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Gateway Community College (Church & George Streets, New Haven, CT)

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Friday

Nov 15
  • @Gateway: Pre-Event Q&A
  • @Gateway: Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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

Nov 16
  • @The Grove: Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Optional Session: Using APIs for Product (Brien from Mastercard)
  • Optional Session: Business Model Canvas session (Brien from Mastercard)
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner (Sponsored by Aeton Law Partners)
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. Karaoke PARTY!

Sunday

Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Speakers

Andy Greenawalt

Founder & CEO, Continuity Control   |   LinkedIn

Andy has been dubbed a “technology guru” for his innovative thinking and uncanny ability to simplify complex processes and build a vision of tomorrow - today. As the founder and CTO of Perimeter eSecurity, a role he held for 10 years, Andy invented security in the cloud and pioneered it as a service industry. His experience at Perimeter gave him insight to the compliance burden that community financial institutions face, and inspired him to develop a solution to solve this growing problem. As the founder and CEO of Continuity Control, Andy has applied his passion for technology and constructed an award-winning solution to simplify the work of compliance. Andy is currently the President of Gnostic Ventures, a company that advises on security investments, speaks on SaaS and the creation of value, and invests in SaaS companies. He studied philosophy and linguistics at UMass Amherst and is an Entrepreneur Partner at CTech.

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Judges

John Fitzpatrick

CEO and Co-Founder, Applivate   |  

John Fitzpatrick is co-founder and CEO of Applivate, whose mission is to transform diabetes management through effortless data capture and cloud-based analytics. Applivate's first product, ShugaTrak, is a mobile app that instantly and effortlessly transfers blood glucose readings from the glucose meter to the cloud and sends them to interested parties in text messages and emails. Applivate formed at Startup Weekend New Haven in 2011, where the ShugaTrak concept won first place.

Drew Harris, Ph.D.

Professor of Management, Central Connecticut State University’s School of Business   |  

For the past 16 years, Dr. Harris has been an educator, teaching courses in business strategy, breakthrough work teams and entrepreneurship. He leads the CCSU entrepreneurship program and strategic initiative. Before arriving in CT, Dr. Harris taught the Stern School of Business at New York University, Teacher’s College at Columbia University, the College of Business and Economics at Longwood University and the College of Business Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

John Seiffer

CEO Bootcamp/AIF   |  

John Seiffer is an angel investor, on the board and screening committee of the Angel Investor forum and has been an entrepreneur since the 1980's.

Janis Collins

Janis has been helping companies innovate, create and quickly launch new businesses, for over 25 years. First through her own company focused on helping high tech start ups, and then later advising and funding new financial service firms.

As a consulting partner at KPMG, she worked with top financial service firms providing them with innovation techniques to help recreate their businesses. At JPMorgan’s, LabMorgan, an angel investor group, advised and funded new electronic market ventures. In the past few years, she helped found and launch 2 non-profit companies.

Janis provides entrepreneurs, and small businesses with strategic guidance and access to resources that accelerate growth and improve performance.

Janis has an M.B.A in Finance, and a B.S. in Quantitative Methods. She is a board member of the Town of Westport's Board of Finance and the non-profit, Homes with Hope.

Mark Lassoff

Founder, LearnToProgram, Inc.   |  

Mark Lassoff 's parents frequently claim that Mark was born to be a programmer. Starting, in the mid-eighties at age 11, Mark was hard at work on his Commodore 64 writing games in the BASIC language. Today, Mark is a publisher, top technical trainer and author, providing software, mobile and web development training Mark is a sought after video trainer, speaker and host.

Mark has trained programmers at Fortune 500 companies and government agencies world-wide. Mark's clients have included Aflak, Discover Card Services, the US Department of Interior and Symantec. A recognized expert in front end web and mobile development, Mark continues to teach at conferences regularly.

Mark Lassoff is founder of LearnToProgram, Inc., a Connecticut-based company that publishes online courses that teach mobile, web, and game development. Over 100,000 people have learned programming from Mark through online and live classes and free tutorials. Loads of free tutorials and courses can be found at www.learntoprogram.tv. Mark’s twitter is @mlassoff.

Coaches

Elinor Slomba

Principal, Arts Interstices   |  

Elinor Slomba has nearly twenty years of leadership and management experience fundraising for nationally and internationally renowned arts institutions. As a Certified Scrum Master, she works with creative companies to become more artful and adaptive in their approaches. Her company, E. Slomba Arts Interstices, promotes agility through storycraft and is an approved service provider to Connecticut’s innovation ecosystem. In 2012 Elinor was an official blogger for the Agile Games Conference in Cambridge, MA, and the World Scrum Gathering in Barcelona. She regularly speaks about Agile and Scrum to developers as well as corporate and civic leaders. As a core organizer for Stoos in Action, she was responsible for coordinating participation among fifteen satellites across four continents for a day-long virtual, interactive conference designed to improve the world of work. Elinor also curates art exhibitions, including "U-phoria" at Whitney Center and "Navigate Complexity," to open at The Grove November 18, 2013.

Mark Donne

diffr3nt, Squrl LLC   |  

Mark Donne is a young entrepreneur who co­founded, diffr3nt, a start­up known for their unique canvas cases for iPhone 4/4S and 5. Mark recently left his active day to day work at diffr3nt to become a Partner & Videographer for Squrl LLC, which offers high quality photo and video workfor corporate and nightlife clients.

Mark graduated from Fairfield University in the spring of 2011 with a degree in New Media concentrating in Film, and a minor in Marketing.

After graduation Mark began work at Apple as Genius in the Apple Store located in West Hartford, CT. While simultaneously working for Apple, he also did freelance videographer work. Mark left Apple to join one of his freelance clients, Brand Studios, based in Westport, CT as a
Project Manager and Operations Manager for one of its subdivision, Stop Tips, a digital media
transit company.

Jake Mendelssohn

Connecticut Invention Convention

Jake Mendelssohn has been an entrepreneur ever since as a child, he made and sold his own candles door to door. Over the years, he accumulated an engineering degree and an MBA while starting a variety of companies dealing such things as promotional Robots to computer interfaces to foam rubber hats to toy novelties. Sometimes these projects were success and sometimes unsuccessful, but they were always interesting and fun.

Alan Tan

President and CEO, The TAN2000 International Holdings Corporation

Alan Tan has been an entrepreneur ever since he was 9 years old, starting as a computer “company” without realizing what “incorporated” meant. With the lessons of 17 years of experiences like that in hand, today Alan currently is the President and CEO of a holdings company that operates a “pre-incubator program” called the RevUp Program, which aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs identify and utilize the opportunities available to them to help them succeed, whether they want to be the next Facebook, open a local business to improve their own lifestyles, or to start their first or next socially minded enterprise.

Luke Weinstein

Serial Entrepreneur & Investor

Luke Weinstein is a successful serial high-tech entrepreneur. Luke has co-founded 4 ventures, been an early stage employee in 3 other ventures, is an angel investor, a former VC venture partner and served on the boards of several IT, web and life sciences ventures, and was a mentor for Connecticut’s TechStart program. After selling his last venture to Fujitsu, Luke taught entrepreneurship for 5 years at UConn and was the founding Director of UConn’s CCEI/Innovation Accelerator where he mentored over 40 hi-tech early stage ventures. Luke focuses on web, software and hardware technology but also has experience in bio-tech and medical devices. Luke also has strong international business experience having lived and worked in seven countries on four continents. Originally a computer operating system and database developer, Luke understands both technology and business and how they inter-relate in successful ventures. Luke is considered to be a visionary technology entrepreneur. He has a PhD from UConn, an MBA and MS Engineering from U. of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Mathematics from Carleton University.

Art Baron

Founder, Baron LLC

Art provides consulting services to help companies drive growth through technology-led initiatives. Focus areas include strategic projects, business development, channel strategy, alliance development, and go-to-market planning. Art's experience includes over 25 years at IBM and Rackspace Hosting where he launched emerging technology initiatives, and developed alliances with leading global systems integrators and software companies. Art's activity also includes support for Connecticut Innovations' TechStart program, and a social technology project to promote innovation in the technology sector. Art has also organized a social media workgroup with eight hospitals to share best practices.

Jack Eleftheriou

Just Call Me Jack

Jack is Creative Director and Owner of Just Call Me Jack, where he brings over three decades of award winning and successful advertising campaigns for a wide range of clients. From soft drinks to software, fashion & beauty to finance, automotive to package goods, pharmaceuticals to fast food for clients such as Coke, Pepsi, 7up, IBM, Compaq, Dell, Hanes Brands, Van Heusen, Revlon, Maybelline, Gillette, Master Card, Chase, Chrysler, General Motors, Burger King, Planters, Nestle, Carnation Foods, Sanofi, J&J, Pfizer, Roche, Bristol–Myers Squibb to name a few. Jack started his career at Fujita Design as a graphic designer and then applied his talents in the advertising field. He worked for agencies like Scali, McCabe & Sloves, BBD&O, NW Ayer, Lintas Worldwide, Ammirati Puris Lintas & Lowe Worldwide.

For the past several years Jack has been freelancing as consultant on the design, development and branding of new products. Products as diverse as a homeopathic nasal spray, a percussive musical instrument and a line of products in the personalized medicine field of healthcare. Jack relishes the challenge in getting to heart and soul of a new product and creates a brand that will resonate true with its intended user, making certain that all aspects of the brand are present in every piece of communication. Jack is married with two children and lives Westchester County, New York.

Michael Carucci, DC

VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Mike is a Staff Chiropractor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. Mike is also one of the co-founders of Movidhep.com a web based service that allows physical therapists the ability to prescribe patients video based home exercise programs. Mike is a life long resident of CT, a passionate resident of Hartford and active HYPE member.

Damian Wasserbaur

Aeton Law Partners

Damian's patent, trademark and intellectual property practice focuses on representing clients on all matters involving preparing, filing and obtaining patents and trademarks, licensing, U.S. and international portfolio management, litigation and appeals.

He regularly counsels individuals, entrepreneurs, start-up ventures, and global corporations on a wide range of patent and intellectual property matters including filing and prosecution of patent and trademark applications in U.S. and foreign jurisdictions, copyright, IP due diligence, trade secret strategy, IP portfolio creation and enforcement.

He also is known for his commitment to helping inventors and companies obtain strong and enduring patents and for his ability to provide quality, effective IP advice that is consistent with his clients' IP strategies and goals. In addition to providing sound legal advice, Damian has been recognized as a leader and strategic business partner by many global, high technology businesses.

Ryan Rose

VP of Technology, Fathom   |  

Ryan Rose is the VP of Technology at Fathom, a creative, strategic and website design firm in West Hartford.

A serial entrepreneur, Ryan co-founded getsmalltalk.com and brightegg.com and was the winner of the inaugural Startup Weekend Hartford.

Evan Kipperman

Wiggin Dana

Evan Kipperman is a member of Wiggin and Dana’s Corporate Department with experience in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing, securities transactions and other general corporate matters. He works with companies at all stages, from formation to exit, as a trusted advisor throughout the lifecycle of a company.

Organizers
Derek Koch
Lee Cruz
Rose Luglio
Krishna Sampath
Annie Testa
Bill Kenney
Mike Roer
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