Triad Women Startup Weekend 2018 -- No Talk. All Action.

    Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Triad Women Startup Weekend 2018 -- No Talk. All Action.

Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, February 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Flywheel Coworking
Center for Design Innovation
450 Design Ave
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Finally a startup weekend designed to accelerate Winston-Salem's women entrepreneurs!

Are you a woman with an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

The Global Startup Weekend Women is an international initiative led by Paris to make entrepreneurial projects more diverse and inclusive, and to highlight the impact of women in entrepreneurship. By strengthening and connecting Startup Weekend Women communities worldwide, we create a global wave that encourages women all around the world to embrace entrepreneurship and technology, and build a society that truly reflects all of us.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors - successful women founders from across the region
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday February 9th

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 February 10th

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
Check-In / Inspiration
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help, 5-minute inspirational speaker

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings & Mentor Visits
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help! Mentors will drop in between 3pm - 4pm to give fresh perspective.

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Check-In / Sharing
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 February 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Check-In / Inspiration
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions. Final words of encouragement.

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!


Jen Oleniczak-Brown

Jen Oleniczak Brown is Working to improve speaking, listening and conversation skills through improv-based education, empowering women, specifically women entrepreneurs and progressive women running for office, and spreading the good word of using improv for self-improvemen

Event Judges

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.

Raina Haque

Raina Haque, JD is the founder of Erdős Intellectual Property Law. For her, creativity and critical analysis go hand-in-hand. Raina is the polymath intellectual property attorney. She has deep respect for entrepreneurial endeavors; that is why she excels as an advocate for art, design, and innovation across multiple industries. She is an intellectual property attorney registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and trained by the agency in Patent Examiner Practice & Procedure. She counsels major healthcare and research institutions, startups, small businesses, and individual inventors.

Simone Rose
Associate Dean for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Simone Rose is an award winning professor and active scholar who writes and publishes in the area of intellectual property (IP).   Prior to joining the law faculty, Simone practiced law at Foley and Lardner LLP. As a registered patent attorney, she assisted clients in both the acquisition and enforcement of patent, trademark and other intellectual property rights. In her newly appointed position as the Associate Dean for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Simone looks forward to creating a strong law school presence in the Innovation Quarter’s Bioscience and Engineering programs.

Coaches and Mentors

Falon Thomas

Falon is an experienced technology and branding professional who designs and develops web and mobile applications, business websites, and landing pages.

Monica Doss

Monica develops and implements entrepreneurship and innovation strategies, educational programs and networks that are both transformative and organic for research and higher education institutions, accelerators, economic development organizations and communities.

Tiffany Dodson

Tiffany holds deep roots in the franchise industry, ranging from senior roles at well-known international franchises, to receiving national recognition not only as a top performing franchisee but also as a master franchisee. In her marketing career, Tiffany has the pleasure of working on some of the world's best-known brands: Miller Lite, Krispy Kreme, and Liberty Tax Service. During her marketing experience with these brands, she worked on brand strategy, brand planning, television, radio, outdoor, digital, print, promotions, execution, grass roots marketing, agency searches, multi-cultural programs, budgeting, and new products.

Bruce Maxwell
Founder, Bruce Maxwell Consulting

As Founder of Bruce Maxwell Consulting, Bruce provides interim executive services as CEO, COO or CFO to help startups get organized and funded. I also provided troubleshooting and due diligence services to venture firms. Bruce has over 20 years of experience raising private equity from Angel and VC investors and has personally raised over $78 million. Bruce can condense 25 years of experience at starting companies into a single sentence: "The amateurs focus on maximizing the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, while the professionals focus on minimizing risk on the road to cash flow breakeven."

Taryn Jerez

Founder of One Crafty Miss, LLC Taryn is a creative business coach, blogger, and speaker with a heart centered on teaching and serving creative women who have a vision for their business and their life. She has extensive experience in everything from market research and brand awareness to product development and vendor relations. She's a dedicated, motivated, and talented creative professional with experience working for Fortune 500 companies and diverse brands both big and small. 

Devay Campbell
Business Mentor & Speaker

Devay is a career and business mentor, two-time best-selling author and speaker. At her core, she is a dreamer that desires to help others with their dreams of having a stellar career, monetize their knowledge or become the leader they were meant to me.

Suzy McCalley
Business Coach

Suzy is a professional business coach, certified holistic practitioner, and passionate performing artist.
In 2013, she founded The Breathing Room - a creative center for yoga, arts and wellness in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina. 

Mona King
Chief Creative Cultivator

Mona+Associates Design, LLC; Environmental Design Professional adept at critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership and creative development. Strategic thinker with an eye on critical analysis, cost controls, brand / identity design, and attaining your holistic space and vision. Biomimicry research and adaptive design and product development. 

Alyson Francisco
Director of the Center for Women in Business

Alyson Francisco is the Mary Ardrey Stough Kimbrough Chair in Business and Economics at Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  As a full time faculty member, she teaches finance, entrepreneurship and business planning. She also serves as the Director of the College’s Center for Women in Business where she focuses on linking Salem to the external professional community through providing relevant business programming, creating networking forums, and helping students secure mentoring opportunities, internships and job placements.  Prior to higher education, she spent more than twenty-five years in the consumer packaged goods industry holding executive level positions in finance and customer operations with Sara Lee Corporation and Hanes Brands, Inc.   She is a graduate of NC State University and holds an MBA from Duke University.  She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem where she now serves as an Action Learning Coach.  She also is involved in the community through her work with the Center for Women in Business, as a board member of the Center for Creative Economy, a member of the Winston-Salem Small Business Advisory Board, and member of the Entrepreneur Ecosystem of Forsyth County.  

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Triad Women Startup Weekend 2018 -- No Talk. All Action. 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

  • Karen
  • Bobbie
  • Peter
  • Fay
  • Notis
  • Allan
  • Margaret
  • Andrea


Ann-Marie Nunziata

Ann-Marie is on the pursuit of becoming the Olivia Pope of Columbia startups. By day, she’s pursuing her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. By night, she helps plan Columbia startup events including Startup Weekend, Startup Grind, and The Exchange. Ann-Marie consults with the companies at the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator on social media, efficiency, and student engagement.

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Ashley Blume
Program Assistant, HUSTLE Winston-Salem

Ashley Blume, originally from New York, is now a Triad-based marketing professional with expertise in social media management, web design and event coordination. She is passionate about taking new businesses to the next level by optimizing their marketing practices and brand recognition.

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