Startup Weekend Wilmington

    Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Wilmington

Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019

Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

UNCW Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
803 South College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

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Get ready for a fun weekend full of entrepreneurship!

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.

    If you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday March 29th

5:30 pm
Registration, Dinner & Networking
Arrive at the venue and get checked in Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

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 March 30th

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!

6:00 pm

7:00 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 March 31st

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
Final Presentations

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm

7:15 pm
Go Home!


George Taylor
Chairman of Untappd

George Taylor is a serial entrepreneur, having founded/co-founded nine companies ranging from breakthrough financial software, to market changing automotive services, to a brewery that employs active gang members (think Bloods, Crips, GD, etc.)  

Today George is the Chairman of Untappd, the largest beer app in the world with over 9 million users and 14 thousand businesses on the platform. He is also Chairman of National Speed, an innovative startup positioned to disrupt the performance automotive industry.  

George is also involved in efforts to combat gang violence and divisiveness.  Partnering with gang leaders, George founded TRU Colors Brewing, a company that employs primarily active gang members.  Along with brewing great beer, TRU Colors is uniting rival gangs and actively building a scalable platform to combat street violence and divisiveness across America.  And it’s working!

Event Judges

Gene Kemp

Gene Kemp is an accomplished executive with over 36 years of financial and operational experience in a variety of industries including engineering, construction, energy, hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing and consumer products.  After beginning his career in public accounting with Ernst and Young, Gene has served as CEO, CFO and Board Director of both public and privately held multi-national corporations that have been recognized for the quality of their management teams. His expertise in the international arena extends throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.   Specialties Mr. Kemp has successfully executed numerous restructuring assignments, both financial and operational. He has a well-demonstrated ability to swiftly assess root causes of performance issues and implement workable solutions to complex business opportunities and problems. His experience also includes strategic planning, human resources, supply management, risk management, IT and M&A. Personal and professional Gene attended the University of Texas at Austin where he studied economics. He earned a BBA in finance and accounting at SMU's Cox School of Business and completed executive education at Duke's Fuqua school of Business. He was formerly President of the New York Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), national board member of CFMA, adjunct professor at New York University, a member of the Executive Leadership Institute at the University of Missouri, and the Financial Executive Institute. He has been a frequent speaker at industry gatherings and universities and has proudly served his country as a US Army officer.  

Virginia Sourlis
Corporate Attorney, Deal Maker, Creative Mind

Virginia founded The Sourlis Law Firm (1993-2018), a prominent securities and corporate law firm specializing in complex corporate and securities transactions and in taking companies public, representing both foreign and domestic companies, investment banks, private equity firms, and investors.   Virginia, a high-profiled attorney, has counseled clients on hundreds of transactions involving billions of dollars.  She is known in the industry as a “deal maker” and a “creative mind”.  She invented the VLaneTM process, your fastest alternative public vehicle.   The Law Firm’s work included public offerings, SEC registration statements, private placements, secondary offerings, off-shore financings, mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, roll-ups, proxy solicitations, debt financings and restructurings, SEC compliance and periodic report filings, reverse mergers involving public shells and blank check shells, rule 144 sales, federal securities law regulation and compliance, state “blue sky” securities law regulation and compliance, investment company formation and compliance, investment adviser act formation and compliance (SEC and state registered), and broker-dealer formation and compliance.   Virginia graduated from Stanford University, Palo Alto in 1986, studied at Oxford University, England, and received her joint degree, MBA/JD, from Villanova University, Pennsylvania in 1991.  Virginia was an All-American basketball player both in college and in high school where her #10 uniform was retired.  Virginia is also a retired professional athlete and a former FINRA and NYSE arbitrator and chairperson.  Virginia is a former Director of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, and a former member of the NJ Bar Association, Monmouth Bar Association, ACCA, ABA and NJCCA.

William Mansfield
Product Innovator and Technologist

William is the SVP of Product Innovation and Technology for Suzy, a NYC based insights platform. He is also the founder of Social Haven, a platform to manage and monetize digital networks. He has been through many start-up failures and successes in his 20 years of technical experience and has built dozens of products, integrations and platforms.

Coaches and Mentors

Paul Baron
WebTel Marketing

Paul has expertise in identifying and managing customers and partners, business and market development, sales strategies, developing pricing, licensing, royalty revenue models, and marketing and engagement strategies.

Lisa Brandkamp
Strategy and Integration Consulting

Expertise in business plan and strategy development with experience in project management and contract negotiations.

Fran Scarlett
Director of Learning and Sustainability

Fran has expertise in strategy, marketing and using the business model canvas for start-ups. She has a particular fondness for formulating value propositions.  

Rick Barton

Extensive track record with big boxes as both a DSV and brick n mortar vendor in the toy, craft, stationary/party goods, seasonal, H&BA, and publishing space. Expertise in both national brands and private label. China sourcing, acquisitions and integration, domestic multi location manufacturing and distribution, supply chain restructuring, and strategic partnerships to leverage brand strengths.

Dave Menzies
Publicity - Branding - Social Media

I give my clients an unfair advantage over competitors by securing news media coverage of their products and businesses while generating buzz about their brand with innovative publicity tools and social media outreach. My consultancy, Innovative Public Relations, Inc. serves many different types of businesses and nonprofits throughout the U.S. and overseas.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Wilmington team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.


Organizing Team

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

  • Laura
  • Pablo
    Herrero Gonzalez
  • Amanda
  • Scott


Aiko Cheslin

CEO and Founder of MentorMatter, proud winner of GoCode Colorado and Co-Organizer of Denver New Tech, Meteor Boulder and Pitch Camp  

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