Startup Weekend GSB Tampa

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

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Startup Weekend GSB Tampa

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

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

UT Entrepreneur Center, 8th Floor of Innovation & Collaboration Bldg.
820 W North A Street
Tampa, FL 33606

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Learn, Network, Startup

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, and presentation by Sunday evening. 

This weekend is particularly special, as it's Global Startup Battle! (GSB)

Startup Weekend will host over 200 events in over 80 countries around the world d
uring the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week (Nov 17-23). Teams from each event can compete regionally or by theme with one another via a global video competition. Every team from those events will be eligible to compete in Global Startup Battle (GSB) in the following tracks:

  • Champions Track - 
    Join a legacy of some of the all-time Startup Weekend greats as part of the Champions Track. 
  • Great in the Making - Made great by Mr. Coffee
    If you seek to make a difference (a great difference) in the lives of others, this is your track.

  • The Innovators - Powered by .CO
    Calling all Startup Weekend teams that are launching their brilliant ideas on a .CO domain!

  • Disruptors & Big Ideas - Powered By Transpose
    For the entrepreneurs setting out to change industries with visionary ideas.

  • Mobile Growth Track - Sponsored By Branch
    Calling all app developers and enthusiasts! Let Branch help you launch your next big idea!

  • Open Track - Sponsored By The Company Corporation
    A brand new way to compete! This Track is for teams who do not attend a GSB event and are in the early stages of launching their ideas.
We are looking forward to making a big dent in Tampa! If you would like to see the reach and exposure our Startup Weekend community had last year, check out the 2014 GSB infographic.


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

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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. 11PM is the hard stop for this first night so make sure you iron out your plans for the following day

10:30 pm
Wrap Up
We have to be out of the building by 11pm so make sure you start wrapping everything up for the day

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

11:00 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!

Event Judges

Jody Haneke
Founder/CEO - Haneke Design

Jody Haneke is president of Haneke Design, which was founded in 2002. Haneke Design is an interactive design and development firm focused on delivering user-centered solutions for desktop, mobile and tablet devices. Haneke Design works with some of the world's leading brands and advertising agencies to deliver multi-platform, cross-device campaigns. Additionally, Haneke Design helps enterprise customers mobilize their web applications and web services, leveraging their expert user experience and technological skills to ensure that the applications work perfectly, are easy to use and deliver optimal strategic and bottom line results.

Haneke Design has created award-winning projects for clients in industries such as retail, media and publishing, banking, insurance, accounting, film, healthcare, nonprofits, technology, and online business services. 

Active in many community and professional associations, Jody serves on the board of AIGA Tampa Bay, the WEDU New Media Task Force, the Employ Florida Banner Center for Creative Industries Advisory Council, and the Advisory Board of the mGive Foundation, a public charity working to enhance the mobile giving ecosystem. He is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla. 

Topher Morrison
Managing Director, Key Person of Influence

Topher Morrison is the founder of a Personal Branding Agency in Tampa, FL. He is the author of three best-selling books and has been a resident of Tampa for 18 years. For the past 25 years, he has traveled the world for business and witnessed the development of the most innovative cities. He has observed what can happen when cities stop playing politics and start playing the game of innovation.  

He volunteers his time to mentor students at the University of Tampa’s entrepreneurship center and is a member of UT’s Board of Fellows. As a founding member of the Center Circle at the Center for Women, Topher has a track record advocating for equal rights of women in the workplace. He was one of the most vocal citizens in the fight against the Public Transportation Commission for allowing ride share services like Uber and Lyft to remain in Tampa. He is a member of the Tampa Downtown Partnership and serves on the development committee for Feeding Tampa Bay.  

His extensive speaking career, spanning over the past 30 years, has earned him a global reputation as an expert in mass-communication and influence. He has spoken for top execs with American Express, Microsoft  and Google, just to name a few. Topher is shockingly honest, sometimes irreverent, and always down-to-earth. His personality and straightforward manner are perfect for the person who is tired of partisan politics and career politicians. He is not afraid to tell it like it is and speaks to the person who couldn’t care less about party affiliation and is more focused on making sure Tampa is the ultimate city to live work and play.

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.

Sid Khurrum Hasan
Senior Partner - TekBank

Sid is a Senior Partner at TekBank and Co-Founder of CUPS - Channel District Urban Professionals Society. He is responsible for expansion activities around TekBank's SI (system integrator) entry into the Southeast. 

Mr. Hasan identifies, pursues and owns critical relationships with key customers within the Professional Services space. Responsible for the development of business opportunities made possible through the combination of deep industry knowledge, CxO relationships and a solutions-based, consultative-selling approach. Drives new business opportunities by developing and leveraging both new and existing relationships and provides value to partners, balancing customer success with a profitable services business.

Coaches and Mentors

Brent Britton
IP Lawyer - de le Pena & Holiday LLP

Brent C.J. Britton is a technology lawyer, teacher, and author in San Francisco, California, and Tampa, Florida. A former computer scientist and software engineer, Britton was the first graduate of the MIT Media Laboratory to become a lawyer and recently wrote a book about Intellectual Property Law titled "Ownabiliy." Described by 83 Degrees magazine as “arguably the most sought after one-man think tank for entrepreneurs across Central Florida,” Britton has been advising technology companies for more than 20 years in Boston, Silicon Valley, New York, and Florida.

Jennifer Jolly
Instructor of Entrepreneurship at USF

Jennie Jolly is a professor with the University of South Florida’s nationally-ranked Center for Entrepreneurship, where she teaches course in small business development and new venture formation. Before coming to the Center, she worked as a traveling tour assistant and merchandiser for various recording artists and performed a variety of functions with the IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees). Her interests are in teaching and telling the story of how entrepreneurs have that first break through moment of “I am not working for anyone else…” which drives them to create something entirely new.  Ms. Jolly has co-authored or copy edited several texts on entrepreneurial studies.  Currently, she advises local and internationals start ups, and is working on her own unique brands that encompass her sense of fun, freedom, and entertainment.

Teena Cardozo
Founder - BrandMunki

After seven years of corporate advertising and branding experience, Teena Cardozo decided to start her own branding agency called BrandMunki. Her design experience includes creating bold, fresh creative concepts that ensure effective community awareness, as well as increase patronage for destination locations such as restaurants, nightclubs and other entertainment facilities. Her strong design instincts have resulted in a successful record of creating innovative award winning campaigns for her clients. Cardozo graduated from Jacksonville University, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a Concentration in Graphic Design.

2014 Tampa Bay’s Business Journals Up and Comers Award Winner
2013 Tampa Bay’s Business Journals People on the Move
2013 Tampa Bay’s Business Journals Hot New Leads

Steve Tingiris
Founding Board Member at Tampa Bay Wave

Steve is a serial entrepreneur who has started and sold three technology companies over the past 15-years.
Currently, Steve is working on his newest company, Dabble Lab - a startup studio that helps organizations and individuals turn technology ideas into market-ready products and new business ventures.
Steve is also a founding board member of Tampa Bay Wave and is heading up the FirstWave Accelerator - a program that provides entrepreneurship education and helps connect startup founders with people who can help them succeed.

Scott Moore
Founder - Urban Body Clothing

Nick Price
Founder - CitySleekers

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. 

Jodi Kaplan

I have founded and grown several companies. My passion is effective marketing for business growth and currently offer off site CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) services without the huge payroll. Throughout the last 28 years I have learned business growth techniques by doing and then teaching, as true business success needs a well trained and talented team. Now I am assisting other businesses reach their marketing goals via effective marketing strategy and execution. My agency, Peak Reputation, Inc. specializes in effective online reputation management, enhancement and/or repair.

Specialties: Effective Negotiation. Purchasing and Supply Chain and Distribution Management. Sales and Marketing Management. Internet and Social Media Marketing. Mobile Marketing. Consultative Sales. Business Development. Online Strategy. Marketing Research. Public Relations and Training via Webinar or In Person. Market Research, Online Reputation Repair.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend GSB 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.
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  • Trey
  • Ryan
  • Michael
  • Gracie
  • Allison
  • Deborah Alvarez
  • Chelsea
  • Zachary
  • Charles
  • Brianna
  • Jimmy
    Uteg III
  • Andrey
  • Eric


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1

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