Startup Weekend Saint Louis

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Saint Louis

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

911 Washington Ave
5th Floor
Saint Louis, Missouri 63101

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Startup Weekend St. Louis 2015

Back for its 5th year, the 54 hour competition that has created Juristat and Invisible Industries is the perfect place for you to jump into the startup ecosystem, find a team and build something incredible. 

With Startup Weekend now under the TechStars banner, the firepower of this event and visibility of this event is second-to-none. Be a part of our region's emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem. We'll see you on November 13th at T-Rex.

Prizes for winners include
  • Pro-bono legal services from Polsinelli and pro-bono accounting services from Anders
  • Ecommerce platform access courtesy of Simplify Commerce
  • Access to pro-bono co-working space courtesy of T-Rex and CIC
  • A chance to pitch to a panel of investors at the Tech Crunch event on November 17th @ Ballpark Village
Everyone receives:
  • A Startup Weekend t-shirt, water bottle, and tote bag

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Friday November 13th

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 14th

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 15th

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!


Drew Winship

Kyle Tabor

Event Judges

Eric Hamblett

Kaori Yazawa
Program Manager

Matt Plummer
Operations Manager

Steve Sommers

Jessica Kollar

Coaches and Mentors

Jeffrey Yoo

Andy Mayer

Justin Thorp
Sr. Manager Marketing

Mike Nichols

T.J. Tavares

Jason Baudendistel

Brian Slawin
Regional Director & Portfolio Manager, Ben Franklin Technology PArtners / CNP

As a recovering entrepreneur, I’ve lived the startuplife…from the late nights to the last minute deadlines, from running out of money, to running out of ideas …to capturing it all again, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done; ever!  Having recently moved to Northwest Pennsylvania, I’m fortunate to have found an entire ecosystem of people to work with and support who are looking at their future and thinking “I’d like to give that a try”.  In short, I support the vision entrepreneurs have and believe in the power that comes with passion and commitment. As a portfolio manager, my role, is to help create a culture of entrepreneurs who leverage the vast resources available in Pennsylvania, reach out and nurture their ideas, provide early-stage funding and then support and encourage them as they grow based on solid business principles.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Saint Louis 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.



Organizing Team

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

  • Christopher
  • Matt
  • Matt
  • Sammie
  • Tyler
  • Colleen
  • Jay
  • Dan
  • Jacquie


Bill Kenney
CEO at Test My Pitch

Bill Kenney has founded 6 companies and currently leads two growing ventures. One is a business promotion company and the other is a self-promotion company. MEET ( specializes in helping growth healthcare, energy, and technology companies exhibit at trade shows. MEET develops and implements client event participation strategy. His second company, Test My Pitch ( is an online platform helps students, entrepreneurs, and professionals develop their communication skills in a safe and collegial environment. Think of Test My Pitch like a batting cage for communication skill development. Test My Pitch is currently embedded in the curriculum of universities, accelerators, incubators and corporations from Saudi Arabia to San Francisco.

Bill also leads four community building efforts in Connecticut. The first has developed a statewide entrepreneurial event calendar where more than 30 organizations events are now aggregating and the second is a statewide entrepreneurial mentor cooperative where more than 20 organizations are sharing mentorship best practices and resources. The third is a statewide entrepreneur awards event. And the fourth is a statewide entrepreneur summit.

Bill is also part of the leadership team at Startup Champions Network (formerly Startup America) and he emcees and speaks frequently on a variety of networking, business, mentorship, entrepreneurship and community building topics.

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