Startup Weekend (@NCCU)

    Friday, April 7 - 9, 2017


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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend (@NCCU)

Friday, April 7 - 9, 2017



Friday, April 7 - 9, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Michaux School of Education (North Carolina Central Univ)
712 Cecil St
Durham, NC

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Startup Weekend - General Theme

Have an idea? Product or Service?  Just want to participate in a great entrepreneurial experience? Triangle Startup Weekend (TSW) is an opportunity to turn ideas into action in 54 hours.   TSW is a 54 hour event that supports early stage entrepreneurship. Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea, or just listen in. Teams form around the top ideas and embark on a 3 day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, market validation and creation of a prototype. Come  
  • learn the basics of founding & launching a successful startup
  • network with other entrepreneurs, experienced and up&coming 
  • find the right people with complimentary skills, passion and dedication 
  • test your idea (or work on someone else's) with potential customers
  • receive coaching from experienced entrepreneurs& industry professionals, and 
  • win prizes that will help you take your startup idea to the next level


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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday April 7th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 8th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


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


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

Sunday April 9th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Pitch Practice


2:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


3:00 pm
Final Presentations


5:30 pm
Judging & Awards


6:00 pm
After Party!!



Speakers


Doug Speight
Founder, CEO

Doug Speight is Founder and CEO of Cathedral Leasing, a B2B marketplace for the equipment leasing industry that is redefines how equipment is financed for small and medium-sized companies.  Speight's career has bridged four startups, engineering and open innovation and he has managed the development of technological innovations within the Dept. of Energy, NASA and with universities.  He is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and holds a MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He also serves as the Google/CODE2040 Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the American Underground tech hub in Durham.

Event Judges


Dan Moore
Product lead

A Georgia Tech grad, Dan is a computer scientist who transforms ideas into market-ready products for startups. With a focus on customer-centric and data-driven product development, he coordinates Vaporware's lean product design and development. Outside of work he enjoys road cycling, video games, and international travel.



Leah Kraus
CIO - North Carolina Central University

Leah Kraus has over 25 years of experience in education and technology beginning as a high school teacher in Greensboro NC. After teaching Leah worked at Guilford College where in 2001 she became the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Then in 2007, she became the Associate Vice Chancellor for Services and Planning at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In 2014, she was selected to serve as the CIO at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) where she is today. At NCCU, Leah is responsible for providing innovative vision, strategy, leadership for the campus in all technology related areas including technology policy and planning. Under her leadership, NCCU’s Information Technology Services (ITS) division focuses on providing strategic and collaborative services that support the needs of NCCU’s 21st Century Scholars, faculty and staff. Leah has been named one of 2015 Best CIOs by Triangle Business Journal.  She served on the Dell Higher Education Advisory Board 2013 and 2014, the 2015 GoMobile Enterprise Advisory Board, and Leah currently serves on the Advisory Council of Durham Sister Cities. She was recently featured in Sync Magazine for her transition from classroom teacher to CIO.


Kathryn James
Program Director at Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network North Carolina

Kathryn James is the Program Director at Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network. She was previously Director of Entrepreneurship at CED, and has worked in, co-founded or consulted to a range of tech startups and gazelles in Silicon Valley and North Carolina.  She began her career in the Tech industry with Accenture in Chicago, London, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.  She moved to North Carolina to study Sustainable Design at NCSU where she received an MLA and spent several years in sustainable land planning and design with LEED platinum certification.  Kathryn’s passion is working with game-changing startups, bridging the “structural holes” in ecosystems and creating new combinations that strengthen the region.  


Coaches and Mentors


Andy Roth
Head of Customer Success at RocketBolt

Andy Roth has two degrees from Duke Law School, including one specializing in entrepreneurship. Prior to law school he spent several years in New York City pursuing professional acting. He is currently in charge of Customer Success for RocketBolt, a Durham startup which took part in The Startup Factory's Fall 2013 program. This is his seventh Triangle Startup Weekend.


Anthony Pompliano
Managing Partner

"Pomp is Pomp. He does dope ----". 


Currently he serves as Managing Partner at Full Tilt Capital (FTC), an early stage venture capital firm. FTC partners with inspiring founders to build world-class companies across different industries.


Previously he served as Growth lead at Snap Chat, Product Manager at Facebook and Founder/CEO of DigaForce.



Christie Evans
Founder & CEO

A graduate of Spelman College and the University of Southern California, Christie has served as Director of Quality and Regulatory for global medical device software companies. She recently transitioned from Corporate America to launch – Choicez – an online platform for finding event vendors and tools to simplify the event planning process, which she founded and currently serves as CEO. Christie is an alumni of Groundwork Labs and member of the American Underground. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband and their two toddlers.


Doug Speight
Founder, CEO

Doug Speight is Founder and CEO of Cathedral Leasing, a B2B marketplace for the equipment leasing industry that is redefines how equipment is financed for small and medium-sized companies.  Speight's career has bridged four startups, engineering and open innovation and he has managed the development of technological innovations within the Dept. of Energy, NASA and with universities.  He is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and holds a MBA from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He also serves as the Google/CODE2040 Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the American Underground tech hub in Durham.


Geeta Vemuri
Product Manager / Entrepeneur

Geeta Vemuri is a CPA, with 5 years of auditing experience, and she has worked in both public accounting and private.  In public accounting she worked as an auditor for CliftonLarsonAllen and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.  She has also worked for Credit Union of Colorado as an Internal Audit Manager.  Geeta’s passion for technology lead her to build a workflow and collaboration solution for CPA firms and their clients. Her entrepreneurial journey has recently lead her to join Citrix as a product manager to help drive innovation for the accounting industry.


Jon Colgan
Founder and CEO

 Jon Colgan is founder of CellBreaker.com, an NC IDEA grant recipient (2013) and 500 Startups accelerant (2015). Fun fact: To talk about CellBreaker, Jon was the last scheduled interviewee with Diane Sawyer before she retired as ABC World News nightly anchor in 2014. Funner fact: Jon hasn't brushed his hair since the 7th grade. As a lifelong entrepreneur and former UNC ethics debate captain, Jon's mission is simple: give consumers confidence to veto bills they don't owe.


John Austin
Director Groundwork Labs

John is the Director of Groundwork Labs, an NC IDEA supported program to help selected entrepreneurs test their idea and get expert guidance to reach their next goal.  Prior to Groundwork, John headed up Joystick Labs, an accelerator for video game studios, was CEO of Numerical Design Ltd., a software company acquired by Emergent Game Technologies, and COO of Division, Inc., a virtual reality startup that was acquired by HP.


Lauren McCullough
Program Manager @ NC Idea

Lauren is currently the Program Manager for NC IDEA, a private foundation providing grants and programs to North Carolina’s entrepreneurial community. As Program Manager, Lauren is a central point of contact for the implementation and day-to-day activities associated with NC IDEA’s Seed Grants program and plays a major role managing data and relationships for all NC IDEA Programs. Prior to working with NC IDEA, Lauren was a team member at ArchiveSocial, a Durham-based startup and a former NC IDEA seed grant recipient. Prior to relocating to the Triangle, Lauren worked as the Client Service Coordinator for the Ohio University Innovation Center, a technology business incubator located in Athens, Ohio. Lauren received her B.A. and Master’s in Public Administration from Ohio University where she also served as Graduate Assistant for TechGROWTH Ohio, a program providing early stage funding and technical assistance to technology ventures in southeast Ohio.



Matt Wheeler
Product Manager

Matt is an entrepreneur and CPA who worked in public accounting while teaching himself how to code. He built an enterprise collaboration and workflow startup that lead him to join Citrix as a product manager. Matt is passionate about design, process, and product quality. He believes in simplifying everything in life and is active in the startup and investment community helping entrepreneurs achieve their vision.


Patrice Walker

Patrice J Walker obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Computer Information Systems at Shaw University. After graduating Shaw University, she received a graduate assistance ship and began her road to earning an MBA from Fayetteville State University. She has been in the technology field since August of 2002 and consistently grown her roles, starting as as a technician and currently serve as the Director of Client Services at North Carolina Central University in the Information Technology Services department.
 
In addition to being a collaborative leader, I taught capstone and project management courses. I am also a mother of 1 son, a wife,  a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Shaw University National Alumni Association.
 


Talib Graves-Manns
Co-Founder, Point AB Consulting

Talib Graves-Manns is a serial entrepreneur. He is a fourth-generation entrepreneur and embodies a self-described “Blue-Blood Hustle.”  The entrepreneurial history of his family has fueled his passion to build innovative businesses.  Talib is not just focused on developing businesses for his own gain.  He helps to build profitable and scalable businesses that serve the needs underrepresented students and entrepreneurs.  Through and mentorship and outreach, he helps the community through sharing his business acumen and increasing access to capital for innovative start-ups and traditional businesses.   Talib is the Co-Founder of three businesses: Point ABLife on Autopilot, and Black Wall Street Homecoming. Across all three organizations, he is responsible for business strategy and growth.  He is an expert in problem solving and new product introduction. From 2015-2016, Talib served as a Google for Entrepreneurs/Code2040 EIR at American Underground. He know serves as Executive Director of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center in Raleigh.




Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend (@NCCU) 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 Triangle is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Nate
    Branscomb
  • LaShon
    Harley
  • Phillipe
    Charles
  • Tony
    Kershaw

Facilitators


Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend organizer & facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.


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