Startup Weekend Philadelphia

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Philadelphia

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

1776 UCity
30 N. 41st St
Suite 570 (5th Floor)`
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but 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:
  • 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
  • 75+ peers creating amazing energy

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 9th

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 10th

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 11th

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

Johnathan Grzybowski
Co-Founder of Penji and Host of The Blind Entrepreneur Podcast

Johnathan Grzybowski is the co-founder of Penji, a dependable on-demand design service that helps marketing teams receive unlimited custom design at a flat monthly cost. His goal is to empower the next generation of designers through education and community building. Johnathan is also the producer and host of The Blind Entrepreneur Podcast featuring interviews with entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and business professionals to empower those who may be temporally blind in business by guiding their business to profitability.

Tim Levy

Tim Levy is Counsel at the law firm Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC. He brings years of experience as an attorney at a variety of international law firms counseling entrepreneurs, investors and executives in addition to holding various C-Level Executive roles at start-ups. Tim’s practice at RCCB focuses on representing emerging and middle-market technology and healthcare companies, as well as investors and acquirers, in venture capital, private equity and M&A transactions. Earlier in his career, Tim served as Vice President and Corporate Counsel of Safeguard Scientifics, Inc., a provider of capital to emerging and growth-stage healthcare and technology companies. Tim is also a successful entrepreneur, having co-founded two companies, Inc., and The K-12 Group, Inc. The attorneys at Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC think and act like entrepreneurs and business people, accelerating business from Fortune 0 to Fortune 100.

Isabelle Kent
Director of Business Development

Isabelle’s career in technology & talent acquisition has traversed a Fortune 500, a communications industry leader, and three ground-level startups. She graduated from Philly Startup Leaders’ Startup Bootcamp in 2017 and began working towards the launch of a culture-based career planning tool, Lemon Learn. Presently, she manages business development & marketing for a recruitment marketing startup, JobAdX and is preparing to launch of the Humans Who Work podcast. Isabelle is a dedicated advocate for STEM and an active member of the growing Philadelphia entrepreneurial community. She dedicates her spare time to connecting people through story-telling, and guiding cross-generational job seekers towards career fulfillment.

Coaches and Mentors

Daniel Ruotolo

Dan has over 20 years of public accounting experience. He provides audit, tax and consulting services to small business and non-profit organizations. He teaches seminars on various topics to college students, peers and the public. He is certified through the QuickBooks Professional Advisors Program and a certified trainer.

Rachel Greenspan
Program Manager

Rachel Greenspan is a Program Manager for the Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs Accelerator here in the city of brotherly love.  

Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.

Arjun Grama
Early Stage Technology Analyst

Arjun is an experienced marketer, mentor and manager currently working as an Offering Manager at IBM. 

Carolyn Horner

Carolyn Horner is the co-founder of Jenzy, a foot-sizing and e-commerce app that makes it easy for parents to buy perfectly fitting shoes for young kids online. She leads all marketing and operations efforts for the Philly-based startup. A 2014 graduate of Cornell University, Carolyn completed a dual-degree in Government and Asian Studies. She was also a 2-year captain and All-American goalie for the Cornell Varsity Field Hockey team. 

Susan Scherreik
Founding Director

Susan Scherreik joined the Stillman School in 2003 as the founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Department of Management. Under Professor Scherreik’s leadership, Stillman’s MBA program was named one of the 50 top programs in entrepreneurship in 2008 by Women 3.0 Magazine and is listed in the Princeton Review/Entrepreneur Magazine ranking of national entrepreneurship programs.

Elisabeth Lim
Senior Innovation Strategist

Elisabeth is a Senior Innovation Strategist for the Vanguard Innovation Studio in Center City Philadelphia. She currently manages strategic partner relationships for the Studio.

Zhi Martinez
Senior Innovation Strategist

Zhi is a Senior Innovation Strategist for the Vanguard Innovation Studio in Center City Philadelphia. She currently oversees the governance and measurement of the innovation portfolio.  

David Dalesandro
Associate, RCCB Law

David Dalesandro is an Associate at the law firm Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC. In his practice David regularly advises early-stage companies in connection with equity and debt financing and various commercial and corporate governance matters. In addition, David has represented private equity firms and public and private companies in connection with stock and asset acquisitions. Prior to joining Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC, David practiced law in the New York office of an international law firm where he focused on providing counsel to investment banks, mezzanine funds, and borrowers in connection with acquisition financing, mezzanine, and asset-based financings and restructuring transactions.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Philadelphia 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

1776 UCity, Philadelphia’s premier coworking space, is our presenting sponsor and host for StartupWeekend Philadelphia.

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Organizing Team

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