Startup Weekend OU

    Friday, April 1 - 3, 2016

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend OU

Friday, April 1 - 3, 2016

Friday, April 1 - 3, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

The OU Innovation Hub
201 David L. Boren Drive
Norman, OK 73019

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Startup Weekend OU- the Innovation Hub's Inaugural Event for Entrepreneurs!

Startup Weekend OU 2016 has the distinction of being the first sneak peek event held in OU's brand new Innovation Hub! Join us for a three-day blitz of entrepreneurship as a soft opening for the Innovation Hub, with an exclusive preview tour.

On Friday night, pitch your idea for a new startup and collect a team of excited, talented OU students, community members, aspiring entrepreneurs, and friends. Spend Saturday refining your concept and conducting fast-paced customer discovery and feedback. On Sunday, polish your pitch and compete to win a prize package from our judging panel of local business owners and entrepreneurs.

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Friday April 1st

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Welcome and Tour
Review agenda for the weekend, introduce the organizing team, and explore the brand new space at OU's Innovation Hub.

6:30 pm

7:15 pm
Get to know your fellow participants!

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:30 pm
Doors close
Day 1 complete!

Saturday April 2nd

9:00 am
Doors open, day 2
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Work time
Mentors from local startups and businesses will be available to join teams for problem-solving and feedback- group 1 from 10am to 12pm.

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Work time
Mentors from local startups and businesses will be available to join teams for problem-solving and feedback- group 1 from 12pm to 2pm. Some mentors may stay later, but teams are encouraged to take the afternoon to go out into the community and collect user feedback.

12:00 pm
Fab Lab presentation!
Brant Smith, the director of the Innovation Hub's Fab Lab, will give a short presentation and tour of what the high-tech shop space will look like!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
The organizing team will be around all weekend to provide feedback and assistance. We'll check in before doors close on Saturday night to make sure teams know what to expect for pitches on Sunday.

9:00 pm
Doors close, day 2
The Innovation Hub will close at 9pm on Saturday. Teams are welcome to continue working in local open-late restaurants or public spaces.

Sunday April 3rd

9:00 am
Doors open, day 3
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

11:00 am
Work time
Mentors particularly prepared to help you polish your pitch will be available from 11am to 2pm.

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Pitch decks due
3pm is the hard deadline for teams to finish their work and submit slide decks for pitches.

3:30 pm
Pitches begin!
Teams will pitch to a panel of judges comprised of local business owners and entrepreneurs.

5:00 pm
Judging and Awards
The winners will be announced after all pitches are given and judges deliberate.

5:30 pm

6:00 pm
Doors close, day 3


Brandt Smith
Fab Lab Director, OU Innovation Hub

Brandt is the newly appointed Director of the Innovation Hub's Fab Lab! He'll be giving us a sneak preview of what the high-tech machine shop will look like and what kind of programs will be available once the space is fully open.

Event Judges

John Kerber
CEO, Ice Nebula Software and Co-Founder, Who's on my wiFi

As the Technical Co-Founder at Who's on My WiFi, John is involved with company strategy, company product vision, and finding the right people to help move the company forward. He is working with a great team of people on a game changing product that is being used worldwide. With the information they provide companies, they get to see them grow in ways they didn’t know existed. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Jim Bratton
Assistant Vice President for Economic Development, OU

I work at the crossroads of innovation and commercialization. I thrive on the complexity of bringing new technologies to market and am passionate about partnering with inventors, entrepreneurs and institutions to create impact through financially-sustainable business models. 

Melissa Vincent
CEO of 9Tribe

Melissa has a proven track record of success in business start-ups. From her first start-up over ten years ago, Melissa has been passionate about creating products and teams within a company that drive success.

Jay Kelly
COO at 9Tribe

I manage operations at 9Tribe, a custom software development firm. I am also the Co Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Locked In Sports.

Coaches and Mentors

Ntuna Ekuri
COO, Job Pact

Ntuna is a co-founder of Job Pact, a company that develops HR technology products that bring innovation to the HR space and improve the way people find their ideal work environments.

Matthew Allen
Designer and Owner, Day Creative

Founded by Matthew Allen in 2010 in Norman, Okla., DayCreative is a local creative business consulting and design firm. DayCreative works with small business owners to develop a sustainable qualified leads flow, so that they can grow their business

Carol Curtis
Venture Advisor, i2E, Inc.

Dr. Curtis supports the overall commercialization process, including identification of companies for i2E’s advisory services and navigating them through the high-growth development process. These services include development and review of business strategies, working with clients to develop competitor analysis and identify competitive advantages, assisting in valuation, and preparing investor presentations. Curtis also models financial projections and facilitates access to angel and/or venture capital markets.

Andrew Pollock
Director of Business Development, OU Office of Technology Development

Andrew Pollock joined the Office of Technology Development in March of 2014 as the Director of Business Development.  In this role Andrew’s focus is to transition University IP assets to commercial entities for introduction to the market for the public’s benefit.  Additionally, Andrew manages internal relationships with novel knowledge generators from the Norman and Tulsa Campuses, and collaborates with inventors to convert concepts into marketable IP.

Leonard Acquaye
COO, Itakos, LLC

itakos aims to improve performance, decision making, and working relationships through intuitive access to billing, coding, and demographics data for healthcare professionals.

Mike Thompson
Prototyping Specialist

Business-minded mechanical engineer with a lifetime of experience building things

Jeff Moore
Executive Director at I-CCEW

Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma, Jeff addressed growth and entrepreneurship in a variety of roles and institutions, across a spectrum of industries.
As an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Co., a global management consulting firm, he provided senior leadership counsel to a wide variety of manufacturing, financial, and energy businesses in capital project evaluation and execution, transaction due diligence, and strategic planning.

Sue Ringus
Director at I-CCEW

As Director of the I-CCEW Internship, Sue provides support for I-CCEW in problem solving, visual and verbal communication, professional development, and growth of the internship program.
Previously Sue was an engagement manager with McKinsey and Co., a global management consultancy, serving clients in education, financial services and pharmaceutical/ life sciences on strategic and operational issues.

Jeff Muehring
CTO and Co-Founder of NextThought

CTO and Co-Founder at NextThought, educational software development studio.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend OU 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 Norman is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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Susan Moring

Susan is the Norman Program Manager of OU's Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, overseeing CCEW's internship program, the programming Boot Camp OK Coders, and other big events like TEDxOU.

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