Startup Weekend Notre Dame

    Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

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Startup Weekend Notre Dame

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015

Friday, April 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Innovation Park, South Bend
1400 E. Angela Blvd.
South Bend, IN 46617

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Startup Weekend Notre Dame: Where Bright Ideas Meet Bold Execution

Collaborating with the beautiful campus of the University of Notre Dame and the historical city of South Bend, the leading minds of the area are joined together in a common effort at Startup Weekend Notre Dame.The 54-hour event is a one of a kind weekend where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

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Friday April 10th

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
Formal start of the event with introduction to the weekend

7:30 pm
Keynote Speaker
Jim Lecinski - Google's VP, Americas Customer Solutions

8:00 pm
Ice Breakers and Event Logistics
Nirav Amin - Event Facilitator

8:30 pm
Pitches Start
Presenters line up to give pitches

9:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:45 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 until 12am

Saturday April 11th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Set up team workspace and dive into business plan development

1:00 pm
Panel of speakers with discussion (Gaylene Anderson, Pooya Ghiaseddin, David Murphy)

7:00 pm

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work in the venue until midnight

Sunday April 12th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

11:30 am
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Final Presentations
Each team will present their ideas to the panel of judges

1:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Awards will be presented and judges will give feedback to each team

2:00 pm
Everyone says their goodbyes and heads home for some much needed rest


Jim Lecinski
Vice President, Americas Customer Solutions

Jim Lecinski, Vice President, Customer Solutions and Chief ZMOT Evangelist for Google, Inc., leads Google's Brand, Performance, Platforms and Creative solutions teams in the Americas.  His focus is product commercialization-- developing the go-to market strategies and initiatives for Google’s product lines that help major marketers adapt to the new digital marketing realities.
Based in Google's Chicago office, Jim brings 25 years of integrated marketing and online/offline advertising experience to help clients address these challenges.  He is a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and conferences including the ANA, AMA and BMA; and is on the advisory boards of Northwestern University’s Spiegel Research Center; the Wharton School’s Future of Advertising program; and the University of Notre Dame’s Marketing Executives group. Jim is also Visiting Executive Lecturer in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.
Jim's book about the new marketing model, "Winning the Zero Moment of Truth" (“ZMOT”) was published in June, 2011, and has been read by over 300,000 marketers worldwide and featured in the New York Times and Advertising Age.

Prior to his eight years with Google, Jim previously held leadership positions at ad agencies DDB, marchFirst, Young & Rubicam, and EuroRSCG.  Jim holds an MBA from the University of Illinois and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.  He's also an aficionado of vintage jazz which he plays and collects.

Pooya Ghiaseddin

Pooya Ghiaseddin is Vennli’s Chief Product Officer. He’s responsible for driving product design, development, and branding of the Vennli software platform. Vennli’s software platform focuses on the creation and execution of growth strategies by assessing customer choice and mapping the competitive landscape. He leads the Vennli Product Management and Software Engineering teams in delivering a category defining user experience. 
Pooya holds a patent for a collaborative video creation and distribution system and has a patent pending for the algorithm upon which the Vennli reporting interface is built.
Prior to joining Vennli, Pooya spent 6 years at Press Ganey Associates where he served as Director of Product Management, building patient satisfaction improvement platforms used in nearly half of the nation’s hospitals. He holds both an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University Of Notre Dame. He is an avid audiophile and is perpetually tinkering with and upgrading his stereo equipment.

Gaylene Anderson

Gaylene Anderson is a full-time Cleveland Clinic employee embedded in the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Technology Transfer – a unique academic-medical collaboration that includes five other health systems around the country to help move research discovery to commercial application
In her spare time, Anderson assembles and coaches eclectic teams of experts to develop business plans and launch startup companies. Her first team at Notre Dame, which included ESTEEM student Patrick Rice, won the $25,000 grand prize in the Mendoza College of Business’s McCloskey Business Plan Competition this year. The company is developing a rinse-and-spit test that can provide early detection of human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes an incurable throat cancer.
Anderson started her yearly hobby of one or two startups more than a decade ago, after she went to work for Richard Cox at the University of Hawaii. (When he asked her to work in “tech transfer,” her first response was “Do you mean manage all the computers on campus?” – but her background in a family of lawyers and her education and experience in health care helped her learn fast.) Cox, now director of Notre Dame’s Office of Technology Transfer, recruited her to manage the Cleveland Clinic partnership last year.

Event Judges

David H. Brenner

David Brenner is the Executive Director of Innovation Park at Notre Dame. Prior to this role Brenner was the founder and managing partner of IdeaWorks, a new venture accelerator in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was also the founder and president of AVI, where he led the development of several new business ventures, including the successful e-commerce business, Ocean Essentials. Brenner also had a successful career in marketing at Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, and Kellogg's, where he served as President, U.S. Subsidiaries following extensive executive responsibilities in Europe. He is the former chairman of the Great Lakes Entrepreneurs Quest business plan competition, a co-founder of the Western Michigan chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and serves on several boards, including the Edison Innovation Awards. Brenner graduated from the University of Notre Dame.

Michael Vogel
Entrepreneur in Residence

Michael J. Vogel is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence for the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and is also an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Management in the Mendoza College of Business.Mr. Vogel was Executive Vice President of Acco North America.based in Lincolnshire, IL. Acco is a world leader in the manufacturing, sourcing and marketing of office products with brands of Swingline, Kensington, Day-Timer , Wilson -Jones,GBC and Rexel. Prior to being the EVP, Mr. Vogel was President of Day-Timers in Allentown, Pa. Prior to being President of Day-Timers Vogel was Vice President ACCO Brands Commercial Office Products Sales Division .Prior to being Vice President of Commercial Products he was Vice President of manufacturing for Swingline in Long Island City, New York.Before being involved in leadership roles in the office products industry, Michael Vogel spent nearly 30 years in the Footwear Industry with two leading companies Acme Boot Company and Genesco. While in the footwear industry he was President of Acme Boot a manufacture, wholesaler and retailer of Acme, Dingo, Dan Post, Lucchese Boots and Boot Country Retail Stores based in Clarksville, Tennessee. Prior to coming to Acme Boot Company held senior leadership positions for Genesco based in Nashville Tennessee that included President of Jarman Shoes, President of Douglas Shoes and Vice president of Johnston and Murphy.Michael Vogel during his career has served as Chairman of the Board of KidsPeace in Allentown, Pa. a nonprofit, Board member of Memorial Hospital Health Foundation in South Bend, Advisory Board Member of Robertson Community Learning Center, and Committee member of Catholic Charities USA Board Committee of Development and Marketing. He is currently a Board member for Cass County CASA, Advisory Board member St Vincent DePaul Retail Stores of St Joseph County, Advisory Board Member for KidsPeace Foster Care of Indiana and a member of the Bakers Dozen for the Pfeil Innovation Center in South Bend, Indiana.

Mark Hubbard

As an independent consultant with over 25 years in the broadcasting industry, Mark Hubbard brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to his role as a guest lecturer in the ESTEEM Program.  With areas of expertise ranging from business valuation, negotiating transactions, financing and restructuring, enterprise financial modeling, sales development, organizational strategy and executive on-boarding/coaching, Mark now serves as an independent consultant providing services exclusively to senior management at established companies and to entrepreneurs at start-up ventures.  He works with public and private companies, both in the U.S. and internationally. 
In his previous work in the broadcasting industry, Mark spent over 25 years in the broadcasting industry, from radio to television to new technologies like satellite and Internet convergence.  Highlights include: Senior VP, Corporate Development for Clear Channel during its major acquisition period, President of Flagship Broadcasting (TV), President of Fairmont Communications (radio), Executive VP of Osborn Communications (radio) and V.P and General Manager of WKRQ-FM for Taft Broadcasting. Mark has served as an Adjunct Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and as Guest Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame in Entrepreneurship for the Colleges of Science and Engineering as well as the Mendoza College of Business.  He is Entrepreneur in Residence at both universities.
With his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame (1972) and an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1975), Mark was the second Notre Dame student to be awarded a Marshall Scholarship. He is also a Registered Architect in the State of Ohio.

David Murphy

David Murphy is the Associate Dean of Entrepreneurship for the Colleges of Science and Engineering, as well as faculty member and Director of the ESTEEM (Engineering, Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s) Graduate Program at the University of Notre Dame.  Prior to arriving at Notre Dame, David helped launch and then lead Better World Books (as President and CEO from inception to July, 2011), a global bookstore that harnesses the power of capitalism to bring literacy and opportunity to people around the world. An award-winning social entrepreneurship venture, Better World Books benefits thousands of charities and libraries here in the United States and around the world.
Prior to Better World Books, Murphy has worked for or started up more than 14 companies – from multinationals to early stage ventures to start-ups (spanning eight industries in seven states and in Europe).  He has raised more than $85M in capital to build and scale multiple organizations in the manufacturing, healthcare services, technology and online retail sectors – and through his leadership brought significant growth and scale to each.
David received his undergraduate degree (B.A. with high honors; Economics) from the University of Notre Dame and his graduate degree (MBA) from the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.   David serves on multiple Boards and Advisory Councils and is a member of the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2012. He was also a Southeastern Regional Finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2011.   

Coaches and Mentors

Jeffrey Kantor

Jeffrey C. Kantor is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. His research interests are in the application of control theory to a range of engineering applications including the integrated finance and control of process operations and network analysis. His teaching interests are in Chemical Engineering, and the ESTEEM program at Notre Dame.

Dr. Kantor has served the University in a variety of senior roles including Director of the Center for Research Computing, concurrent service as Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School from 2001 to 2006, Vice President and Associate Provost with responsibilities for academic budgets, science and engineering concerns from 1996-2001, Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, and other administrative and committee assignments.  

Wendy Angst
Associate Teaching Professor, University of Notre Dame

Wendy Angst is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Management Department of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on management, business problem solving, innovation and design, and commercialization analytics with special focus on entrepreneurship, intrapraneurship and social media. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Angst served over a decade as one of the earliest champions and architects of the electronic personal health record (PHR), innovating the product to meet the demands of a complex industry with a variety of stakeholders. As CEO, Angst spearheaded the rapid growth of CapMed into a leading provider of interactive personal health management solutions for the healthcare, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries. She navigated CapMed through angel funding, spin-off, acquisitions, and merger – ultimately orchestrating integration of CapMed into the healthcare division of a multi-billion dollar financial services firm. Prior to CapMed, Angst worked as a consultant in strategy at both the national and international levels, and spent time as a national director of a non-profit organization. Angst is a member of the Irish Angels – a network of Notre Dame affiliated individuals who seek to foster entrepreneurial activities. She also facilitates preseed workshops in the Michiana community to help facilitate economic growth, serves as a member of Memorial Health Systems Venture Center Entrepreneurial Edge (E²) group, serves on the board of directors of the YWCA, and the advisory council of Plus3.

Mike Kitz

Mike Kitz, associate director of the Integrated Engineering and Business Practices program and director of the Summer Engineering International Program, came to Notre Dame with more than 27 years of experience in industry, as an engineer and also serving key business leadership, product development, and marketing roles at Procter & Gamble, Motorola, Honeywell, and Goodyear. He graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering as well as one in theology. He earned his MBA from University of Michigan.

Sam Miller
Director of the Gigot Centre

Samuel Miller is currently the Director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Notre Dames Mendoza College of Business. Sam has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan and an M.S. from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, with an emphasis on innovation and product development. Prior to joining Notre Dame, he was Vice President, Strategy and Marketing for JFNew, a 130-member ecological consulting firm.

Santiago Garces

Santiago is the Chief Innovation officer for the City of South Bend. He is tasked with improving the lives of South Bend residents using technology. Previous to this position he was a Michiana Venture Fellow which locally based enFocus.  he has always been helping the people of South Bend live better lives and takes great pride in this city. 
Santiago received his Electrical Engineering degree from Notre Dame in 2011.  He then went on to earn an ESTEEM Masters degree from Notre Dame in 2012.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Notre Dame 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 South Bend-Elkhart is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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