Startup Weekend: Georgetown University

    Friday, October 2 - 4, 2015


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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend: Georgetown University

Friday, October 2 - 4, 2015



Friday, October 2 - 4, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Georgetown University: Hariri Building
3700 O Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20057

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Announcing Startup Weekend Georgetown: October 2-4, 2015!

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

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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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday October 2nd


6:30 pm
Registration
Registration outside Fisher Colloquium on the 4th floor of the MSB


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
Voting
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 October 3rd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday October 4th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


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.


Event Judges


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



Monish Kundra



Rahul Bhandari



Coaches and Mentors


Marc Steren



John Jabara
Founder @ Savenia Labs

John Jabara is the Founder of Savenia Labs (http://www.savenialabs.com), 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.


Mike Malloy



Dave Terzian
Managing Partner @ Brand Strategy Partners

Diverse entrepreneurial and managerial background. Experienced foodservice professional with expertise in brand development, franchising, and franchisee management. Has owned and operated several foodservice companies, including two as a franchisor (Jerry’s Subs and Pizza™, Jacks of Lombard Street™), and two as a multi-unit franchisee (Checkers Burgers ∙Fries∙ Cola™, Bojangles Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits™). Extensive experience in structuring deals and raising capital. Provides consulting services to the restaurant and franchise industry through Brand Strategy Partners. Mentors students thru the Startp Hoyas program at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. As a real estate investor, owns and manages a commercial real estate portfolio thru Marva Properties, LLC, and a residential real estate portfolio thru Boulder Property Group, LLC. Ongoing professional activities include franchise and foodservice consulting, real estate investment, and pursuing additional entrepreneurial opportunities.


Cherian Thomas



Peter Mellen



Andrei Bondarev
Software Engineer at WeddingWire,

Andrei is a full-stack Software Engineer at WeddingWire, where he divides his time between AngularJS and Ruby on Rails applications. He has experience in a wide range of industries, from news and media, to e-commerce, to the public sector. Andrei is passionate about business and technology and spends much of his time identifying and predicting emerging trends. He enjoys advising early-stage companies and helping out with any technical needs. He’s constantly working on perfecting his craft and adapting to rapid technological changes.


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 Heartful.ly, a donation platform for celebrating life's biggest moments. Prior to Heartful.ly, 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.


Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Washington, D.C. is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Jeff
    Reid
  • Barry
    Goldsmith
  • Victoria
    Schramm

Facilitators


Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.


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