ozgur
Program Manager, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator

George Popescu

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend NYC - General Theme 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 New York City is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Michelle
  • Dimitris
  • Andrew
  • Cynthia
  • Kenny
  • Amanda
  • Kimberly Kyle
  • Alex
  • Chi
  • Cheney
  • Ricky
  • Arthur
  • Rebecca
  • Angelia
  • Delano
  • Robert
  • Jackson
  • Linda


Andrew Young
CTO & Co-Founder @ SWILL

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