Startup Weekend Pontiac, MI

    Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015


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Startup Weekend Pontiac, MI

Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015



Friday, March 27 - 29, 2015
Event starts at 4:30 pm

Pontiac Holonomy Incubator
4 North Saginaw Street
Pontiac , MI 48342

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Innovating Ideas & Turning Them Into Action!

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? 

 

Startup Weekend  is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.  

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders for an opportunity for critical feedback.  

You do not need to be a designer, coder or even a seasoned healthcare professional to join; the only requirement is curiosity. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

In addition to a great weekend full of entrepreneurial activity, participants will receive:
·         Fun participant SWAG!
·         Food and drink to fuel your entire weekend
·         Prizes for the winners of the final pitch 





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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 27th


4:30 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


5:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


9:30 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 March 28th


7:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


8:30 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


2:00 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 March 29th


7:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


8:30 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
Please note the address for this activity is: 7 North Saginaw Street Pontiac, MI 48342


5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Please note the address for this activity is: 7 North Saginaw Street Pontiac, MI 48342


6:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Please note the address for this activity is: 7 North Saginaw Street Pontiac, MI 48342


8:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Please note the address for this activity is: 7 North Saginaw Street Pontiac, MI 48342


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Nashid Sulaiman

One Be Lo is an artist/activist known as the OneManArmy; General SUBliminal.  He is a Hip Hop producer who first made a name for himself as an Emcee in the Hip Hop group Binary Star.  He is also a member of the World Champion B-Boy crew Massive Monkees.  One Be Lo is a conceptual thinker who paints stories with words and Metaphors. One Be Lo is constantly evolving and growing as the names of his albums suggest; Project F.e.t.u.s. (For everybody that understands), S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. (Sounds Of Nahshid Originate Good Rhymes and Music), S.T.I.L.L.B.O.R.N.(Something To Interest Lo Listeners, Beyond Original Recorded Networkings), R.E.B.I.R.T.H. (Real Emcee's Bring Intelligent Rhymes To HipHop), L.A.B.O.R. (Language Arts Based On Reality), K.I.C.K. P.U.S.H. (Keep it cool kid, People usually show hate), and soon B.A.B.Y. (Being a Black Youth). The Fetus > Baby concept is about being pregnant with ideas, and always striving to remain fresh and relevant to the times. Dedicated to self mastery and finding new solutions to old problems, One Be Lo explains that after all of his years of living and learning, he's still like a baby with much to explore and discover. Born in Pontiac, Michigan as Raland Scruggs, he was a convicted felon as a teenager.  In Prison he learned about the teachings of Islam, Business, and Culture. He disciplined himself with the teaching's of Islam and changed his name to Nahshid Sulaiman which basically translates as 'Songs of Solomon'. Armed with a purpose to spread peace and love using the elements of Hip Hop as his tools, One Be Lo's music message is filled with Universal Teachings and empowering Wisdom. His music is a force which allows him to travel worldwide, and share with every 'one' who appears to 'be' a fan of Lo, honestly expressing His ideas in the form of original art.  True Hip Hop is about authenticity. As a global citizen and community activist One Be Lo lives and breathes a life that reflects the voice of the people. His thoughts reflect the world. His poetry and writings are a Book of social commentary, which serves to Challenge the status quo, and also spread peace and love to every 'one be-low' the heavens. Only 'one' individual on the planet can 'be' Lo, but we are all One BeLOw the heavens.  One love, One family. 

(In service to his hometown of Pontiac, One Be Lo is serving as a Co-Chair of the Communications Committee for the City of Pontiac/Oakland University partnership & is developing "Hip Hop Culture" youth programming in a partnership with 21st Century Digital Learning Environments, including Webber Media Arts Academy, Pontiac Sun Timebank & the Kids First Initiative for Pontiac Schools.)


Amy Butler

Ms. Amy Butler is the Executive Directive for OU INC with Oakland University, Rochester Michigan.  OU INC, a part of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, is a Michigan SmartZone Innovation Incubator and Clean Energy Research Center. She leads OU INC in Its mission to provide entrepreneurial resources and strategic business solutions for accelerating ideas to market focused on medical device, energy, and information technology industries serving both domestic and international communities. Prior to coming to Oakland, she served as a Senior Advisor to the National Association of State Energy Offices and is principle of her own company Performance Energy Consulting, LLC.  Ms. Butler also has 32 years of experience working for the state of Michigan, including the Director of the Bureau of Energy Systems, for the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth and Director of the Environmental Science and Services Division of the Department of Environmental Quality. Her leadership has delivered real solutions to energy, environmental, and economic challenges utilizing best practices and the creation of energy programs spurring innovation and sprouting new businesses. She is a recognized international speaker on Michigan energy, sustainability, and economic transformation policies. She is a Certified Incubator Manager through the NBIA and presently serves on the national board of the Energy Services Coalition, the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, and the Michigan Business Incubator Association. She previously served as Chair of the Lansing Community College Alternative Energy Advisory Committee; the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, and on the Board of the National Association of State Energy Offices.

Event Judges


Amy Butler

Ms. Amy Butler is the Executive Directive for OU INC with Oakland University, Rochester Michigan.  OU INC, a part of the School of Engineering and Computer Science, is a Michigan SmartZone Innovation Incubator and Clean Energy Research Center. She leads OU INC in Its mission to provide entrepreneurial resources and strategic business solutions for accelerating ideas to market focused on medical device, energy, and information technology industries serving both domestic and international communities. Prior to coming to Oakland, she served as a Senior Advisor to the National Association of State Energy Offices and is principle of her own company Performance Energy Consulting, LLC.  Ms. Butler also has 32 years of experience working for the state of Michigan, including the Director of the Bureau of Energy Systems, for the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth and Director of the Environmental Science and Services Division of the Department of Environmental Quality. Her leadership has delivered real solutions to energy, environmental, and economic challenges utilizing best practices and the creation of energy programs spurring innovation and sprouting new businesses. She is a recognized international speaker on Michigan energy, sustainability, and economic transformation policies. She is a Certified Incubator Manager through the NBIA and presently serves on the national board of the Energy Services Coalition, the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, and the Michigan Business Incubator Association. She previously served as Chair of the Lansing Community College Alternative Energy Advisory Committee; the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board, and on the Board of the National Association of State Energy Offices.


Councilman Kermit Williams

Councilman Williams is a public servant known for his advocacy campaigns for democracy. Kermit’s public service career began in elementary school where he marched at his neighborhood park against drugs and violence in the district that he serves 25 years later. After graduating from college in 2005, he joined the staff of the Association for Community Organizing Nation (ACORN) and continued to work as an advocate for civic engagement with The Young Democrats of Michigan, where he currently serves as Chairman, and also an outreach director for New Mount Moriah International Church. In his efforts to reach out to people locked out of the process both in and outside of the city hall, Councilman Williams created “Democracy and Doughnuts” forums which has featured neighborhood activist to Congressman. He has served on the board of several non-profit agencies. KRip, and Total Christian Television Public Reportermit has received numerous awards. He has been recognized for his efforts by numerous newspapers, magazines and television networks. He has appeared on such shows as Fox 2 “Let it Rip, and Total Christian Television Public Report.


Michael Rutkowski

Highly versatile, meticulously organized and detailed Attorney with a proven track record of success conducting document drafting, analysis, small business and employer representation. Experience providing counsel to individuals as well as small business and private corporations has contributed to exceptional, broad based legal knowledge. Proven ability to logically and effectively analyze statues, ordinances, case law and factual data. Outstanding ability to be concise, complete, logical, objective and persuasive in both written and oral communications. Resourceful individual with an ability to anticipate and evaluate all issues to adequately protect clients, and complete projects producing professional results while adhering to rigid deadlines.


David LeBay

Dave is a banking professional, focusing on business relationships: He works with small businesses to help with their banking relationships including their deposit accounts, lending and treasury management. Lines of credit, equipment/vehicle loans, commercial mortgages.


Coaches and Mentors


Wendy Gilmore

Wendy Gilmore spent thirty years in the United Kingdom working in the advertising, writing, production and television arena. As a skilled globe-trotting producer, writer and creative, she has worked extensively on productions in the UK, South Africa, USA, most of Europe and the Middle East. Her client list includes the Tahiti Tourist Board, the French Wine Board, the famed Orient Express and several prestigious international hotel chains. Wendy is currently developing “Feast Michigan”, a culinary tourism TV series.


David Leibowitz
Artist / Author / App Developer / Film Technician / Gallerist

David Leibowitz is the author of Mobile Digital Art , which displays the talent of a growing network of International Digital Artists.David brings over forty years of fascination with photography, video art, and experimental filmmaking to his current position as a pioneer in the developing medium of Digital Art. Mr. Leibowitz is part of a new generation of artists who are redefining the boundaries of both fine arts and popular culture. Having come of age during the information revolution, his work merges an appreciation for the plastic arts ( film, video and photography), with an affinity for advanced computer technology. In June of 2009, he co-developed an iPhone app, “iCreated”, with developer Andrew Stone, which is dedicated to artwork made on iDevices and to creating a visual correlation between art and creative apps. Spring of 2010, Leibowitz and six other mobile artists co-founded The International Association of Mobile Digital Artists, iAMDA, an organization dedicated to this new art movement.


Michael Stephens

Imported to the Detroit Metro area in June 2010 from California. Facility Manager at the Ottawa Towers which entails construction management, tenant relations and customer service, mechanical and pneumatic operations, and building management.

Co-inventor of the Versa MountLLC.com. Design and engineering of the Hand and X-mounts as well as sales, testing, and demonstrations.

Avid kiteboarder and water sports enthusiast.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Pontiac is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Crystal
    Childrey
  • Monica
    Williams
  • Jim
    Ross
  • Sherri
    Sullivan
  • Nnamdi
    Ejiogu
  • Amos
    Ajani

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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