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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.

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Jeffrey J. Smith

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