Startup Weekend Orlando

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Orlando

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Catalyst Spaces
1 S Orange Ave
5th Floor
Orlando, FL 32801

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Learn, Network, Startup!

Ignite your inner innovator with the sharpest minds in Orlando!

Startup Weekend
 is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of 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, and presentation by Sunday evening. 

This time, we'll be hosting our event in Downtown Orlando's Catalyst Spaces, a co-working space in the heart of downtown. You'll have access to a ton of potential customers on the streets as well as all the resources you will need within the venue to be ready to pitch to our esteemed panel of judges on Sunday night. 

This weekend is particularly special, as it's Global Startup Weekend! (GSW)
Global Startup Weekend brings together more than 15,000 entrepreneurs for over 200 events! Attendees and winners will have access to exclusive resources from the global community to help you launch your startups! 

Be on the lookout for more Judges, Mentors, and Schedule details coming soon! 

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Friday November 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
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 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 November 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

Suneera Madhani

Founder, Innovator, Speaker

Gregg Pollack

Founder of Code School, Envy Labs, Starter Studio, & Code Pop

Kay Rawlins

Co-founder of Orlando City and President of Orlando City Foundation, fierce competitor, passionate about our community.

Coaches and Mentors

Diane Court
Mentor, Talent Developer, Educator

Ed Tech, Education, Business Communication, Marketing, Organizational Design, Stakeholder engagement, Talent Development

Reginald Parks
Lead Designer, Reality Marketing Group

Marketing, web design, cinematography. Member of Catalyst Startup Coalition.

Angela Kendall
Mission Commander, Spark Rocket Marketing

Branding, content marketing, guerrilla and traditional promotions for tech companies. Member of Catalyst Startup Coalition.

Wagner dos Santos
Managing Partner at Wagner

Brand strategy, social activation marketing. Member of Catalyst Startup Coalition.

Donna Cheesten
Technology Attorney, The Tech Law Firm

Technology legal agreements, tech product and software licensing. Member of Catalyst Startup Coalition.

Terry Brennan
Attorney, Brennan Legal Group

Early-stage funding strategy and agreements, business, entertainment, and intellectual property law. Member of Catalyst Startup Coalition.

Curtis Michelson
Founder, Minds Alert, llc

Helping clients envision, test and deliver breakthrough products, services and business models.

Scott Mann
Founder and Creative Director, Highforge.

Branding, design, website development, and digital marketing

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Orlando 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.



Organizing Team

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

  • Josh
  • Dennis
  • Rajiv
  • Jason


Navjot Brar
Product Manager | Startup Community Leader

Hey! Thanks for stopping by. I am a startup/tech enthusiast currently helping the product team at Carpe Data provide next generation predictive scoring and data products to P & C and life insurance companies via product management, project management, data analysis, quality assurance, and more. 

I have previously worked in insurance services, AI-powered marketing SAAS, speakers, and MEMS industries fulfilling a wide variety of roles such as product, sales, hardware quality, and software engineering. Plus I'm a proud UC Santa Barbara alum!

In my free time, I like to both support the local startup community of Santa Barbara by curating the Santa Barbara Startup Digest, organizing the local Lean Startup Circle Meetup, and organizing/facilitating Startup Weekends globally. If you are interested in getting more involved in the local tech/startup community, check out our local community Facebook group:

Globally I work with organizations like Techstars, Lean Startup Co, SXSW, and more to bring more startup programs to Santa Barbara.

I am currently thriving to become a great product manager with dreams of one day running my own startup accelerator program.

Please reach out to me at if you think I can help you out with anything!

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