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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Schedule

Friday

Apr 12
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speeches
  • 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

Saturday

Apr 13
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Lunch
  • Mentoring ends
  • 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

Sunday

Apr 14
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Hawaiian Islands Brewing Co. - Wrap Up Party
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SLAVA RUBIN

CEO/Co-Founder of Indiegogo   |   LinkedIn

Slava Rubin is CEO and co-founder of Indiegogo, the world's largest global crowdfunding platform. Indiegogo empowers anyone, anywhere, anytime to raise funds for any idea—creative, cause-related or entrepreneurial. Since launching in January 2008, the company has embraced an open model, helping people create campaigns in every country around the world, and is now distributing millions of dollars across the platform every week. Slava recently attended the White House signing of the historic JOBS Act as the representative of the crowdfunding industry. In 2011 Indiegogo was the only crowdfunding partner company for Startup America, President Obama’s initiative to stimulate entrepreneurship in America. Prior to co-founding Indiegogo, Slava was a strategy consultant responsible for leading growth initiatives on behalf of clients such as MasterCard, Goldman Sachs, and FedEx. Slava is also the founder of "Music Against Myeloma," an annual charity event that raises funds for and awareness of cancer research. Slava received his B.S.E. from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Dan Leuck

CEO of Ikayzo

Dan is the CEO of Ikayzo, a software development and interactive design firm servicing customers including Bank of America, Nomura Securities, PIMCO, Sony and Oracle. He is also the Chairman and cofounder of Contix, a company that does social media analytics for finance customers. Previously, Dan served as SVP of R&D for ValueCommerce, Asia's largest web advertising platform, Global Head of Development for London-based LastMinute.com, Europe's largest B2C website, and President of the US division of DML. Daniel has extensive experience managing teams of 150+ developers and designers in five countries. He has served on numerous advisory boards and panels for companies such as Macromedia and Sun Microsystems. Daniel is active in the open source community and is involved in the standardization of numerous mobile, desktop and enterprise technology standards. He is also active in the local community as a board member of Kokua Coop and ThinkTech Hawaii as well as running the TechHui.com social network for Hawaii-based developers and interactive designers.

Evan Nagle

Co-Founder of Mentalpez

Evan Nagle is the cofounder and co-owner of a number of startups, including Mentalpez, Bidtowork, Rolltech, Screenfuse, and Tracky. He was named a Rising Star by Future of Web Insights, and his prototypal C# work was referenced by Brendan Eich (CTO of Mozilla, creator of JavaScript) in Eich’s recent keynote TXJS presentation. He has an MFA in poetry, a background as a technical consultant for Microsoft and Amazon, and an unquenchable thirst for Mountain Dew.

Tina Fitch

Co-Founder & CEO of umicam

Tina Fitch is the co-founder of Switchfly, a global software-as-a-service provider that helps travel companies, loyalty programs and financial services institutions engage with their highest value customers. As the CEO, Tina led Switchfly to work with more than 300,000 travel suppliers, loyalty programs and payment providers globally, including United Airlines, JetBlue, Starwood Hotels, Expedia, Priceline and American Express. Collectively, more than 20 billion reward points are redeemed through the Switchfly platform annually.

Prior to Switchfly, Tina was on the founding team and led international business development efforts for a joint venture between leading private equity and investment firms to create hospitality operating companies and assets throughout Asia and Europe. Oakwood Worldwide grew to become the global leader in its class.

In 2010, Tina returned home to Hawaii to help further develop the technology ecosystem, including acting as a mentor in Blue Startups, a State-sponsored accelerator program, and advising SKAI Ventures, a leading bio and green-tech incubator. She is also launching another technology startup fostering mobile, visual collaboration: umicam.

Tina graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Economics, and also studied at Beijing University and Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. Her early career included economic and financial analysis for the UNDP, Seoul Development Institute, NBER and Ford Foundation.

Kelly Mitchell

Founder of Agent Caffeine

Kelly Mitchell is the Founder of Agent Caffeine recently was recognized by Inman in the Top 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leader. Speaking at events including Inman Connect NYC 2013, Inman Connect SF 2012 and Banff Western Connection in Canada where she spoke on Podcasting for Real Estate, Reinventing Your Marketing and moderated a panel includingPhil Soper CEO of Royal LaPage and Prudential Canada on Professionalism. She revels in sharing war stories of successfully traversing 4 industries, sharing successes, learning from failures and how-to's. She is an actively licensed real estate professional with 8 years of award-winning experience.
She draws from 20+ years of strategic marketing, business development and digital marketing expertise. Her background includes successfully launching four startup companies each in a unique industry including technology and real estate.
The inaugural President of the Social Media Club of Hawaii, she founded Next Level Hawaii, a business centric social media event bringing world-class social media speakers together in Honolulu. Ms. Mitchell was responsible for acquiring a commercialization technology agreement with NASA and the development of products using NASA's DC-Tune, a digital compression algorithm.
She serves on the Board of Advisors for the Hogan Entrepreneur Program at her alma mater, Chaminade University.

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