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Voxeo, 189 South Orange Avenue 10th Floor Orlando, FL 32801

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!

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

Nov 9
  • 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 10
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Nov 11
  • 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

Brian Meece

CEO at RocketHub

RocketHub, one of the world's top crowdfunding platforms, is known as "The World's Funding Machine". An international and open community, it has helped thousands of artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists raise millions of dollars and take their creative products and endeavors to the next level. The company has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NPR, Wired, Nature, The Economist, CNN, The Washington Post, ABC News, USA Today, just to name a few.
CEO Brian Meece has lectured on crowdsourced funding at SXSW, TEDxBrooklyn, Columbia University, NYU, NXNEi, The Cambridge Innovation Lab, among other colleges, conferences and institutions.

Waymon Armstrong

Founder and President l Engineering and Computer Simulations, Inc.

Waymon Armstrong is founder and President of Engineering & Computer Simulations, Inc. (ECS). Since its inception in 1997, he has led the firm in delivering innovative PC based game technology through advanced distributed learning environments. Since 2007, ECS has used virtual world technologies and has become a leader in delivering virtual world solutions to its customers. Before starting ECS, Armstrong directed computer-modeling activities at a multi-million dollar program management and engineering firm. He also served as a project manager for large-scale crisis response teams and has over twenty-five years experience in engineering and technology related fields, including twenty years in management.

Armstrong is a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums. He has testified before the House Aviation Sub-committee on safety and security, and the State of Florida's House Select Committee on security.

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David

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As an investment banker at Duncan-Williams, David Whitney advises public and private companies on strategy and operations, assists in raising investor capital, and serves as a financial advisor on M&A transactions. His expertise is in serving companies in the technology, telecommunications, media, consumer business, and financial services industries. Whitney holds Series 7 and 63 securities licenses. Duncan-Williams is a full-service brokerage and investment banking firm named to the Inc. 5000 list of America's fastest growing private companies in 2010 and 2011.

In addition to his responsibilities at Duncan-Williams, Whitney serves as the Entrepreneur in Residence in the University of Florida's College of Engineering. Whitney works with faculty- and student-entrepreneurs to launch and operate companies

Carol Ann Dykes

UCF Business Incubator   |   LinkedIn

Ms. Carol Ann Dykes manages the University of Central Florida Business Incubator @ the Central Florida Research Park. The Research Park Incubator is part of the UCF Business Incubation Program - a university-community partnership that builds high-growth business opportunities into successful business ventures in Central Florida. The Incubation Program currently serves 130+ companies in ten facilities located in Apopka, the Central Florida Research Park, Orlando, Winter Springs, Sanford, Leesburg, St. Cloud, Kissimmee, Daytona and on the UCF main campus.

Prior to joining UCF, Carol Ann was a member of the University of Florida faculty in the College of Engineering where she served as Associate Director of the Southern Technology Applications Center supporting companies, federal laboratories and universities across nine southeastern states in their technology commercialization activities. She has also served as Vice President for Information Services for Technology Strategic Planning Inc. in Stuart, FL, providing global competitive technology analysis for Fortune 50 clients and as an Information Specialist at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

Carlos Carbonell

Co-Founder & CEO, Echo Interaction Group   |   LinkedIn

Carlos Carbonell founded Central Florida-based Echo Interaction Group, a mobile application and interactive media development company. Under Carlos' leadership, Echo has built a portfolio that includes dozens of clients that span numerous industries, received industry accolades - including the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry's "Best App" award in 2011 - and pioneered the development of the first-ever mobile applications for the building manufacturing and residential condominium industries.

Some of their clients have included the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, The American College of Surgeons, Florida Hospital, and Citigroup. He also writes a column on social media for SportsEvents Magazine and is an esteemed national speaker on the topics of multicultural marketing, social media, mobile marketing and innovation.

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Mentors

Ted Murphy

CEO Izea   |   LinkedIn

A serial entrepreneur, Edward “Ted” Murphy has founded six companies since 1994. Murphy’s latest venture, IZEA operates a variety of social media properties including Sponsored Tweets, SocialSpark and Staree. Murphy has bootstrapped companies off credit cards, been VC backed and most recently brought a company public. His disruptive approach and leadership have enabled him to raise over $21 million in equity for his entrepreneurial endeavors in both public and private markets.

Gregg Pollack

EnvyLabs / CodeSchool   |  

Gregg Pollack helped build a few technology companies including Envy Labs, a Ruby on Rails consultancy in downtown Orlando, and Code School, an online learning platform that teaches software developers new skills. He also runs Orlando's yearly BarCamp, the Orlando Ruby Users Group, and Orlando Tech Events newsletter.

Pam Hoelzle

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Pam Hoelzle has built and exited a $18M dollar service company, failed at startup, coached hundreds of entrepreneurs, taught entrepreneurship and digital media at the MBA and undergraduate level. A lifetime entrepreneur Pam is most comfortable when launching, accelerating, storytelling or changing someone's world...
http://www.seattlebusinessconsulting.com

Phil Dumas

CEO UniKey

Phil Dumas – President & Founder of UniKey Technologies Inc. (UniKey). UniKey is a mobile applications and security services company having been founded on the concept of bringing today’s wireless, mobile and internet technologies to the access control mass market. By uniquely combining existing technologies, UniKey has developed a proprietary and patented “hands free” Passive Keyless Entry system that can be easily integrated into existing doors. Prior to his activities with UniKey, Phil was a Vice President with Centrum Equities (Nashville, TN), a private equity firm focused on the acquisition of distressed companies, particularly in the automotive market. During his time with Centrum, Phil managed the day-day operations of various acquired companies, focusing on the integration and profitable turnaround of the various properties. Prior to Centrum, Phil gained much of his access control experience as the V.P. of Product Development with Sequiam (A biometric access control company) and his close working relationship with Black & Decker (Kwikset). Phil helped develop and launch the first mass market biometric residential deadbolt in conjunction with Black & Decker.

Courtney Dunn

LinkedIn

Courtney Dunn is a Registered Patent Attorney with experience in the areas of patent prosecution, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and licensing. She has her undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida and she handles patent prosecution for clients in the engineering sciences, including computer (software and hardware), electrical and mechanical engineering. Courtney is an associate in Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor, & Reed, P.A.’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Prior to joining The Lowndes Firm, Courtney has worked with a broad spectrum of clients from individual inventors and small start-ups to major research institutions, such as the University of South Florida, Florida State University, and H.L. Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute

Allen Kupetz

venVelo   |   LinkedIn

Allen H. Kupetz is the Executive-in-Residence at the Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. He is a recognized thought leader on the present and future impact of technology on individuals and corporations. Allen is also the co-founder and COO of venVelo, a business accelerator providing funding and mentoring to startups. He is also president of Kpartnerz, Inc., a management consulting firm, and author of The Future of Less – What the Wireless, Paperless, and Cashless Revolutions Mean to You.

Andrew Kozlik

CEO Code for Travel   |   LinkedIn

Andrew Kozlik is the hockey obsessed founder of the Orlando iOS Meetup, and a professional iOS developer. He's passionate about helping others learn how to develop, and tries to encourage people to start and finish their own projects. His goal is to help make Central Florida a hotbed of mobile development activity, and he believes that local tech communities and events are the way to make that happen.

Josh Murdock

LinkedIn

"Josh Murdock, also known as Professor Josh (http://professorjosh.com), currently works at Valencia College as an instructional designer helping build online courses, train faculty, and solve the Blackboard problems of the world. He is an Associate Faculty teaching both Educational Technology and Student Success in online, hybrid, and face-to-face for the past eight years.

Josh has a Master of Arts in both Educational Leadership for Higher Education and Instructional Technology from University of Central Florida. He has a graduate certificate in e-learning, He is a digital professor with over 14 years’ experience in higher education in a variety of areas.

He is actively involved in Social Media Club and various technology related groups in Orlando. He has presented at numerous national conferences on Assisted Technology, Social Media in Education, Millennial Generation, Web 2.0 Technologies, and various other topics. On the planning team for Central Florida Bloggers Conference and Tech Venture. He is on the Board of Directors for Valencia’s Foundation and various other collegewide committees."

Nicholas Mohnacky

Founder at Pixil Agency   |   LinkedIn

I am currently serving as business development/co-founder at Pixil Agency, a tech services startup located in Palm Beach, FL. We have worked on various projects in a number of capacities. We have either designed, developed or marketed some of the world's most downloaded apps like Draw Something, Scramble with Friends, Horn, Mixr, Promtr, and Ramp Champ.

I am also an avid surfer/travler and own a surfboard company called Enoch Surfboards where I design new models and create lifestyle products using 3D printing technology.

Previously I worked in digital marketing and advertising as an account executive for 4 years at Cox Media and Tribune in partnership with Yahoo."

David Rogers

LinkedIn

I help build the internet everyday using the power of my mind, a lot of typing, and copious handshakes and conversations. Swearing occasionally helps. I help organize nerds, run community events, and teach people. Sometimes I make money while doing it. Sometimes.

Lance R Vick

Tawlk.com

Lance R. Vick is a software engineer, open source software advocate, entrepreneur and founder/lead engineer of social media search and analysis platform Tawlk.com. Between building startups, and providing custom technology solutions for many industry leading companies (including 3M, Amway Arena, Mayo Clinic, Citigroup, and Atlantis Resorts) Lance has built experience a variety of areas. In a given project he is often responsible for any of a range of things such as software engineering, systems architecture, network security, and facing new company challenges head-on.

Lance thrives on solving unique problems, learning, teaching, and trying to improve his community. You can find many of his open source projects via http://github.com/lrvick and http://github.com/tawlk

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