Startup Weekend Youth Tampa

    Friday, September 12 - 14, 2014

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Youth Tampa

Friday, September 12 - 14, 2014

Friday, September 12 - 14, 2014
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Carrollwood Day School
1515 W Bearss Ave
Tampa, FL 33613

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Startup Weekend Youth Edition is specially designed for the next generation’s entrepreneurs, 5th–8th graders. If you’ve participated in a Startup Weekend in the past, this is something different, something special. We will create an atmosphere of exercises and experiences that will inspire creative ideas in young minds and help kids to learn how to move those ideas forward towards action, and in the process, collaborate with their peers. Today’s youth are full of creative ideas for how to make lives and the world a better place. This will be a place for them to take those ideas and move them towards reality. This event will also help build confidence in creating and sharing ideas for those that tend to keep them inward. They will jump in with hands on activities that help them identify a challenge to solve, learn to understand the end customer or user, work effectively with others, and in the end, build something they are proud of as a team. 

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Friday September 12th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in, pizza will be served for student participants.

5:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 pm
End of Day 1
After teams are formed, students can go home for the night.

Saturday September 13th

9:00 am
Arrive, breakfast provided by Kind Snacks.

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

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast

10:00 am
Work on Presentations

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Tech Check

1:00 pm
Final Presentations

3:00 pm
Judging & Awards

3:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Alfred Goldberg

Alfred Goldberg is the President of Absolute Mobile Solutions, a former instructor at the International Academy of Design and Technology, and a frequent speaker on digital marketing, entrepreneurship, and international trade.

Stephanie Ashley

Robyn Spoto

Stacey Chais

Chais Realty Founder, Real Estate Consultant, Strategic Partner & Investor. As a top producer & motivated Real Estate Consultant, Stacey began her career in sales in 1989. A former Retail leader, Regional Trainer & Pharmaceutical Representative, Stacey along with her husband Bradley & daughter Anastasia, relocated to Florida without business connections, however with a focused business plan & a goal…to make people’s dreams come true.

Coaches and Mentors

Andy Gold

Andy Gold, Ph.D., is a full-time business faculty member at Hillsborough Community College (HCC), and teaches in the graduate school at the University of Tampa, and the University of South Florida. In addition to his teaching duties, Gold is a co-founder of the HCC Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program, serving as an internal entrepreneurial evangelist at HCC. He is a lifelong entrepreneur having started multiple businesses over the past 22 years. He is the founder of Terrapath, Inc., a social entrepreneurial venture started in 1994.

Mitch Neff

Mitch does a lot of stuff. For real. his skills include: digital media strategy, brand development/management, digital analytics and data analysis, and product management. He has worked with the largest tech companies, sports brands and military agencies to improve digital strategies and deliver value from chaos.

Javi Sola
Front-end Designer

I started my career by leaving my beloved Puerto Rico to pursue a graphic design degree at Ringling College of Art and Design, in Sarasota, Florida. After an awesome education, I started developing my skills in a variety of industries such as flexible packaging, newspapers, live event production, health care, e-commerce, real estate and branding.

Todd Broyles

Director of Information Technology @ CarrollwoodDay. Co-Founder @Visitu. Passion for Education Technology, Expertise and Experience in Design, UI/UX and Front-end Development.

Gregg Hilferding

Gregg has 17 years of experience designing, developing, and marketing online. Gregg approaches every problem with a focus on profitability and sustainability.

Chris McElveen
Co-founder - FullShore Solutions

I am a tech nerd through and through: from hardware to software, front-end to design I do and love it all. Programming for me started in 2004 with my first HTML/CSS class in high school, from there I learned Adobe Flash, Dreamweaver and Photoshop as well as HTML, CSS, and Actionscript. Although I took time off from programming in college to focus on my major (Business and Urban-Environmental-Studies) I learned valuable non-programming skills, which I employ to this day. After college I, dove headfirst into the technology startup scene in my hometown of Tampa, Florida. The first company I co-founded (Indino) is still alive under the direction of one of my former co-founders. After I left there I co-founded the entrepreneurial learning group, EcoSpark Group, with two friends and fellow entrepreneurs. I currently run a web development and brokerage shop out of my office in Tampa, Florida.

Scott Kurland

For the last 15 years, I've been a startup entrepreneur, user experience expert, real estate investor and author. I love new challenges and new domains. Contact me with your ideas and ask me questions... I'm always happy to help. Specialties: Entrepreneurism, user-centered design, product/feature development, marketing, changing the world.

Michael Lindemuth

Co-Founding mentor for the CoderDojo Tampa Bay chapter. Develop and teach programming concepts curriculum to kids aged 6-12. Collaborate with other Co-Founder & Head of Technology and Development for Pledge Your Bets. Lead architect, developer and data engineer for the cloud-based gaming platform.A language agnostic software engineer at both ends of the spectrum. Capable of designing, implementing, programming, and maintaining mostly Linux-based systems from the embedded to cloud scale. Primarily use Python, C, C++, C#, Matlab, and SQL for development depending on the project. Most projects involve Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Experienced with both Subversion and Git version control systems.

Taylor Wallace

Cofounder of WeVue - Gather photos and videos from any event and then turn those group memories into WeVues: shareable event recaps made with a few taps. Florida Conductor and Alumni Buspreneur of StartupBus.

Keosha Poole

Keosha is a co-founder of the University of South Florida’s Student Innovation Incubator (SII) at USF Connect. She leads 14 diverse student-led companies from multiple disciplines within the incubator. After seeing an opportunity to collaborate around entrepreneurship, Keosha developed SII to be a student run incubator encompassing a variety of entrepreneurial ventures ranging from app development to consumer goods and services to traditional retail outlets. Poole will complete dual master’s of arts / sciences degrees in Global Sustainability with the Patel College of Global Sustainability and Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies with the Center for Entrepreneurship and College of Business Spring 2015. She serves as the youngest member of the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association board as their “Entrepreneur in Residence.” Keosha has also worked as the Director of Marketing for Tampa based MIT Computers. She is a proud alumna of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where she obtained her degree in business administration with a concentration in management. She is passionate about entrepreneurship, sustainability, project management, agriculture, international affairs and world relations.

Virginia Barnett

Virginia's curiosity has led her on some great adventures. She went to the Soviet Union when it was still the Soviet Union; did two exchange programs in France; and did a 5-day canoe trip on the Rangely Lakes in Maine. Other exciting accomplishments: She was 1 out of 5 people in the entire country to boast a 100 percent secret shopper record as a manager for Barnes & Noble College Division; and she was one of 45 people out of 65,000 tapped to become a traditions facilitator at Disney, which means she trained people on how to be the perfect Disney employee (they call them cast members). She's also a serial online shopper. As far as her family knows, it's all research for the business.

Christine Mendonca

Christine LeViseur Mendonça is the Founder and Managing Director of Shore to Shore Advisory, where she provides private investment management for high net worth individuals, family offices and selected funds. On behalf of her clients, Christine manages the relationships with founders early stage businesses throughout the globe focusing primarily on the impact and tech sectors.

Anne Gold

Dedicated educator, with both collegiate administrative and instructional experience in social sciences, communications, leadership, project management, and student life skills. As a social studies teacher I prepare young people to be empowered and engaged citizens. I strive to fully develop critical thinking skills by involving students in hands-on, interactive projects that capture their interest and motivate them to take an active part in their learning which positively affects civic awareness and academic performance.

Debra Campbell

Debra founded Forward Thinking Initiatives (FTI) in 2004 with support from the Tampa Bay Partnership, Verizon and the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, and in 2011 applied and received non-profit 501(C)3 status. FTI teaches entrepreneurship and innovation to teens.

Jesse Thompson

As a self-proclaimed mad scientist of education, I have spent nearly 15 years working within the educational landscape as a teacher, Gifted Education Coordinator and Technology Integrationist. Regardless of the role, the mission has always been to encourage and empower the dabblers, tinkerers, makers, and creators of the classroom. Currently, I work as the Director of Instructional Technology at St. John’s Episcopal Parish Day School in Tampa, FL. Recently, I have started tweeting to the world as @HeyMrTeacherSir.

Michael LaPlante
Senior Web Engineer @Fireeye Security

David Harris

David Harris is the founder of Teen Business Challenge, an inspiring weekend of creation, community and competition for high school students, that guides them to create mock startups from the big idea to the pitch. He is the STEM Corps Program Director for Computer Mentors Group, a non-profit that empowers underserved students with technology tools and skills. He is building a team and curriculum for Ybor School, a scholarship based private middle school that meets high standards through developing social entrepreneurs that is scheduled to launch in several years.

Steven Fage

Growing up in Rhode Island, Steven started his entrepreneurial career going door to door with gift catalogs and landscaping services. He always had an itch for the idea of infinite potential; the kind that can be found when focusing the right amount of energy on the right kind of opportunity. He didn’t know it at such a young age, but what little he did know about starting a business; he knew he wanted the freedom that came with it. Always unable to answer the question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” or the ever famous, “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” all he could ever come up with was, “successful”.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Youth Tampa 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 Tampa Bay is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

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  • Nicholas
  • Todd
  • Deborah Alvarez


Ryan Sullivan
Lover of Good Hair, Sharer of Lifestyle Things, Tampa Bay Startup Community Leader, Foodie & Traveler

Driven to create value in the lives of consumers through effective product development, marketing and distribution. Hard-working entrepreneur that successfully developed and launched dozens of products into the market. 

I strive at understanding how a brand impacts and effects users lives. I love to build products that positively impact the people that come in contact with them. Furthermore, the experience a person has with a brand is key to success.

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