Startup Weekend West Chester

    Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018

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Startup Weekend West Chester

Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018

Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 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 is Startup Weekend?

Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago"? If you have, that means you did not have a process for taking that idea from concept to creation.

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in greater Philadelphia region,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • learn and practice new skills to take back to your job, or
  • take your own idea from concept to creation
Check out this short video of Startup Weekend Music Tech Edition!  Many thanks to Sony Music for producing the video.

Who is Startup Weekend For?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...
  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
  • developers and other tech-related professionals
  • designers of all types
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
  • passionate visionaries
  • many more!
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:

  • Access to the full, weekend-long, event (Friday 6pm-Sunday 10pm)
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the tech startup community
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • 7 meals plus coffee throughout the weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals from throughout greater Philadelphia region
  • All-star judge's panel led by tech, startup, and business leaders
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • Over 100 new awesome Facebook friends!
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Friday June 1st

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:15 pm
Welcome & Presentation by Jedi Weller
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:15 pm
Participants select most viable ideas to focus on for the weekend

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Workshop: GIS for Startups
How Geographic Information Systems are a resource for startups by Dr. Gary Coutu

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
Workshop: Odyssey of Invention
"The odyssey of invention – what it takes to go from idea, to patent, to QVC" by Steve VanValin

2:00 pm
Workshop: Effective Pitches
Workshop on how to effectively pitch your business idea by Mark Lubragge, founder of 3,2,1 Impact!

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

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Opportunity to ask questions

11:30 am

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings

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

4:30 pm
Pitches begin
Teams pitch their ideas to a team of judges

6:20 pm

7:00 pm
Presentation by Nick Bayer
Closing Event Speaker, Nick Bayer, founder of Saxbys Coffee

7:15 pm
Recognition of Top Ideas
Judges recognized top ideas/pitches

7:30 pm
Event concludes. Safe travels to all.


Gary Coutu
Associate Professor, West Chester University

Dr. Coutu is an Associate Professor of Geography and Planning at West Chester. University. He teaches  undergraduate and graduate geographic information systems courses, as well as courses on world and physical geography.

Event Judges

Marian Moskowitz
Real Estate Developer

Marian Moskowitz has been a principal in multiple real estate projects and many small businesses. Her most notable real estate development work has been the adaptive re-use of an abandoned Phoenixville factory into Franklin Commons. Started in 2006, it is now a vibrant educational and mixed-use complex and was named "Best Mixed-Use Project of 2011" by the Philadelphia Business Journal.  Her varied business ventures have created numerous jobs. Marian has been directly involved in day-to-day management and administration in both for-profit and non-profit sectors with leading roles in budgeting, finance, sales and human resources. She has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Chester County Economic Development Council for the past five years and is a Board Member of the Innovation x Ideas Network (i2n) that serves to support emerging tech companies in the region.  In addition, Marian has served on the Council of Trustees of West Chester University since 2006 and the Board of Trustees of Neumann University since 2005.  

Shawn Blackburn

As CEO, Shawn Blackburn provides strategic leadership and direction for YPrime. With a background in systems architecture and information management, Shawn has a built a reputation for helping companies discover insights about future opportunities by bringing together siloed information in meaningful context to support strategic decision making. Since co-founding YPrime in 2006, Shawn has lead the company growth from a two-person consulting firm to a global organization that focuses on evolving technologies to help accelerate development timelines, simplify process complexity, and improve data quality across the clinical development continuum. Prior to YPrime, Shawn has a long career as a technology consultant for Cephalon and Parexel. While at Cephalon, he was instrumental in the company’s development of applications to improve clinical trial workflow and provide deeper visibility into clinical trial performance.  

Ruder Schill
Executive Director, SCORE Chester & Delaware County

Rüder Schill has 51 years experience in industry in areas such as product design, manufacturing, service, and marketing.  A good portion of these years included management positions in all these areas.   He has experience with product transfers to Brazil, Germany, and China.   Additionally, he has over 12 years experience in different aspects of marketing including product management, product support, and growing the business through channel partners. He has had success in bringing people from different organizations and cultures together to get things done.     In addition to his work in industry, he has owned and managed real estate and co-owned a startup store in a shopping mall.   He is currently the co-chairman of the Chester and Delaware Counties SCORE chapter. He has been a member of the board of directors of the Avon Grove Scholarship Foundation (AGSF) since it was founded in 1985. The AGSF is a non- profit organization that funds scholarships for graduating high school students.   Rüder has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Brigham Young University and has taken advanced courses at the University of Colorado.  

Coaches and Mentors

John Tooher

John Tooher is a Managing Partner at HeadRoom LLC a Business Accelerator and Consultancy Practice in suburban Philadelphia. His main focus is on helping businesses scale by identifying and systematically fixing the key issues holding them back. Prior to co-founding HeadRoom john was President and General Manager of Yell Adworks Inc. He led a 3,000-person global operation engaged in the production of print and on-line advertising solutions. He began his career in 1986 as a process engineer with General Electric. From 1988 to 1997, John worked for 3M where he held various senior technical and manufacturing management roles at a European level. From 1997 to 2002, he worked for a 3M spin-off, Imation Corp. and was responsible for European technical, manufacturing and service operations for a number of divisions. John holds a B.Sc. in Science from the National University of Ireland and a M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College in Dublin. John and his wife Kirsten have two adult children and enjoy living in the beautiful countryside of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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.

Michael Briglia
Financial Consultant

Michael J. Briglia, CFP®, MBA, CPA, is a local, Chester County Pennsylvania financial professional specializing in helping small businesses owners (and their families) design, implement and monitor comprehensive plans to achieve long-term financial and estate/legacy objectives. Previously, Mr. Briglia spent 25+ years with PwC Consulting and IBM Corporation consulting to large and small businesses across strategic planning, technology-driven change and operations strategy/design.  Mike was also a member of a Chicago-based private equity firm investing in start-ups and small businesses targeting niche segments of the financial services industry.  As part of this team, Mike helped formulate and implement strategies to build the shareholder values of portfolio companies.  Mike is a Chester County resident for more than 25 years. His wife, Beth, advises charities and private donors across the county through her employment with the Chester County Community Foundation. Mike has three children aged 19 to 27 years.  Mike is a graduate of the University of Delaware and completed his graduate studies at The University of Chicago earning a Masters degree in Finance and Economics (with honors).

Leo Daiuto

I’m a creative professional with a passion for creating compelling experiences. I have been building and leading creative and development teams for over 15 years. Former SVP of User Experience & Product Strategy and CXO @ Evolve (and Formerly head of New Product Development/CCO), I was responsible for the strategy, design and execution of the ROC platform, products and brand as well as product innovation, brand and marketing initiatives. Formerly the Founder|CEO of software design agency Slamm Creative (which was acquired by Evolve), I have a passion for building not only great experiences and products, but a true passion for building and developing the teams that build them. Prior to that, I was Director of Human Factors and Design at Unisys corp with teams all over North America and abroad. Currently a founding partner in the technology modernization company Revolt and the investment private investment firm LMD, as well as the Entrepreneur In Residence for Penn State University Great Valley’s REVUP Program

Ed McAssey
C.O.O., Lasko Products (retired)

Ed McAssey was the Chief Operating Officer at Lasko Products LLC until he retired in March 2018 after 33 years. Lasko is the world’s leading producer of electric residential and commercial fans, humidifiers, rangehoods and bath fans.   Ed was responsible for the operations and strategy of Lasko Products, LLC. and its related subsidiaries.  He was named Chief Operating Officer in 1990 and he was controller from 1985 to 1990.  Prior to joining Lasko he was a Certified Public Accountant with KMG Main Hurdman where he specialized in tax and audit services for manufacturing companies. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Lasko and was heavily involved in the successful sale to Comvest Partners (a private equity firm) in 2016.   He was a member of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers ( AHAM) Board, the West Chester YMCA Board, the Chester County Economic Development Council and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He served as Chairman of the AHAM Board of Directors from 2006 until 2008.   He resides in Chester Springs, PA with his wife, Linda and has four grown children.   He holds both an MBA and BS in Accounting from Villanova University.

Mark Stevens
Managing Partner, Enable Health

Mark Stevens is Managing Partner of EnableHealth, a professional services firm, which he co-founded in 2017.  Since 2010, Mr. Stevens has also lead the health IT consulting firm he co-founded, ARRAHealth.  During that time, Mark Stevens also served as a Vice President at Best Practice Partners (BPP), a leader in healthcare training, process re-design and IT optimization solutions serving providers, payers, HIEs and ACOs.  Prior to joining BPP, Mr. Stevens was Vice President of Digital Collaboration Solutions, a health IT professional services firm; Senior Director for eHealth Innovation at World Congress, a leader in healthcare conference management; and Executive Director of the Pennsylvania eHealth Initiative (PAeHI), a not-for-profit organization founded in 2005 by Pennsylvania’s leading healthcare stakeholders to promote broader adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and health information exchange (HIE).

Jessica Romanelli
Director of Digital Marketing

SeventySix Capital is a sports tech venture capital company led by Wayne Kimmel, Jon Powell and MLB superstar, Ryan Howard. The fund invests in passionate, smart and nice entrepreneurs who are launching game-changing tech startups in the sports, retail and wellness industries. SeventySix Capital was nominated as an Outstanding Investor by SportTechie.   As the Director of Digital Marketing at SeventySix Capital, Jess manages the firm's branding and marketing. Additionally, Jess oversees strategic marketing efforts with entrepreneurs, investors and portfolio companies, including branding, social media, marketing, website design and development, public relations, digital media, and graphic design.   Prior to SeventySix Capital, Jess worked for an architecture and interior design firm as their lead marketing and interior branding designer and has been a contracted designer for NASA, James Madison University, local townships and businesses. Jess is an active member of the AIGA Philadelphia chapter and is an alumni of James Madison University.    

Kane Bender

Kane Bender is President of, the world’s largest website monitoring service. He is a director of Mind Drivers, a private venture development company that has created and purchased .com businesses over the years. He was instrumental in the growth and acquisition of 4 of the portfolio companies including Internetseer, EnterURL, and   His expertise is recognizing opportunities and growing them into a profitable business. His creative thinking provides solutions on issues that are hurdles for successful growth.   He also co-founded Crystal Signatures, a local crystal manufacturing company designing and creating the finest lead crystal awards in the world that included gifts of State for Presidents of the United States, International sporting trophies, and corporate gifts.   He is currently on the Executive Board of the UPTOWN! KNAUER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER in West Chester.  

Sri Sriadibhatla
Principle support for life sciences programs in the Technology Commercialization Group

Principle support for life sciences programs in the Technology Commercialization Group. Sri leads the Advanced Manufacturing for the Medical Device Industry (AMMDI) program and PA Life Sciences Connect programs at Ben Franklin. He also manages the Technology Acceleration Fund (TAF) loan program in the life sciences sector. Sri has more than ten years of experience in developing collaborations among industry, academia, and government for technology evaluation, licensing, and commercialization. Prior to joining Ben Franklin, Sri was Technology Scout at FMC Corporation and led initiatives in developing, adapting, streamlining, and executing an Open Innovation model. Sri holds a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Center for Drug Delivery and Nanomedicine) from University of Nebraska Medical Center.

John Hess
IT Consultant

John Hess is an experienced IT leader that has had demonstrated success in some of the largest consumer banking organizations in North America.  He currently is a frequent advisor and speaker to management companies, financial services companies, investors, and hedge funds.   John has held senior IT leadership roles, including division CIO level, at JPMorgan Chase, TD Canada Trust, Bank of America, Washington Mutual and American Express.  He has deep knowledge and experience in unsecured lending and consumer banking products.  His success is in understanding business issues and imperatives, then solving them in the application of technology.   He has successfully lead transformations in organizations and rationalization of IT platforms.  He has extensive experience negotiating, evaluating, and working with strategic partners for business process or technology process outsourcing. He has had experience delivering results across many domains; Data Management, Application Development, and Production Operations.  He has had success operating across business and technology organizations.   John has earned a Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University.  He also has been awarded a certificate in Leadership from The National Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland.

Russ Daniels
Senior Manager of Product Marketing

Russ Daniels is the senior manager of product marketing for HomeNet Automotive, a Cox Automotive brand. Russ has a strong background with inventory software products, holding leadership roles in Product, Marketing, Training, and Operations at HomeNet and Cox Automotive. His primary focus over the past few years has been working with HomeNet Sales and Business Development teams to launch innovative merchandising and syndication product offerings for dealers and industry partners. As the senior manager of product marketing, Russ works to understand core business as well as unmet and unrealized market needs. Russ serves as the “voice of the customer” to understand industry trends in an effort to launch and market product offerings that are valuable, desirable, usable and feasible. Russ is a graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania School of Business and is currency enrolled in a Masters of Organizational Leadership program at Colorado State University.

Rudy Treichel
Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Engineering at Widner University

Rudy Treichel is the Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Engineering programs at Widener University’s School of Engineering. Mr. Treichel is an active member of the School of Engineering accreditation and strategic planning Executive Team He directly manages new program development including the implementation of the Technology Management and Biomedical graduate programs, online graduate programs, long term planning processes, international student recruitment, and represented the school in five disciplines and areas of research.   Rudy Treichel is the past President and COO of Parkway Clinical Laboratories. As President, he led the turn around of the fully accredited clinical reference laboratory which performs routine and esoteric diagnostic tests. In eighteen months, he increased revenue by 95% through extensive new business development and long-term new contracts with three major commercial insurance providers, behavioral health firms and correctional institutions.  He re-engineered and implemented new capacity building internal processes for invoicing, fulfillment, customer service and back office operations and employee training.  Under his leadership, the company was awarded Top 3 “Best Places to Work” by Philadelphia Business Journal 2004.    Prior to joining Parkway Clinical Laboratories, Mr. Treichel was the Executive Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute at Temple University. In less than two years, he took a previously unranked institute to being ranked 20th in the nation by and the Princeton Review.  Treichel was personally ranked 4th in the nation for Entrepreneurship Center Directors by Entrepreneur magazine.  He did this after less than 3 years working in the industry.  Philadelphia Business Journal honored him in 2003 with their “40 under 40” award in recognition of his superior business acumen and outstanding community involvement. In his role as Executive Director, Treichel created and managed educational programs in corporate innovation/entrepreneurship; research; and outreach. He developed strategic partnerships with business leaders serving as liaison for Fox School bio-technology and international business initiatives, as well as secured funding through grants and government funding.   Earlier in his career, Mr. Treichel developed extensive experience with innovative technology at Unisys Corporation and also held management consulting positions with Ernst & Young LLP and Deloitte & Touché LLP.  Through his work at Unisys, Ernst & Young LLP, and Deloitte & Touché LLP he further developed his skills in operations, process oriented systems, and project management.    Mr. Treichel earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Finance from Temple University.  

Scott Lockledge
CEO and Co-Founder

Scott P. Lockledge, Ph.D. is a scientist and entrepreneur with over twenty-five years experience in both global companies and start-up enterprises. He is the CEO and co-founder of two nanotechnology start-up companies:  Venture-backed Lutek, LLC, and Tiptek, LLC.  Scott has also had the privilege of serving as a Science and Engineering Fellow in the Executive Office of the President.  While working in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, he coordinated a $4 billion dollar public-private partnership to develop hybrid electric automobiles called the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (PNGV).  He also served as an advisor to the vice-chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science.  Scott has authored more than 15 U.S. and foreign patents and numerous technical papers, reports, and conference presentations on topics including materials engineering and clean technology.  Scott holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.S. in chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University.    

Kecia Sturdivant
Business Consultant

Kecia Sturdivant, brings more than 25 years of consulting, marketing, sales and business development experience, both nationally and internationally, including worldwide market development roles with a fortune 500 company to her role as Business Consultant at the Kutztown University SBDC. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Muhlenberg College. Master’s Degree in Education from DeSales University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Kutztown University.   Kecia assists entrepreneurs and small business owners primarily in Kutztown, Lancaster, Harrisburg, Coatesville and Exton offices with all aspects of starting, growing and expanding their businesses, including: business, product, marketing & sales planning; financial forecasting and loan presentation development.  

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend West Chester team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend West Chester is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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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.

Event Staff

Stephanie Gogerty
Graduate Assistant/Hostess

Stephanie is the Cottrell Center Graduate Assistant. She is a 2018 graduate of West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.  Currently, she is attending graduate school to obtain her MBA. She was an active member of WCU’s American Marketing Association. She has experience in the food industry and social media marketing.  As well, Stephanie is also employed at Kildare’s Irish Pub, in West Chester, working as a hostess/server during afternoon and evening dinner hours. Stephanie is a lifelong resident of Cedar Grove, NJ, having attended Cedar Grove High School where she participated in both athletic and educational activities during her four years.

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