Techstars Startup Weekend Rochester

    Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Techstars Startup Weekend Rochester

Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017



Friday, November 3 - 5, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Collider Coworking
14 4th Street SW
Suite 203
Rochester, Minnesota 55902

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From Idea To Startup In Just 54 Hours

It’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find partners, like-minded entrepreneurs, or a team with whom you can actually develop an idea and launch your startup!  Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of students, developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. 

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos & presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Seven free meals will be provided, plus snacks and access to some amazing startup mentors throughout the weekend.






EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 3rd


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 4th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
WORKSHOP: Business Model Canvas
A 15 minute workshop on the essentials of the Business Model Canvas.


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


11:00 am
WORKSHOP: Customer Discovery Exp's
How do you talk to potential customers and learn valuable insights from them.


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


8:00 pm
WORKSHOP: Storytelling
How do you tell the story of your product?


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 5th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


10:00 am
WORKSHOP: Pitch/Presentation Tips
Learn the basics of pitching and presenting your product.


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


2:00 pm
WORKSHOP: Pitch Practice/Tech Check
Further practice your presentation pitch


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


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


6:00 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Wade Beavers
President of Mobile at Newscycle Solutions

I am an experienced serial entrepreneur and executive in the technology sector. I have been fortunate to have started and successfully taken three products to an acquisition. Although disclosing all of my merits and successes here would give you an idea about me; it is also pompous, so instead, I am communicating my philosophy:

1. Focus on the victories. 
2. Failure is real; it's all right to fear it but don't let it consume you.
3. GRIT is contagious so dig in!
4. Never be ashamed of your work. If you are, then you didn't work at it.
5. Finish what you start.
6. What you say and do matters.
7. Lead by being a servant to others. 
8. The first time is a mistake; the second time is a problem; the third time is a character flaw.
9. Opening a door for someone is one of the best gestures you can ever do.

Event Judges


Mustaqeem Siddiqui
Physician & Entrepreneur

Mustaqeem Siddiqui, MD, MBA is a practicing Hematologist/Oncologist and Assistant Professor at the Mayo Clinic, and is immersed in developing new technologies, products, and services in patient care.  Mustaqeem is currently a Medical Director in Mayo’s Global Business Solutions business unit, where he supports New Product Development.  Mustaqeem previously led venture formation and business development at Mayo’s Center for Innovation.  He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the Mayo Clinic. He earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and his passions include entrepreneurship in healthcare, transforming healthcare delivery, and Formula One.


Hunter Downs
CEO

Hunter is passionate about developing or leveraging new technologies that help people with their health & wellness and bringing those technologies to the commercial marketplace. 


Mike Rolih
CEO

Currently involved in a start-up focused on developing disruptive, intelligent, team-centered wearable technology and software tools unparalleled in technical innovation, ease-of-use and sophistication of design.


Xavier Frigola
Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator

Xavier works among entrepreneurs at the Mayo Clinic Business Accelerator. Xavier can help with the process of "can your idea be a viable company" and how can articulate my business idea in a "Business Model Canvas" (http://bit.ly/1Mc3LIw).


Emily Benner
Senior VP of R&D

Experienced software development executive with a proven track record building global organizational capabilities to drive innovation and predictable, quality, enterprise-class delivery. Development experience throughout the solution stack: firmware, operating systems, application and medical device. 

Experience leading global teams located across the US, Mexico, Germany and India.


Coaches and Mentors


Wade Beavers
President of Mobile at Newscycle Solutions

I am an experienced serial entrepreneur and executive in the technology sector. I have been fortunate to have started and successfully taken three products to an acquisition. Although disclosing all of my merits and successes here would give you an idea about me; it is also pompous, so instead, I am communicating my philosophy:

1. Focus on the victories. 
2. Failure is real; it's all right to fear it but don't let it consume you.
3. GRIT is contagious so dig in!
4. Never be ashamed of your work. If you are, then you didn't work at it.
5. Finish what you start.
6. What you say and do matters.
7. Lead by being a servant to others. 
8. The first time is a mistake; the second time is a problem; the third time is a character flaw.
9. Opening a door for someone is one of the best gestures you can ever do.


Chris Lukenbill
Serial Entrepreneur

Chris Lukenbill is a contractor and consultant focused on assisting companies in creating their technical solutions.  Chris brings 15 years of software development experience in almost every stage of the software development lifecycle.  Before his current role Chris was co-owner of Bright Agrotech, an indoor agriculture hardware/software company, that he was able to lead through a successful acquisition in mid-2017.   Through a diverse background in creating multiple startups, working within large global companies and managing companies through times of extreme growth he brings a broad range of skills into new projects.


Rachelle Oribio
Corporate Development Program Director

Rachelle Oribio is the Corporate Development Program Director running post-accelerator BD programming. Rachelle has a degree in Business Information Technology Operations Management from Virginia Tech and was a systems engineer and IT consultant. During her MBA at IESE Business School she was exposed to startups, CSR, and microfinance before going into management consulting. However, craving more social impact, she moved to a recovering narcotraffic region of the Amazon jungle to grow businesses along the value chains of cocoa and coffee as part of a TechnoServe & USAID accelerator program. Later, with Defy Ventures in NYC, she worked with the formerly incarcerated, using entrepreneurship as a life-changing tool. Rachelle works with other entrepreneurship programs, volunteers, serves on boards, and previously ran an MBA program for the University of Minnesota.


Sarah Miller
Founder, Brand Strategist, Visual Designer

Sarah Miller is the founder of Rochester based marketing and branding agency White Space. White Space is a dynamic team obsessed with design culture. We believe a brand is a reputation – driven by a collection of perceptions, emotions and experiences. Through brand strategy and design, we are dedicated to building brands that connect with the heart of the consumers.


Chad Attlesey
Technologist, Inventor, Engineer and Design Professional

Chad is a technologist, inventor, engineer and design professional with more than two decades of roll-up-his-sleeves, hands-on, rapid ideation and problem-solving experience, He has demonstrated flexibility in merging engineering logic and artistic creativity. He enjoys collaborating in a dedicated team environment, focused on delivering intelligent, elegant and novel solutions.


Nate Nordstrom
Founder

Nate Nordstrom is the Founder & CEO of BrandHoot, a local web and app development group located at the historic Conley Maass Downs building. With a strong focus on user experience (UX) design and prototyping, Nate and team enjoy solving hard UX problems in ways that make technology easier, better, faster, and happy. BrandHoot has been graciously awarded numerous times locally and nationally, including being named a national finalist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Small Business of the Year award which included a trip to Washington D.C. Nate is a husband and father of three. His biggest life lesson lately is to be more selective in saying yes to opportunities, so that family, faith, and personal health can thrive. When priorities at home and within are properly placed, things at work improve as well. And his best piece of advice is to remember that life is short. Make every day count. 


Nick Moucha
Real Estate Agent

Driven to help individuals from all walks of life achieve financial success, Nick Moucha has the education and experience to fill a variety of roles in the financial industry. Nicholas gravitates towards leadership, coaching, and teaching roles. He has been a counselor at a domestic abuse shelter and a counselor at a Christian camp serving children; and, he has filled management roles in retail, restaurants, and financial institutions. His problem-solving and communication skills have proven to be strong assets for both his clients and his employers. 

Nicholas leads by example. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious. He is a firm believer in financial integrity, transparency, and accountability.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Jamie
    Sundsbak
  • Nick
    Moucha
  • Chris
    Lukenbill
  • Nate
    Nordstrom
  • Jan
    Hagenbrock

Facilitators


Michael Norton
Entrepreneur In Residence

Michael has led over 60 Techstars Startup Weekend events throughout the US, Canada, and Australia. He teaches workshops, designs programs, and speaks on a variety of topics related to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Michael has worked professionally in marketing technology startups, with big data, non-profit fundraising, customer support systems design, technical project management, educational program development, event production and decor, iOS app design, video games, user testing, prototyping, and in the coffee industry.

His own past and present business ventures include several SaaS web app platforms, photography, woodworking, printing, audio engineering, video production, musical composition/recording/performance, publishing, art curation, operating an Amazon Pro Merchant storefront, and a funnel cake stand.

Michael guides innovative communities to build and nurture regional entrepreneurial ecosystems. He guides corporations through internal innovation and intrapreneurship. 

He frequently works as a freelance business development consultant, crowdfunding guru, technical project manager, and as a marketer — focused on branding, messaging, storytelling, social media, and email marketing.

Michael loves hiking in Yosemite, bicycling around San Diego, eating authentic Baja California Mexican food, and drinking amazing coffee in Seattle.

Event Staff


Jamie Sundsbak
Community Manager

Jamie Sundsbak is the Community Manager of Collider Coworking, a space for startups, freelancers and remote workers located in Rochester Minnesota.  Collider provides space, assistance, and events to fuel the Rochester entrepreneurial ecosystem.  

Jamie enjoys being a connector and ecosystem building in Rochester and is happy to talk to anyone about the amazing transformation that his city is undergoing.


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