Startup Weekend Omaha

    Friday, September 23 - 25, 2016

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Omaha

Friday, September 23 - 25, 2016

Friday, September 23 - 25, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Mammel Hall
6708 Pine St
Omaha, NE 68182

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Three days to learn, network, discover and startup... what can you create in just one weekend?

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of students, developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening.  Cox Business is providing a limited number of free tickets for college students; to receive a student promotion code, contact Miles Russell at

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Friday September 23rd

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 September 24th

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 September 25th

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!


Chris Augeri
President at Drive Spotter, Inc.

Event Judges

Rick Knudston
Co-founder & CMO, Flywheel

Craig Tuttle
Business Management and Entrepreneurship Professor, UNO

Sen. Heath
Senator, District 5, Nebraska Legislature

Julie Minton
Marketing Manager, Cox Business

Coaches and Mentors

Chris Poore
IT Asset Manager, Mutual of Omaha

Joey Fehrman, CFA
President, Ludus Media

Marlina Davidson
Lecturer, Speech Center Consulting Coordinator, UNO

Erica Wassinger
Director, Omaha Startup Collaborative

Matt Helt
Program Manager - Startup Week

Matthew Helt is the Program Manager of Startup Week at Techstars. He's focused on bringing Startup Week to cities all around the world with the mission of bring entrepreneurship to anyone interested in starting a business. Prior to his role at Techstars, Matthew spent over 15 years as a brand strategist consulting businesses on how to effectively tell their stories to customers and prospects on a wide variety of channels.

Caty O'Brien

Josh Goodell
Product Designer, RaceNote

Brendan Batliner
College Student

Nate Preheim
Senior Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Omaha 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

  • Dale
  • Erica
  • Matt
  • Thomas
  • Caty
  • Nate
  • Jeff
  • Michael
  • Larsen,
  • Brendan
  • Beth
  • Holly
  • Stacy
  • Jenna
  • Collin
  • Erin
  • Miles


Myles Foster
Organizer, Mentor & Judges

Myles founded a startup at Startup Weekend. Over 3 years he raised a $100k seed round, built a mobile app, and secured a Fortune 500 company as a customer. Myles now works at Payment Rails, a local Startup that makes payouts painless.

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