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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

Oct 11
  • 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

Oct 12
  • 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

Oct 13
  • 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
Judges

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

Vernon Niven

CEO and Founder at NeedTagger, Inc.   |   LinkedInGoogle+

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 building a new $100mm ecommerce practice at Accenture, Vernon left in 1999 to build a $20mm software product line for Aspect Development, which was later acquired for $9B (the world's largest software acquisition at the time). Since then, Mr. Niven launched and funded the world's first dynamic creative display ad platform (Tumri, sold to Collective Media) led the reconstruction of Pensacola Beach Elementary School after being severely damaged by hurricane Ivan and, led the creation of a new $200mm online gaming business for Churchill Downs, Inc. and served as its President. Vernon currently serves as CEO and founder of Pensacola-based NeedTagger, an intent-mining platform for social media. In addition, Mr. Niven is an angel investor in Flipboard, serves on the board of CollegeFrog and advises private equity firms and startups on business strategy, funding, technology and product marketing.

Denise Browning

Principal at Hunter Ventures LLC and Browning Mecke & O'Neal
Director, Central Gulf Coast Private Investors Network
  |   LinkedIn

Denise Browning is a Principal of Browning Mecke & O’Neal, a lower Alabama based Investment Banking firm. Additionally, she is the Founder and President of Hunter Ventures LLC, a business that assists with funding, and provides financial consulting services to start-up and small businesses, municipalities, and real estate developers. Ms. Browning was an interim Executive Manager of the Ceres Venture Fund, a $2.5 million early stage venture capital investment fund located in Chicago, Illinois during its formation phase. Prior to that, Ms. Browning managed a $1.6 billion Non Rated Municipal Bond portfolio for Allstate Investments. Ms. Browning began her career at Continental Bank, where she was a Vice President for the Real Estate Group that lent nationally out of Chicago, covering most high growth markets. While at the Bank, Ms. Browning started in systems programming COBOL and IMS, assisted with consolidations in Corporate Reporting, sold bank financial services to her clients, and sold whole loans to domestic and foreign banks.

Ms. Browning has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, and a BS in Business Management - Marketing, from Purdue University. She is a member of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and the Central Gulf Coast Private Investor Network. She serves on several Boards including the Barton Academy Foundation, University of South Alabama Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board, Springboard to Success (an affiliate of the Downtown Mobile Alliance), and Educators Resource. www.bmando.com

Caron Sjöberg, APR, CPRC

President at Ideaworks INC   |   LinkedIn

Caron Sjoberg is president and chief executive officer of Ideawörks, a marketing and public relations firm based in Pensacola, Florida. Her background includes more than 32 years in marketing strategy, public relations and advertising, and her work has appeared in several publications including Profiles in American Healthcare Marketing. She holds more than 60 industry awards.

Prior to founding Ideaworks in 1995, Caron spent ten years as creative director for Baptist Health Care Corporation and ten years in the telecommunications industry, first as vice president of marketing and operations for Network USA and then as senior vice president of corporate services for Network Telephone. Both Network companies earned two listings on Inc.’s list of 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies. In 2010 she founded T-Wire Corporation.

Caron has served as an adjunct professor at University of West Florida and as a member of the Pensacola State College Graphic Arts Advisory Committee, responsible for the introduction of new curricula and technologies. She has held board positions with several non-profit organizations and currently is first vice-president for the Council on Aging of West Florida. She is a member of the Florida Public Relations Association, the Public Relations Society of America and the American Advertising Federation.

In 2007 Ideaworks was named Small Business of the Year by the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber and in 2009 the Pensacola Business Journal named Caron its 2009 Outstanding Woman in Business. In 2010 she earned two professional accreditations for public relations, Accredited Public Relations (APR) and Certified Public Relations Counselor (CPRC), and also was named Business Leader of the Year for the Pensacola Bay Area. In 2012 Caron was honored as Crisis Communicator of the Year by the Florida Public Relations Association, for her work on behalf of Perdido Key, Florida, following the BP oil spill.

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.

Coaches

Nevin Shaffer

Attorney   |   LinkedIn

Charles Armour

Senior Software Engineer at Bit-Wizards   |   LinkedIn

Patrick 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.

Randy Ramos

CEO at Global Business Solutions, Inc   |   LinkedIn

Randy Ramos is Founder and CEO of Global Business Solutions (GBSI), an innovator in information technology services and technical training based in Pensacola. At its founding in 1995, GBSI was based in Randy's living room and consisted of "Randy Ramos and $1,000 in a checking account." The company currently employs 110 Information Technology professionals in eight states. GBSI delivers tested and reliable IT services and cutting edge technical training to a wide array of government and commercial customers. GBSI has been on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest growing companies each of the last two years

Niels Andersen

President & CEO, KAMedData and VeritasHealthCare   |   LinkedIn

Niels has over 25 years in the business of healthcare as well as clinical experience early in his career. He has a strong history of assisting organizations solve complex challenges in medical staff development planning, medical group development, physician relationship management/retention, practice valuation & acquisitions, physician productivity benchmarking & metrics, financial management, and healthcare software design.

Bryan McCall

Partner and Digital Creative Director at Duncan McCall Advertising   |   LinkedIn

Bryan is a Partner and Digital Creative Director at Duncan McCall Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations. Duncan McCall is an award-winning team providing marketing and branding consultation, creative services, online marketing, web development, social media marketing, media planning and buying and public relations services. Bryan has been designing for digital displays for over 20 years, beginning in the e-learning environment. Today, he leads the web development team at Duncan McCall.

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Andrew Myers
Brad Nihls
Brittany Miller
Frank White
Kelly Reeser
James Harrington
John Prumatico
Kyle Schmitz
Michelle Bennett
Tony Basel
Lorrie Berry
Joshua Schwitzerlett
Andrew Wagner
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