Startup Weekend Texarkana

    Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Texarkana

Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017

Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Texas A&M University-Texarkana
7101 Unviersity Ave
Texarkana, TX 75503

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Explore how turning an idea into a business can be a reality.

Startup Weekend gives innovators the chance for hands on discovery, experience, and interaction from a unique group of the most passionate coaches and starup business entrepreneurs.

Be a part of Startup Weekend. Sponsor, be a judge, coach, or volunteer, please email:

There are sponsorship levels and opportunities available and many ways to be involved in the event that will fit your schedule and area of expertise.

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A group rate and a block of rooms are available to participants that need accommodations in Texarkana. Individuals are responsible for all rooms and charges.

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Friday April 21st

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 April 22nd

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 April 23rd

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

Mike Sandefur

John Rich

Heather Wright
News Reporter

News Reporter for KTAL NBC 6

Coaches and Mentors

Susan Nash

Director of Innovation and Emerging Science and Technology

Josh Dunkeson
Windows System Administrator

Tim Wilson
Director, Small Business Development Center

Darrell Williams
Economic Development Finance Professional, Business Advisor

Northeast Texas Small Business Development Center 

David Dowdle
Information Technology Specialist

Courtney Boeckmann
Development Officer

Patrick Thornton

Nathan Harris
S.V.P. Commerical Loan Officer

Nathan is a Texas A&M University-Texarkana graduate who is employeed with Farmers Bank & Trust.

Kimberly Bocox
Chief Financial Officer

Randy Rankin
IT Manager

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Texarkana 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.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Brittney
  • Dana
  • Gary
  • Caleb


Dina Moy

Event Staff

Ranell Bryant
Bookstore Manager

Lance Nugent

Katelyn Pipes

Jason Scott

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