Startup Weekend Troy

    Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Troy

Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016

Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

The Sage Colleges Troy
65 1st Street
Troy, NY 12180

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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 4th

6:30 pm
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
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 5th

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 November 6th

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

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Paul Carman

Paul Carman is President & CEO of Xamcor, a boutique M&A firm serving the Information Management Software sector.

Eileen Brownell

Dr. Eileen V. Brownell is an Associate Professor, Chairperson of the Undergraduate Business Programs, and Internship Director in the School of Management at The Sage Colleges.  Professional entrepreneurial experiences include consulting in the areas of organizational development and leadership, former Vice-President of Brownell Agency, Inc., and former co-owner of Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn.

Carrie Hillenbrandt

Carrie Hillenbrandt is a graduate of Siena College with a Marketing degree, Carrie began her career as a Graduate in Development Manager for Interstate Hotels, Inc. Working in all departments of the hotel, Carrie then specialized in Revenue Management and Sales for various brands such as Marriott, Omni, and Crowne Plaza. Carrie has over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and currently leads the strategic sales efforts for BBL Hospitality’s 12 managed hotels and 12 restaurants.

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.   

Anita Morin

Anita Morin is a financial advisor with the International Planning Alliance, LLC, and is based in Albany, NY.  Anita is an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) with Park Avenue Securities, holds the FINRA Series 7, 63, and 65 securities licenses, and is appointed to conduct business in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont.

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.

Bruce Toyama

Bruce Toyama is an entrepreneurial leader with broad-based corporate experience, contributing over 20 years of achievement in (new business development, general management, sales management and) commercializing advanced material products into both new and existing 

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. 

Bob Mason

Bob Mason is the Founder/Managing Director of Planetarium, a market research and strategy consultancy based in Saratoga Springs. In the 4 ½ years since the company’s inception, Bob and his network of consultants have worked with a wide range of the world’s largest brands.  

Dave Berthiaume

David Berthiaume is an experienced digital marketing professional and owner of First in Line Marketing.  Dave’s prior life as a business banker assists him to listen with a high level overview of the client’s current position and create the actionable marketing steps necessary to get them to their goals.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller is an accomplished intrapreneur having organized new business teams with prominent specialty materials companies serving clean energy, air/water filtration, biopharma, transportation and other key industrial markets.  Building on his foundation as a Materials Engineer (BS/MS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) and product development accomplishments, he has skills in strategic planning, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and B2B sales/marketing that have all supported his interests in technology commercialization and new business ventures.

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.

Patrick Jacobson-Schulte

Patrick Jacobson-Schulte is currently the Chief Financial Officer of The Sage Colleges and holds an M.B.A. and a B.A. in Economics from St. Cloud State University.  Jacobson-Schulte comes to Sage from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota where he served as the associate vice president for financial management and budget. Prior to this, Jacobson-Schulte was CFO of Saint John’s Preparatory School, and spent 6 years as the director of strategic budgeting and academic planning for the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University in Central Minnesota.

Organizing Team

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