Global Startup Battle 2014

    Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
  7. Blog
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Global Startup Battle 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014

Friday, November 14 - 16, 2014
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Disruption Corporation
2231 Crystal Drive
10th Floor
Arlington, VA 22202

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May the Best Team Dominate the World!

About Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with events in over 100 countries and 600 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


Friday November 14th

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 15th

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 16th

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

DJ Saul
CMO and Managing Director, iStrategyLabs

DJ Saul is the CMO & Managing Director of iStrategyLabs. One of the company’s first employees, DJ is now responsible for ISL’s marketing, DC operations, partnerships and business development. DJ also advises companies and early stage ventures on everything from digital to experiential marketing strategy, to branding and partnership development.

James Keeratisakdawong
Principal, Maryland Venture Fund

James is the Principal of the Maryland Venture Fund, a state-funded early-stage equity fund. The Fund makes direct investments in technology and life science companies and indirect investments in venture capital funds.

Elana Fine
Managing Director at Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship

Omid Jahanbin
CEO, Founder

Jeff Cherry
Founder And Executive Director at Conscious Venture Lab

Coaches and Mentors

Sameer Gulati
Chief Product Officer at Spree Commerce

Jason Nellis
Founder at Overachiever Media

Jason Nellis is founder and CEO of Overachiever Media, a DC-based content marketing firm with clients that include Monumental Sports, Marriott, DC United, Vimeo, and others. Jason was also an early employee at Hulu, where he helped manage more than 70 content partners for the company (including NBCUniversal, Scripps Network, The Onion, and The White House). In his spare time, you can find him running the DC Lean Startup Circle. (So yeah. He’s got LOTS of free time.)

Kristian Bouw

Kristian helps entrepreneurs validate whether their products can become viable businesses. His company does this by a offering fixed priced, fixed timeline consulting engagement in which we build an MVP that let's the entrepreneur "get out of the building" and show their product to users, customers, and investors. They can build a clickable design prototype in 2 weeks or a full, market-ready Minimum Viable Product in 4 weeks.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Global Startup Battle 2014 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.



Venue Sponsor


Bronze Sponsorship

Organizing Team

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

  • Mack
  • Denis
  • Barbara
  • Mike
  • Kris
  • Sam
  • Brian
  • Ian


Mack Kolarich
Cofounder, Startup Angels

Mack is the Cofounder and VP of Product at Startup Angels. Their core product is an online marketplace where people can find and invest in venture capital funds. They also produce a variety of investor educational content and produce angel workshops in cities around the world. Mack is also a cofounder of SceneSquid, a SaaS marketing tool for the events industry.

Previously, he was a partner at Startup Jackpot, an active organizer of Startup Weekends out of Washington, DC, and a corporate innovation consultant.

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