Triad Startup Weekend Greensboro

    Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015

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Triad Startup Weekend Greensboro

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

229 N. Greene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

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54 Hours of collaboration, fun and high speed progress toward your next Startup!

Have you ever been to a SUW? Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.


Friday April 17th

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 18th

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 19th

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!


Jon Colgan
Founder and CEO @ CellBreaker

 Jon Colgan is founder of, an NC IDEA grant recipient (2013) and 500 Startups alum (2015). Fun fact: To talk about CellBreaker, Jon was the last scheduled interviewee with Diane Sawyer before she retired as ABC World News nightly anchor in 2014. Funner fact: Jon hasn't brushed his hair since the 7th grade. As a lifelong entrepreneur and former UNC ethics debate captain, Jon's mission is simple: give consumers confidence to veto bills they don't owe.

Event Judges

Andy Zimmerman
King of Lewis Street

In 2014, Zimmerman began reactivating Lewis Street, just off the South Elm Street corridor in downtown, with the renovation of historic buildings that now house Gibb's Hundred Brewing Co. and makerspace The Forge.Across downtown, Zimmerman also began work redeveloping the former Steele & Vaughn retail building at North Eugene Street and Battleground Avenue into space that in 2015 will welcome Preyer Brewing and a second restaurant by downtown favorite Crafted.Zimmerman then set his sights on another corner of downtown when he announced plans, in partnership with Cort Bennett, to redevelop the long-vacant Gate City Motors property at 300 N. Church St. into a mixed-use project that could include another brewery or distillery, restaurants and retail. Those plans are expected to shape up this year.But Zimmerman wasn't done. In late 2014, he announced plans to partner with co-working space HQ Raleigh to develop HQ Greensboro in another historic building on Lewis Street, next to The Forge.Could there be another new project announced by Zimmerman during 2015? We'd be surprised if there wasn't.Zimmerman has focused his energy on rejuvenating vacant properties in the core of Greensboro in ways that are going to attract like-minded innovators and entrepreneurs like himself.Add his multiple projects of different varieties to those game-changing facilities like the performing arts center, and downtown Greensboro is in line for a major boost during the next several years.

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.

Bushra Farooqui
3L @ElonLaw

3L @ElonLaw. In the heart of Aristotle's forest. Man's main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life. --V Frankl

Coaches and Mentors

Brandon Burke

John Peele

Braden Douglass

Christopher Poe
Brooks Pierce

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.

Bryan Toney
Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Engagement at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Bryan Toney is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Engagement at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he also previously served as Director of the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center. Prior to coming to Greensboro in 2011, he served as Founding Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Appalachian State and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgia Tech. He began his career as founder and CEO of Information Management Inc., a high growth technology firm in Atlanta. He has extensive experience in entrepreneurial ecosystem development, working with local, regional and global partners to develop high value opportunities for students, faculty, businesses and community members. 

Kathy Elliot
High Point University

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. 

Rob Arnold

Jordan Cauley
Lead Developer

I am a web developer with experience in HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, PHP, and Node.js. I have worked with a variety of CSS preprocessors and comfortable with CSS in any flavor. I use Git for version control. I also have experience working with server environments including several flavors of linux and both nginx and Apache. I experience building full stack solutions in both Javascript and PHP. I have also done substantial work with email actions and transactional email processes.

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