Triad Startup Weekend - Greensboro

    Friday, April 28 - 30, 2017

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Triad Startup Weekend - Greensboro

Friday, April 28 - 30, 2017

Friday, April 28 - 30, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

North Carolina A&T State University
College of Business and Economics
Craig Hall 112
Greensboro, , NC 27411

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Learn, Network, and Build a Business in 54 Hours

A 54 hour Startup Frenzy Co-hosted by NC A&T's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Greensboro Chamber of CommerceLaunch Greensboro.

We are looking for passionate people of all ages, backgrounds, and skillsets - developers, coders, designers, product managers, makers, retirees, students, teachers, business professionals, or anyone with an idea and wants to create a startup.

Bring your ideas and work to inspire others to join your team.  During Saturday and Sunday, teams will focus on customer development, as well as validating their ideas and building a prototype. At the end, teams will pitch their businesses to a panel of judges who will provide feedback and select the winners.

Why should you participate in this Startup Weekend?
1. Education-learn what it takes to lauch a startup
2. Mentoring-receive coaching form experts 
3. Build your Network
4. Find  possible co-founders and investors
5. Launch your startup that solves a real world problem.
6. Win prizes to help you take your startup to the next level

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Friday April 28th

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 29th

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 30th

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

Dalton Grein
Executive Director Piedmont Angel Network

Fund Executive

Piedmont Angel Network
August 2014 – Present (9 months)The Piedmont Angel Network (PAN) is a committed capital angel fund that focuses on investment opportunities in early stage companies that present high growth opportunities. PAN has invested in 23 companies since 2002 with a primary focus on the life science, technology, software, and advanced materials fields. While the Fund has a preference to invest in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, PAN has made investments across North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.

Lou Anne Flanders-Stec
Vice President

Lou Anne Flanders-Stec is a VP of Entrepreneurship at the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce.  Previously she served as Professor of Entrepreneurship and Executive Director at City University of New York (CUNY) Center for Student Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at High Point University.
Prior to academia, she worked as the Fund Executive for the Piedmont Angel Network and as CFO/Strategy officer for two privately funded companies.  In addition, she has over 20 years of experience in the financial management arena working in finance and treasury roles for manufacturing companies.

Wilson Lester
Executive Director

Wilson Lester is a partnership and program management professional.  His career is focused on advancing economic opportunity through strategic partnerships and education.  His role as Executive Director of the Greensboro Community Development Fund works diligently to create relationships with businesses in urban and rural communities through micro lending in support of operational expansion and new business development for underrepresented entrepreneurs.   Wilson is pursuing his Masters in Management, Strategy and Leadership at Michigan State University, and earned his bachelors in Business Administration from Greensboro College.

Galina "Allie" Petrova

Allie Petrova is a Tax and Corporate Law attorney and the founder of Petrova Law PLLC in Greensboro. She assists clients with business sales and acquisitions, financings, and startups. As one of few business attorneys in the Triad with advanced tax law training, she helps businesses with complex business tax planning and IRS representation. Before returning to North Carolina, Allie worked in the Transaction Tax (M&A) practice of Ernst & Young in New York, where she advised private equity and Fortune 500 clients on acquisitions and reorganizations. Allie practiced with a transactional North Carolina law firm before founding her own boutique practice. Ms. Petrova obtained her law degree and an advanced LL.M. degree in Taxation from Georgetown University. She also earned a bilingual LL.M. degree in International Economic Law from The Sorbonne in Paris. 

Greg Monty
Director, Center for Energy Research and Technology, NCA&T

Coaches and Mentors

Sam Funchess
President & CEO

Mr. Funchess is President and CEO of the Nussbaum Center. Prior to this position, he held numerous positions on the Board, including Vice Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the strategic planning committee, as well as treasurer.  Mr. Funchess brings a vast wealth of experience, as he has founded, acquired and sold several businesses. Funchess founded his first company in 2001.  Sam was also an organizer for the Gate City’s Community Bank, a division of West Town Savings Bank. Prior employment includes Financial Analyst for Geneva Associates, a private equity fund; and a Commercial Loan Officer for SouthTrust Bank, a full-service commercial bank.

A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Mr. Funchess has lived in the Triad area since 1993.     

 Mr. Funchess holds Bachelor of Administrative Science degrees in Accounting and Management from Guilford College.
  He has been active in many civic projects in the areas of education and entrepreneurship, founded or chaired several local civic groups in entrepreneurship and is a member of the Greensboro Rotary. Mr. Funchess also served on the Board of Advisors for the UNCG Bryan School of Business and Economics, Greensboro College, School of Business Advisory Council, two private company boards and the Board of Advisors for BATON (a division of the NC Biotech Center). Mr. Funchess has also served on US Senator Kay Hagan’s Small Business Advisory Committee, Chairman for the Friends of Scouting Campaign. He and his wife, Barbara, reside in Guilford County, North Carolina with their three children, Chris, Zack, Sam, Jr.  His interests include family, mountain biking, scuba-diving, and music.

Justin Streuli

Justin Streuli currently serves as Director of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He joins the NCEC after serving the UNCG community as Spartan Startup Living Learning Community Coordinator, Entrepreneurship Lecturer, General Manager of the Spartan Trader, Coleman Fellow, ECDP Academic Advisory Board Member, and Adviser for the UNCG Chapter of the Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization.

Outside of UNCG, Justin served as Director of Business Development for Anomaly Squared, after the fast-growing marketing agency absorbed the web development firm he co-founded, OpenLedge. He is currently a partner in Dynamic Mail Management, a web-based mailroom management software firm commercializing an award winning technology developed at UNCG.

Peter Marsh
Serial Entrepreneur

Peter is a serial entrepreneur in the design and construction industry.  He is a founding member of Flywheel Coworking, a coworking innovation space for entrepreneurs and startups.  Flywheel's first location is the downtown Winston Salem, North Carolina in the heart of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.  Peter also administers the New Ventures Fund, Challenge, and accelerator which is the Triad's only investor/mentor inception stage Investment Fund. 

Geoff Atack

Geoff is the Director of Business Development at ImPACT Maintenance and Reliability Solutions, a training company located in Greensboro, NC.

Chris Veal
Technology Commercialization Counselor

Chris Veal is a Technology Commercialization Counselor at the North Carolina Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC). Chris provides business counseling, training, grant and equity capital formation support to entrepreneurs.  He has  started two entrepreneurial ventures and has 20 years experience in management in a variety of industries, including textiles, photography, and construction.  He has a a Bachelors degree in Textile Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

John Flynn
Director, Carruthers & Roth, PA

Attorney John M Flynn is a Director of the Elon University School of Law Small Business & Entrepreneurship Clinic and Director at Carruthers & Roth, PA in Greensboro.  He focuses on debtor and creditor's rights, loan workouts and other loan transactions.  He is the firm's chief counsel on matters in environmental law.

Steve Llano

Steve's been an entrepreneur before he knew the word! At age ten he designed and printed cool personalized birthday invitations for his family and friends using a simple home printer and software included in Avery's paper stock packaging. A few years later in middle school he designed his first website, called "FrogLand," using Yahoo! GeoCities. It was a site where his and his sisters friends could connect, play and chat online. Today, after nearly a decade of professional experience in web design and digital marketing, Steve launched LlanoMedia which develops and grows businesses using creative design and web marketing strategies. He's also the community network collaborator at Flywheel Coworking, NC's Wix Ambassador where he hosts talks about design and marketing, and co-founder of startup MoreMunch which took one of the top ten spots (out of 250) at New Ventures Challenge 2016.

Christina Tupper

Christina Tupper is an Assistant Professor of Management at North Carolina A&T State University and teaches specifically entrepreneurship courses. She has a PhD in strategic management from Old Dominion University, an MBA from Jacksonville State University, and a BS from Louisiana Tech University. She has worked with and in startups and small businesses around the country. She was recently awarded for outstanding contributions in the field of entrepreneurship education by the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Triad Startup Weekend - Greensboro 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 Triad is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Sam
  • Justin
  • Greg
  • Keenan
  • Alyssa
  • Thaddeus
  • Lou Anne
  • Corwin


Jen Riedel
Program Manager, Techstars Boston

Jen is the Program Manager for the Techstars Boston accelerator. Previously, a Regional Manager at Techstars, overseeing and supporting community leaders as they bring Startup Weekend, Week, and Digest to cities across the Eastern U.S. and Canada. 

Prior to Techstars, Jen was the Director of Operations for Trestles, a service design consulting firm. She was integral to the acquisition process of Unified Imaging, a four-person health tech startup, where she served as Director of Operations. She has been at the forefront of building communities for the last 5 years including Global Shapers, Global Service Jam, LWD-Raleigh, Baller Dinner, Starting Bloc, Hive GLP, Creative Mornings RDU, and more. Jen is from North Carolina, and attended her first Startup Weekend at UNC in 2013. She has an appetite for creating experiences worth having, contributing positively to the circular economy, giving back to the communities that have given so much to her, singing, and has the goal to visit 30 countries before turning 30! 

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