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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!

Watch the live stream of the Demo Day here: http://t.co/j1PfmM7F4U

Schedule

Friday

May 30
  • Registration Starts
  • Ziggy's Pizza from Devin Walker & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • 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

May 31
  • Arrive, Egg Cetera Breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • First Coaches arrive - Jenny Venn, Jarrett Green & Sam Williams
  • Lunch from the Anchor
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. Courtney Looney, Todd Ramsey & Richard Stevens
  • Dinner from Taste & See
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you like

Sunday

Jun 1
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive. Brandon Shuey, Devin Walker & Aaron Wirtz
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Light Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors
Speaker

Kevin Wildt & Hannah Scott

StampYoFace.com   |  

Earlier this year, Kevin and Hanna turned a crazy idea into a thriving business. Simply, they turn your face into a stamp. Since then, they've been featured on SwissMiss.com, and O Magazine.

Tier 2 Sponsors
Judges

Kent Jounson

Fireshark Studios

Kent Johnson is a long time Wichita entrepreneur with a successful track record across multiple technology startups. In 1997 he started bottomdollar.com, which became one of the the most popular price comparison search engines by 2000 when it was acquired and operations moved to Seattle. After the acquisition, he started boldchat.com in 2003 which grew to become one of the leading live chat providers. Boldchat.com was acquired by LogMeIn in 2012 and continues operations in Wichita.
Most recently he began a company researching and developing unique gaming related products, Fireshark Studio.

Shelly Prichard

President & CEO, Wichita Community Foundation

Shelly Prichard grew up on a farm outside of Newton, Kansas, one of three girls and the daughter of a veterinarian. She joined Koch Industries in 1994 to work in public affairs. Her job at Koch lead to a position as the Executive Director of Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas, working with high school youth in Wichita, Topeka, Lawrence and Kansas City. In 2007, Shelly became the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, serving 80 counties in Kansas, and managing the business merger of seven Girl Scout councils. In November of 2012, Shelly joined the Wichita Community Foundation and President & CEO. At the foundation, which manages $58 million in assets, Shelly interacts with donors to help them direct their charitable giving. She also works with prospective fund holders, encouraging them to become investors in the Foundation, and establish funds.

Jonathan Wood

Independent Creative Practitioner.   |  

I make stuff.

Independent Art Director, and founder of The Running Doves Press, Jonathan lends his unique creative style to gorgeous and efficient designs. With over 10 years experience in the world of design and advertising — from logos and illustrations, to hand-printed paper ephemera and the occasional custom motorcycle, Jonathan lives and breaths design.

Tier 3 Sponsors
Coaches

Aaron Wirtz

Media & Marketing Manager, Subaru of Wichita   |  

Aaron Wirtz is the Media & Marketing Manager for Subaru of Wichita and Super Car Guys, where he tells the story of the organization’s customers and team through words, pictures, and video. Aaron is also the television and radio personality for the Super Car Guys brand, which provides him with a unique, first-person insight into how traditional and online media interact with one another, while allowing him to draw from his years in the performing arts. Aaron holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Wichita State University and enjoys speaking to Wichita business students of all ages about the realities of modern marketing.

Devin Walker

CEO of PrintPop.com

Chief Executive Officer, Creative Director, and Founder, Devin is the very definition of "serial entrepreneur." Devin has been involved in some of the most innovative Internet concepts to hit the Web since 1994. Beginning with his work at American/Warner Brothers Records, Walker has been on teams that helped spawn radical changes in the music, news, and media industries. As well as founding PrintPop.com in 2002, Devin has worked on projects as diverse as the Ultimate Band List and ArtistDirect Network, motorcycle products, bikini lines, has several apps in the AppStore, as well as many newspaper websites for Knight Ridder, and Morris Communications. In 2010 Printpop.com was chosen as the "Best Existing Business" in the state of Kansas by the KS SBA. Himself an artist, Devin fits nicely into both the artistic, as well as the corporate communities.

Richard Stevens

Attorney at Martin Pringle Law Firm   |  

Richard C. Stevens’ practice emphasizes business and transactional law for a variety of industries, including computer software and hardware, and commercial real estate. Richard attended Wichita State University, graduating in 2000 with a major in management information systems and a minor in accounting. For more than five years, he worked in the information technology field. In law school, Richard earned a Certificate in Business and Transactional Law, which focused on linking a client's financial and business needs to effective legal planning. Richard’s education and experience in business and technology provide him with a distinctly valuable perspective on advising business people. Understanding and speaking the language of technology also helps Richard clarify complex transactions for his clients.

Jarrett Green

Chief Product Development Officer of BalancedComp   |  

BalancedComp is a company that builds SaaS application for banks and credit Unions. Before that, he was the President and Lead Developer of Blink Interactive, and a Founding Member of the Labor Party.
His team, PantryDrop, won Judge's Choice in the first WIchita Startup Weekend.

Courtney Looney

Communications Manager at Wichita Community Foundation

Serving as the first-ever Communications Manager at the Wichita Community Foundation, Courtney Looney implements and manages the strategies for public relations and media/marketing campaigns in order to promote WCF to both internal and external audiences. A Salina, Kan. native, Courtney holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wichita State University, making her an avid Shocker sports fan in her spare time. Before starting at WCF, Courtney spent time at The Wichita Eagle, Bothner and Bradley, the Wichita State University Foundation and the Kansas Leadership Center.

Jenny Venn

Designer & Social Entrepreneur   |  

Jenny Venn is a designer, storyteller, and social entrepreneur who lives, loves and creates for Joy! from her *heart*land, Wichita, Kansas.

A recovering full-time academic, Jenny spent six years developing and maintaining the graphic design program at the University of Wyoming before transplanting back Home in the summer of 2013 to design independently and launch her first major social entrepreneurship venture, DearBody,Love, a female-centric body gratitude blog, workshop, and e-course series.

In addition to her preoccupation with all things design and social change, Jenny teaches art and design courses for Fort Hays State and Friends University while spinning tales of life, love, and joy at jenvenn.com.

Brandon Shuey

President, CEO of FlipHound.com

FlipHound.com, a Wichita-based company, was created to address the disparity between the soaring supply of digital billboards and the cumbersome legacy purchasing processes of the outdoor advertising industry.  FlipHound brings the simplicity of familiarity of marquee web portals such as Google Ad Words, Amazon, Ebay, and Expedia to advertisers who can make transactions at their convenience while also providing board owners with a light weight CRM system for managing lead generation, sales, inventory, assets and schedules.

Prior to FlipHound, Brandon worked as the CEO of a healthcare software company where he worked for nearly a decade creating and launching software products aimed at increasing patient care and efficiency in health care billing.  Brandon holds a Bachelors of Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas and is a husband and father of four.

Todd Ramsey

Chief Strategist   |  

Todd Ramsey is the founder and chief strategist at Apples & Arrows, a branding agency in Wichita, Kansas. He works with companies to uncover and celebrate their unique brands in unique ways. Though his Klout score may not reflect it any longer, Todd has been a leader in the local social media conversation, helping organizations navigate these emerging tools and technologies. He lives with his wife Hayley, two cats (Toby and Lucy), a dog (Steve Holt!) and the occasional foster kid or two.

Sam Willaims

Managing Partner, Wichita   |  

Sam grew up in Alaska. Seeing the forces of nature at their untamed best can teach a guy a few things. Such as, when powerful forces shift, change is inevitable. So you may as well do what you can to make them work in your favor. CFOs are expected to be conservative. But no one embraces change more than Sam. To that end, it was Sam who, years ago, led SHS to a head start in the digital world. And it was Sam who helped drive us from traditional silos to our integrated team structure. Today, Sam is working on innovative compensation ideas that maximize the value SHS provides for clients. He’s also a dedicated community leader who, in his spare time, runs marathons and flies airplanes. Yeah, he’s manly like that.

Tier 4 Sponsors
Organizers
Suzy Finn
Dominic Flask
Jonathan George
Kenton Hansen
Chad Smith
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