Startup Weekend West Plains

    Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018

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

Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018

Friday, October 19 - 21, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Ozarks Small Business Incubator
408 Washington Avenue
West Plains, Missouri 65775

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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 October 19th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 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 October 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Mentor Meetings
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

12:00 pm

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

2:00 pm
Mentor Meetings
Mentors 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 October 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Mentors arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Mentor Meetings

1:00 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
Final Presentations

5:30 pm

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm

7:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Kody Frazier

Father, husband, cofounder of Easy Internet Now. Pretty good at Operations and Project Management. Always looking for ways to bridge the digital divide. Often bearded.

Angie Menz

Angie is president of Wood & huston Bank, lives in Pottersville and loves working with small businesses.  She is active in the community and is involved in every club and board known.

Coaches and Mentors

Darrell Hampsten
SBTDC Director

Darrell has spent his professional career assisting small business owners.  Darrell brings a decade of experience with the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and another decade of accounting experience. In the 1990s, he worked in the tax accounting field as an IRS Enrolled Agent, able to represent clients on tax audits and appeals, and earned an associate's degree in Accounting in 1998. In 2000, he completed his bachelor's degree in Entrepreneurship before starting several businesses of his own. In 2011, he "retired" from business ownership and became coordinator of the SBTDC in West Plains. He has worked as SBTDC Director in Missouri, Illinois and Florida in addition to working as Director of Economic Development for a small Midwestern city. He has earned certifications as a business coach, instructor in multiple entrepreneurship curricula, and is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) by the National Development Council. He returned to West Plains in May 2018 and is completing his Master's degree in Business Administration. 

Joanna Perkins

Joanna Perkins has been in the libraries/archives/records and information management field for over 30 years. After attending the University of Missouri, she was on the library staff at Columbia College, working in both the technical and reference areas. Moving on to the Secretary of State's office, Joanna worked at the Missouri State Archives and Local Records Program, first in reference and later as the state's first electronic records archivist, assisting state and local government agencies in the preservation of their records of long-term and permanent value, and writing and managing federal grants. Joanna later worked at the Office of State Courts Administrator, identifying record groups for access and preservation in the CASEnet system. After OSCA, Joanna worked at the Missouri Baptist Convention, where she organized fund-raising and worked on grant preparation for historic preservation, developed a records retention schedule for churches, and conducted training for church staff on records retention and preservation. Through her career, Joanna's passion has always been helping people find what they needed to be successful, and she hopes to continue that with the OzSBI Mentoring program.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend West Plains is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Heather
  • Phil
  • Jacob
  • Ila
  • Brittany
  • CJ
  • Joshua
  • Dave
  • Harrison
  • Autumn
  • Darrell


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