Greater Peoria Startup Weekend

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Greater Peoria Startup Weekend

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Bradley University
1307 W Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61606

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Friday November 21st

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 22nd

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 23rd

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!


Kyle Taylor
Senior Drupal Developer

Senior Drupal Developer at LevelTen Interactive, Global Startup Weekend facilitator, and President of TechMill Denton.

Mary Ardapple
Owner, Founder

Mary is a successful Peoria entrepreneur and a government advisor.

Event Judges

Chad Stamper
Director of Technology Commercialization

Steve Zika
Social Entrepreneur

Blessed to be a husband and father of 4. Social entrepreneur. Honored to be @KidKnits ED. Eliminating barriers for social entrepreneurs through Attollo.

Rick Richardson
Management Consultant

Coaches and Mentors

Jake Hamann
President & CEO @ OneFire, Inc.

Husband. Father. Serial Entrepreneur.

Jake has over 13 years experience in the creative field with a focus on business analysis and process improvement, digital strategy and implementation, operations, project management and client/relationship development.

Amy Lambert

TJ Syndram
Freelance PR Pro

TJ is part of the marketing team for The Grid, a revolutionary tech startup in SF founded by one of the guys who created Google Ad Sense.

Erik Reader

Erik is a dynamic, creative and collaborative leader who possesses a wide range of abilities. He has founded a real estate redevelopment company, co-founded The Whiskey City Collaborative and he also serves as the President of Bike Peoria. 

As a community activist, Erik believes that preservation, sustainability, innovation, and entrepreneurship are vital to a city's success.

Linda Bolliger
Founder, Chair, CVO of Boardroom Bound

Matt Nelson
Asst Professor of Web & App Design

Michael Peifer

Mike has 30+ years of experience in finance, including small business lending. He also has a long record of non-profit management, entrepreneurship, and small business development.

Scott Settelmyer
Managing Director

Scott works with TerraCarbon’s clients on financial planning and analysis, structuring and securing funding, and marketing and sales of carbon offsets.  Prior to founding TerraCarbon, Scott was CFO of the Chicago Climate Exchange, Treasurer for ALLTEL Corporation (a Fortune 250 company), and Manager at Arthur Andersen in Chicago and London. He has a MS in financial markets and trading from the Stuart School of Business in Chicago, and a BA in finance from the University of Illinois. He is a CFA charterholder and a Certified Public Accountant.

Eden Blair
Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Eden S. Blair has been at Bradley University since 2007.  She is currently an assistant professor of entrepreneurship.  Her work experience includes completing two years of National Service through the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps and confounding and working with various non-profit ventures.  As a member of the board of advisors for the Springboard New Venture Competition, Eden advises students from across campus on business formation and ideation. She sits on numerous advising boards for social ventures and governmental agencies.

Ken Klotz
Managing Director

Business consulting for both startups and existing businesses.

Specialties:Financial statement analysis, breakeven, financial ratios, business plans

Chad Udell
Managing Director

Chad is the author of Learning Everywhere: How Mobile Content Strategies Are Transforming Training. He has worked with industry-leading Fortune 500 companies to develop customized interactive content for 15 years across all aspects of digital design and strategy. A recognized expert in design and development, Chad speaks regularly at national conferences on design, development and mobile learning.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Jake
  • Erik
  • Harsh
  • Randon
  • Ken
  • Amy


Kyle Taylor
Senior Drupal Developer

Senior Drupal Developer at LevelTen Interactive, Global Startup Weekend facilitator, and President of TechMill Denton.

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