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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 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 30
  • 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

Dec 1
  • 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

Dec 2
  • 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!
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Judges

Frank Bonsal III

A former educator himself, Frank is an experience investor in technology companies with a personal passion and focus on education ventures.

Rodney Foxworth

Rodney Foxworth is a native Baltimorean and a member of the board of directors of the Maryland chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance and a founding member of the Young Professionals Committee of Squashwise.

Sean Lane

Sean Lane is an inventor, strategist and philanthropist who is passionate about creating a local community that thrives on innovation, technology and entrepreneurship.

Marina Martin

Marina is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence & Head of the Education Data Initiative at U.S. Dept of Education, a member of the Citizens' Telecommunications and Advisory Board in Seattle, and founder/owner of The Type-A Way consulting firm.

Harry Preston V

Harry is a STEM educator extraordinaire who has served as a NASA space grant Fellow, McNair Fellow, has received the Lemelson–MIT Excite Teacher Award, and most recently the National ING Unsung Heros Award. He is currently a math and business teacher at Edmondson High School in Baltimore.

Chris Tonjes

Chris is the recently minted Chief Information Officer for City of Baltimore. Formerly he served as the Director of Information Technology for the
District of Columbia's Public Library system.

Coaches

Ashish Jaiman

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Brian Bordainick

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Christine Ortiz

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John Cammack

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Katrina Stevens

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Michael Klein

Omar Muhammad

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Sam Hopkins

Scott Schelle

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Vince Talbert

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Wes Moore

Organizers
Andrew Coy
Shelly Blake Plock
Heather Bradbury
Jessica Gartner
Kevin Tame
Tighe Greeenhalgh
Shawn Grimes
Steph Grimes
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