Startup Weekend Zanesville

    Friday, June 22 - 24, 2018

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  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Zanesville

Friday, June 22 - 24, 2018

Friday, June 22 - 24, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Zane State College
1555 Newark Road
Zanesville, OH 43701

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Your idea in 48 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 22nd

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and check in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:45 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 until 11:59 pm.

Saturday June 23rd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Coach presentation on Business Model Canvas

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
You may stay until 11:59 pm.

Sunday June 24th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coach session on making presentations

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

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

5:30 pm
Dinner and Judging

6:30 pm

7:00 pm
Wrap-Up and Group Photo
Grab your t-shirt for the picture!

7:30 pm
Clean Up and Go Home!

Event Judges

Faith Knutsen
Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Faith Knutsen is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership & Public Affairs, where she is employed since 2008.  She directs the Social Enterprise Ecosystem program, bringing venture development services to social enterprises in rural SE Ohio and contiguous states.  Previously, she held an executive administrative role at Sunpower, Inc., her family’s engineering R&D firm.  Faith began her professional career in international work. She has a BA from Oberlin and an MA from Ohio University. Faith is an active executive member of three non-profit social enterprise Boards.  Although not an entrepreneur herself, she has deep appreciation for their challenges, is dedicated to organizing entrepreneurial support, and looks forward to another stint at Startup Weekend!

David Griesmyer
Owner and Artist

A native of Ohio, founder David Griesmyer worked for 13 years gaining expertise in fabrication as a representative for a medical company repairing and fabricating surgical instruments. His true passion has always been art. He expresses his creativity through pen and ink, acrylic paints, and metal sculpture. In 2013, he left the medical field and struck out to build a business from the ground up that makes the most of not only his skills, but also his talent. With a passion for bringing his creative vision to life, David draws inspiration from the beauty and innocence in life.

Jeannie Mok
Director of Operations, BM Capital Associates

Each day, Jeannie has the privilege to wake up and interact with people. Grounded in her faith, she believes every interaction holds the potential for something fantastic! Jeannie is an experienced C-Suite Executive with a demonstrated history of working in management, operations, sales, and marketing. She believes life gets better when working along side a company to help them start or scale up. She is split between strategically growing your company, gathering the right resources for you, and providing powerful results that matter. 

Jeannie brings objectivity to existing organizational challenges and incorporates more clearly defined blueprints for company growth. She evaluates your employees to ensure they are in the right position doing what they love to do and empower a true work, life balance. Jeannie creates empowered teams with communication strategies for effective collaboration while bridging the generational challenges in the workforce. She helps companies adapt to the constantly evolving business environment.

When Jeannie is done for the day, she loves to exercise, curl up with a good book, watch a great movie, or help other startup founders.

Coaches and Mentors

John Glazer
Director, TechGROWTH Ohio

John is the Technical Director of the Social Enterprise Ecosystem program and the Director of TechGROWTH Ohio at Ohio University’s Voinovich School.  With the School since 2008 advising tech-based and social sector startups, John has recently spearheaded a Social Return on Investment methodology for social sector startups and social impact investment funders.  John is a recognized professional in entrepreneurialism, dedicated to economic development in underdeveloped regions of the US and abroad. Starting his career as a university lecturer, John’s personal entrepreneurial experience included the Presidency of Little Professor Book Centers and founding four additional startup companies, one international. John holds an M.A. and ABD Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Michele Migliuolo
Venture Executive in Residence, TechGROWTH Ohio

Michele Migliuolo, a multi-decade advisor and coach to technology startups, is an entrepreneur who has co-founded five high technology companies in the semiconductor, medical device, and energy sectors. Michele received a Doctorate in Physics from the University of Rome (Italy), and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the University of Rochester.

Michele is an Executive in Residence at TechGROWTH Ohio, a Venture Development Organization funded in part by the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Fund. Michele is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship at Ohio University where he teaches the Entrepreneurship Business Consulting course.   Recently Michele was Commercialization Alliance Manager at Innovation Works, the seventh most active seed stage investor in the United States, where he managed the relationships between member organizations to provide world-class commercialization expertise and take the lead on accelerating technology transfer of federal research performed at the Department of Energy's (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL).   

Cindy Voorhies
SBDC Business Advisor

Cindy has been with the Ohio SBDC program since June of 2000, covering three counties in rural Appalachia Ohio. To meet the required annual 1200 counseling hours, she recruits volunteers. Currently she has an accountant and a marketing/social media expert assisting with client counseling.Since starting with the SBDC she obtained her Associates and Bachelors from Ohio University and Master of Information Strategy, Systems & Technology (MISST) from Muskingum University, which she and her husband achieved together as adult students while raising a family and helping with grandbabies.She has strong leadership skills and the ability to bridge the gap between business strategy and technology. Currently, she is the co-owner of two Great Clips franchises in Zanesville, Ohio with her mother and recently closed a retail/buy-sell-trade store in Byesville carrying musical instruments, Firearms and sporting goods that her husband owned.She and her husband John, of 24 years, raised 7 children and now have 8 grandchildren. They reside on a small 50-acre farm in Noble County Ohio and enjoys the grandkids and her farm animals.

John Voorhies
Business Advisor

John Voorhies is a lifelong entrepreneur with over 40 years of business experience in management and small business ownership. John has a Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in Sociology and Human Resource Development. He has a Master’s degree in Business and Technology from Muskingum University. John has worked for the SBDC for nearly 16 years as a volunteer counselor and a contract counselor in Ohio. Now he is a full time counselor covering four counties in Southeast Ohio. John is also an accomplished public speaker, voice artist for commercial and radio spots and musical performer having worked with many Grammy award winning country artists and major acts. He is both a songwriter and musician. John is the father of seven children and grandfather of eight. John’s passion is Small Business and specializes in marketing and advertising and loves helping would- be business owners get their start.

Ryan McManus

Ryan McManus is the Co-Founder and CEO at SHARE, a smart mobility startup based in Columbus that is focused on improving access to transportation for jobs, education, and healthcare. Ryan leads the vision and strategy at SHARE, working at the intersection of connected vehicles and autonomy to develop technology for a world where everyone is a passenger. SHARE in working to change behaviors by helping people schedule their recurring rides and make shared mobility that is accessible in all communities.

Jerry Watson
President, EDM Consulting

Jerry L Watson is a retired mechanical engineer with an extensive background in design, management and manufacture of equipment used in the oilfield. Watson has served as VP of engineering for a multi-million dollar company, where he was responsible for the development of new products and redesign of mature products for improved performance and/ or efficiency. He guided a pilot project for British Petroleum that utilized solar power to dewater natural gas wells that were located in off grid areas. He is the named inventor on more than 10 patents.
Currently Watson is President of EDM Consulting, a consulting firm focusing on engineering, design and management. Prior to his current position at EDM, he partnered with or individually brought 4 companies to point of sale.
Mr. Watson resides on a 40 acre farm in Noble County, where he enjoys the leisure time earned after serving in the US Air Force and a 40 plus year career in oilfield engineering and management. He does enjoys a good challenge once in a while to keep himself mentally sharp.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Shmuel
  • Jennifer
  • Jay
  • Nathaniel
  • Anthony
  • Ariana


Shmuel Roth
Executive Director

Spark 560 named Shmuel Roth executive director in 2017. For the past six years, Roth has been working with startup businesses throughout Southeastern Ohio to identify needs, craft goals, and gain access to the resources that will help them succeed. From strategic development and business planning to implementation and negotiation, he endeavors to meet entrepreneurs where they need help and support their venture efforts. Roth owned and operated a custom woodworking business for seven years, earned a bachelor’s in Policy and Program Analysis from Ohio University, and Master of Public Administration from The Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.

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