Startup Weekend Georgetown University

    Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Georgetown University

Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016

Friday, November 4 - 6, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Georgetown University
Hariri Building
3700 O Street
Washington , DC 20057

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Friday November 4th

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 5th

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 6th

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

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.

Amy Millman

Jeff Reid

Maxim Wheatley

Rahul Bhandari

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.

Coaches and Mentors

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.

Meghan Roman
Founder @ Stonerose Advisors

I’m a public relations advisor, specializing in venture capital and technology. I spent more than a decade working at PR firms in San Francisco, designing and implementing programs for more than 30 companies, primarily based in Silicon Valley. Given my east coast roots, I ultimately returned to Washington DC and launched Stonerose, to consult with companies breaking ground in new markets. Every good company has a story to be told about how their investment thesis or technology will make business and society function better. I help clients tell that story in a compelling way, through the right avenues, generating visibility and enabling opinion makers to understand and report on their business. 

I'm spending most of my professional time right now designing PokitDok's PR strategy as it introduces APIs and Blockchain to the world of healthcare. I also support PR and Entrepreneur programs at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. 

Specialties: Public Relations, PR Strategy, Messaging, Copywriting, Press, Analyst Relations, Research, Sponsorships, Branding, Presentation Development, Procurement, Announcements, Social Media Counsel

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.

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.  

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.

Organizing Team

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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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