Startup Weekend EDU Rochester
Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Friday, November 21 - 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm
Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside
120 E Main Street
SWEDU Lands in Rochester!
If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur and contribute to a more sustainable world, be part of Startup Weekend Rochester.
We are a global community of passionate educators, students, entrepreneurs, developers and designers on a mission to create the best learning opportunities for others. Recognizing that education entrepreneurs face unique problems that require unique solutions, Startup Education helps people launch and scale education ventures no matter where they are in their entrepreneurial journey.
Centering on Startup Weekend Education, a 54-hour experiential learning event, education innovators (educators, students, designers, developers and anyone interested in innovation) can join us Nov. 21 to kick off SWEDU Rochester and the NYSCATE Annual Conference.
Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend
Friday November 21st
Saturday November 22nd
Sunday November 23rd
Having done everything one can do in education, from teaching and coaching sports to fundraising, student recruitment, setting institutional strategy, and actually running schools, Aron was awarded a Ford Fellowship in 2003. As his leadership project, Aron launched the first independent school in-house consulting business, which became profitable in its first year.
Soon after, Aron became Chief Operating Officer of an early global e.learning initiative. In this role, he established and communicated a new online brand throughout the world with a focus on India and China. He was also the Chief Executive Officer and first employee of THINK Global School, the most innovative high school in the world, where students study in three international cities each academic year.
Aron holds an undergraduate degree in Political Theory , a graduate degree and teaching certificate in English and Economics, a law degree, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, where he graduated as a Kellogg Scholar and had the great good fortune to be taught leadership by Dr. Deepak Chopra. He is also a 2011 graduate of Sweden’s leading-edge Hyper Island Master Class. Aron is a Senior Advisor at MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, where he helped build the EdTech cluster.
A lawyer by training, Jason has also served as a corporate manager, strategist, project leader, operations program developer and relationship owner with key vendor/partners.
With a depth of experience leading and facilitating cross functional teams, Jason has served as a core or extended team member on numerous change management projects impacting legal, finance, I.T. and customer experience, often via a Lean Six Sigma methodology.
Jason is part of the “NewLaw” movement which is mid-revolution on reinventing legal services beyond the traditional partnership model, abolishing the billable hour and leveraging the good sense business practices which have eluded the industry for far too long. The fusion of technology, design, process improvement and automation are a source of endless fascination, especially in their application to legal and advisory services. Of late, he is enjoying teaching, writing and advising on topics of interest including legal technology, project management and start-up culture.
He presently serves as Director of Innovation and Execution for CognitionLLP - an alternative provider of legal services.
Coaches and Mentors
Erroyl is community focused and believes significant social challenges of today can be solved with hard work and the wise deployment and leveraging of technology. He established and runs a founder’s group which meets monthly in the city of Rochester, serves as advisor for the Laughlin Design Studio and is a partner at MapCushion, LLC. He has won numerous awards for design and innovation.Erroyl’s personal history also includes being an accomplished ski instructor, a dude ranch wrangler, and managing profound dyslexia.
Snips.com (Chicago based disruptive digital media content monetization platform) , USARAD and Secondopinions.com (Florida based leading tele-radiology / tele-medicine companies), Give2gether (Israel based crowd funding platform for not for profit development and donor campaigns), Aduro Energy (Toronto based heavy oil production enhancement and clean tech), Omnitas (Israel based group developing a technology park and airport in Arad), iLyngo (developer of Cyfr a disruptive Instant Messaging app that integrates revenue generating mobile commerce / e-commerce and user rewards directly into a mobile platform), DealersLab (Israel based developer of e-commerce community exchange coupling the crowd, social media, financial exchange models and e-commerce), Humble Pie Group is a CPG company manufacturing proprietary branded gourmet fresh and frozen food products, Quantum Group (Florida based cloud SaaS electronic medical records) where he was also a past Member of the Board of Directors and served on Nominations and Audit committees, Pardes (Jerusalem based education Amutah), PresenTense (Jerusalem and New York based not for profit educating and launching social entrepreneurs), and, UPONUS (Chicago based encryption and compression technology developer), GuRu Venture Cluster was intended to be an Israel based early stage sustainable technologies incubator and seed stage venture located in the Advanced Technologies Park adjacent to Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva Previously Gregg was the President and/or Managing Officer of numerous associated companies, which combined, formed the largest consulting firm in the world delivering a broad spectrum of management consulting and other professional services solely to the small and medium sized business marketplace and their entrepreneurs. Combined the companies reached approximately 1,800+ employees throughout North America and $250 million in annual revenue. The company was listed twice (both times in the 10) by INC. magazine in the INC. 500. Cumulative revenues under Gregg’s presidency exceeded $2 billion. In Gregg’s earlier career he held various positions including, Vice President of a hotel management company, President of a financial advisory firm, Assistant Director Mergers & Acquisitions for a national investment banking firm, and Director of Corporate Finance for a public accounting firm. Gregg is member of the Board of Governors of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot Israel and of the American Committees national Board. He is also a member of the Board of Touchstones Discussion Project and of the Institute of Global Leadership at Tufts University. Greg serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence at the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester, NY and as the Managing Director of the school’s student run venture capital fund. Gregg is a past member of the US Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Council, its Homeland Security Task Force, its International Policy Council, its Business Civic Leadership Council and the BCLC’s Working Group on Disaster Recovery. Graduate of the University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Graduate of the Thunderbird School of Global Management (formerly the American Graduate School of International Management), Masters International Management / Masters Business Administration.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend EDU Rochester 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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Rochester is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon
Kapor Capital Founding Portfolio Services Director | Forbes 30 Under 30 | TEDx Presenter
Experience: Founding Portfolio Services Director at Kapor Capital | Forbes Contributing Author | Global Director of Education Entrepreneurship Organization | Tech Startup Founder | Public Speaker | Blogger | Educator