Startup Weekend Peoria

    Friday, February 26 - 28, 2016


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

Friday, February 26 - 28, 2016



Friday, February 26 - 28, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Bradley University
1501 Bradley Ave
Peoria, IL 61625

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday February 26th


6:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:30 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
Voting
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 February 27th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 28th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Brian Anderson
Founder, Notionovus



Coaches and Mentors


Ross Miller
Director of IL SBDC at Bradley University

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at Bradley University provides free business counseling and low-cost training programs for existing and startup businesses in Central Illinois. Some of the services this center offers include business startup assistance, business plan advice, growth strategies, financial statement analysis, management training seminars, student consulting projects, and marketing ideas.


Dan Kauppi
Founder and President of NEX Machine



John McKee
Founder, Cosmo Finger Glove



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.


Ken Klotz
Managing Director

Business consulting for both startups and existing businesses.

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


cassie boorn
Founder, Modern Thrive



Harsh Shah

Bradley University. Mechanical Engineer. Entrepreneur. Founder of SHANANA.


Travis Mohlenbrink
Restauranteur



Justin Locke
Cofounder, Northerly



Diana Hall
President, Bard Optical



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Peoria 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.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Randon
    Gettys
  • Ken
    Klotz
  • cassie
    boorn
  • Brian
    Anderson
  • Lyndon
    Perry
  • Michael
    Rebello

Facilitators


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1



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