Startup Weekend West Chester

    Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend West Chester

Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018

Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

West Chester University - Business & Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday June 1st

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 June 2nd

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 June 3rd

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

Nick Bayer
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Nick Bayer has always been in the business of bringing people together, whether it’s as one of Philadelphia
Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs or as a consummate team captain since Little League. So when he created Saxbys in 2005, he never really considered it to be a coffee company — instead, it’s a hospitality company fueled by great coffee. Saxbys has since grown from one corner café to a 30-unit, Philadelphia-based
hospitality business with a mission: Make Life Better.
Driven by deep-seated core values and O.D.D. (outgoing, detail-oriented, and disciplined) team members,
Saxbys is headquartered in Center City Philadelphia with cafés in six states and on many college campuses
— and growing fast (30% a year fast). In April 2015, Saxbys opened its first experiential learning café. The
product of a partnership between Saxbys and Drexel University’s Close School of Entrepreneurship, it’s the
nation’s first entirely student-run café where students earn full academic credit through a university cooperative
education (co-op) program.
Nick is currently the Entrepreneur in Residence at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and
an adjunct professor at Drexel University, where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial franchising. As a frequent guest lecturer at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, Nick loves supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and encouraging everyone he meets to believe in the Saxbys mission and core values. He serves on the Board of The Franklin Institute, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region, the Community College of Philadelphia, Drexel University’s Close School of Entrepreneurship and Drexel’s
Steinbright Career Development Center and is a Corporate Council Member for the Children’s Hospital of
Philadelphia. In 2017, he was named the Entrepreneur of the Year by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of
Commerce as well as EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year. He resides in Center City Philadelphia with his
wife and son.

Coaches and Mentors

John Tooher

Following a 17 year career in the corporate world working with companies such as GE and 3M and 10 years managing a private company with over 3000 employees based here in King of Prussia, John co-founded HeadRoom in 2014. HeadRoom is a unique consultancy practice facilitating the development of strategic roadmaps for established companies, start-ups and non-profits who want to know where they are going and how they intend to get there. What makes HeadRoom special is that they also run a virtual office solution used by more than 70 companies at locations in Wayne and Media PA. These companies collaborate with each other and HeadRoom to form a deep and broad-ranged source of subject-matter expertise that can be deployed to help HeadRoom’s strategy clients execute on their plans. HeadRoom also works with the Delaware Commerce Center and Score to mentor 6 start-ups enrolled in the Delco Edge Small Business Accelerator as well as collaborating with Penn State Brandywine in their Boost Entrepreneurial Program. John has been a mentor for the Temple Fox School of Business BYOBB competition for several years.

Brian Danis

Brian Dainis is a web/application developer and web startup entrepreneur living in the Philadelphia, PA area. He is the Founder and CEO of Curotec and serves on the board of several startups and non-profit economic development initiatives in the region. Brian's key strength is leading the vision and strategy for technical IT related companies, specifically B2B

Kelly Waylam
Director, Innovation partnership (I Part)

  Ms. Wylam has over 25 years of experience with a variety of businesses and economic development programs and organizations in Pennsylvania, in her current and previous employment capacities.  In her current position with the Ben Franklin Technology Partners Statewide Office, Ms. Wylam Directs the Innovation Partnership (IPart), PA’s premiere SBIR/ STTR statewide assistance program and provides client counseling and support to the IPart’s network of TBED consultants throughout the Commonwealth.  She is seasoned in grant proposal preparation, funding acquisition and financial administration as well as assisting clients with federal grant proposals.  In her previous capacity with DCED’s Office of Technology Investment, Ms. Wylam managed the Commonwealth’s Pennsylvania Initiative for Nanotechnology (PIN), provided oversight for the BFTDA’s University Grant Funding and Keystone Innovation Starter Kit (KISK) programs, and worked with technology-oriented businesses seeking funding through the Office.  Ms. Wylam has also worked at DCED in the business financing area managing pooled bond financings, and small business lending and grant programs.  Ms. Wylam has a BS in Public Relations/Communications from Millersville University and an MA in Government from Lehigh University.

Amrish Macedo
Information Technology and Product Development

Amrish Macedo is a member of the Robin Hood Ventures, a Mid-Atlantic angel investment group.  Amrish is an entrepreneur and former turn around executive who has started many companies. Equipped with computer science  and business degrees, Amrish started his career with software companies, selling predictive modeling solutions to enterprise clients. He has managed up to 250 people, run IT delivery as well as operations delivery in organizations. He has experience in health, pharmaceuticals, finance and energy.  His recent areas of interest have included Iot and machine learning and his primary focus is on helping companies find product – market fit.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend West Chester is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Anthony
  • Monica
  • Nancy
  • Mark
  • Patricia


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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