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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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

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.

Schedule

Friday

Jul 26
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Finalize teams & get to work!

Saturday

Jul 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Product mentors available to help teams
  • Lunch
  • Tech mentors available to help teams
  • Speaker
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Jul 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Business mentors available to help teams
  • Lunch
  • Finalize Presentations
  • Presentation tech & mic 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.

Elias Bizannes

Founder of StartupBus

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Brooke Paul

Founder at Founders Factory & Taivara   |   LinkedIn

Brooke Paul is a serial entrepreneur and experienced early-stage investor. Brooke has been on the founding teams of multiple tech startups, including several successful exits. Brooke's latest efforts have been focused on starting Founders Factory & Taivara to help early-stage technology companies develop ideas into real products by providing seed capital, mentorship, and development resources.

Brooke holds a Masters/PhD in Neuroscience from University of California, Irvine and a Bachelors in Psychology from The Ohio State University.

Damon Caiazza

Chief Product Officer at Fundable

Successful entrepreneur and executive experienced in creating, growing, and reorganizing businesses within the digital technology and marketing/advertising space. Global markets savvy with in-market experience in North America, Europe, and the MENA regions. Experienced managing enterprises ranging in size from $1M to $20M in annual revenue and selling/managing multi-year, multi-million dollar engagements.

Current areas of focus …

Partner/Chief Product Officer @ Fundable: Fuels my passion for helping entrepreneurs achieve their dreams.

Partner @ CSC Communications: Serves as an outlet for my creative alter ego.

Partner @ StrateSphere: Keeps me engaged in global emerging markets.

Seth Quillin

Founder & CEO, buildingfive   |   LinkedIn

Seth has an extensive background in rapidly building software products for multiple industries. After graduating from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Seth started one of the first digital design agencies , eventually landing as a Senior Vice President and Global Innovations Director for the global ad agency GSW. Seth currently runs his own digital agency in Columbus, OH focused on helping clients rapidly build and prototype innovative software and web applications.

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.

Silver Sponsors
Mentors

Rich Langdale

Managing Partner at NCT Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Rich is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor. In 1986, while attending The Ohio State University, Mr. Langdale founded Digital Storage, Inc. ("DSI"). Since that time he has founded, co-founded, acquired or invested in several more under the umbrella of NCT Ventures. Through his capacity as a Managing Partner of NCT Ventures, he is still actively involved with several portfolio companies.

In 2001, Mr. Langdale (along with other persons affiliated with NCT Ventures and OSU) founded and developed the Center for Entrepreneurship at The Ohio State University, which quickly earned a tier one ranking from Entrepreneur Magazine. Mr. Langdale helped develop the Entrepreneurship curriculum in addition to teaching undergraduate, MBA and Executive MBA courses on Entrepreneurship. Mr. Langdale has been an executive board member of The Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Entrepreneurship Steering Committee, OSU's Center for Entrepreneurship, Columbus Technology Council, and Nationwide Children's Hospital (Research Board).

Leah McDougald

Director, Design Research at Design Central   |   LinkedInGoogle+

A Design researcher with a focus on contextual research. Nine years experience in gathering and translating research findings to improve human and design interaction on both emotional and functional levels. Leah provides the voice of the user within the design process to promote positive interactions where people live, work and play.

Passions include public speaking and providing user insight to inform great design / brand messaging, or to fuel innovation.

Specialties: Workshop Facilitation

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.

Heather Whaling

Founder of Geben Communications   |  

As president of Geben Communication, Heather leads new business development, client relations and strategic planning for the firm. Plus, she is heavily involved in implementation, helping clients integrate traditional and digital PR strategies to excel in today’s social world.

An avid Twitter user, Heather can trace 75% of Geben’s business back to relationships that began online. This ability to turn social networking into business outcomes has helped Geben evolve into a highly respected, sought-after, award-winning PR firm. In addition to helping clients secure coverage in a range of high-profile media outlets – from the New York Times and Wall Street Journal … to Huffington Post and TechCrunch – Heather has been quoted in Inc.com, Entrepreneur and BusinessWeek about technology’s impact on business communication.

Geben was named one of "Agency Post's Top 10 Agencies for Startups" and Heather was named the 2012 Ohio Interactive Professional of the Year. Additionally, Heather was selected as one of Columbus Business First’s “Forty Under 40” and named one of Columbus’s top 10 entrepreneurs. In addition to authoring her own public-relations blog (www.prTini.com), Heather contributes to Mashable and AmericanExpress Open Forum, and co-moderates the popular PR 2.0 chat (#pr20chat on Twitter), a virtual discussion of social media trends and best practices.

Heather was one of five women bloggers to join Fairwinds Trading and Macy’s in Haiti in March, 2010 to learn about the “Heart of Haiti” economic development initiative. She was also one of three social media correspondents selected by Outback Steakhouse to document the 2012 Outback Bowl via social media.

Heather is a fan of sports, food without meat, reading and she's definitely one of those people who's never more than a few feet away from her iPhone. Connect with her on her blog (www.prtini.com), Twitter (twitter.com/prtini) or via email at heather [at] gebencommunication.com.

Mac Liaw

CTO of BringShare.com   |   LinkedIn

Mac Liaw is currently the CTO of BringShare.com and became known throughout the technology community when he entered The Ohio State University's Masters Program in Computer Science at age 15, now has more than 20 years of professional experience as a master programmer and technical strategist to internet-based companies.

Prior to joining BringShare, Mac Liaw served as CTO for GoAntiques Network, an online retailer of antiques, collectibles, and estate items. He continued as CTO for WorthPoint when it acquired GoAntiques in 2008.

Additionally, Liaw has numerous accomplishments throughout his career including serving as a member of the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) development team that established HTTP and HTML, and he is still active in the development of the Linux Kernel, and the development of the Groovy and Haskell programming languages.

Sean Lane

Serial Entrepreneur, Investor

Sean Lane is an award winning entrepreneur and '02 Miami University alumnus. Sean spent the first 6 years after graduation as an Air Force Intelligence Officer where he served four tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Since 2008, Sean has founded several technology companies in Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and Texas. His first company, Battlefield Telecommunication Systems (BTS), based in Baltimore, MD has generated over $100M in revenue and employed over 100. BTS continues to build technology to support the military on the battlefield in Afghanistan.

Sean is the CEO and Chairman of BTS and a Founding Partner at OmniScience Technology Partners (OSTP), and early stage venture capital firm. Through his investments, Sean serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for CrossChx, Digital Harbor Real Estate Development, Betamore, and Lane Capital. Sean also serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Technology Council.

In 2011, Sean was chosen as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2011 Maryland Award winner and is now a competition judge. His company, BTS Software Solutions, was chosen as a Best Place to Work by Baltimore Magazine for 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Sean is also recognized in several communities as a philanthropic leader. In 2011, Sean began his effort to revitalize his home town of Gallipolis, Ohio through the Digital River Project (DRP). DRP has since created an entire ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship by providing grants to small businesses and property owners located along the Ohio (Digital) River. Sean also founded Digital Harbor Foundation (DHF) in Baltimore, MD. DHF works with students, teachers, and technologists to strengthen digital literacy, increase tech capacity and empower students to become tomorrow’s innovators and entrepreneurs. In 2012, DHF renovated a de-funded community rec center into a youth technology center, The “Rec 2 Tech” Center, in the heart of Federal Hill, Baltimore.

Sean holds a B.A. in Political Science from Miami University and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Rio Grande.

David Geiger

Vice President, Business Development, CrossChx   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneur with a history of quickly generating profitable revenue streams at Startup, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Fortune 500 companies including Pfizer and Black & Decker. David specializes in building scalable customer acquisition and business development systems proven to grow sales pipelines, generate revenue and retain customers. David pioneered the concept and launch of ePAY Healthcare. David currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development at CrossChx.

CrossChx develops and deploys real-time behavioral intelligence solutions to prevent medical identity fraud. By scanning the patient's fingerprint, CrossChx instantly verifies a patient's identity and links the patient to their medical benefits so no one else can use them. The biometric technology protects the patient's medical identity against fraud and efficiently enables access to personal health records across health systems.

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