Startup Weekend Orlando - Valencia College Edition

    Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Orlando - Valencia College Edition

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Valencia College - Collaborative Design Center
1800 S. Kirkman Road
Building 10 - 3rd Floor
Orlando, FL 32811

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Valencia College Faculty, Staff, and Student Innovate Education Over a Weekend

Valencia College is hosting it's own Startup Weekend EDU for faculty, staff, and students to collaborate and innovate education over a weekend. 

Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here's your opportunity to  transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complimentary skills & the passion & dedication to build a startup quick & smart. Test your idea with real potential customers, receive coaching from experienced education entrepreneurs & industry professionals, and win prizes that will help you take your startup idea to the next level of execution!

We're looking for passionate educators, parents, students, entrepreneurs, developers, and designers who want to make to make a difference in education now. Come learn the basics of founding & launching a successful education startup while solving real problems in education.

The event:  We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about making a positive impact on education.  In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, build products and launch education startups.  Startup Weekend EDU begins with open-mic 60-second pitches Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches. On Sunday, teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.


Friday April 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 April 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 April 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

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

8:30 pm
After Celebration - Crafted Orlando Celebrate, Relax, and Unwind. Drink Specials Offered


Jeremy Scheinberg
Co-Founder Trobo

Chris Harden
Co-Founder Trobo

Event Judges

Carlos Carbonell
CEO Echo Interaction Group

Falecia Williams
Campus President - Valencia College West Campus

Amy Bosley
Vice President - Organizational Development & Human Resources

Coaches and Mentors

Jessica King
Career and Workforce Education Specialist

Brian Weber
Bright House Networks Corporate Director of Public Engagement

Brian is the corporate director for public engagement for Bright House Networks. For nearly two decades, he has worked in many diverse and interesting roles including developing and overseeing knowledge management systems, leading online support via email and live chat, managing the improvement of customer experience through web design and development, directing employee communications and social media support and engagement.Outside of work, he enjoys fancy dining with his wife, coaching little league and flag football for his 11-year-old son and having high noon tea parties with his 4-year-old daughter. Brian holds a degree in organizational communication from the University of Central Florida. Go Knights!

Justice Mitchell
Owner - Big Block Studios, Inc.

Ron Ben-Zeev

Ron was born in Israel and grew up in Africa, Asia, Europe and the USA. Ron started his first business at the age of 13 when living in France. After spending a few years in a Fortune 100 Company, he left to pursue his entrepreneurial path. He is now the Founder and President/CEO of World Housing Solution and a Founder of Founders Harbor and Sqygl. He now resides in Central Florida where he is an integral part of the growth of the local startup ecosystem. Ron is a founding member of the Local Startup Weekend and 1Million Cups group.

Bess Auer
Founder - FLBlogCon

Marketing, Public Relations, Social Media, Educator

TD Haines

Sterling Bates

Necole Pynn
Managing Director at Canvs

Joshua Johnson

Kirstie Chadwick
President & CEO at National Business Incubation Association (NBIA)

John Li
Co-Founder Direct Audio

John is a local software engineer and friend to the tech community.  He is a cofounder and lead engineer of the local tech startup, Direct Audio.   He has participated in numerous Startup Weekends, game jams, and has recently won the NBCUniversal Hackathon’s Technology challenge.

Diane Court
Mentor, Talent Developer, Educator

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

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Orlando - Valencia College Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Josh
  • Lisa
  • Jenny


Lee Ngo
Educational Technology Community Architect

Lee Ngo is an educational technology community architect and founded his startup Scholar Hero through Startup Weekend. Previously, he served as Regional Manager for UP Global (acquired by Techstars) and has worked for educational organizations such as Strayer University, Galvanize, and Metis. Lee is currently the Chief Operating Officer with the Greater Foundation (

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