Startup Weekend Tampa Bay

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

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Startup Weekend Tampa Bay

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Tampa Bay Wave
400 N Ashley St
Suite 200
Tampa, Fl 33602

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Startup Weekend Tampa Bay - Global Startup Battle

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.  On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

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Friday November 14th

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 15th

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 16th

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

Oytun Tutuncu
Interactive Marketing Manager at Pepin Distributing Company and Digital Strategist at Gauge.Social, Inc.

Oytun is an information junkie addicted to the digital world. He communicates well in English, Russian, Turkish, Uzbek and social media. In addition to his work at Pepin he is the Founder and Digital Strategist at Gauge Social, Inc. Oytun manages regional marketing for a portfolio of beer brands such as Budweiser, Bud Light, Shock Top, Stella Artois, Corona, SweetWater, Magic Hat & more so turn to him for all of your digital marketing and branding needs. 

Linda Olson

Linda Olson – President & Executive Director of Tampa Bay WaVE: Ms. Olson has more than 15 years of experience in early stage technology companies in senior management and advisory roles and experience raising over $40 million in venture capital. She is the founder and president of Tampa Bay WaVE (WaVE), having grown the organization to over 150 early stage technology companies in just six years. Prior to WaVE, Linda directed Sarbanes-Oxley compliance efforts for The New York Times Company. Linda also has extensive experience as a technology and process consultant for Fortune 500 companies. She has a CPA license from the State of Florida and an MBA from Columbia University.

Darcy Raymond

Darcy Raymond joined the Rays in January 2006 as the team's first vice president, branding and fan experience. Since then he has developed a breakthrough fan experience at Tropicana Field, while overseeing the areas of marketing, customer service, game entertainment and ballpark experience.Raymond has extensive consumer products and branding experience including five years with Procter and Gamble, the last two as a brand manager. He also led all marketing efforts as vice president of marketing for, a search engine company.Raymond has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University's John Molson School of Business, in Montreal. A proud native of Montreal, Darcy is fluent in French and was a fervent Expos fan. In his spare time, Darcy enjoys playing hockey, teaching and international travel.

Justin Davis

Justin Davis is founder of Madera Labs, a Tampa-based UX design consultancy, and is also founder of Drawer, a startup helping to change the way people discover new places while traveling. He is a 20-year technology veteran, having launched and built countless products in his career. Justin is fanatical about great design, a user-centered approach to solving problems, and startups that scale effectively.

Coaches and Mentors

Jennifer Valenti
VP for CSS Strategy

Jennifer Valenti is Vice President for CSS Strategy for Citigroup focusing on strategic initiatives for Citi Shared Services in Operations and Technology.  Previously she was the former Founder and CEO of Four Elements Media, Inc., a media technology start-up. She worked in film and television for over 18 years in various high-profile roles, and prior to founding Four Elements Media, Inc. she was the former Nielsen Portfolio Executive for Television Ratings and Engineering across North America. She is also a former start-up weekend winner, and has pitched to hundreds of investors and raised millions of dollars in funding over the course of her career. 

Peter Radizeski

Peter Radizeski is an accomplished blogger, author, agent and consultant in the telecom industry. He has helped many service providers with strategy, shifts, product launches, marketing, sales and go-to-market plans. He has worked with billion dollar companies like XO and Bright House to regional providers to start-ups.

Greg Ross Munro
CEO - Sourcetoad

Greg Ross-Munro is an serial entrepreneur and the CEO of two technology companies. He sold his first tech company at 24, and has not been able to stop.
Greg currently runs Sourcetoad, a hybrid-software engineering firm with offices in the USA and Australia. Sourcetoad's team of developers have built applications and games for of clients like Viking Cruises, Jackson Hewitt, Procter and Gamble, Luxottica, the US Special Forces, and dozens of startups.
He is also the founder of Teburu, a TechStars seeded company that provides online ordering systems to small and medium sized restaurants.
Greg is a third generation programer, something that is pretty rare. He has three degrees in Business and Entrepreneurship from USF.

Greg grew up in Africa, and has lived and worked in Japan. He delights in good Scotch whisky and suffers from a dark sense of humor, and an incomprehensible patience with beautiful but temperamental British sports cars.

Ashley Mooney

Ashley Mooney is a savvy digital content strategist and copywriter. She's been voted one of the top 100 Community Managers in the world, and co-founded Clear Presence Media, a marketing agency with clients ranging from small, local businesses to media giants, like Rolling Stone. She has also helped brands like Party City, Pilot Pens and Noblehouse Hotel & Resorts create an impactful social media presence and content strategy. When she's not knee deep in web analytics, she can be found sipping on a fancy cup of loose leaf tea, pinky out. 

Kevin Furbish

Kevin is an entrepreneurial engineer who has been developing software professionally for over 25 years at early stage startups and large companies alike. He currently works in the Innovation and Advanced Technology department of Intuit, which Forbes describes as “the 30-year-old startup” in recognition of Intuit's culture of innovation. Kevin routinely develops new product concepts, implements them and uses Lean Startup methodology to test and refine the productsKevin holds more than ten patents in the fields of intelligent systems, social networks, data visualization, online payments and marketing automation.

Nate Madera

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.

Jake Filloramo

Jake has an addiction helping early-stage startups identify who their early adopters are, how to reach them (more importantly, how they want to be reached), and pinpointing what their true pain points are. He is currently the Accelerator Program Manager at Tampa Bay WaVE where he advises 30 early-stage technology companies on how to get from an idea to an MVP and finally into customers and revenue. Outside of his day job (which he loves), Jake volunteers his time by coorganizing the Tampa Lean Startup Circle where entrepreneurs share best practices in lean startup methodologies. Ask Jake about customer discovery, conducting customer interviews, business model canvas techniques, landing page optimization, how to build the right MVP, questioning your customer assumptions and structuring a compelling pitch deck.

Tracy Ingram
Founder - Inbound ROI

Tracy Ingram has over 10 years experience in online marketing from website development to online strategy. His new venture Inbound ROI helps companies focus on what is important to increase profitability from online marketing and really achieve high ROI from online marketing. Known locally as a growth hacker, Tracy is able to identify key tasks for rapid startup growth and profitability. He has helped companies make millions of dollars a month from organic traffic and even moved Amazon off the front page of google for competitive terms. 

Jak Plihal

Jak Plihal extends his strategic sales skill in support of a renaissance in American entrepreneurship. He is the founder of the strategy implementation firm Being Solutions, and is a partner in The Warren Company -- the firm that invented strategic alliances and established the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals. Jak is proud of his work expanding innovative leadership inside many of the best small and large companies, including: Whole Foods, Google, Mozilla, PwC, Kaiser, Cisco Systems, American Express, General Engineering, and the Center for Environmental Health. Jak’s transformational approach to team development is delivered with low stress -- high impact and has affected a range of bonafide performance breakthroughs in sales, marketing, product design, team culture, business structure, and business development. With experience coaching and training high performance teams across all major industries, Jak's work is universal and reliable.  Jak enjoys married life, his three wonderful children, playing sports, and making music.

Christian Reich

Christian is a designer and developer, or as some call him: a unicorn. His 
focus is on user interfaces and experiences, though he has a background in 
advertising and graphic design. He has been an iOS developer for about 8 
years. Christian serves on the Board of Directors for the Tampa 
International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival where he designed and developed 
their website, mobile app, and digital ticketing system. He currently works 
as a developer and designer at Tech Data.

Darin Lewis

Darin Lewis is the Founder & Creative Director of MEGA. Leading all agency creative, Darin has more than 10 years of creative direction and branding experience for brands and campaigns that traverse many industries, mediums, and technologies. His passion for creating rich user interactions for his clients keeps the company challenged and engaged at all times.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Tampa Bay 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.
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