Philadelphia Startup Weekend
Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm
2401 Walnut Street
Philadelphia Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend is about teamwork, efficiency, creativity, enthusiasm and much more! To build an idea from scratch is a challenging task, but the Philadelphia Startup Weekend team will be there all weekend to ensure that attendees have the tools and resources available to succeed. Throughout the weekend, teams will have access to a state-of-the-art co-working space and mentors from the thriving tech community at their disposal.
If you’re interested in challenging yourself to think creatively, want to build on an idea of your own, learn a new skill, connect with a creative and entrepreneurial community, or most of all, want to take part in a fun weekend, then Philadelphia Startup Weekend is for you!
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Shelton is former CEO of Mashable Award winner and celebrity-driven, social enterprise TwitCHANGE. During his previous work with enterprise tech giant Lucent Technologies and his Mercer Advisory Group, Shelton built and directed teams that delivered solutions for dozens of global market leaders, including Disney, NBC, Warner Bros, GE, KPMG and Johnson & Johnson.
A deep passion for people and the planet has fueled Shelton to mobilize thousands to donate, volunteer and advocate, lead multiple service missions to crisis points and developing nations, connect corporations, brands and governments with social impact initiatives and held significant NGO executive and board posts.
Shelton is a frequent speaker and media contributor. He has received numerous honors, including, Top 50 Social Good Leaders You Must Follow on Social Media by The Huffington Post, Hero and Humanitarian Award award from the Pennsylvania Senate and Champion for Haiti from the Haitian Professionals of America.
She is also the Executive Director of Robin Hood Ventures, a leading angel group helping to fuel startup growth in the Philadelphia region. She is very active in the Philadelphia startup community, supporting Philly Startup Leaders, Philly Tech Meetup, and the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs.Previously, Ellen was the COO and co-founder of VisionMine.
Ellen has more than 25 years of experience creating strong teams and building strong leaders for emerging companies as well as Fortune 500 clients. She is a partner in Antiphony Partners, LLC, a strategic consulting firm that specializes in helping companies create sustainable value through innovation. She was involved in the growth of Investor Force, a provider of technology-based solutions for institutional investment professionals, where she created the company’s initial human resources department, facilitated strategic planning, and managed the organizational aspects of the company’s mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, she spent twelve years at Shared Medical Systems where she was responsible for initiatives encompassing organizational development, customer support and corporate communications. She was also a senior consultant for Andersen Consulting.
Ellen graduated from The Wharton School with a B.S. in economics.
He is also the Managing Director of the Philadelphia chapter of the Founder Institute, the world’s largest idea and launch stage startup accelerator helping to fuel the growth of early stage startups in the Philadelphia region. He is very active in the Philadelphia startup community as the organizer of Silicon Philly a local meetup for early stage startups and a frequent presenter on topics such as innovation, start-ups, MVP development, Material Design and game theory. He is also the developer of MVP Dev Kit, a website that helps early stage founders build viable MVPs using best of breed modern technologies. Previously, Brendan was the Founder and Managing Director of OnFit Systems a European startup based in Sofia, Bulgaria and Berlin, Germany where he raised over $1M in investment. At OnFit he helped create Europe’s first multi-lingual fitness industry CRM available in 9 countries, 6 languages, 4 currencies.
Brendan’s career started in business before moving into technology and then to technology entrepreneurship. Starting his career at as a casino pit boss in Haiti he then returned home, moving into sales positions and eventually as Director of Business Development before moving into a career in technology. He was previously a member of Team Macromedia, an Adobe Community Expert and a regional Microsoft Community Influencer and has authored books and magazine articles on web development, design patterns and software best practices. He has ran his own technology consulting firm in West Chester and was also a Senior Software Architect for Yamaha Music R&D in London, UK and Hamamatsu, Japan.
Brendan graduated from London Business School with an M.B.A. with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Strategy and has lived and worked in six countries including the US, UK, Ireland, Bulgaria, Germany and Haiti.
Coaches and Mentors
She is a passionate Philadelphian, chosen as a "Keeper" with Leadership Philadelphia and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper- two organizations that are helping cultivate thoughtful leadership for the future. Right now she's channeling that training into a new arts program at her local Rec Center (learn more here). She is a novice SCUBA diver, and recently got another notch on her belt in Jiu Jitsu.
Previously she founded OnFit Systems, a CRM for fitness chains based in Bulgaria and Germany. She has an MBA from London Business School, dual British and US citizenship and has lived and worked in five countries including the US, UK, Ireland, Bulgaria and Germany. She reads and understands French, Spanish and German.
Over the course of his 18 years in public relations, journalism, and communications, he has developed hundreds of valuable top-tier media relationships (East and West Coast, national, technology, consumer and business media from AP, Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune, TechCrunch, Good Morning America, TODAY Show, USA Today, ABC News, CNN, GigaOm, Forbes, Fox News, The Verge, re/code – tier one media, and top-tier bloggers).
His specialties include strategic, integrated, digital communications; identifying and building relationships with influential media and bloggers; earning media; and creating and promoting content on the web and social web.
Ms. Kagan is a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and a Certified Information Privacy Professional in the laws of the United States – private sector (CIPP/US) and in the laws of the European Union (CIPP/E). She serves on the board of advisors of privacy compliance start-up "Prifender". Previously a first lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces, Ms. Kagan served as a military advocate and as a legal adviser to the Military Advocate General and as an adviser to the head of the Council for Cable and Satellite Broadcasting of the Israel Ministry of Communications.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Philadelphia 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.
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Techstars Startup Weekend Philadelphia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Currently Co-Founder of TenStartups - A community-based accelerator program (Alpha), and JustReply - A performance reporting platform that prompts employees to report things back by simply replying to an email. (Beta).
Passionate about helping startups and entrepreneurs with growth and marketing strategies and execution. Unofficial Startup Weekend, Ladies Learning Code, and Code for Kids ambassador.