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TechColumbus - 1275 Kinnear Rd Columbus, OH 43212

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

Mar 28
  • Doors Open
  • 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
  • Finished for the day. Wrap up!

Saturday

Mar 29
  • Arrive, breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch + Speakers
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. Wrap up!

Sunday

Mar 30
  • Arrive, 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
  • Presentation Tech Check
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Dan Rockwell

Cofounder of Big Kitty Labs & Program Manager of the Software Prototyping Center at The Ohio State University   |  

Dan comes from a heavy background of DIY self taught talents including video production and animation, design, and marketing. His mainline activities take him into the world of design research at Lextant where for 11+ years he’s been Lextant’s Tool Czar and key Futurist. In 2008 he stumbled upon Startup Weekend Columbus, and won the TechGenesis 50k grant fund for the creation of JoeMetric, a mobile survey startup he led and started with 7 others. With a compulsive vision and insane work ethic he created BKL in 2009 to explore the horizon of “what if and why not” with fellow JoeMetric co-founder and friend Tushar Kulkarni. Dan’s role in BKL is vision, concepts, brand, user experience, research and tactical yummyness.

John Weiler and Jeremy Meizlish

Founders of Heroes2u, Columbus Startup Weekend Alumni

Heroes2u was started in Columbus, Ohio by John Weiler, 24, and Jeremy Meizlish, 25, while finishing their undergraduate degree. Upon graduating, they received funding from the Tony R. Wells Foundation. While Heroes2u focuses on bringing amazing experiences to the millennial generation, Heroes2u has realized young entrepreneurs like us can find great value and perspective by involving seasoned professionals and learning from their experience. That is why Heroes2u has put together a group of industry experts from charity, fundraising, marketing and technology to guide us in our endeavors and help us to bring this cool and innovative platform to life.

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Tom Walker

CEO at TechColumbus

As President and CEO of TechColumbus, Inc., Tom leads the company's efforts to develop and invest in high-growth companies that accelerate Central Ohio’s innovation economy. TechColumbus works directly with high growth entrepreneurs, operates a state-of-the-art accelerator, provides very early stage capital to startups in conjunction with mentoring and expert advice and supports the growth and investments of the Ohio Tech Angel Funds, which is one of the largest angel groups in the U.S.

Wil Schroter

Founder & CEO of Fundable.com   |   LinkedIn

Wil is a serial entrepreneur who has founded 9 companies, with 3 being venture-backed and 4 leading to successful exits. Wil currently serves as the CEO of Fundable.com, the largest business crowdfunding site which he founded in 2011. Fundable recently acquired LaunchRock to further help entrepreneurs gather support as they launch businesses. Wil's previous companies include Blue Diesel (one of the first web development firms and now part of inVentiv), Startups.co, Gotcast.com, Affordit.com, BizPlan.com and Unsubscribe.com. With over 20 years of experience in the startup space, Wil's expertise spans the entire startup spectrum.

Tanisha Robinson

Founder, TicketFire and Print Syndicate

After serving as an Arabic Linguist in the US Army, Tanisha Robinson studied Arabic and Political Theory at The Ohio State University. Upon receiving a fellowship, she moved to Damascus, Syria, and worked in women's and human rights throughout the Middle East for almost two years.
She then built and sold an affiliate marketing portfolio, and went on to become the founder of Fudha.com, a daily deal site focused on locally owned, independent restaurants. Since its launch in early 2010, this social enterprise contributed over 30,000 meals to the Mid-Ohio Foodbank, supported the local restaurant community, and saved its members over $250,000 on the best independent restaurants in Central Ohio. 614 Media Group purchased Fudha.com in Summer 2011.
Tanisha is currently the co-founder of Print Syndicate, a design/technology/marketing company with an ecommerce platform devoted to providing well-designed, socially relevant, high quality products to consumers, on-demand. Her other business, Origin Makers provides high quality on-demand fulfillment services of printed objects (t-shirts, throw pillows, technology cases, and much more).
She is also the co-founder of TicketFire, a mobile app that allows paper ticket holders to scan and digitize their event tickets, and then use, transfer, or sell those tickets to others.
She was named a 2013 Woman to Watch by the YWCA Columbus and a 2013 Person to Watch by Columbus Alive. Tanisha has been a featured speaker on entrepreneurship and leadership at The Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit, The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference, The Franklin University Hall Leadership Lessons, The Women and Technology Series at TechColumbus, and the “Behind the Seams Speaker Series” at Stitch Factory.
Tanisha serves on the board of Harmony Project. She and her wife, Michelle, are strong supporters of Community Shelter Board, Faith Mission, United Way of Central Ohio, Equality Ohio and CCAD through the Heritage-Robinson (HeRo) Fund at the Columbus Foundation.

Inna Kinney

Founder and CEO of the Economic & Community Development Institute   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Inna Kinney is Founder and CEO of the Economic & Community Development Institute, a Central Ohio based community development non-profit, established in 2004 with offices in Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo, Ohio. As CEO of the Economic & Community Development Institute, her responsibilities center around supporting the long-term sustainability of the organization. Specific responsibilities include: setting the vision and strategic direction, fundraising, fiscal oversight and education of policy makers.

In addition to her duties as CEO of the Institute, Ms. Kinney serves the community as part of many local and national boards. Some of her board experiences have been with the following organizations

Nathan Heerdt

CEO of Digital Scout at PlayOn! Sports

Nathan has spent the past 17 years starting, developing, and leading web companies. He is passionate about building websites and web applications and have a deep understanding of web architecture, development processes and e-commerce platforms.

He's raised angel round funding for two separate companies and sold his first start-up. Nathan completed an asset sale of Digital Scout from Digital School Network to PlayOn! Sports and is the new President of Digital Scout for PlayOn! Sports. They create mobile apps - both iOS and Android - for both coaches and fans. and also spend a great deal of time on SEO, and Social Media efforts.

Silver Sponsors
Mentors

Matt Scantland

Co-Founder at CoverMyMeds & President at Innova Partners   |   LinkedIn

Matt can build and sell software to the health care industry, and does what needs to be done at startups.

He is a co-founder at CoverMyMeds, one of the fastest growing healthcare technology companies in Ohio. CoverMyMeds is well on its way to fixing the prior authorization process, one of the most painful parts of healthcare. CoverMyMeds' customers include more than 300,000 physician users, most of the country's largest pharmacy chains, and more than 35 pharmaceutical brands. Strategic partnerships include McKesson Corporation and NaviNet, Inc.

Matt co-founded and is now President of Innova Partners, a thriving software development company serving the healthcare industry. Founded in 2004, Innova was responsible for development of key systems at MemberHealth, winner of the Inc. 500 for 2007, and now operating one of the largest Medicare Part D plan in the country as part of CVS Caremark Corporation.

Alan Gilbert

Vice President of Engineering at CoverMyMeds   |   LinkedIn

Alan is a market-driven engineering and technology executive with 26 years of experience transforming ideas into commercially-successful products. He has held engineering and management positions at IBM, DuPont, and Codonics with a strong emphasis on vertically-integrated, FDA-regulated medical devices. He has served on or led teams that have brought more than a dozen medical products to market in over 100 countries. Alan has recently joined CoverMyMeds, a Columbus healthcare startup, as their Vice President of Engineering. CoverMyMeds is well on its way to fixing the prior authorization process, one of the most painful parts of healthcare.

Wren Lanier

Principal at Neo   |  

Wren is a designer with a passion for creating beautiful digital experiences. With over 12 years of experience building for the web, she’s done a little bit of everything—from advising startups on UX best practices to pushing pixels for Fortune 500 companies. She's currently a Principal at Neo where she helps her clients make products that people will love to use. In the scraps of time when she's not building internet things, Wren enjoys eating bagels, making trouble, and taking naps.

Ryan Nystrom

Web/Mobile Developer at Dynamit

Ryan is a passionate mobile developer currently living in Columbus, Ohio. Most of his days are spent at Dynamit in downtown Columbus where he runs the up-and-coming mobile development. He's been making native and web apps since 2008, when he was in school at the University of Cincinnati.

Brian Begg

Attorney, Bricker & Eckler LLP

Brian Begg is a member of Bricker & Eckler’s Business, Tax & Estates group whose practice focuses on corporate transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and federal, state and local taxation. Brian also provides counsel to small- to medium-sized companies to assist them through their business' life cycle. His work with start-up companies ranges from business and capital formation to growth and exit strategies. Brian is a certified public accountant.

Erin Faulkner

User Experience Specialist, Nationwide

As a member of the User Experience team at Nationwide, Erin provides usability research, analysis and testing on a variety of consumer-facing and business-to-business websites and applications used by Nationwide members, prospects and internal associates. She is fond of pointing out that there is no “you” in “user.”

Dan Gigante

Partner and Digital Director at 19 IDEAS, President and Founder at You and Who   |   LinkedIn

Dan is a highly skilled web and mobile app developer, and technical advisor with 20 years experience building custom software solutions for
a variety of businesses, including Mattel, Birds Eye Foods, and North American Breweries. He is an expert programmer in several languages and has significant experience in e-commerce platforms. From 2000 to 2010, Dan was co-founder and partner at clevermethod, a local web development company, which he helped grow to a Fortune 5000 business. Dan has led a number of additional successful businesses and projects, including You and Who, a buy-one-give-one retailer that helps people in need across the U.S. Named one of Buffalo Business First’s ‘40 Under 40’ in 2013, Dan is a tireless advocate for the start-up and tech community in Western New York. He is a founding organizer for Startup Weekend Buffalo, and co-chair for BarCamp Buffalo 2014. Dan has served on several non-profit boards, including March of Dimes, American Cancer Society and InfoTech Niagara. He has given numerous talks to computer programming and business classes at Buffalo State College and State University of New York at Buffalo, and is a featured speaker at the 2014 TEDxYouth@Buffalo event.

David Harrison

Owner, Mammoth Media

Founded Mammoth Media in 2002 to provide web development and game service management services for Telstra, Australia's largest ISP. Since then it has grown to a company of 30 staff, servicing some of Australia's biggest websites - including BigPond Music and BigPond Movies, two of Telstra's flagship online entertainment properties.

Mammoth was spun up out of another company he founded called AusGamers, which has grown to be one of Australia's oldest and most respected websites about video gaming.

In 2010 he created Mammoth VPS (now called Mammoth Networks), a new Internet hosting business to complement our software services. The focus was to provide a high degree of automation to enable customers to take control of their hosting. Mammoth Networks has experienced amazing growth and has become a very highly regarded service provider in its own right.

David's particular areas of interest are in back-end web development, high volume content distribution, Internet infrastructure (with a particular focus on online video gaming) and community integration and management.

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