Techstars Startup Weekend Albany

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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Techstars Startup Weekend Albany

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

The Armory at Sage
130 New Scotland Ave
Albany, NY 12208

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StartUp Weekend Albany at The Armory at Sage

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and 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 a 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.

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Friday November 10th

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

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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

Saturday November 11th

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

8:30 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 12th

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

Coaches and Mentors

Pam Ko

Pamela Ko is an Assistant Professor of Law in the School of Management at The Sage Colleges. Her teaching focuses on the legal aspects of business, including commercial transactions, intellectual property protection and technology transfer.  Professor Ko teaches classes in business law, contracts, intellectual property, and critical thinking.

MaryEllen Tedesco

MaryEllen Tedesco is the Assistant Director of Personnel at the New York State Police and also works at the Sage College of Albany as the Director of MBA/Organization Management Online Programs and part of the adjunct faculty for the School of Management. MaryEllen is a human resource expert, with more than 30 years of experience in the civilian hiring processes statewide at the New York State Police. 

Kevin Fletcher

Kevin A. Fletcher, Ph.D., is  Assistant Professor for the School of Management. He has prior experience as Executive Director a non-profit environmental organization, has served as Vice President for a sustainable business management consulting firm, and as Editor and Board member for a leading professional journal exploring the intersection of business strategy and environmental management.   

Paul Leo

Paul Leo joined Humana in January 2006 as the Northeast Sales Manager. His primary responsibility is expansion of Humana products in the Northeast. As manager of a sales team, Paul has consistently exceeded his goals.  He has taken an active role in developing agent goals as well as sales and marketing plans. In previous positions, he has been responsible for training and mentoring sales agents plus developing and implementing effective sales strategies.

Dayna Maniccia

Dayna M. Maniccia, DrPh, MS, is the Director of the online and inperson Health Services Administration graduate programs, and founding Director of the Public Health undergraduate program. She is an assistant professor in the School of Management at the Sage Colleges. Dr. Maniccia earned a Master of Science degree in health policy and management and a Doctor of Public Health degree concentrating in social behavior and community health from the State University of New York at Albany. Dr. Maniccia has taught graduate and undergraduate students for more than ten years. She has experience in evaluation, meta-analysis, biological, behavioral, and policy research, and research and academic administration. Her areas of interest include maternal and child health and health education and promotion. 

Mark Gundrum

Mark Gundrum is a Senior Project Manager with NYSERDA’s Energy Efficiency Services.  He has been with NYSERDA for over fifteen years and has focused on the Commercial and Industrial sector.   Prior to NYSERDA, Mark was a project manager for General Electric.  Mark received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Mary Snell

Mary Snell is a Payroll & Benefits Tax Specialist at General Electric Global Operations, and is based in Schenectady, NY. Mary supports employment tax compliance for all GE United States and Puerto Rico employees, specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions. She works alongside the IRS, state and local agencies, and other GE vendors to manage all federal, state and local tax jurisdiction accounts to allow for smooth filing of wages and taxes withheld. Mary strongly promotes lean management principles to identify and root cause trending issues as well as make effective progress with daily, quarterly and on-going project processes.

Michael DeSalvo

 is an International Business Leader with experience developing product and strategy while growing multi-national teams to serve a diverse global market.  He has served in C-Level and other leadership positions in NA and EMEA within Product and Business Development.  Working both for start-ups and Fortune 500 from Silicon Valley to the UK and EMEA.  Recently relocated back home to Oregon.

Michael Billok

 Mike is the co-chair of the firm’s cybersecurity and data privacy practice, and a member of the firm’s labor and employment practice. When employers are faced with a charge or lawsuit alleging a violation of employment law, or have questions regarding cybersecurity and data privacy, they turn to Mike.

Anthony DeBonis
President and a Partner at Troy Web Consulting

Anthony DeBonis is the President of Troy Web Consulting, a software application development firm based in Troy, New York. His goal at Troy Web Consulting is to ensure that the company stays at the leading edge in technology innovation and continues to design and develop great software. 

A recognized leader in the regional developer community, Anthony has over 20 years of experience developing and deploying both mobile and web applications that are required to be both secure and highly available. He is also on the Board of Field Inspections Plus, runs The Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network and presents at MeetUps, User Groups, and National Conferences. 

Outside the workplace, he is President of the Weare C. Little Memorial Environmental Park, member of CEG TechConnex & Tech Awards subcommittees, UNY50, mentor for AlbanyCanCode and Startup Weekends and Startup Tech Valley. Anthony shares his software and business expertise as the President of Troy Web Consulting, one of the best places to work in 2018/2019.

Lou Sackal

Financial Guidance for N.E.R.D.S. – eNgineers, Entrepreneurs, Researchers, Developers and Scientists.  My practice focuses on providing financial guidance to technology professionals and their families.  By leveraging my previous experience in nanotechnology, specialty chemicals, opto-electronics and high-tech startups, I bring an analytical perspective to financial decision making that enables my clients to optimize their financial futures.

Tina Barth King
Tina King works as an Director-Intellectual Property for AngioDynamics

Tina King works as an Director-Intellectual Property for AngioDynamics, Inc. at Latham, NY

Peter Flora
Senior Intellectual Property Attorney

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