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Startup Weekend: Maker events are focused on building physical products during the weekend.   And better yet, it’s made possible because by access to state-of-the-art tools and expertise provided by Lansing Community College.  The 290,000 square foot tech center offers electronics labs, CAD systems, 3D printers, metal working areas, woodworking tools, and more, making the possibilities of what can be created during the weekend just about endless.  A full array of tools, equipment, and workspaces will be available.  You should find just what you need to design, cut, assemble, program and finish your maker project.  We’re talking metal fabrication, electronic PLC design/build, CNC cutting and milling, electronics testing lab, and more.

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event where entrepreneurs can take their idea from concept to full blown business.  On the first night, attendees pitch ideas for new ventures to the group. These ideas must be brand new and cannot be works in progress.  From there, the group will vote on the top 5-10 ideas, form teams around these ideas, and spend the rest of the weekend taking the ideas from the drawing board to reality.  At the conclusion of the weekend, the teams will pitch what they have created to a panel of judges. The winning team will receive business services from sponsor organizations and publicity to help them continue to develop their business.

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Oct 10
  • 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


Oct 11
  • 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


Oct 12
  • 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Jesse Flores

Founder, Cognite Labs   |   LinkedIn

Results-driven leader with 8+ years of experience strengthening organizations via performance improvement initiatives, operations management, and technology-enabled innovation. Communicates effectively with both technical and business stakeholders, has ability to understand business needs and apply leading edge technologies to enable a more efficient corporate organization. Specializes in strategic operations planning, agile process engineering, and data analytics in e-commerce and retail distribution.

Jesse will be the guest speaker at dinner Saturday, touching on the path to MVP and his path to launching Cognite Labs.

Joe Carr

Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Joe Carr believes people should have the ability to improve their communities and shape the world around them. He sees 3D printing and the Maker movement empowering people to do just that. Born and raised in northern Michigan Joe took to all things technical at an early age. He apprenticed under a businessman who allowed Joe to experiment with entrepreneurial pursuits. This lead him to develop an ability to identify unique opportunities and niche markets and to quickly create products. There he purchased desktop manufacturing equipment and taught himself machining skills as well as computer aided design to compress time to market. Joe quickly saw the ability of 3D printing to change the manufacturing landscape and found a home there.

Joe is currently a freelance designer and manufacturer as well as an advisor to startups in the 3D printing industry. Prior, Joe cofounded Manulith, a 3D printing and project management platform and was the Production Manager at one of world's first 3D printing retail stores, The 3D Printer Experience. You can find his parts in highly advanced prosthetics, high fashion, and even on the desk of Hillary Clinton.

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Tom Donaldson

Tom is a seasoned business executive with broad knowledge of all aspects of small business management including marketing, operations, accounting, and finance. As Vice President of Operations for The Daniels Group, Tom helped guide the company through a troubled financial period into a high growth, highly profitable company with over 100 employees. Tom also took the lead role in the acquisition and subsequent turnaround of Lincoln Distributors in Tempe, Arizona. He was a partner in the startup of Diamond Tech International in Tampa, Florida, a manufacturer and importer of cutting & grinding equipment for the glass and tile industry. Tom has also owned a small publishing company. Since joining the Small Business Development Center, Tom has worked both with growing companies as well as turnaround situations, assisting business owners with financial forecasting and budgeting and helping them access capital. His current role is Regional Director for the Small Business Development Center at Lansing Community College.

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