Startup Weekend Georgetown

    Friday, September 19 - 21, 2014

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Georgetown

Friday, September 19 - 21, 2014

Friday, September 19 - 21, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Georgetown University
Hariri Building
Washington, DC

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Announcing Startup Weekend Georgetown: Sept 19-21, 2014

This event is geared towards the DC University community: students, alumni, faculty and staff. However, all are welcome!

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No need to come with an idea or even a pitch! Pitch or no pitch, all are welcome!

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? 

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? 

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 580 cities around the world.  

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Fredericksburg to 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 (as determined by popular vote) 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 cofounder, 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!

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Friday September 19th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in! -Foyer outside Lohrfink Auditorium

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants -Foyer outside Lohrfink Auditorium

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders - Lohrfink Auditorium

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch - Lohrfink Auditorium

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches - Lohrfink Auditorium

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas - Lohrfink Auditorium

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 you'd like - Fisher Colloquium

Saturday September 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee - Fisher Colloquium

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend - Fisher Colloquium

12:00 pm
Fisher Colloquium

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help - Fisher Colloquium

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help! - Fisher Colloquium

6:30 pm
Fisher Colloquium

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help - Fisher Colloquium

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you'd like - Fisher Colloquium

Sunday September 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee - Fisher Colloquium

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

12:00 pm
Fisher Colloquium

12:00 pm
Pitch Workshop
Join us to perfect your pitch! Lead by Allison Shapira, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's MSB and the founder of Global Public Speaking LLC, a company that helps people give powerful and authentic speeches, interviews, and presentations. Read more about Allison:

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS - Fisher Colloquium

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
Fisher Colloquium

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
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Allison Shapira

Allison Shapira is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business and the founder of Global Public Speaking LLC, a company that helps people give powerful and authentic speeches, interviews, and presentations.

Event Judges

Scott Case

@MainStGenome Co-Founder *** Up Global *** @MalariaNoMore to end malaria deaths in Africa by 2015.

Leslie Jump
CEO, Startup Angels

Leslie Jump has 25 years experience building, advising, and investing in new companies in the US as well as internationally. Her current focus is Startup Angels, a platform to inspire and enable new angel investors across the US and around the world. Previously Leslie was a partner in Sawari Ventures, a Cairo-based venture capital firm investing. She continues to serve as an advisor to Flat6Labs, Sawari Ventures' accelerator for seed-stage investments, as well as on the boards of several startups and nonprofits.

Carl Schramm

entrepreneur | author | investor | professor

Shelly Porges

Global Entrepreneurship Advocate & Entrepreneur in Residence at Georgetown

Jonathan Ortmans

President, Global Entrepreneurship Week; Chair, Global Entrepreneurship Congress; Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation; President, the Public Forum Institute

Coaches and Mentors

Shye Gillad
Co-Founder @ ProJet Aviation

Shye Gilad has trained and coached hundreds of executives, entrepreneurs, and airline pilots to successful outcomes, and led multiple startups in the entertainment, air transportation, and leadership development industries. He is passionate about lifelong learning and random acts of hospitality. 

A former airline captain, Shye is a cofounder and managing partner of ProJet Aviation, an award-winning aircraft management and worldwide charter company that helps people accomplish extraordinary things through the wonder of private flight. He is the founder and principal of Creating Lift Leadership, a coaching and consulting firm dedicated to elevating the performance of executives, entrepreneurs, and the organizations they lead. 

Gilad is an adjunct professor and entrepreneur-in-residence at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he earned an MBA in international business. He holds a BS in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and is an EMyth Certified Business Coach and Coach Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF).   

Shye is the co-host of Business Owners Radio, the show that helps your business grow, with new podcasts available on iTunes every Monday.  

Eric Koester
Main Street Genome Founder, former COO of Zaarly

Eric loves to help create new products, generate innovative business models, and solve intractable problems. His focus is on building and guiding early-stage startups into successful businesses. He is currently focused on helping Main Street businesses through Main Street Genome, a technology business that delivers insight-as-a-service to help owners reduce risk and improve profitability. Previously, Eric cofounded Zaarly, a marketplace to helping amazing entrepreneurs and local service providers make money doing what they love with innovative tools and technology. Outside of his own startups, he loves to help other entrepreneurs and wantrapreneurs. He teaches classes at Georgetown University as a professor and serves as an advisor, investor and fan of numerous other startups and entrepreneurs. In his  former life, he worked with hundreds of startups as their startup lawyer (working to help them start, raise money, sell or go public) and as an accountant.

Shaun Johnson

Tiffany Norwood

John Jabara
Founder @ Savenia Labs

John Jabara is the Founder of Savenia Labs (, a MD-based company reinventing appliance, electrical product and home energy ratings so that individuals and businesses can assess lifetime energy costs and environmental impact prior to purchasing. John was recently named Maryland Entrepreneur of the Year by the Maryland Clean Energy Center. Savenia Labs was also named Maryland Incubator Company of the Year in 2013.Prior to this role, John was a 22-year veteran of GlaxoSmithKline. His career included various commercial and business unit executive positions in 4 countries, 6 cities and across 15 roles covering pharmaceuticals, vaccines, diagnostics and eye care products.  John has launched over 25 products, built-out business units in the US and UK, and led start-up operations in Japan.  John also founded industry groups to better work with the governments of Japan and the United Kingdom, and served as a company representative in Washington DC.

Chip Gaskins

Alyssa Lovegrove

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