Startup Weekend Chandler

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Chandler

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Gangplank, Chandler
260 South Arizona Avenue
Chandler, Arizona 85225

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Be Dangerous at Gangplank's Startup Weekend Chandler

Have a Taste for Danger?

Gangplank is hosting a collaboration of spirited entrepreneurs to pitch their vision and actually bring them into reality in one weekend. Gangplank has been an incubator for many multi-million dollar companies, some of which would never have existed without this annual event. 

Do you think you have the next million dollar idea? The next idea that could change the world? Are you passionate about something but not sure about product-market fit yet? Maybe you're just sick and tired of the way things are and want to do something about it. Join us in this incredible 3-day event to find equally passionate individuals to help launch an idea into a reality.

(In order to protect organizers, we stipulate a 7-day no-refund policy in Eventbrite (to protect food orders, SWAG, etc.)

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday November 20th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
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 November 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
260 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ 85225 (TECHSHOP CANCELED)

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Jeremy Scott
CEO & Founder, Bonanza

Jeremy is a Co-founder of Bonanza Education @bonanzaedu. He works at Gangplank Chandler @gpchandler @gangplank  @chandlerDCCP. He is passionate about many political issues in Arizona and does his part in the Chandler community as a creative entrepreneur and developer. He is a skilled programmer and very capable in Wordpress and Ruby on Rails.  

Event Judges

Martin Zwillig
Founder & CEO, Startup Professionals, Inc.

Marty has more than 30 years of experience and demonstrated results as an executive in Software Engineering, Product Management, and Marketing. He has led technical business transformations, done due-diligence and funding analysis for investors, provided mentoring for new technical executives, and held a wide range of professional and management roles. 

He is an Executive in Residence at the Thunderbird School of Global Business, a member of the Arizona Technology Investors Forum (ATIF) Angel group, the Arizona State University Venture Catalyst program to mentor entrepreneurs, and a member of the Advisory Board for several startups.

Alan Lobock

Co-founder of SkyMall, Inc., the company whose merchandise catalog is available on most US commercial aircraft 

Co-founder of Convrrt, Inc., a SaaS focused on quick and economical landing page creation and optimization to improve conversion of leads into sales

Recognized for advising fast-growing companies wishing to move from crisis management/inefficient management to a management framework and practices that facilitate and scale with growth.

Serving several startups as an Advisory Board member

Mentoring startups through Seed Spot and Arizona State University's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Named a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru

Romi Dhillon
Free Agent and Venture Capitalist

In Dec 2014, Romi closed his commitment in the Principal role at Infusionsoft, a Chief-of-Staff type role in the Office of the CFO for one of the universe's greatest sales & marketing software solutions for small business.
Romi aided Infusionsoft in cracking the code for selling to small businesses. His contribution helped customers get organized, grow sales, save time...and have a life. He helped small businesses get what they needed: one system to manage their sales & marketing activities. 

He is also invested in the General Partnership in Kickstart Seed Fund I, a Utah-based seed fund focused on financing and nurturing startups in the Intermountain Region. His dollars have funded impact projects, important medical device initiatives, and software that improves the world.

Jeremy Young
CEO at

Jeremy is a serial entrepreneur who made a promise to himself to never work for anyone else but himself. He's done a fantastic job of keeping that promise. 

He's had major success with startups Tanga, LOLShirts, and BelleChic as well as a few unsuccessful but highly-educational startup ventures. 

Coaches and Mentors

Kameron Williams
Creative Director

Kameron is the creative director at Lillimedia. He is a very well rounded digital creative who has helped create, improve, and optimize brands. His experience and skills center around user experience design, photography, internet marketing, and web design. 

Trevor Olson
CTO, HiringSolved

Trevor is an astrophysicist, data miner, and co-founder of HiringSolved. He has extensive experience working on projects that deal with numbers on an astronomical scale. He is an adept programmer/ mathematician and a skilled businessman.  

Anne Watson

*Search Engine Marketing (SEM) manager, with a focus on boosting conversions, ROI and traffic for large, complex campaigns. Focus on serving in-house or agency teams with campaign setup and optimization.

*Skilled with InfusionSoft campaign and WordPress site development. Advanced training with certificate as a Infusionsoft Trained User.

*Comparison Shopping Engine feed management and affiliate program management

*Primary Clients: Discount Tire, Sears, Estee Lauder. Consulted for real estate, education, travel, BtoB, software clients.

*Online content editor and writer. Write sparkling & smart copy for clients that is optimized for Search Engines. Written for a variety of sectors, both for print and Web. 

*Web analytics: Google Analytics and Omniture Search Center.

*Social Media: Designer and content writer for WordPress blogs. 

*PPC campaign Management. AdWords certified. Handled Million+ campaigns for client, including bid management, campaign setup and research, optimization and reporting.

*Online banner and branding campaign. Setup, monitor and analyze million+ campaigns across multiple vendor networks.

*Background in Journalism. Started out as a small-town reporter covering fires in LaPorte, Ind. Moved to NYC and worked for Dow Jones. Became a News Editor at Wall Street Journal Online; covered breaking news from Asia and Europe on the night desk.

Specialties: Journalism, SEO, Link Development, Search Engine Optimization, PPC, Pay Per Click, Web Content Management, Finance Technology.

Michael Jeffrey
Web Developer

Michael is a web developer with a strong knowledge of design. He works on application software in the energy efficiency industry and has extensive knowledge in solving hard programming problems. 

Leigh Dow
Public Relaions

With 25 years of Fortune 100, political, global event and international sports and entertainment experience, Leigh tenaciously provides clients with her deep expertise in crafting creative PR, marketing and communications strategies that deliver strategic results and engage influencers. Her unique and transparent approach to marketing has made her an awarded change agent, driving campaigns in diverse target markets and segments. 

She has lead complex initiatives in response to evolving buying patterns and shaped the public profile and reputation for companies in both international and localized markets. Whether it’s maintaining high profile relationships, introducing new products for major brands or delivering PR activation at the Super Bowl, projects she's worked on have appeared in Forbes, International Business Times, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Times, NFL Network, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and more. She shares the same Myers-Briggs profile as Darth Vader and you can always find her on Twitter @leighdow.

Ita Udo-Ema
Online Video Producer / Storyteller; Producer-Director-Editor , Digital Media Coach

Ita has been creating digital media in one form or another for 15 years.  With a degree in computer animation from the Art Institute of Phoenix, Ita has produced six DVD releases, worked on  three independent feature length films and published over 70 online videos.  In 2005, Ita founded the media studio, View from Above Entertainment and he is currently heading the Gangplank Video Studio initiative.

Carol Stambaugh
Co-owner at FreeUp Web Studio

Carol Stambaugh, Principal and Co-Founder of FreeUp Web Studio​ is the current Arizona WordPress Meet up Organizer with a membership of 1,500+ around the Phoenix metro area.  She also served as the lead organizer for Phoenix WordCamp 2013, a premier WordPress user’s conference that is one of the largest and best known in the country. Carol’s connections and commitment to the WordCamp community translates into a wealth of knowledge about WordPress as a web design platform. When not doing WordPress, she is busy keeping up with two very active school-aged children.

Justin James

Developer & Speaker focused on web development from Arizona.

Michele Simphoukham
Tax Specialist

Coming from a background of a Big Four accounting tax department and many years in the real estate industry, Michele decided she could better serve her clients by creating her own firm. With the heart of a teacher, she comes along-side her clients to help them plan, get organized, and create a system that improves efficiencies.

Joseph Kamien
Patent Attorney/Software Developer

Patent attorney with significant experience in computer technology.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Chandler team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Startup Weekend Chandler is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Shon
  • Christopher
  • Eileen
  • Jeremy


Chris Groh

Chris is a Startup Weekend veteran organizing and facilitating Startup Weekend New Orleans for the past few years. He’s also an aviation geek and cofounder of a non-profit organization which helps connect aviation startups to industry influencers. Growing up in New Orleans, he’s never met a shell fish he wouldn’t eat and he always knows “where you got dem shoes.”

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