Startup Weekend Nebraska

    Friday, February 20 - 22, 2015

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
  7. Blog
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Startup Weekend Nebraska

Friday, February 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, February 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Omaha Code School
1258 South 13th Street
Omaha, NE 68108

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After a 2 year hiatus, Startup Weekend is back in Omaha.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event in which developers, designers and marketers pitch ideas for new products or companies, form small teams and work over the weekend to validate and build (hopefully functional) prototypes. It's a great opportunity to find out very quickly if your idea is worth pursuing, find others to build it with you, and possibly launch something in just a few days. Some teams will continue after the event, many will fail, but everyone learns something and walks away with meaningful relationships. This is a less talk, more action event.

We've assembled an amazing organizing team to knock this out of the park. We'll be catering in local, healthy, delicious food that will make the $75 ($50 early bird) ticket a bargain. The coaches and judges were chosen confidently. In short, it's gonna be awesome. 

Get your ticket at early-bird pricing now. We're limiting this to 120 people.

Our goals for this one:
1. 40 developers, 40 designers and 40 marketing/business people = 120 attendees
2. 50% women
3. Have one or two awesome and serious companies get started so they can present on stage at Big Omaha. (note: Big Omaha has agreed - more details on that later).
4. Have too much fun


Friday February 20th

6:00 pm
Gourmet pizza from Orsi's Italian Bakery will be served and a soda jerk will be mixing craft sodas for you using Kitchen Table's homemade soda pop syrup (cause why not?)

7:00 pm
With your facilitators Shane Reiser & Andrew Kirpalani (who is coming in from Des Moines because he loves Omaha so much)

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
60-second pitchfire format

8:30 pm
Voting and Team forming

9:00 pm
Begin Work
+ a brief workshop on customer development techniques, particulary empathy interviews

11:55 pm
Go home
And get some sleep so you're not a zombie tomorrow.

Saturday February 21st

9:00 am
Coffee, juice, fruit, cinnamon roles and other delectables from Aromas Bliss. Maybe even some waffles if I can find my waffle maker.

9:30 am
Begin Work
+ a brief workshop on designing and running experiments

12:00 pm
Coaches arrive. Lunch is on your own (most of your team should be out doing customer interviews)

6:30 pm
Catered by Kitchen Table.

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
I'm bad at keeping's an ice cream social.

11:55 pm
Go home
And get some sleep so you're not a zombie tomorrow.

Sunday February 22nd

9:00 am
Same spread from Aromas, but with the addition of something hot and special.

12:00 pm
Catered by Block 16.

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of work time should be focused on your presentation and doing a tech-check

3:30 pm
Final Presentations

4:30 pm
Judging & Awards

5:00 pm
Appetizers served
We'll order lots and they will be delicious, so you can make this your dinner if you want to.

Event Judges

Carie Davis

As former Global Director of Innovation + Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola Company, Carie developed programs to increase the speed at which ideas moved through the innovation pipeline as well as programs to partner with entrepreneurs in order to develop transformational growth opportunities. Most recently, Carie created a corporate innovation consultancy, Your Ideas Are Terrible, to help other organizations do the same. She is also the General Manager for The Bridge: Atlanta, a startup commercialization program in partnership with Coca-Cola, Cox, IHG and The Weather Channel, accelerating application of new technologies offered by startups to core business challenges these enterprises face.

Jim Young Jr.

Co-Founder Aksarben Innovation Initiative & the Aksarben Discovery Fund. Looks like he would like football.

Laura Classen

Coaches and Mentors

Andrew Wirick

Bart Dillashaw

Most legit startup attorney in town. Bart works with private companies on formation, equity financings, and mergers and acquisitions. He also represents venture capital and angel investors on investments in high growth companies. Bart is actively engaged in the angel and venture capital community in Nebraska and is the President of the Nebraska Angels. He's a mentor for the Pipeline entrepreneurship program and the NMotion and Straight Shot accelerators, and he's a member of the advisory board of the Entrepreneurship Clinic at the University of Nebraska College of Law.

Heath Carranza

UX/UI Designer

Scott Bishop

Scott helps emerging brands and startups with customer acquisition and digital marketing. He's also a mentor at NMotion and Straight Shot, and an organizer of 1 Million Cups - Omaha / Lincoln. He's also one of those guys who prefers a cocktail over a beer.

Sourabh Chakraborty

Traci Hancock

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Nebraska 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.

Signature Sponsors



Organizing Team

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

  • Andrew
  • Brian
  • Brian
  • Brittany
  • Caleb
  • Craig
  • Danny
  • Edward
  • Jill
  • Jonathon
  • Julian
  • Megan
  • Sabastian
  • Shane
  • Shonna
  • Sumeet
  • Tom
  • Carie
  • Matt


Shane Reiser

Former COO of Startup Weekend. Doing about 2/year now. Maybe yours?

Andrew Kirpalani

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