Startup Weekend Notre Dame

    Friday, February 5 - 7, 2016

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Startup Weekend Notre Dame

Friday, February 5 - 7, 2016

Friday, February 5 - 7, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Innovation Park, Notre Dame
1400 E Angela Blvd
South Bend, IN 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!
All meals throughout the weekend are provided!
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Friday February 5th

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 February 6th

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 February 7th

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

1:00 pm
Presentations and Judging
Final pitches and judging for Startup Weekend Notre Dame. Get you out before the Superbowl


Dennis Boyle
Partner and one of founding members of IDEO

Dennis Boyle is a Partner and a founding member of IDEO. Based in Palo Alto, he leads the Health and Wellness practice, which works with clients in the medical and consumer health-care industries to develop innovative products and strategies for promoting healthful living and behavior change.Over the course of his IDEO career, he has worked as a design engineer, a project leader, a business relationship leader, a studio leader, and a practice leader. He has helped us build and nurture many key, long-term client relationships, including Silicon Valley tech firms, Fortune 100 consumer businesses, and health-care companies. He has contributed to more than 50 patents.Dennis helped to shape IDEO’s approach to teaching design thinking through workshops. He also created the TechBox at IDEO, a collection of tools used for creative problem-solving, research, and in communication both inside and outside the company.Dennis is a consulting assistant professor for the Design Division of Stanford University’s Mechanical Engineering School, where he’s contributed to courses on product, engineering, and human factors design, as well as design for sustainability and creativity and innovation. He also teaches “Design for Better Health” at the, a course that draws students from each of the university’s graduate schools. (Students are placed on teams that work directly with individual patients to promote healthy behaviors in order to avoid long-term chronic illness.)For elementary and high school students, Dennis has helped start afterschool programs, such as the Tech Challenge at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose. His goal is to enable kids to experience and solve engineering problems through hands-on design thinking projects.Dennis holds a BS in mechanical engineering, with an emphasis on industrial design, from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in product design from Stanford. He is married to Peggy Burke, founder of 1185 Design, and has two sons.

Event Judges

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.

David Brenner
Member of the Steering Committee at Edison Innovation Awards

Dave provides business development leadership skills and guidance to Innovation Park’s client companies on their “march to market.” His expertise spans over 40 years as an entrepreneur and corporate leader for Fortune 100 companies.  His start-up philosophy: ”To become a viable, sustainable business requires a great idea that addresses a genuine market need and has the full engagement of an energetic and disciplined leader.” Innovation Park can provide client companies access to expertise across a wide range of industries through the global Notre Dame alumni network and faculty. This direct engagement to successful executives and experts provides client companies critical information on key business issues and the ability to take action quickly based on an informed decision.Dave Brenner was a founder and managing partner of IdeaWorks, a new venture accelerator firm in Grand Rapids, MI., that helped early-stage entrepreneurs transform innovative ideas — especially those related to advanced technology, medical or consumer products — into marketable ventures. Prior to IdeaWorks, Dave worked for Amway Corp., the last two years as founder and president of Amway Ventures, Inc., which developed and rolled out several new business ventures, including OCEAN ESSENTIALS. His professional experience also includes management positions at Kelloggs in the USA and Europe, Johnson & Johnson, and Procter & Gamble. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and has been active with Notre Dame’s IrishAngels network since its inception. He has also taught entrepreneurship classes in the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Mendoza College of Business since 2005 and serves on many boards, including the Edison Innovation Awards.

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.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Alex Sejdinaj

Alex Sejdinaj is a co-founder of the South Bend Code School. The Code School's mission is to eliminating the barrier between people and technology. So far, in less than a year of existence, the Code School has given over 100 people hands on experience in coding

Don Ginocchio

Don Ginocchio, a 1981 Notre Dame graduate and employee of SAP, the global enterprise software firm, has worked at Innovation Park for the past year as the University and SAP seek innovative ways to use Big Data analytics. One partnership involves ESTEEM students’ work with Indiana state officials on traffic data that involves 160 million records of incidents across the state.

Justin Hintz

Justin Hintz serves as the Chief Operating Officer, Director, and Lead Product Developer at Oak Financial Software Corp. He heads up product development for Chapulín and oversees day-to-day operations of the company. He graduated with a B.S. in Computer Science from Notre Dame in 2013.

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.

Mike Wisniewski

Mike is a project engineer at Rockwell Collins. He's been involved in 4+ startup weekends, was a partner of the facilitators in a previous venture, and has an in-home cooking business as well

Iris Hammel

Iris Hammel is a creative problem solver and lifelong learner with a passion for helping others to unleash their potential through connecting people, resources and ideas. Iris’s unique background consists of over ten years of both business and education. This experience includes being a co-founder of Connected Classrooms and as well as starting an entrepreneurial middle school in Wisconsin. Upon moving to South Bend Iris was asked to start a county wide entrepreneurship immersion program and launched the first class of St. Joe CEO in 2015.  Iriswants to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs to make a lasting impact on our community.

Matthew O'Connor

Matthew O’Connor is a University Recruiter with Allscripts.  Matthew has a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.  Allscripts is excited to be a part of Notre Dame’s startup weekend and looking forward to meeting their innovators at work.  We love to live in an environment where passionate people can collaborate to be innovators, problem solvers, and help connect people, places and information across all care settings.

Wes Merrill

Wes has competed in 4 Startup Weekends and most recently helped organize one in Cedar Falls, IA. He is the founder of ThoughtTop, a startup that manufacturers peel and stick whiteboards, and is in the works of launching a digital advertising agency. He has a passion for all things e-commerce, space (like astronauts and stuff), and the battle grounds of Startup Weekends. He is excited to meet you all and see the entrepreneurial fire and innovation Notre Dame has to offer.

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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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  • Jenny
  • Mark
  • Stephen
  • Dan
  • Janaee
  • Jack
  • Chardee
  • Jereme
  • Lily
  • Kate
  • The ESTEEM Program
    Notre Dame
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