Startup Weekend Reno, NV

    Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

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Startup Weekend Reno, NV

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014

Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Freight House District @ Reno Aces Ballpark
250 Evans Ave.
Reno, NV 89509

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Startup Weekend Reno III / Global Startup Battle

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? 

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. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. 

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. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life! 

Bring an idea, a talented friend or potential co-founder, or just yourself! Startup Weekend hosts a series of events in cities around the world and offers a way to test ideas for new startups, contribute to those ideas, and even meet potential co-founders. Ideas are shared on Friday evening and the event culminates in final presentations to an all-star panel of judges on Sunday evening. 

Ready to join us? We only have 100 spots available so we expect the event to sell out fast. 

Get ready to build something exciting. Sign up now and see you November 21!

Global Startup Battle (GSB)
What exactly is GSB? 
During the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov 17-23), hundreds of Startup Weekend events are hosted around the world and teams from each event can compete regionally or by theme with one another via a global video competition. In a 10 day period, there will be over 200 other Startup Weekends (including Reno's!) happening at the same time all over the world, and every team from those events will be eligible to compete in Global Startup Battle (GSB). 
Tracks & Prizes!
We have lots of exciting opportunities, themed tracks, and judges to announce soon! Keep an eye on and @StartupBattle on Twitter this week, we’re revealing the first of 4 Themed Tracks! In the meantime, we just released the first 4 Champions Track prizes! Trip to New York to ring the NASDAQ Bell, anyone?
Important Dates
Nov 14-16 - Global Startup Battle weekend 1
Nov 21-23 - Global Startup Battle weekend 2
Nov 26 - Voting begins (theme tracks)
Dec 3 - Voting ends
Dec 4-5 - Judging
Dec 6-7 - Scoring/Admin
Dec 10 - Winner Announcement

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Friday November 21st

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coach introductions and breakaway sessions.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

7:00 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 23rd

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

Colin Loretz
Community builder, API hacker

Rick Winfield
Angel Investor & Assistant Professor at Sierra Nevada College

15+ Year Angel Investor, Assistant Professor @ Sierra Nevada College, Chair of the Screening Committee @ Reno Seed Fund.  Descendant of a Chinese Business Man & Caribbean Pirates, survived the .com bubble, founded in 2001 (sold to QNST in 2005), co-founded Veskritec, Inc. (early startup incubator) in 2003, and skied on all seven continents.

Kelly Ann Scott
Executive Editor, Reno Gazette Journal

Kelly is an award-winning editor who leads news operations for RGJ Media. Among the publications her staff produces are the Reno Gazette-Journal, Reno Magazine, and the Mason Valley News. 

Kelly, a graduate of University of Nebraska, began her career in 1998 as a reporter in the Midwest. She earned several local, state and national awards in that role. Kelly earned her master's degree at St. Cloud State University while working full-time in 2003. She studied criminal justice to learn how to use statistics in her daily reporting. 

She moved to the Reno Gazette-Journal in 2005, starting as an assistant city editor and eventually moving to executive editor in June 2013. Under her leadership, in-depth and investigative coverage has been recognized by IRE, state press associations, national organizations and Gannett Awards of Excellence. 

Lauren Stowell
CEO @ American Duchess and Royal Vintage Shoes

I am a product designer working in the apparel industry, with a background in giftware, and experience in working with overseas factories to develop products from concept to completion. I own and design exclusively for American Duchess Company, an independent label producing historically inspired footwear and accessories to the costume, living history, film/tv, opera, and theater industries.

My interest and experience includes product design and development, particularly footwear, and marketing. My primary role within American Duchess Company is development of all our shoe and accessories styles. I also handle all of the marketing, social media, and branding through blogging and several social media platforms, as well as creation of hard copy marketing materials, and photo shoot conceptualization and management.

Coaches and Mentors

Brady Rimington
Director of Social Media Marketing at The Bauserman Group

Specialties: Copywriting, brand communication, project management, campaign planning, social media marketing , Direct to Consumer (DTC) Marketing and analytics.

Corine Winfield
Manager at AdRoll

Corine Managers a global team at AdRoll that encompasses design, strategy, and operations to help advertisers run dynamic retargeting campaigns across the web by integrating them into a platform and building custom dynamic ads.

Travis Schwieger
Chief Data Architect, Co-Founder of inqiri

Database Developer/Architect on SQL Server/MySQL platforms with most experience coming in financial data.

Mike Kitson
Founder & Managing Partner at OCG Creative

Mike Kitson is the founder and managing partner of OCG Creative, LLC, a brand and web marketing agency that has helped more than 5,000 business executives, entrepreneurs and marketing professionals for over 20 years. He is the founder of No Riskers, Inc., a business development network. 

Nate Pearson
Co-founder of Trainer Road

Peter Honebein
President at Honebein & Associates

Jerome Mouton
Co-founder and CTO at SnapEngage

Matt Westfield
Founder, Entrepreneurs Assembly

The EA is the next logical organization after SGS, which is to keep the educated entrepreneurs on track. The EA is the only organization of its kind to pair startups with mentors and create monthly goals with accountability designed to create a business model quickly, validate it, grow it.

Fritz Battcher
Transactional Attorney at Holland & Hart

Doug Erwin
VP Entrepreneurial Development @ EDAWN

Eric Jennings
CEO Pinoccio

Greg Haupert

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Reno, NV team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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