Startup Weekend Orlando

    Friday, November 22 - 24, 2019

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  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Orlando

Friday, November 22 - 24, 2019

Friday, November 22 - 24, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

CREDO Conduit
1001 N Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801

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From zero to startup in 54 hours!

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue? Do you want to work with a passionate startup team? Don't know where to start or who to start with? 
Techstars Startup Weekend is THE place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet, snacks and coffee you can consume! 

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday November 22nd

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 23rd

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 24th

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

Jonathan Taylor
Mentor Capitalist - Entrenext Ventures

onathan Taylor is a Mentor Capitalist with Entrenext Ventures, where he works with Kubos, RBC Signals, Sighthound, Sightplan, Snapshots, and Vinesleuth, as well as being the Chief Product Officer of Sighthound. 
Jonathan founded Voxeo in 1999 and thanks to a strong mix of practicality, frugality, and tenacity, they survived the dot com crash, 9/11, and the financial implosion of 2008, growing to be the top-performing, Gartner Magic Quadrant leading vendor of enterprise software for customer service. And in 2013, they were acquired by Aspect Software for a cool $150M.

Rob Panepinto
President - Florentine Strategies

Rob is President of Florentine Strategies, he is also the CEO of Entrepreneurs in Action, who manage a social venture fund that invests in local social enterprises, helping them create successful businesses and jobs while addressing community and global social needs. He is also a Founder and Board Chair of Orlando’s Social Enterprise Accelerator, Rally, and is the current Chair of the Central Florida Foundation board, immediate past chair of Orlando, Inc. and is an Executive Committee member for the Orlando Economic Partnership. He also serves on the Board of Stater Studio and the Rollins Center for advanced Entrepreneurship. He has served on the Operations Committee of the Central Florida Expressway Authority.  

Jennifer Dunham
General Partner - Arsenal

As a General Partner with Arsenal, Jennifer is responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities, as well as portfolio development and support.  Jennifer also maintains firm-wide responsibility for state-specific mandates.  She has spent the last fifteen years working closely with early-stage companies in a variety of technology markets.  She has been integrally involved in the community by supporting the establishment and growth of Florida¹s venture ecosystem. Jennifer holds a B.S.B.A. from SUNY College of Technology and an MBA from Rollins College.Jennifer is the proud mother of Cooper and has taken up tennis and windsurfing in her spare time. She was raised in Upstate New York but does not miss the winter, even a bit.

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.

Signature Sponsors

The CREDO Conduit society, a partnership with SunGate Capital, is an interdisciplinary society made up of individuals and companies who believe their lives and work get better when they come alongside each other. Headquartered at SunGate Studios (1001 North Orange Avenue in Orlando, Florida) we regularly convene groups

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Orlando is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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