Startup Weekend New York City, Sponsored by IBM

    Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend New York City, Sponsored by IBM

Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016

Friday, April 8 - 10, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

IBM @ Astor Place
51 Astor Place
New York, NY 10003

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Don't miss your chance to learn how to take an idea from concept to creation! Purchase your tickets now!

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, then that means you did not have a process for taking that idea and building it out into a prototype.

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days!  Whether you are looking to...

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn how the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in NYC,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • or take your own idea from concept to creation
Startup Weekend is your destination for the weekend of April 8-10th!  

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,
  • passionate visionaries

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Friday April 8th

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

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, mingle, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
What is Startup Weekend and why are we here?

8:00 pm
Pitches & Team Formation
Pitch-Fire Session for those with ideas; voting to select top ideas for the weekend; and team formation.

10:15 pm
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here! Get a good night's sleep for Saturday!

Saturday April 9th

8:30 am
Arrive, fuel up, and get ready to kick-off Saturday! Room assignments will be given.

9:00 am
Saturday Kick-Off
Morning pep-talk! Go over weekend-flow, event resources, best practices, and mentor madness schedule. All participants must attend.

10:00 am
Ready, Set, GO! Identify the Problem!
Teams get to their work stations and start working on identifying, stating, and validating their problem statement.

11:00 am
Mentor Madness Begins!
Mentors help teams one-on-one in various areas of expertise, runs from 11am-8pm (by appointment).

12:30 pm
Lunch & Learn in Mediascapes
Grab your lunch and attend a session or keep working!

1:30 pm
Mentor Madness Resumes
Mentoring sessions continue until 8pm (by appointment).

3:00 pm
Hit the Streets & Validate!
A great time to leave the building and validate with humans!

4:00 pm
Recharge w/ Red Bull!
Red Bull will be in the house for a few hours providing participants with a fuel!

6:30 pm
Working Dinner
Grab some food, continue working, ask other participants for help or offer help.

10:30 pm
Venue Closes
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here!

Sunday April 10th

8:30 am
Working Breakfast
Arrive, grab breakfast, and get to work!

10:00 am
Pitch Creation
This is a great time to begin drafting your final pitch.

11:00 am
Final Rounds of Mentoring
Business model mentors on hand to help you finalize your model.

12:30 pm
Working Lunch
Grab food, keep working, and make it happen!

1:30 pm
Pitch Practice Sessions
Pitch rehearsal sessions with experienced mentors to help you refine and improve your pitch. From 130-330pm by appointment.

5:00 pm
Final Pitches!
Let the games begin! Short final round kick-off and then it's a pitch storm session! This is why you came here!

7:30 pm
Dinner Time
Relax, mingle, and enjoy some dinner while the judges deliberate. You've earned it!

8:30 pm
Winners Announced!
Winners announced and awesome feelings of accomplishment!

9:00 pm
Group Pics, Hugs, and Good-byes
This is the hard part. No one wants to leave but all good things must come to an end. But the startup community will continue to be active!

9:30 pm
Go Home!
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here! :)

Event Judges

Kevin Eagan
General Manager, IBM Digital

Kevin is the General Manager at IBM Digital.  He is also a long-time demo-night attendee of Startup Weekend events.  

Aaron Price
Founder & CEO at; Founder at NJ Tech Meetup

Venture financing, growing startup from ground-up, experience judging startups at monthly events, and serial founder.

Deven Parekh
Managing Partner @ Insight Ventures

Nicole Anasenes
CFO @ Squarespace

Sarah Azad
COO @ Codecademy

Coaches and Mentors

Thomas Kohler
Principal @ Boston Consulting Group

Specializes in business models, pricing, sales,  and executive communications.

Julie Butensky
Director of Strategic Partnerships at Noodle

Julie is an all-star business development pro and creator of partnerships.

Aksu Yaman
Engagement Manager @ McKinsey

Specializes in strategy, marketing, and brand management.

Thor Ernstsson
Founder & CEO of AlphaUX

Thor is an all-star at UX research, prototyping, product lifecycle, product management, and biz dev.

Don Buckley

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

Erbil Yaman
Project Leader @ Boston Consulting Group

Specializes in business planning, strategy, and pitches.

Ilya Zatulovskiy
CEO & Co-Founder at FullGlass

Ilya is an all-star in operations and sales as well as a serial founder.  

Edan Golomb
Customer Success Manager @ Sisense

Former consultant, currently enterprise customer success manager at a startup growing 100%+ for the past 3 years. My educational background is in mechanical engineering. Served in a technology commercialization function while in school which gave me exposure to many startups.  Super powers in: biz models, MVP validation, biz dev, and pitch practice.

Christopher Armao
Project Leader @ Boston Consulting Group

Specializes in business planning, organizational design, and operations.

Jon Brody
COO & Co-Founder at Ladder

Jon specializes in marketing, product, and starting companies. 

Víctor Noguera
Principal @ Boston Consulting Group

Victor Noguera es fundador de STARTegy, un Venture Builder enfocado en crear fintechs desde cero en México.  STARTegy da soporte a emprendedores a identificar oportunidades de negocio y transformarlas en empresas de alto impacto. Actualmente STARTegy cuenta con, y en su portfolio. Adicionalmente, Víctor es Venture Advisor de Quona Capital, un fondo de Venture Capital basado en Washington DC, que invierte en fintechs en mercados emergentes. Anteriormente, Víctor fue Principal en The Boston Consulting Group donde asesoraba instituciones financieras en Barcelona y Nueva York.

Luke Schantz
Community Development Manager @ IBM

Multi-disciplined creative and technical professional who makes unique solutions for Marketing Activations, Themed Environments of all kinds and Theatrical Stage Shows.

Remko De Knikker
Cloud Dev Evangelist & Full Stack Developer @ IBM

Cloud developer evangelist and a full stack developer. 15+ years programming experience and 5 years evangelist experience with a focus on community building.

Jesse Pliner
CEO @ Prong

Cofounder of Prong, a dynamic company dedicated to designing and manufacturing innovative solutions to mobile problems.

Earl Valencia
NY Head, Science and Tech Advisory Council

Earl is a start-up advisor focused on the intersection of global impact and technology.  He founded IdeaSpace, an incubator accelerator that currently has 50 portfolio impact-focused companies in both the digital and hardware s paces.  Earl was an aerospace engineering, part of the Young Global  Leaders of the World Economic Forum and a Stanford GSB alum.

Ross Cranwell
Head of Institutional Marketing & Communications

An entrepreneurial marketing director with 11 years international working experience. Now located in New York and working at a top education technology company, Imagine Easy Solutions.

Feras Alnatsheh
Mobile Lead at IBM Marketing Cloud

Drosten Fisher
Principal at The Boston Consulting Group

Drosten Fisher is a Principal in the New York office of BCG. He is a co-author of a Monitor report into sovereign wealth fund investment and his work has been quoted in Newsweek, BusinessWeek, and MEED.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend New York City, Sponsored by IBM 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.

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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

  • Chantal
  • Natalia
    Gonzalez Chavez
  • Roger
  • Andrew
  • Arthur
  • Corey
  • Jeanne
  • Samantha
  • Josephine
  • Michael
  • Paula


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

Delano Ouy

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!

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