Startup Weekend San Antonio

    Friday, December 7 - 9, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
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Startup Weekend San Antonio

Friday, December 7 - 9, 2018

Friday, December 7 - 9, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Geekdom Event Centre
131 Soledad St
San Antonio, TX 78205

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Your idea to reality in 54 hours!!

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 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 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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Friday December 7th

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

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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 December 8th

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 December 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Time to ask those final 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
Head over to Rosella's to celebrate!!

Event Judges

Dimitri Antoniou
Director of Delivery at Codeup

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Urban Studies, Dimitri joined Venture for America, a 2 year fellowship in entrepreneurship. He moved to San Antonio to work for Codeup, a local tech career accelerator, where he has run sales, operations, business development, and management. The son of two entrepreneurs, Dimitri grew up surrounded by small business challenges and excited by their opportunities. 

Cat Dizon
Executive Director at Alamo Angels

Cat is the Executive Director of Alamo Angels, which is an organization of select accredited investors who make direct, early-stage investments in companies with high-growth potential  and founding partner of Active Capital, a venture firm based in Texas that is focused on leading seed rounds for B2B SaaS companies. Cat has over 20 years of operations experience and spent 10 years at Rackspace where she was the Director of Corporate Strategy & Development leading in areas of M&A, Cloud Business Operations, Staff Operations & Fanatical Support. Specialties: Business Operations, Data Analysis, Process Improvement, Project Management, ChangeManagement, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Resolution, Strategic Business Integration, CrisisManagement, Incident Response.

Aurora Geis
Director of National Strategic Partnerships at Digital Creative Institute

Aurora Geis has three roles in her life.  Personally she is a wife of 23 years and mother of two.  Professionally, she is a business consultant, leadership & performance coach and the National Director for Strategic Partnerships with Digital Creative Institute, the nation's first federally registered Digital Marketing Apprenticeship with the Department of Labor. Aurora guides and develops GenX and emerging millennial business leaders to build & align company and personal brands through a values-based approach, from the inside out. Aurora has built an online coaching system for employees and managers to increase self-awareness, leadership skills and business teams & individual performance.

David Garcia, Jr
CEO at Geekdom

Born and raised in San Antonio and a graduate of UTSA. David is continuing the legacy of Geekdom by helping its members connect with others and providing an community and ecosystem from which the next big company will grow.

Coaches and Mentors

Dave Geada
CEO, Differential Brand Strategy

Dave is the CEO of Differential Brand Strategy, a strategic marketing agency that helps technology companies discover who their best customers are and what really matters to them. He is a results driven marketing and product management executive with a passion and track record for developing winning brand strategies. 

His specialties include: 
Strategic marketing, positioning, messaging, branding, category development, program execution, demand generation, social media marketing, competitive intelligence, deal intelligence and customer/product analytics.

Sumita Jonak
Research Engineer, Strategic Innovation for Emerging Technologies at USAA

Research Engineer, Strategic Innovation for Emerging Technologies at USAA

Christian Torres
Project Manager at Cloud Commerce

I take great pride in helping our customers realize their goals and give their business a better outlook. 

I have the opportunity to interact some of the most influential people in San Antonio to help this "City on the Rise". If I can help you in any way, please let me know how I can help. Looking forward to connect with like minded people.

Peter Risman
Principal/Consultant at Pilot Marketing Strategy

A seasoned marketing leader with technology, SaaS/software, and services background. Experience in B2B and B2C global marketing, and a proven ability to deliver results working across cultures and time zones. Career path reflects experience in myriad environments and corporate cultures: multinational corporations, small-to-mid agencies, and start-ups. Proven expertise in marketing strategy, global marketing, partner marketing, digital marketing, social media, traditional media and communications, sales channel development, customer segmentation and analysis, and product management.

Specialties: Internet Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Online Marketing, SaaS Sales, Sales Channel Management, Advertising Executive, Marketing Executive, Sales Executive, Marketing Strategy, Market Segmentation, Brand Building, Integrated Market Planning, New Product Development, Product Management, P&L Management, Database Marketing, Direct Marketing, International Marketing, Start-Up Operations, Account Leadership, Contract Negotiation, Consulting

Nick Longo
Co-Founder of Geekdom

Founder of CoffeeCup Software, one of the first Software companies for creating Websites in the world, Former Director of Strategic Initiatives at Rackspace Hosting and Co-Founder of Geekdom; The Largest Coworking Space in Texas. 

David Staab
Founding Partner at Starling

David is a teamwork mentor who hacks performance by talking about emotions instead of hiding them. He trains teams in the skills needed to build safety, trust, and common purpose. In the past, he worked as a software architect and engineering manager, then bootstrapped and ran a software firm.

Ryan Cleary
CAO & Co-founder, FloatMe Corp.

Ryan is the Co-founder of FloatMe Corp, an employee financial wellness platform which partners with employers to provide financial education tools, early access to wages, and financial stability for their employees. He moved to San Antonio as a Venture For America Fellow to co-design and scale The Learning Company,an accelerator program for 2-year students. Prior, he has worked in fields including Biotechnology Incubation, UAV, Smart City Technologies, and Management Consulting.

Specialties: Design Thinking & Customer Interviews, Business Operations, Statistics & Data Analysis, Industry Research, Rapid Prototyping, Business Model Design, and Market Sizing.

Jeremy Karney
Lead Designer at USAA

David Jones
Partner at Innocenti Jones, PLLC

Lawyers deal with a wide array of issues and personalities in the course of their careers and develop a broad range of widely applicable skills as a result. Over my thirty year career, I believe the most notable skills I have developed involve exceptional creativity in creating and executing strategies that produce excellent outcomes with great efficiency and in a positive, collaborative work environment. To do this, I have excelled at creating and executing operational and strategic plans, managing, training and mentoring team members, financial planning and budgeting, marketing and public speaking, and continuously reassessing risk/reward and cost/benefit propositions.

Zachary Menegakis
Product Engineering Manager at Rackspace

I am a Product and Engineering Manager with experience at large tech companies and successful startups. I currently work for Rackspace as a Product Engineering Manager and I’m responsible for leading a team of engineers in building our cloud products. Previously, I worked as a Product Manager at Frame until our acquisition by Nutanix. My professional experience includes working in product, consulting and research positions at top technology companies. I previously co-founded an IoT startup, as well as my own software development and consulting firm. I hold a Masters degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon, as well as a bachelors in ECE and in German. In my free time, I enjoy leveraging my knowledge to contribute to community technology projects, educational purposes and mentoring entrepreneurs.

Tommy McNish
Co-Founder and CEO at Willie & Roo

Experienced sales leader, executive and founder with a demonstrated history of success in the hosting,non-profit, and management consulting industries. Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Sales,Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Team Building, and Professional Services.

Stefanie Young
CEO & Front-End Developer, iNNOV8 Place

Previous to building iNNOV8 Place, I was employed with Grok Interactive where I learned to use web markup, including HTML5, CSS3, SASS, JavaScript to create and develop new user-facing features and interfaces, whether of my own inspiration or per provided mockups, layouts, or PSDs. I aim to build reusable code and libraries for our clients for their future development. I work to optimize applications and pages for maximum speed, responsiveness, and error-free interactions and to ensure that all user input is validated before submitting to backend.

Josh Seltzer
Experience Director at HeavyHeavy

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend San Antonio 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.

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Organizing Team

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

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Brien Buckman

Brien works with companies to help define, build and ship new products that delight customers. His experience includes working for Magic Leap, MasterCard's Digital Labs group and for Apple. Additionally, he cofounded an HR SaaS company that was acquired and consulted for a university technology incubator company working on new nano-particle production IP. Outside of work, Brien enjoys traveling to new places, eating good food and supporting entrepreneurs.

Event Staff

Megan Nonemaker
Geekdom Community and Events Manager


Lorenzo Martin
Geekdom Membership Manager


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