Global Startup Weekend DC

    Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Global Startup Weekend DC

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

WeWork Dupont Circle
1875 Connecticut Ave NW
3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20008

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Don't miss your chance to learn how to take an idea from concept to creation! Purchase your tickets now!

Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago!"?  If you have, then that means you did not have a process for taking that idea and building it out into a prototype.

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days!  Whether you are looking to...

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in DC,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • or take your own idea from concept to creation
Startup Weekend is your destination for the weekend of November 11-13th!  

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...

  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers,
  • passionate visionaries
What's the twist?  

More than 15,000 entrepreneurs will come together for 200 events held during Global Entrepreneurship Week to celebrate entrepreneurship across the globe. The winners of Global Startup Weekend will be featured globally to help them gain more exposure and build momentum for their startup.

All attendees will also be provided with high quality resources and content exclusive to this event.

Join us for a very special weekend!  

For the $99 ticket you get:

  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the tech startup community
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Exclusive sponsor products and snacks :)
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals from throughout DC
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • And over 100 new awesome Facebook friends!

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Friday November 11th

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 November 12th

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 November 13th

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

David Conley
Founder of

Dave Conley is founder of, helping people become entrepreneurs and start successful startups.  Dave started his career at AOL, building the consumer internet for millions of people all over the world. His numerous accomplishments include the Netscape browser, an award-winning internet connected appliance, and AOL 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0. Later he led development for the US Patent and Trademark office.  In the last three years, he's started, coached, invested, and worked in a dozen startups in social media business analytics, men's grooming products, non-profit fundraising, financial literacy apps for kids, social entrepreneurship, and more. 

Kate Glantz
City Marketing Lead at Lyft

Kate Glantz is a mission-driven community builder and entrepreneur living and dreaming at the intersection of technology and social good.

At Lyft, Kate is the City Marketing Lead. She runs all local marketing efforts in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

In addition to her work at Lyft, Kate is the co-founder and CEO of, a donation platform for celebrating life's biggest moments. Prior to, Kate led global health communications campaigns for the State Department and Centers for Disease Control and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania and Senegal.

Kate was named 2016 Entrepreneur of the Year by the D.C. Innovation Awards, a New Power Woman of D.C. Tech by Trending 40, and Top 25 in Tech by Washington Life Magazine. She is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and resides in Washington, D.C.

Jason Feimster
Managing Partner of 3Si Microventure & Holdings

Jason is a former US Marine and is the Managing Partner of 3Si Microventure & Holdings, LLC.  He is a serial entrepreneur and active community leader, who values service, dedication and making real contributions. Jason has devoted his career to maximizing revenue, accelerating market expansion and ensuring corporate performance. He is actively involved in startups including advisory and board level experience in many of the startups 3Si works with and invests in.   Prior to founding and funding startups, Jason served in the US Marine Corps on various assignments to include two deployments in support of the war in Iraq, logistics supervisor for 8th & I Marine Barracks Washington, DC, and combat marksmanship instructor for the weapons training battalion in 29 Palms, California. Jason is an active community leader devoting much of his personal time to fundraising, social awareness campaigns, community activism. His passions include economics, business development and being in the service of others to help them further the mission and goals of their businesses and organizations.

Jesse Sanders
Regional Vice President and General Manager of Compass DC

Jesse Sanders is the Regional Vice President and General Manager for Compass in Washington, DC. Compass is building the first modern real estate platform, pairing the industry's top talent with technology to make the search and sell experience intelligent and seamless. Prior to Compass Jesse worked for over 15 years helping to build businesses of all sizes, from startups to Fortune 100 companies. After beginning his career as a consultant at Bain & Company, he worked in the private equity group at Allied Capital and most recently served as Senior Advisor to the CEO of NRG Home, a leading consumer clean energy company. Jesse is a director of FareShare, a non-profit which provides transportation assistance to homeless veterans in the Washington, DC area. He received an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from Indiana University.

Joshua Shaffner
Vice President, Information Technology

Joshua Shaffner is Vice President of Technology at Convo Communications, overseeing the teams responsible for developing cutting-edge technologies for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people, including Convo Mobile, Convo Lights, and Convo TV. In his early days with Convo, Joshua led and implemented the architecture of Video Communications Platforms from the ground up, which allows Convo customers to enjoy high-quality video relay service calls. Joshua received his B.S. from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC.

Coaches and Mentors

Monica Kang
Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox & Author of Rethink Creativity

Monica Kang is a social entrepreneur, creative educator, speaker and community builder.

As the Founder & CEO of InnovatorsBox, she empowers leaders and organizations with creative thinking and innovation for professionals through workshops, games, coaching and consulting. InnovatorsBox has received a number of national awards for being a bold innovative company that is changing the way how professionals learn to be innovative at work and at home. 

As a community builder, she is an active contributor to the DC startup community scene by being an Organizer and Facilitator at DC Startup Weekend, President of DMV Startup and Fellow at StartingBloc.

Prior to her entrepreneurship path, she was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert working in international affairs.

Dan Light
Early Stage Advisor

Dan Light, founder of Dan Light Consulting, is a Consultant, Mentor, Coach, Speaker, Author and SCORE Mentor focusing on early stage companies. He was on the winning team at the Charlottesville, VA Startup Weekend in March 2014 and a Mentor at Start Peninsula 3.0 in March 2014. His career successes include 4 successful start-ups and an IPO. These included: Foxville Business Development Corporation, a business consulting practice for Defense contractors, Exposures Photography, a stock and freelance photography company, MALCO of Northern Virginia, an automotive and industrial chemical company, and Gatherings, an event planning service. He has contributed to the success of 18 of Washington Technology’s top 100 companies.

Amy Wilson
CoFounder, Just Startup

Amy J. Wilson is a user-centered product manager working at the intersection of communications and technology to solve complex challenges. She delivers innovative solutions that are valuable, usable, fit within a designated market and aligned to accomplishing client’s missions. Tackling problems with a left- (usability/analytic) and right- (design/creative) brain mentality, she has 12 years’ experience building holistic solutions that produce impact with multiple government agencies, private companies, and nonprofit clients. Her blend of communications and technology skills enables her to communicate effectively and empathize with clients, stakeholders, and end users, while also being able to design compelling user interfaces.

Julia Westfall
CEO, Hera Hub DC

Julia is the founder and CEO of Hera Hub DC, a professional work and meeting space for women business owners in the Washington DC Metro area.

Julia’s passion for supporting women business owners comes from her 20+ years working with small businesses, helping them manage their financial and HR needs. She is focused on building a vibrant community and network of women in business that fosters collaboration and supports the launch and growth of their businesses. 

Through her work as the Hera Hub DC founder, she supports organizations focused on entrepreneurship and women in business.

Phil Jung
Associate at Maryland Venture Fund

Phil works as an Investment Associate at the Maryland Venture Fund, an early-stage, evergreen venture capital firm dedicated to growing the next generation of exceptional businesses in Maryland. With $110M in assets under management, the Maryland Venture Fund partners with entrepreneurs to build high-growth technology companies that last. Prior to joining the Maryland Venture Fund, Phil worked for Foundation Capital, a venture capital fund based in Menlo Park, California, and TDF Ventures, an early-stage fund based in Chevy Chase, Maryland.  Phil began his career at KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice in the Silicon Valley where he specialized in software asset management and contract compliance services. He also co-founded the Jeremy Lin Foundation, a Palo Alto based non-profit whose mission is to serve at-risk youth through education and leadership development in underserved communities. Phil received an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA from UC Berkeley.

Mike Chan

Mike is the co-founder of ribl, a real-time, location-based message board mobile app where you can share and discover the most relevant content about your current vicinity so you’ll never miss out on what’s happening around you. 

He is also the Founder and Principal of MWC Consulting, a marketing and strategy consulting firm that helps startups and small businesses get off the ground and grow. He loves tech startups and is heavily involved as a founder, advisor, and Facilitator and Organizer of Startup Weekend DC. He's also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and was formerly the Senior Director of Strategic Marketing for the Washington Capitals / Monumental Sports and Entertainment. 

His specialties and interests include entrepreneurship, customer relationship management, online marketing, mobile marketing, social media marketing, branding and advertising, research and analytics, product management, user experience, business development, and more. 

Blake Band
Community Manager at IVY

Blake is currently the Community Manager at IVY, a social university bringing together DC's top professionals through a series of social, cultural and intellectual experiences. Prior to working at IVY, Blake worked in marketing for CAVA Grill, NativeVox, co-founded MorningScene, and received his Masters of Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida. 

Jonathan Chashper
CEO & Founder of Product Savvy Consulting

Jonathan is the CEO and Founder of Product Savvy Consulting. He is a recognized technology and business leader offering original insights and a passion for innovation. He has an extensive track record of building and launching successful, high profile software solutions within a range of early-stage and middle-market companies. He brings expertise in product management, product development and product marketing. Since founding ProductSavvyô in 2006, he has helped a wide range of fast growth companies accelerate and strengthen their product capabilities, and build and launch new market offerings. Prior to founding ProductSavvyô, he led software development at AeroScout, a global leader in Wi-Fi-based RFID tags (acquired by Stanley Black & Decker); Earlier in his career he co-founded Netprox an early mobile development startup where he led the product management and product development groups, leveraging his experience gained at Regisoft and Comverse Technologies.

Jibril Jaha
Social Entrepreneur

Jibril is a social entrepreneur and disability advocate particularly focused in accessibility technology. Jibril is currently developing and working on a pending non profit organization He has launched, eSTEAM+D. We are in the early stage for developing programs specially for people with disabilities interested STEAM activities to promote inclusion and accessibility. In his spare time, he likes to do crossfit, play soccer/basketball, attend workshops related to social good and tech events in the city. 

Lisa Cuesta
Principal, NextGen Venture Partners

Lisa is a Principal on the investment team at NextGen Venture Partners. Before joining NextGen, Lisa worked at Google in strategy and product roles and the ecommerce team at Pepsico. Lisa earned a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Global Startup Weekend DC 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 Washington, D.C. is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Lindsey
  • Steven
  • John
  • Brandon
  • Mike
  • Monica
  • Amanda


Daniel Johnsen
Founder, The Recovery Station

Founder, The Recovery Station (winner of Startup Weekend Lexington, Kentucky 2013)
From:KY (we love bourbon), live in Louisville, Kentucky, United States; currently residing in Longreach, Queensland, Australia.
Background: Founded a few companies, currently making a vending kiosk that dispenses pre/post workout drinks like protein shakes that are customizable and blended on-demand for everyday athletes in gyms (idea was the #1 placing idea at a Startup Weekend during a global startup battle).  I'm heavily active in Louisville & KY's startup scene where I help from basic mentoring with early stage ideas, organize Startup Weekends, throw happy hours for the startup & tech scene, the go-to person for pitch feedback before our area accelerator demo days, and random other items that I often forget and just do as they show up on my calendar.  I have a passion for asking some pretty forceful questions to get early stage entrepreneurs to evaluate their market, problem and solution and arrive at some decision point sooner rather than waiting 18+ months to launch MVPs, scale or bury the idea.
SW/UP: Been part of 30+ (?) Startup Weekends as: Sunday night observer x4; team lead x2; organizer x4; facilitator x1; judge x1; only KY rep for 2014 Vegas Summit; Startup Next participant x3 (I think I hold some type of non-verifiable record for as many ideas as I've taken through); Startup Next mentor x1

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