Startup Weekend Rochester

    Friday, October 26 - 28, 2018


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

Friday, October 26 - 28, 2018



Friday, October 26 - 28, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

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

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Your idea in 54 hours

Startup Weekend is the best way to learn entrepreneurial startup skills. You will spend a weekend with a team of like-minded entrepreneurs to prototype, demo, and present a startup idea. That’s an innovation cycle in a single weekend where it’s totally okay to fail. It’s even encouraged. So, be brave. Be bold. Try something you’re unsure of.  It just might change your life.

How does SW work?:
  • Friday (evening):  meet up, form teams and start brainstorming
  • Saturday and Sunday (all day): continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, basic prototype creation and develop pitches.
  • Sunday Night: Final demos & presentations.
Seven (7!) free meals will be provided to energize you throughout the weekend and fuel you and your business. Better yet? There is more fuel through access to some amazing startup mentors throughout the weekend.
Spend a weekend learning how to build a startup of your own.


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday October 26th


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 October 27th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for 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 October 28th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 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
Final Presentations


5:00 pm
Dinner


6:30 pm
Judging & Awards


7:30 pm
Wrap-Up


8:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


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.

Event Judges


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.


Steve Ekker
Director

I am a trained molecular biologist and engineer. I believe we can make a better world through science and technology to foster innovation and entrepreneurship, and that the 21st century is a tipping point for humanity on Spaceship Earth. I train next generation PhD and MD/PhD students in the Science of Translation, a team-based approach towards solving the world's problems. I have had the privilege to work with globally thinking partners through InSciEd Out Foundation as we work to provide equity and access to science education excellence and health around the world. I think that making our own future using novel technologies to address major issues and bridge-building between academia and the private sector through entrepreneurial efforts is the next major wave in biotechnology.


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.


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).


Coaches and Mentors


Aaron Keenan
Co-Founder/CFO/COO

Aaron Keenan is a co-founder and the current Chief Financial and Chief Operations officer of the medical device company called Sonex Health.  He has been involved and provided leadership in two other startup companies and has served and continues to serve on non-profit community boards focused on business engagement, advocacy and support.  His past leadership experience includes 8 ½ years in the U.S. Navy’s nuclear operations field working and training personnel on quality, safety and standardized operations.  After the Navy, Aaron worked at General Motors World Headquarters for over 5 years where he led a team responsible process engineering and implementing Lean and Quality improvement principles at more than 35 facilities worldwide.  Prior to co-founding Sonex Health, Aaron spent 12 years as an Operations Administrator at Mayo Clinic and in the Mayo Clinic Health System.  Aaron has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of the State of New York and a Master of Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology.  Aaron enjoys working with others to help solve complex problems and has provided leadership as an adjunct professor at two colleges teaching adult learners the business of healthcare and healthcare improvement models. 


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.


Jan Hagenbrock
Product Designer

liveatom Jan Hagenbrock owns LiveAtom, a web, product and marketing design consultancy firm where he drives design and experience. LiveAtom specializes in building digital assets that create meaningful ROI.  Jan has experience in user-centered design, large scale web-based applications, general product management and business requirements. He is a Co-Founder and Design Officer at kilomodo and serves as a consultant within the field of design to other companies. Jan rides his bike and swims as much as his work permits. He is originally from Brasil but came to Rochester to experience winters.


Matthieu Lynch
Marketing Strategist

Listens to business challenges in an effort to overcome them with creative and technology solutions.

Doing so through proven strategic thinking and planning, strong relationship building, and marketing prowess. 

All of these skills performed in a collaborative atmosphere in which a team becomes tight-knit and result-oriented.

My passion and care for the work and team are contagious.


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. 


Solomon Antoine
Founder and Developer

Solomon is co-founder and CEO at Favr Inc. A peer to peer marketplace allowing users to set their own price for jobs they demand. He is also a full-time developer at another Startup, Guns.com. So during the day he works at Guns.com and Favr in the evenings and weekends.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Jamie
    Sundsbak
  • Chris
    Lukenbill
  • Jan
    Hagenbrock
  • Matthieu
    Lynch
  • Amanda
    Leightner

Facilitators


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.

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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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