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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. 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.

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Schedule

Friday

Mar 28
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome
  • 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

Mar 29
  • 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

Mar 30
  • 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
  • After party
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors
In-Kind Sponsors
Judges

Mike Hicks

CEO at Hixardt Technologies Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Over the past three years he has worked to position Hixardt Technologies as one of the predominant IT firms in Pensacola FL, by offering “total support” packages, quick response times, and competitive pricing. He is active in the community and supports opportunities where his knowledge may benefit others.

Vernon Niven

CEO at NeedTagger, Inc.   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Vernon is the CEO and founder of Pensacola-based NeedTagger, a social selling tool for Twitter. A Gulf Coast citizen and a Silicon Valley veteran, Vernon has over 25 years of experience launching, leading and funding new software businesses in several industries. After leading a $100mm ecommerce practice at Accenture, Vernon left in 1999 to develop a new $20mm software product line for Aspect Development, which was acquired for $9B - the world's largest software acquisition at the time. Since then, Mr. Niven has helped to launch the world's first dynamic creative display ad platform (Tumri, sold to Collective Media)

Ross Overstreet

CTO & Co-founder at Overgroup   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneur & hacker on a mission to create value everywhere I go, with a passion in helping those around me succeed. Ten years in the telecommunications industry focusing on service-oriented back-office, billing, and CRM.

Dean Parker

CEO at Callis   |  

Dean Parker is a passionate technology entrepreneur, company advisor, and public speaker. Dean is the former founder and CEO of Callis Communications, the leading provider of cloud-based Unified Communication as a Service (UCaaS) solutions for Tier 2 markets throughout the Southeast. The company delivers cloud-based telephony, hosted PBX, data, security, email and collaboration services, all backed by a highly reliable, redundant network.

Quint Studer

Founder of Studer Group, Inc.

Quint Studer is a successful businessman, a visionary, an entrepreneur, a mentor to many, and extremely dedicated to his community. For more than 30 years, he has dedicated his life to designing the building blocks in organizations that will guide them to an honored distinction of being a GREAT place to work.

Quint has done it.

Founding Studer Group in 2000, Quint has worked with and coached healthcare organizations nationwide who have won multiple performance awards. He is a dedicated proponent of Evidence-Based Leadership℠ (EBL). EBL creates a culture of execution that empowers organizations to move quickly and effectively. Studer Group was the honored recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2010 and for 6 consecutive years – the last 3 being in the top 10 - was named one of the Best Small and Medium Workplaces in the United States by Great Place to Work®.

A consummate teacher and student, Quint is currently part of the 21stTask Force at Harvard Business School. He has volunteered his services as a Board Member at the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Quint was invited to participate as a Think Tank Panelist for the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington D.C. and is a Faculty in Residence at George Washington University and a Guest Professor at Cornell University. His methodology is used in classes across the country.

Coaches

Allan Alderman

Lead Innovator at Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems   |   LinkedIn

Allan Alderman is a senior developer, software and process architect, systems analyst, and project manager with 19 years of experience in designing, implementing, and deploying quality technology solutions, analyzing business processes, business and proposal development, and managing IT projects. He has served as technical lead on a variety of projects for the US Air Force, the Veterans’ Administration, US Department of Agriculture, the US Navy, the State of Pennsylvania, several non-profit associations, and other Federal agencies as well as several corporate and commercial clients. He has served as technical volume lead and capture manager on a variety of proposals for Department of Defense, and Federal civilian contracts. He has 14 years of experience with the Rational Unified Process (RUP) software development methodology and the Unified Modeling Language (UML), nine years’ experience with Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI), holds an IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation certification, is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Bryan Clark

CEO at Silver Bullet Technology Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Bryan Clark is the chief executive officer and founder of Pensacola, Florida-based Silver Bullet Technology Inc., a leading provider of check processing software. Under his leadership, Silver Bullet Technology's software and solutions have come to serve as the de facto standard for financial institutions.

Ralph Haynes

Web Developer   |   LinkedIn

Ralph is the lead developer at Hail Studio Web Development. His experience and passion for modern web programming technologies and UI design have lead to his work with an ever increasing wide range of projects with clients across the country. He thrives on constantly pushing the boundaries and use of technology to provide meaningful experiences for the end user.

Rus Howard

Chairman at DeepGulf, Inc.

Rustin R. Howard, has made a career of taking technology from the laboratory through product concept, manufacturing and then to the marketplace.

Bryan McCall

Partner, Duncan McCall Advertising

Bryan is a Partner and Digital Creative Director at Duncan McCall Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations — an award-winning team providing marketing and branding consultation, creative services, online marketing, web development, social media marketing, media planning and public relations services. Bryan has over 20 years of design and marketing experience, and has won numerous awards for design and art direction.

Pat Rooney

Lead Principal Consultant at Coastal CXO Services, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Senior Financial and Operations Executive working with start-ups and mid-stage firms in defense, electronics, software development/systems integration, education, manufacturing, multimedia distribution, information security and health-care.

Organizers
Brad Nihls
Frank White
Kelly Reeser
Joshua Schwitzerlett
Kyle Schmitz
James Harrington
Lorrie Berry
Daryl Tucker
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