Startup Weekend Dayton

    Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017

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Startup Weekend Dayton

Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017

Friday, April 21 - 23, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Montgomery County Business Solutions Center
1435 Cincinnati St
Dayton, OH 45417

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It's back! Startup Weekend returns to Dayton!

It's been a while, but Startup Weekend Dayton is back and ready to go!

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

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Friday April 21st

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 April 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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 April 23rd

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!

Coaches and Mentors

Pat Newcomb
Director, Ohio SBDC at The Entrepreneurs Center

Pat has been in the "small business development" business for nearly 30 years. Sixteen of those years were spent working with the financial analysis of and structuring of commercial loans and banking services to closely held businesses of all stages and sizes. She has had the opportunity of working with companies in the automotive supply chain in Detroit and Dayton and with entrepreneurs developing new technologies (IT and manufacturing) in a technology incubator setting. By training and experience she is also grounded in the strongest principles of process improvement and human development that helps clients achieve success as they uncover and define it.

She currently Directs one of Ohio's 25 Small Business Development Centers, located in and hosted by The Entrepreneurs Center. As senior counselor she pulls together skills, knowledge, and contacts from all these experiences to serve the needs of the Entrepreneurial Development efforts of Dayton and the greater Dayton region.

Art Helmstetter
Owner of B2BPlanner Ltd., Business Coaching

Art helps people realize their dream of starting and running a successful small business. He is an owner of three small businesses, has grown three start-ups into multi-million dollar businesses in corporate environments, and has performed almost every business function during his business career. Although Art’s most recent roles have been in marketing and planning, his career started in engineering, and he is still a registered Professional Engineer (PE). His combination of practical business sense and technical know-how helps him to deal with the technology of his clients’ businesses while providing guidance on strategy and business model development. In both cases, his balanced brain approach provides a combination of solid disciplined analytical thinking and a creative spark to envision what is possible. Innovation is the common factor in Art’s business interests which include ownership in a company that develops environmentally friendly chemicals for industry and an event marketing company based on a mobile phone app. His start-ups included a first of a kind waste to energy plants, a novel chemical recovery process used in cement kilns, and a unique services model applied to industrial chemical sales. Art holds an MBA from the University of Dayton, and an MS in engineering from Princeton University. He has worked for Monsanto Inc., Lafarge Corp., and Quaker Chemical Corp. during a 30 year business Career.

Darren Kall
Managing Director at Specific Clarity

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Dalton Pont
VP of Innovation, SPGlobal

Dalton is a systems engineer with 30+ years with USAF, Lockheed Martin, SRI, and SPG working with advanced systems development and venture launches. Significant M&A and other innovative partnering experience. He holds multiple patents, BS and MS degrees in engineering, and a MBA.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Dayton 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 Dayton is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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