Startup Weekend Yankton

    Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017

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

Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017

Friday, March 31 - April 2, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Kolberg-Pioneer Inc.
700 West 21st. Street
Yankton, SD 57078

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Build a Business in 54 hours!!

Join us in Yankton, SD for our second Startup Weekend! 

Last year was a huge success and we saw people change the was they thought about how you can build a business and start thinking like a entrepreneur.
One of the startups The Sandbox a co-working space opened its' doors on January 11th, 2017 and another startup continues to work on their project as well. 

See you March 31st!

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Friday March 31st

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 April 1st

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 April 2nd

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!


Will Powell
Co-Founder and CEO, The Podyum

Podyum is a jobs platform that allows athletes and coaches to build their résumé and apply directly to sports organizations. We have implemented a freemium model in which free users can build their résumé and see all of the job postings but must pay to actually apply to pro teams or schools.

Our two core products include the Podyum sports jobs platform and the IOS Podyum Statistics App that produces a live play-by-play gamecast online.

Event Judges

Bruce Cull
President, National Field Archery Association

Bruce is the President of the National Field Archery Association, General manager of the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Center, and Owner/President of Dakota Archery and Outdoor Sports in Yankton, SD. 

Bruce has brought many great archery events to Yankton including the 2015 World Archery Youth Championship. 

Sheila Woodward
Partner, Johnson, Miner, Marlow, Woodward & Huff, Prof. LLC

Sheila handles the firm’s estate planning, trusts, and probate practice. She also assists small businesses with start-up and post start-up issues, including the formation of corporations, limited liability partnerships, and limited liability companies. Sheila works with farmers and other land owners on real estate matters and assists with the firm’s litigation matters. Sheila manages the firm’s appellate practice and has argued before the South Dakota Supreme Court and the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals on numerous occasions.

Sheila and her husband Chris Sonne live in Yankton.  Like her counterparts in the firm, Sheila is actively involved in the community, currently serving as Board Chair for both the Heartland Humane Society and Yankton Area Foundation.  She also is a director for The Center and serves on the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the United States Civil Rights Commission.  Previously, Sheila served on the boards for Big Friend/Little Friend, Yankton Women's/Children's Center, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota Foundation, Yankton Area Arts Association, and Trinity Lutheran Church.

In her spare time, Sheila enjoys coaching basketball for the Yankton Special Olympics, cooking, traveling, and cajoling her dogs to walk nicely on a leash.

Jessica Gadeken
Audit and Accounting Manager, Wohlenberg Ritzman & Co., LLC

Jessica has been in public accounting since 2005. Her industry specialization includes governmental and non-profit entities with a focus on state, local, and tribal governments. Her responsibilities include financial statement and compliance audits; assisting in the preparation and review of annual financial statements, related footnotes and combining schedules; and serving in the position of Interim Finance Director for governmental and non-profit entities.

Bill Anderson
CEO, Montessorium and Bright Planet

Bill is the CEO of Montessorium and Bight Planet.  
Montessorium makes the Montessori method more accessible through educational apps. We create resources for parents, providing encouragement and inspiration for engaging with their children. We help schools and teachers become better educators through videos, articles, and our favorite, conversations.

For over 15 years, BrightPlanet has helped clients simplify the Web collection and sense-making process. As a small team located in South Dakota, we love helping our customers and partners find ways to make sense of the world’s largest database in existence, the internet. We’ve patented technology allowing us to tap into unstructured web data from the Surface Web, Deep Web, and even places on the Dark Web.

Coaches and Mentors

Lisa Kneifl
Strategic Marketing Consultant

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Yankton 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.

Signature Sponsors

Organizing Team

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

  • Brittany
  • Chad
  • Ben
  • Tony
  • Kerry


Myles Foster
Organizer, Mentor & Judges

Myles founded a startup at Startup Weekend. Over 3 years he raised a $100k seed round, built a mobile app, and secured a Fortune 500 company as a customer. Myles now works at Payment Rails, a local Startup that makes payouts painless.

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