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Univ. of North Texas - Sycamore Hall, 307 S. Avenue B, Denton TX, 76201

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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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

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!

Schedule

Friday

Jan 18
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome
  • 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

Jan 19
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Various speaker sessions
  • Lunch
  • Various speaker sessions, cont'd
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • 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

Jan 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Welcome guests
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Speakers

Bear Cahill

Freelance iOS developer with BrainWash Inc.

Speaking Topic:
Mobile App Integration with Server Side technologies

Bio:
UNT alum with B.S. in Computer Science, I've worked at IBM, Ericsson, Travelocity and eInstruction (Denton) and am now solo/freelance with BrainwashInc.com.
I specialize in iOS development having contributed to around 100 iOS apps (mostly doing complete development) including FlightTrack, Gas Cubby, HotelPal and many others.
My background is in C/C++ and Java mostly, but have focused on Objecitve-C/CocoaTouch for iOS for over 4 years and have recently authored ""iOS in Practice"" for Manning Publications: manning.com/cahill

Shaun Treat

UNT Professor in Communication Studies

Speaking Topic:
Communication fundamentals for entrepreneurs from concept to implementation, and the hidden hazards that stop a start-up.

Bio: Prof. Treat has training and experience in public speaking, persuasion, argument, giving good presentations (avoiding bad PowerPoint), team-building and leadership, conflict management, and entrepreneurial communication tactics such as utilizing social media, crowdsourcing, and community networking.

Josh Berthume

CEO and Creative Director, Swash Labs

Speaking Topic: Zen and the Art of Startup Maintenance

Bio: Josh Berthume has worked in digital media since 1998. He is currently the CEO and Creative Director of Swash Labs, serving advertising, creative, and branding clients across the US.

For several years Josh served as an intelligence analyst for Exclusive Analysis, a global political risk firm in London, England, during which time he developed several metrics and tracking systems for open source intelligence. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Political Science from the University of North Texas, where his research focused on rhetoric, semiotics, and behavioral economics.

He is a former contributing writer and editor for numerous publications, including the Texas Observer, Quorum Report, Fort Worth Weekly, Boston’s Weekly Dig, the Texas Blue and Burnt Orange Report.

Josh currently lives in Denton, Texas with his wife Diana, daughter Harper, and multiple animals. He fiercely loves all cities and creatures listed.

Ryan Jackson

Acceleron Learning

Speaking Topic: Bootstrapping: Doing More with Less

Bio:
Ryan grew up in an entrepreneurial household, starting and running his first business as a magician at age 12. Since then, he has worked in broadcasting, developed marketing sponsorship programs for NASCAR teams, and done corporate consulting with Accenture. He has an MBA from Ohio State and has worked with Fortune 500 companies like Anheuser Busch, Merck, and Burger King Brands, among others, to solve marketing and organizational issues. Currently, he runs a startup e-learning company, Acceleron Learning, in Denton, Texas.

Babar Bhatti

CEO and co-founder of MutualMind

Mr. Bhatti bootstrapped the MutualMind, a 3-yr old social analytics startup based in Plano, put together a team, launched the product and raised angel funding. MutualMind was awarded a top 5 social media listening company two years in a row. Today MutualMind's software serves some of the most well-known global brands. Babar holds dual MS degrees from MIT.

Chuck McCoy

Exec Director - North Texas Angel Network

This too cool for school legend doesn't even have his own LinkedIn profile pic. But no matter. I found this one.
Chuck is Executive Director and has had 25 years’ experience in the software business, initially with Arthur Andersen and subsequently as an independent product developer for large companies such as AT&T, E-Systems and MCI.
With an accounting background and extensive sales experience, he has helped multiple businesses grow through M&A as well as new product roll out. He has served as Director of Commercialization Programs at the North Texas RCIC and helped the Texas Emerging Technology Fund become an important funding source for technology start-ups.

Judges

Harold Strong

Dir. of UNT Discovery Park & Technology Transfer

Oversees the design and development of strategies to stimulate and manage multidisciplinary research, education, and training that benefits students, faculty, researchers, and the business community. He works to provide assistance to innovators, entrepreneurs, and researchers to launch new ventures, commercialize new technologies and secure access to capital resources, while supporting regional economic development. As UNT’s Technology Officer, Mr. Strong oversees the Intellectual Property/Technology/Patent development and commercialization processes for the University

Josh Berthume

CEO and Creative Director, Swash Labs

Jerry Browder

Abilene Christian University, Griggs Center for Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy

Mr. Browder is the founder and president of Signet Health Corporation, a national healthcare management firm which
provides services to hospitals in 16 states.
He has a special interest in mentoring young people who have a desire to beentrepreneurs. He has provided training and coaching to numerous young people regarding business startups. He has also served as a business mentor to young entrepreneurs and has facilitated several business apprenticeships.

Michelle Cunningham

Economic Development, City of Denton

Michelle escaped Kansas State with a B.S in business and spent her early career as a “closet entrepreneur” aka: senior strategic planner for Northrop Grumman and Yellow Freight System

Coaches

Nancy Hong

Exec. Director, Innovation Greenhouse @ UNT

Ms. Hong recently assumed the helm as Executive Director at the Innovation Greenhouse at UNT. Once to get to know Nancy, you'll love her. This ball of fire is a tireless leader and startup evangelist.

Bear Cahill

Freelance iOS developer with BrainWash Inc.

UNT alum with B.S. in Computer Science, I've worked at IBM, Ericsson, Travelocity and eInstruction (Denton) and am now solo/freelance with BrainwashInc.com.
I specialize in iOS development having contributed to around 100 iOS apps (mostly doing complete development) including FlightTrack, Gas Cubby, HotelPal and many others.
My background is in C/C++ and Java mostly, but have focused on Objecitve-C/CocoaTouch for iOS for over 4 years and have recently authored ""iOS in Practice"" for Manning Publications: http://manning.com/cahill

Shaun Treat

UNT Professor in Communication Studies

Prof. Treat has training and experience in public speaking, persuasion, argument, giving good presentations (avoiding bad PowerPoint), team-building and leadership, conflict management, and entrepreneurial communication tactics such as utilizing social media, crowdsourcing, and community networking.

Josh Berthume

CEO and Creative Director, Swash Labs

Josh Berthume has worked in digital media since 1998. He is currently the CEO and Creative Director of Swash Labs, serving advertising, creative, and branding clients across the US.

For several years Josh served as an intelligence analyst for Exclusive Analysis, a global political risk firm in London, England, during which time he developed several metrics and tracking systems for open source intelligence. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Political Science from the University of North Texas, where his research focused on rhetoric, semiotics, and behavioral economics.

He is a former contributing writer and editor for numerous publications, including the Texas Observer, Quorum Report, Fort Worth Weekly, Boston’s Weekly Dig, the Texas Blue and Burnt Orange Report.

Josh currently lives in Denton, Texas with his wife Diana, daughter Harper, and multiple animals. He fiercely loves all cities and creatures listed.

Babar Bhatti

CEO and co-founder of MutualMind

Mr. Bhatti bootstrapped the MutualMind, a 3-yr old social analytics startup based in Plano, put together a team, launched the product and raised angel funding. MutualMind was awarded a top 5 social media listening company two years in a row. Today MutualMind's software serves some of the most well-known global brands. Babar holds dual MS degrees from MIT.

Chuck McCoy

Exec Director - North Texas Angel Network

This too cool for school legend doesn't even have his own LinkedIn profile pic. But no matter. I found this one.
Chuck is Executive Director and has had 25 years’ experience in the software business, initially with Arthur Andersen and subsequently as an independent product developer for large companies such as AT&T, E-Systems and MCI.
With an accounting background and extensive sales experience, he has helped multiple businesses grow through M&A as well as new product roll out. He has served as Director of Commercialization Programs at the North Texas RCIC and helped the Texas Emerging Technology Fund become an important funding source for technology start-ups.

Anthone Campbell

Advanced Mobile Applications Manager at AT&T

Anthone has been part of several startup organizations and recently held the position of President & CMO of Copper Mobile

Ryan Jackson

Acceleron Learning

Ryan grew up in an entrepreneurial household, starting and running his first business as a magician at age 12. Since then, he has worked in broadcasting, developed marketing sponsorship programs for NASCAR teams, and done corporate consulting with Accenture. He has an MBA from Ohio State and has worked with Fortune 500 companies like Anheuser Busch, Merck, and Burger King Brands, among others, to solve marketing and organizational issues. Currently, he runs a startup e-learning company, Acceleron Learning, in Denton, Texas.

Vess Johnson

Entrepreneur

20 years in industry as President/CEO of startups and turn-arounds in the semiconductor and software industries.

Specialties:

* Raising venture capital - I have raised in the $100's of millions
* Mergers and Acquisitions
* Strategic Positioning
* Technology - Semiconductor, Software, etc.

Sheri Jenkinson

Professional Coach & Change Agent

Throughout her career in the technology industry, Sheri has been viewed as a change agent with an entrepreneurial spirit. She believes that “attitude is everything” and that there is always a way forward.

Working for large and small companies, including Verizon, Capgemini, VeriSign, MarketSphere, and River Logic, Sheri has played key roles in developing innovative technologies, creating profitable business strategies and building key relationships with C-level partners and customers. The networks and applications that she has worked with have changed our everyday lives as consumers, including digital telephony, mobile gaming & commerce, and interactive TV.

Sheri is the co-founder of the Soluna Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating more empowered and engaged workforces. Previous Board positions include the DFW American Marketing Association (DFWAMA) and the Dallas Junior Chamber of Commerce (DJCC). As part of the DFWAMA leadership team, she created a Professional Development group and a Mentor Program, where junior marketing professionals were paired with senior executives from Fortune 500 companies to help further their professional goals.

As a motivational speaker, Sheri speaks to corporate and professional organizations to inspire them to take personal responsibility for their careers, to become more resilient and flourish through the inevitable change that is required to achieve progress and success, and to have the courage to develop and promote their innovative ideas. She also encourages everyone to 'pay it forward' by mentoring others.

Sheri earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Logistics, with a Minor in Business Law from Penn State University and a
an MBA in International Marketing from the University of Dallas. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

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