Startup Weekend New York

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

43 W 23rd Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10010

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What to Expect

Experience the entrepreneurial journey in a single weekend.  Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. 

Friday Night - Pitch, vote, and form teams around top ideas

Saturday - Learn from our best mentors & work on everything from finding customers to building your product 

Sunday - Present the product or service you built to the crowd and a panel of expert judges

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. 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 November 20th

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
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 November 21st

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 November 22nd

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

Morgan Beller
Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

Adam Carver
Investor Relations @ AngelList

I lead partnerships and investor development for AngelList in NY.  It's the greatest job I've ever held.  My mandate is to connect investors with entrepreneurs and ensure the AngelList network thrives.

Off the clock, I love bringing people together.  I co-chair, the largest networking body for NY venture capitalists.  I founded The Startup Egg breakfast series and also Startup Shabbat.

I've summited The Matterhorn, Mt. Rainier, Mont Blanc, and Kilimanjaro.

I'm drawn to people who take the road less traveled.  Adventure beckons.

Joel Wishkovsky
CEO and Co-Founder at Simple Contacts

Superpowers: Business development, partnerships and product

Amanda Bensol
Venture Capital at Primary Venture Partners

Gray McKenzie

Founder of GuavaBox

The way that people build trust and arrive at a purchase decision has changed. The rise of Google as a household verb has flipped the traditional buying cycle on its head and it's become increasingly difficult to gain direct access to decision makers.

Businesses today are struggling to connect with this new type of buyer. Most executives realize that the Internet isn’t going away, but they’re still struggling to put together an online marketing presence that helps them grow their business.

The shift in consumer behavior is why we started GuavaBox. We’re an inbound marketing agency, and we help businesses attract and convert qualified leads through their website.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you could leverage inbound marketing for your business, check out

Julie Blanc
Investments at Two Sigma

Coaches and Mentors

Laura Spiekerman
Co-founder at

Julia Jacobson
CEO and Co-founder at NMRKT

Superpowers: business strategy, fundraising, b2b sales, retail

Andrew Konya
CEO and Co-founder at Remesh

Superpowers: AI, data science, full stack development

Jillian Zatta
Business Development at LISNR

Superpowers: Business development, partnerships and product

Tommy Nicholas
CEO and Co-founder at

Charles Hearn
CTO and Co-founder at

Superpowers:Engineering, back-end, front-end application development, scaling infrastructure

Todd Saunders
CEO and Co-founder at AdHawk

Superpowers: Digital marketing and business development

Matthew Hooper
Managing Director, Startup NEXT NYC

Superpowers: Community building, strategy, corporate partnership

Ryan Quigley
CTO and Co-founder at Simple Contacts

Ali Chopra
Designer @ Techstars

With a degree in architecture and a masters in real estate finance, followed by a stint as an educator and 2 years in corporate America; I moved to NY to become a digital product designer.  I have spent the last 2 years designing for banks, the government, accelerators, and numerous startups from fashion to fin-tech.

Ben Hart
Designer at Remesh

Superpowers: Visual design, video, UXUI 

Andre Dettler
Director at Zahn Innovation Center

Superpowers: Visual and industrial design 

Stacee Mandeville
Communication Skills Coach

Lisa Wang
Founder at Fooze

Lidia Salgado
Business Development Manager at Early Growth Financial Services

Anne Kavanagh
CEO and Co-founder at MatchPad

Mabel Chung
Marketing Associate at Reelio

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend New York 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

  • Alex
  • Jenny
  • Arthur
  • Corey
  • Chantal
  • Chi
  • Roger
  • Andrew


Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.

Event Staff

Paige Clarke

Minh Ha Duong
Investment Manager at Project A Ventures

Ha is a technology enthusiast and an Investment Manager at Project A Ventures. Having studied Industrial Engineering and Management, he has been exploring the intersection of technological innovations and business implications for the last years. Through roles in marketing, business development, and strategy in companies like Google, Techstars, and several startups, he learned what makes digital business models successful and is now applying this knowledge in the venture capital industry. At Project A, Ha covers startups in many technical areas including machine learning, blockchain, and developer tools. He is known for open-sourcing his research and data on >600 European AI Startups and for being more and more fascinated by the crypto economy and its societal implications. As a believer in communities, he acts as a mentor at Techstars, and occasionally supports startups in an advisory capacity.

Ruth Kenny

Melissa Le

Steven Chan

Peter Huang

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