Techstars Startup Weekend Tulsa

    Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Tulsa

Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019

Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

36 Degrees North
36 East Cameron St
Tulsa, OK 74103

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have 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.

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:
  • 6 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • 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 April 12th

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:00 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 10:00 pm.

Saturday April 13th

8:15 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 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!

Sunday April 14th

8:15 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:30 am

12:30 pm
Presentation Prep
The final hours of work time should focus on telling your story and perfecting your presentation

2:00 pm
Tech Check
Tech check for final presentations

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

4:30 pm
Judging & Awards

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Jennifer Hankins
Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Jennifer Hankins works with area partners to continue to develop and implement regional strategies for fostering a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem. She is also responsible for operations and program management of The Forge--downtown Tulsa's certified business incubator for high-growth startups and early-stage companies. 

Kojo Asamoa-Caesar
Interim Executive Director, 36 Degrees North

Kojo Asamoa-Caesar most recently served as principal of Greenwood Leadership Academy, an elementary school he founded as part of a partnership between the Met Cares Foundation and Tulsa Public Schools. Kojo believes that we're all born with boundless potential, but that it must be cultivated in a community conducive to growth, and he wakes up and works hard every day to build such a community. 

Jeff Burdge
Capital Access Manager for Kiva Tulsa

Jeff Burdge is the Kiva Tulsa Lead for the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation. Prior to his position as Kiva Tulsa Lead, he was the claims manager for John Christner Trucking in Sapulpa, OK. Before that he served multiple claims positions for State Farm Insurance. Jeff graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2010 with a BS in Geography and a minor in Emergency Management.

Coaches and Mentors

Lara Foley
Professor of Sociology

Lara Foley, PhD, oversees the University of Tulsa's study abroad and exchange programs, education abroad policies, and the integration of education abroad into the undergraduate curriculum. She also directs the TU Global Scholars program. For the Global Scholars program, Dr. Foley co-teaches "Global Challenges" and a summer study abroad course in Berlin and Budapest titled "Sustainability and Urban Development." She previously co-directed a study abroad course in Ghana titled "Responding to Interpersonal, Intercultural and Historical Violence." Foley's research has been in the areas of gender, medicine and law. She is the co-author of Gendering Bodies published by Rowman and Littlefield. She received a BA in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Sociology with a graduate certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Florida.

Tammy Torkleson
President & CEO

Tammy Torkleson is the founder of Indigo Technology, a software company that builds technology solutions for businesses to use to recover missed revenue opportunities. 

Luke Crouch
Privacy & Security Engineer, Mozilla

Luke has made web software for 20 years - in corporations, startups, and non-profits. He likes to build products with python & javascript, measure data, and learn new ideas with co-workers. TechSpecialties: privacy & security, javascript, python & django, git & github. He is on the board for Techlahoma and a community organizer for Code for Tulsa. 

Mariano Avila
Product Designer

Mariano Avila has worked in product design, product management, and digital marketing, working with companies of all shapes and sizes, from Y Combinator backed startups and local agencies to top tech companies.

He is currently a senior at the University of Oklahoma studying human-centered product design. 

Sarah Teague
Manager, Events and Outreach - Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University

Experienced Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Budgeting, Entrepreneurship, and Team Building. Strong community and social services professional with a MA focused in Organizational Dynamics- Project Management from University of Oklahoma.

Claire Cornell
Assistant Director of Entrepreneurship, University of Tulsa

Claire Cornell works with undergraduate and graduate students interested in innovation and business creation. She serves as faculty mentor for the Love's Cup, which is a state-wide business plan competition. She is also the director of the Family-Owned Business Institute, which was formed in 1996 to assist family firms succeed into the next generation, by offering programs and services that address issues unique to family businesses and providing a forum for idea exchange and networking. She teaches management courses and organizes and executes the College's business ethics competition.

Jessica Kinsey
Founder & CEO, Prodigy & Co.

At Prodigy & Co. Jessica works with mission-driven organizations to turn ambitious goals into impressive accomplishments. Through innovative strategies and creative problem-solving, we help leaders, entrepreneurs, and do-gooders of all kinds attain the success and impact they dream of.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

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Susan Moring

Susan is the Norman Program Manager of OU's Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, overseeing CCEW's internship program, the programming Boot Camp OK Coders, and other big events like TEDxOU.

Event Staff

Abbey Marino
Strategic Analyst

Abbey Marino is the OU-Tulsa I-CCEW Strategic Analyst, assisting teams through human-centered design strategies and encouraging complex problem-solving.

Jamie Franzese
Strategic Analyst, I-CCEW Norman

Jamie is focused on guiding teams to develop high impact, actionable, robust solutions in order to influence the personal and professional development of I-CCEW interns. Jamie works closely with interdisciplinary teams in Norman, with a particular interest in the technology commercialization and social entrepreneurship teams.

Cassandra Rigsby

Jeff Moore
Executive Director at I-CCEW

Prior to joining the University of Oklahoma, Jeff addressed growth and entrepreneurship in a variety of roles and institutions, across a spectrum of industries.
As an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Co., a global management consulting firm, he provided senior leadership counsel to a wide variety of manufacturing, financial, and energy businesses in capital project evaluation and execution, transaction due diligence, and strategic planning.

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