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Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement that unites creative and intelligent minds together for an unforgettable weekend of ideation and new venture creation. This October, Gainesville invites you to become a part of the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs. With over 400 past events in nearly 100 countries around the world, Startup Weekend Gainesville is the perfect place to start your first business venture, or grow the business concept you have already established.

Whether this is your first Startup Weekend, or you are a frequent participant, Startup Weekend Gainesville aims to be an experience like no other. The first evening we invite all guests to pitch their startup idea to their peers and organizers to receive feedback. After opening pitches and critiques, all participants will organically form teams around the evening’s top ideas (as determined by popular vote). Immediately after, you will be thrust into a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation until final pitches. Participants and Attendees of Startup Weekend Gainesville will close out their weekend with presentations in front of local business leaders, and celebrity guest entrepreneurs.

Explore behind the scene of the city’s coolest startup spaces, enjoy exclusive deals, and mingle with the most successful people that are at the forefront of the future of Gainesville. Be sure to register as a participant of Startup Weekend Gainesville to ensure that you have access to enjoy all the events and features happening over the course of the 3 days.

Featuring judges from Silicon Valley, along with surprise speakers, Startup Weekend Gainesville is a great way to network, start a new venture, or just take a break away from your courses and your usual 9-5. Register now and take the first steps in turning your business enterprise into more than just a concept.

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The Hipp Rocks!!

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We’d like to thank the Hipp tonight for sponsoring the venue for Startup Weekend Gainesville’s final pitches! About the Hippodrome […]

Schedule

Friday

Oct 25
  • Registration at Starter Space
  • Dinner by Mi Apa Latin Cafe and networking
  • Welcome and speaker: Charlie Hoehn
  • Pitches begin
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Look for announcements regarding overnight work spaces.

Saturday

Oct 26
  • Breakfast and coffee at Starter Space
  • Teams begin work, look for updates regarding mentors
  • Lunch at Starter Space
  • Dinner at The COX Lounge at Sharab
  • Tech Trivia at The COX Lounge at Sharab

Sunday

Oct 27
  • Light breakfast and coffee at Starter Space
  • Teams begin work, look for updates regarding mentors
  • Indian Curry Brunch with vegetarian option at Starter Space
  • Arrive at The Hippodrome for final pitches
  • Happy Hour and appetizers at Hipp terrace & basement
  • Final pitches begin at Hipp
  • Judging & awards
  • After party, BBQ and music at Starter Space
IPO Sponsor $2,500
VC Sponsor $1,000
Angel Sponsor $500
Friends & Family (less than $250) and Seed Sponsors ($250)
Speakers

Charlie Hoehn

Author and Online Marketing Strategist   |  

Charlie Hoehn is an author and online marketing strategist. After graduating from Colorado State University in 2008, he went on to work with several bestselling authors such as Ramit Sethi, Tucker Max, and Seth Godin. He was Tim Ferriss' Director of Special Projects for three years, and helped him write and launch the The 4-Hour Body, which sold over a million copies. Charlie also wrote the e-book Recession-Proof Graduate: How to Get Any Job after Finishing College, which has been downloaded more than 200,000 times. He's currently finishing up two more books, and lives in Austin, Texas.

Judges

David Whitney

Entrepreneur and University Instructor

David Whitney is the Entrepreneur in Residence in the University of Florida’s College of Engineering. In this role, Whitney works with College of Engineering faculty- and student-entrepreneurs to become more innovative and successful in starting, operating and leading companies. His hands-on approach draws upon proven strategies and tactics for accelerating innovation and in training entrepreneurs to be effective, successful leaders of their companies. Whitney helps entrepreneurs develop and commercialize products, while advising senior management teams on the best way for them to create and maintain sustainably profitable operations.

As part of his responsibilities as Entrepreneur in Residence, David teaches a graduate course on Innovation. He is the founder and host of an in-class series, Spotlight on Innovation. Spotlight profiles creative, imaginative, and innovative people from all walks of life

Michael H. Morris

Academic Director, Program in Entrepreneurship

Michael Morris holds the George and Lisa Etheridge Professor at the University of Florida, and formerly the Malone Mitchell Chair at Oklahoma State University. In addition to starting three ventures, he has built top-ranked entrepreneurship programs at three major universities. A pioneer in curricular innovation and experiential learning, his entrepreneurial outreach efforts have facilitated the development of hundreds of ventures. He has also consulted to a large number of corporations around the world. Dr. Morris has published eleven books and over 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is co-editor of the Prentice-Hall Entrepreneurship Series and a Past President of the United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Morris was awarded the Edwin & Gloria Appel Prize for contributions to entrepreneurship. A former Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Morris was selected as one of the top twenty entrepreneurship professors by Fortune Small Business, and received the Leavey Award from the Freedoms Foundation for impacting private enterprise education.

Martin Schaffel

Executive Chairman, AVI-SPL

Mr. Martin Schaffel founded legacy Audio Visual Innovations, Inc. (AVI) in 1979. He began his career in management with a national retailer, and later joined a large office products distributor. He since built a successful business in the sale of audio video communications products and services to corporate, education, healthcare, military and government markets worldwide. Today that vision is known as AVI-SPL, the world’s leading video communications partner.

As Executive Chairman of AVI-SPL, Mr. Schaffel sits on the Board of Directors, stewarding the direction and development of the company’s long-range goals and strategic planning. He maintains close contact with AVI-SPL executive management as well as clients, consultants and vendor partners. Mr. Schaffel places critical emphasis on employee mentorship, entrepreneurship and the strength of our client relations.
Mr. Schaffel received an Honorable Mention in the International Association of Business Communications Excel Award, which recognizes Excellence in Communication Leadership (1997). In 2009, Mr. Schaffel was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship” from the University of Florida.

In addition to these achievements, he is also affiliated with numerous industry-related organizations. Mr. Schaffel is on the Board of the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the Board of Directors for North Star Bank in Tampa, Berkeley Preparatory School, and the Executive Committee of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Florida – College of Business and mentor MSE students at UF also guest lectures at the University of Florida, and the University of Tampa. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Voalte.

Josh Greenberg

Co-Founder & CTO, Grooveshark

Josh Greenberg is the Chief Technology Officer of Grooveshark, the world's largest on-demand music discovery service. Josh co-founded Grooveshark in 2006 while studying Business Administration at the University of Florida. He is a lifelong tech entrepreneur, having previously founded two web development companies. Josh has led Grooveshark as CTO since its inception, overseeing Grooveshark's engineering, infrastructure, creative, data, and community teams. In addition to playing a large role in Grooveshark's strategic planning, Josh guides the direction for Grooveshark's unique set of products, spending most of his time coordinating high-level strategy with technological implementation.

Businessweek named Josh a finalist for America's Best Young Entrepreneur in 2008. In 2012 and 2013, Forbes named Josh one of the Top 30 Under 30 for Music.

Charlie Hoehn

Author and Online Marketing Strategist   |  

Charlie Hoehn is an author and online marketing strategist. After graduating from Colorado State University in 2008, he went on to work with several bestselling authors such as Ramit Sethi, Tucker Max, and Seth Godin. He was Tim Ferriss' Director of Special Projects for three years, and helped him write and launch the The 4-Hour Body, which sold over a million copies. Charlie also wrote the e-book Recession-Proof Graduate: How to Get Any Job after Finishing College, which has been downloaded more than 200,000 times. He's currently finishing up two more books, and lives in Austin, Texas.

Kelly Bousman

Vice President of Marketing LumaStream

Kelly Bousman is an entrepreneurial executive with over 16 years of experience in marketing. Kelly develops and executes a clearly defined marketing and communications strategy that supports LumaStream’s consistent business growth and enhances brand equity and awareness. She is responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, training, and managing all marketing functions to achieve LumaStream objectives of sales, growth, profitability, and visibility while ensuring a cohesive marketing message and position consistent with the company direction.

Prior to joining LumaStream, Kelly was the senior vice president of marketing for AVI-SPL, the leading global video communications solutions provider. There she lead the overall marketing strategy including the company’s brand positioning, advertising, content development, lead generation, e-commerce initiatives, trade shows and events, public relations, social media and corporate communications.

Previously, Kelly held the role of vice president of internet marketing and development for the former company, Audio Visual Innovations (AVI), where she was instrumental in the development of ProjectorPeople.com, a leading online reseller of projectors and related technology to business, government and consumer markets. The ProjectorPeople.com division quickly grew to a highly profitable business unit earning 10s of millions in revenue annually. Kelly first joined AVI in 1997 as their 40th employee. The company now employs over 1800 in five countries and is ranked #1 in its industry.

Kelly has fostered entrepreneurship both within AVI-SPL, by chairing a committee dedicated to incubating innovative ideas from employees, and in the community, as a board member for Tampa Bay WaVE, a non-profit organization for early stage startups.

Kelly also has a strong background in design, Internet technology, editorial and marketing. Prior to joining AVI, Ms. Bousman worked as an Assistant Curator at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum for five years. She has also taught computer graphics, multimedia and Web design at the University of Tampa, and worked with the Ringling School of Art and Design, as well as the International Academy of Merchandising and Design.

Kristen Hadeed

Founder, Student Maid & Speaker at CampusSpeak

Kristen is the founder of Student Maid™, a unique house-cleaning and concierge enterprise that solely employs hundreds of college students who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

“It all started with a pair of jeans,” Kristen recounts: a statement that most college students can relate to. When she was a sophomore at the University of Florida, her parents told her she needed to get a job if she wanted to buy herself “fun” – but unnecessary – stuff, like expensive jeans. Determined to get what she wanted, Kristen knew she had no choice. If pricey jeans were going to be in her future, then so was a job!

As a finance major with a challenging course load and little free time, Kristen needed a job that was flexible enough to accommodate her demanding schedule. However, working for someone else had never been her strong suit. Kristen needed a job that would go well with her schedule and her personality, so she chose to create her own opportunity. The only issue that remained was: what to do?

In 2009, Kristen posted an ad on Craigslist advertising a house cleaning service. A neat-freak and self-proclaimed “germaphobe,” she saw cleaning as a good fit. She cleaned houses after class, hired some friends to help, and the business grew – a lot.

Just months after she started cleaning, she had the opportunity to bid on a huge contract cleaning hundreds of student apartments during the summer move-out season. She won the bid and had to promptly find an army of employees to do the job. Still a full-time college student, Kristen now had the responsibilities of a seasoned business owner twice her age with twice her experience.

But Kristen’s passion for business was intense, and, despite a grueling senior year of college – juggling a full class load while maintaining her self-imposed 3.5 GPA (because she firmly believes in practicing what she preaches), managing dozens of employees and her company’s finances and dealing with emergencies and surprises that every business owner faces – she expanded her enterprise and her love of entrepreneurship.

The countless challenges she faced might have made another person quit, but not Kristen

Mentors

Jared Kleinert

Author and CEO 2 Billion Under 20

At 15, Jared started NowIGetIt.com, an edtech startup that gave students access to affordable tutors across the globe via webchat. At 16, he founded another company called Synergist, a crowdsourcing site for social entrepreneurs to create, collaborate, and share ideas for social movements and enterprises, earning him the title of the “Definition of a Social Entrepreneur” by Forbes. Jared has also worked with Learnist, a San Francisco based media platform that raised $20 million and earned over 1 million users in its first year, and is currently the Customer Success Advocate at 15Five, helping CEOs keep a pulse on their company. Jared mainly focuses on his upcoming book, community, and company "2 Billion Under 20", which brings together the smartest and most talented people in the world at or under 20 to empower the 2 billion people in the world under 20.

Colin Hostert

CIO Grooveshark

Colin Hostert is currently the CIO of Gooveshark.com. He leads Grooveshark’s systems team that built and oversees the underlying infrastructure powering Grooveshark.com. The Grooveshark systems team combines Linux, PHP, Go, Mysql, MongoDB, cheap hardware, and lots of Red Bull to create an infrastructure that services millions of users a month. He loves the challenge of how to build the best performing systems for the cheapest price, SystemTap, drawing out the layers of the Linux network stack, and laser tag.

Rob Castellucci

CEO RoomSync

Rob leads the RoomSync team in empowering roommate choice. Rob has 6 years of experience in student housing and has presented on the topic of roommate compatibility at ACUHO-I conferences since 2011. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Florida on the topic of entrepreneurship and, when not at work, Rob is dancing salsa or teaching free classes at UF's Gator Salsa Club. He graduated with a marketing degree and a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida.

Christian von Kleist

Entrepreneur/Professional Hacker

As a professional hacker, Christian has consulted for clients such as Facebook and Adobe. His discovery and responsible disclosure of critical security vulnerabilities in widely used software products has increased the digital safety of millions of consumers. As a programmer and entrepreneur, Christian has cofounded a number of small companies. His current project is to 3D-ify the world at Paracosm, Inc.

Effie Rodriguez

Graphic Designer Paracosm

Effie Rodriguez is an artist currently working with Paracosm, (a local 3D vision tech startup in Gainesville) as their lead graphic designer. Hobbies include avidly reading, interior decorating, building custom furniture and painting. She's really nerdy about Steampunk/Victorian aesthetics, and loves carnivorous plants. She's thrilled to be doing the branding for this year's Startup Weekend.

Amir Rubin

Chief Parakeet Paracosm

Amir graduated UF ECE in 2003 and has been engineering stuff ever since. He co-founded Prioria Robotics, one of Gainesville's first tech startups, which is now one of the city's main tech employers. He was the first member of the Shadow Health family, which was UF Innovation Hub's first graduate and currently employes over 40 folks. His current adventure (and life consuming obsession) is his role as Chief Parakeet at Paracosm.

Julia Anderson

QA Head Grooveshark

Heading up Grooveshark's Quality Assurance team, Julia Anderson uses her love for people and her passion for technology to bring millions of Grooveshark users a better experience. Throughout her journey as an analyst, Julia has introduced new means of testing, discovered ways to streamline team work-flow, and crafted an essentially empathetic approach to product testing.

Kelly Bousman

Vice President of Marketing LumaStream

Kelly Bousman is an entrepreneurial executive with over 16 years of experience in marketing. Kelly develops and executes a clearly defined marketing and communications strategy that supports LumaStream’s consistent business growth and enhances brand equity and awareness. She is responsible for planning, organizing, staffing, training, and managing all marketing functions to achieve LumaStream objectives of sales, growth, profitability, and visibility while ensuring a cohesive marketing message and position consistent with the company direction.

Prior to joining LumaStream, Kelly was the senior vice president of marketing for AVI-SPL, the leading global video communications solutions provider. There she lead the overall marketing strategy including the company’s brand positioning, advertising, content development, lead generation, e-commerce initiatives, trade shows and events, public relations, social media and corporate communications.

Previously, Kelly held the role of vice president of internet marketing and development for the former company, Audio Visual Innovations (AVI), where she was instrumental in the development of ProjectorPeople.com, a leading online reseller of projectors and related technology to business, government and consumer markets. The ProjectorPeople.com division quickly grew to a highly profitable business unit earning 10s of millions in revenue annually. Kelly first joined AVI in 1997 as their 40th employee. The company now employs over 1800 in five countries and is ranked #1 in its industry.

Kelly has fostered entrepreneurship both within AVI-SPL, by chairing a committee dedicated to incubating innovative ideas from employees, and in the community, as a board member for Tampa Bay WaVE, a non-profit organization for early stage startups.

Kelly also has a strong background in design, Internet technology, editorial and marketing. Prior to joining AVI, Ms. Bousman worked as an Assistant Curator at the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum for five years. She has also taught computer graphics, multimedia and Web design at the University of Tampa, and worked with the Ringling School of Art and Design, as well as the International Academy of Merchandising and Design.

Carlos Perez

VP Latin America Groovershark

Carlos has been interested in making things on the internet since 2005. He currently works at Grooveshark where he has worn different hats, ranging from front-end code to business.

He is a mentor at Mexican.vc (now part of 500 Startups) and serves on the Community Impact Team at United Way of North Central Florida.

Carlos is originally from Mexico, where he earned a degree in International Business from Tec de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara.

Marc PaperScissor

Founder, Marc PaperScissor   |   LinkedInGoogle+

MarcPaperScissor is Freelance Artist, Graphic Designer, Creative Director, Grass Roots Marketing Specialist and Entrepreneur. He has produced thousands of images for his clients.
Marc has exhibited in galleries in the US and Canada and his art has been used in a wide variety of formats: magazines, limited edition prints, show posters, apparel, album & book covers, murals, tattoos, interactive art installations, as well as animation.
MarcPaperScissor Studios has just completed producing

Kristen Hadeed

Founder, Student Maid & Speaker at CampusSpeak

Kristen is the founder of Student Maid™, a unique house-cleaning and concierge enterprise that solely employs hundreds of college students who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

“It all started with a pair of jeans,” Kristen recounts: a statement that most college students can relate to. When she was a sophomore at the University of Florida, her parents told her she needed to get a job if she wanted to buy herself “fun” – but unnecessary – stuff, like expensive jeans. Determined to get what she wanted, Kristen knew she had no choice. If pricey jeans were going to be in her future, then so was a job!

As a finance major with a challenging course load and little free time, Kristen needed a job that was flexible enough to accommodate her demanding schedule. However, working for someone else had never been her strong suit. Kristen needed a job that would go well with her schedule and her personality, so she chose to create her own opportunity. The only issue that remained was: what to do?

In 2009, Kristen posted an ad on Craigslist advertising a house cleaning service. A neat-freak and self-proclaimed “germaphobe,” she saw cleaning as a good fit. She cleaned houses after class, hired some friends to help, and the business grew – a lot.

Just months after she started cleaning, she had the opportunity to bid on a huge contract cleaning hundreds of student apartments during the summer move-out season. She won the bid and had to promptly find an army of employees to do the job. Still a full-time college student, Kristen now had the responsibilities of a seasoned business owner twice her age with twice her experience.

But Kristen’s passion for business was intense, and, despite a grueling senior year of college – juggling a full class load while maintaining her self-imposed 3.5 GPA (because she firmly believes in practicing what she preaches), managing dozens of employees and her company’s finances and dealing with emergencies and surprises that every business owner faces – she expanded her enterprise and her love of entrepreneurship.

The countless challenges she faced might have made another person quit, but not Kristen

Mei Zhang

Director of Market Strategy and Planning in AVI-SPL

Mei graduated from University of Florida's Msc. Entrepreneurship program in 2011. Since graduation, she joined AVI-SPL as market strategist, providing Go-to-Market strategies and solutions for various industries to increase market penetration and sales growth. She also developed and implemented new product launch plan for 7 AVI-SPL's integrated medical solutions, leading marketing initiatives from market strategy development to promotional video production to website development and lead generation. Prior to her recent role, Mei has experience in international project management, product development and HR.

Andrew Kennedy

Software Engineer at Mobiquity

A legend on the streets, Andrew hustles code day in and day out. When not setting up EC2 instances or deploying Heroku apps, you can usually find him laying down smooth jams on the guitar, climbing all over Gainesville's Rock Gym, or kicking up dirt on the running trails.

Chris Dolphin

Software Engineer & Web Developer/Designer at Grooveshark

Dolphin is a Fullstack Developer who came out of retirement to be a "One Man Army" for Grooveshark. He's charged with building revenue through integration with third-party products as well as extending the music app internally. His projects include the Leap Motion controls, revamping the payments system, and a variety other premium features. Outside of work he has a passion for the open web and game development inside the browser.

Organizers
Anjali Kundra
Julian Miller
Erwin Felicilda
Nikhil Kundra
Stephanie G Travis
Effie Rodriguez
Nathalie McCrate
Anthony Vargas
Andrew Solomon
Duncan Kabinu
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