Youth Startup Weekend PHX

    Friday, August 26 - 28, 2016

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Youth Startup Weekend PHX

Friday, August 26 - 28, 2016

Friday, August 26 - 28, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

CO+HOOTS Coworking Space
221 E. Indianola Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85032

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#PHXInnovation Starts Up the school year strong!

Closing out our Summer of Innovation at the CO+HOOTS Foundation is an event we have been looking forward to for months: StartUp Weekend...for YOUTH! Middle and High School students who have a problem they need solved, who want to learn more about start-up culture, who love coding or design or just bringing an awesome team together - this is YOUR EVENT. 
Building on the nationally recognized, brilliant StartUp Weekend model and pivoting it for students, the CO+HOOTS Foundation has brought together entrepreneurs and experts, volunteers and community leaders to offer students a glimpse into what it takes to build a company and a product from scratch. 
For 3 days at the end of August, in the beautiful new CO+HOOTS space, we will brainstorm, create and pitch our most genius ideas. At the end of our time together, all the teams will have the opportunity to present their pitch to industry professionals, get feedback and support, and leave the knowledge that you created something great!


Friday August 26th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Enjoy dinner from Macayo's!

6:15 pm
Welcome and Intro
Overview of the weekend, prize announcements

6:20 pm
Games to get kids moving and familiar with each other

6:30 pm
Speaker - Darrell Kidd
"How to Pitch"

6:45 pm
Pitchfire Competition begins!

7:45 pm

8:00 pm
Speaker- Bettina Vance-Johnson
"Building an Awesome team"

8:15 pm
Team Announcement
Top 10 teams announced and ideators give a short overview of their concept

8:30 pm
Wrap up
See you tomorrow!

Saturday August 27th

9:00 am
Breakfast and check-in
Arrive, simple breakfast

9:30 am
Speaker- Olenka Cullinan
"Entrepreneurship and taking risks"

9:45 am
Meet your coach/team building activity
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend, as well as playing a game to build the team connection

10:00 am
Work Time!

12:00 pm
Roles presentations
Students have the opportunity to speak to professional designers, coders, project managers and more to help them work through their pitches and approaches

12:30 pm
Speaker - Matt Giacomazzo
"Working Lean"

12:30 pm
Enjoy delicious hot dogs from Dos Manos Hot Dogs

1:00 pm
Work Time!
Use the knowledge you got from the professionals earlier! Ask for help! Start putting those brainstorms and wireframes to the test! BE AWESOME!

4:30 pm
Short Film Screening
Success can do it! (Students will enjoy snacks, relax, and watch some inspirational short videos about other students who have started their own businesses)

5:00 pm
Reflections and clean-up

Sunday August 28th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast

9:30 am
Work Time
Work on your pitch deck, ask questions, build your knowledge!

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings

1:00 pm
Speaker - Heidi Janenga
"Go After Success!"

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:30 pm
Final Presentations

4:00 pm
Judging & Awards

5:30 pm

6:00 pm
Go Home!


Darrell Kidd

Jess Flanangan

Heidi Jannenga
President and Co-Founder

Dr. Heidi Jannenga PT, DPT, ATC/L, is the co-founder and president of WebPT, the country’s leading rehab therapy EMR platform for enhancing patient care and fueling business growth. Since the company’s launch in 2008, Heidi has guided WebPT through exponential growth. Today, it’s the fastest-growing EMR in the country, employing more than 300 people and serving more than 70,000 therapy professionals at more than 10,000 clinics. WebPT has also ranked five consecutive times on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list and twice on the Inc. 500.

Bettina Vance

Matthew Giacomazzo

I am a multimedia artist, composer/musician, and developer who thrives where creativity and technology collide. With over 15 years of experience in various multimedia mediums, I have worked and specialized in design implementation for web often bridging design to front-end development. Embedded within the Phoenix Startup community I am a volunteer with #YESPHX and have mentored and presented at various CodeDay and Startup Weekend events. I work at Coplex, a startup accelerator, where we help entrepreneurial subject matter experts find product/market fit with experiments and MVP software builds.

Olenka Cullinan

Event Judges

Doug Linsmeyer

Adam Toren

Adam along with his brother Matthew founded (acquired by Entrepreneur Media). He is a fantastically genuine individual his passion for Entrepreneurship surrounds him all the time. He has been a mentor for years. Adam's best quality by far is his passion to help out others. He is extremely unselfish and that is a rare quality in todays business world. 

Brandon Clarke

Liz Magura

Coaches and Mentors

Darrell Kidd

Ashley Fogarty

Larry Cummings

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Youth Startup Weekend PHX 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 Phoenix is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Kay
  • Odeen
  • Maria
  • Maria


Kay Transtrum
Director of Initiatives

Event Staff

Kay Transtrum
Community Manager

Meg Taylor

Maria Zorn

Maria Zorn is the Program Manager at the CO+HOOTS Foundation and is a master connector of the health tech communities in Phoenix. 

Odeen Domingo

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