Startup Weekend Portsmouth

    Friday, April 5 - 7, 2019

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

Friday, April 5 - 7, 2019

Friday, April 5 - 7, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Kricker Innovation Hub
221 Chillicothe St.
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Portsmouth, Ohio

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 Portsmouth 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 Portsmouth is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

7 full (and 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.
All the internet and coffee you can consume.

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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Don’t wait any longer and join us April 5th, 6th, and 7th!

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Friday April 5th

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 April 6th

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 April 7th

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
Final Presentations

6:30 pm

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm
Go Home!

8:00 pm

Event Judges

Wendi Waugh
Administrative Director of SOMC Cancer Services and Community Health & Wellness

Wendi Waugh, R.T. (R)(T) CMD CTR BS, is employed at Southern Ohio Medical Center and has worked in healthcare for more than 30 years. Wendi’s title at SOMC is the Administrative Director of Cancer Services & Community Health and Wellness.

Before working in administration, Wendi began her career as a radiographer. She is a graduate of the Radiologic Technology Program at Shawnee State University. She furthered her studies and obtained her certificate in radiation therapy, cancer registry, and dosimetry. She also completed her BS at Kennedy Western Reserve in Health Administration and Health Informatics.

Wendi resides in Portsmouth and has two adult children, Kayci and Mason. She holds special interests in community development, leadership, dance, fitness, hiking, and biking.

Leanne Johnson
VP and Banking Center Manager

Leanne Kinker Johnson is the Vice President of Business Development and Banking Center Manager at WesBanco Bank in Portsmouth, Ohio since 2014. Under Leanne’s management, the Portsmouth Banking Center won the prestigious President’s Club award for Overall Top Performing Branch within WesBanco in 2015, 2016, and 2017.  She also has 12 years of business management and business banking experience.Leanne currently serves on the boards of the American Red Cross, Star Inc., and Treasurer of the 14thStreet Community Center.  She also Co-Founded Watch Me Grow, a Youth Agriculture & Entrepreneurship in 2018.  Leanne currently resides in South Webster, Ohio with her family.  

Dale King
Cofounder - Doc Spartan Products; Owner - PSKC Gym; President - Team SAR

Dale King is the owner of PSKC Crossfit, the president of Team SAR, and co-founder of Doc Spartan products.
He gave up the benefits and retirement of federal employment for a chance to chase the American dream as an entrepreneur looking to make an impact in a small town.
Many will recognize him from his appearance on Shark Tank, which helped him launch Doc Spartan Products.

Tanner Hatcher

A graduate of the Carl H. Lindner College of Business at the University of Cincinnati, Tanner holds a degree in Real Estate. Following graduation in 2016, he returned to Portsmouth and joined Neal Hatcher Real Estate as a salesman. He is invested in rental properties and development in the Portsmouth area. An Eagle ScoutTanner is active in the Portsmouth communityserving on the board of the Friends of Greenlawn Cemetery Foundation and the Athletic Advisory Board at Shawnee State University. He is an active volunteer for the Ohio River Valley American Red Cross participating in their annual "Sound the Alarm" campaign and other Red Cross programs. Tanner lives in Portsmouth. He enjoys pickle ball and is interested in the growth of the Portsmouth community.

Coaches and Mentors

Mike Thompson
Prototyping Specialist

Michael was in the restaurant business for 36 years, completing his career as a vice president and officer of a billion dollar company.  Currently he is owner of the Tri-State Executive Coaching Service, works with the Lawrence County Economic Development Corporation, Tech Growth Ohio, an executive of the Tri-State Angel Investment Group and Director of the high school Dare To Dream program.

Ed Daniels

Ed is a Shawnee State University (SSU) Alumni having earned a degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering. Shortly after graduating he worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) in various engineering/computer science roles and then for multiple private companies in similar technology related roles. More recently Ed has worked for Cardinal Health in Dublin Ohio where he ran their Information Security group for over 10 years and is currently the VP of Ethics and Compliance with global responsibility for privacy and investigations. Ed serves on the Ohio Governor’s CyberOhio cyber security advisory board, the SSU Development Foundation’s board of trustees and well as the Kricker Innovation Hub’s advisory board. He has been a founder of multiple startups and is the co-owner of The Print Shop and SoxHotline both headquartered in Washington CH Ohio. Ed earned his M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Portsmouth 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

the Tri-State Angel Investment group agreed to be the Premier/Signature sponsor for Startup Weekend Portsmouth.

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Organizing Team

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

  • David
  • Jen
  • Nathaniel
  • Angela
  • Ariana
  • Morgan


Grant Carlile
Managing Director, The Mountains

Grant thrives on curiosity, coffee, and office supplies.
Drawing on my experience growing three businesses, building out content strategies, coaching teams in multiple capacities across multiple industries for 12+ years, and creating relationships with personnel of many walks of life, I thrive on curiosity, coffee, and office supplies.

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