got its start at Startup Weekend Fort Worth was recently accepted into Health Wildcatters’ 2016 cohort, but it began as an idea Irving Rivera pitched at Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2014.

Participants, judges, and organizers at the conclusion of Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2014
Participants, judges, and organizers at the conclusion of Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2014


The core of the idea hasn’t changed since he first pitched it at Startup Weekend Fort Worth: a marketplace that more efficiently matches potential clinical trial volunteers with medical researchers. Currently it can be expensive and slow for researchers to recruit volunteers for trials, particularly for rare conditions. The application process for patients can be tedious, and acceptance rates are low. If the patient wants to apply for another trial, he or she must complete another application. provides a marketplace where patients can enter their medical data once and are then able to apply for any number of trials quickly and easily. It then analyzes applicants’ profiles against the research criteria for each trial, and provides pre-screened profiles to researchers. The service is free for patients. Researchers only pay a fee if they agree that a profile offered as a potential match is a good fit for their trial.

At startup weekend, a team of five came together around the idea. Irving had never met any of them before, but together they validated the market, developed the business plan, and built a mockup over the course of the weekend. At the end of the weekend they were awarded first place.

The team did not continue working on the idea after the weekend, but Irving continued to develop the idea as a class project in design. Later Adam Shed, who was on the Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2014 team with Irving; Stacey Gullen, who had been on the same team as Irving at an earlier startup weekend in Dallas; and Seth Dorris, who Irving had previously served with in the U.S. Army, each joined the team.

From Irving’s point of view, the best part of startup weekend is that everyone has to present. Even if you don’t pitch an idea, you have to talk about your skills and interests in finding a team to be a part of. In that way, startup weekend can sort people by similar interests and help them find useful collaborations.

Having participated in a few startup weekends, Irving suggests that people spend too much of the short time for their pitch focusing on the idea. He recommends giving more information about your background, particularly the insight it gives you to the problem, and the kinds of people you’re looking to have be a part of the team.

Experience Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2016, November 4-6. Test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Fort Worth, and launch your next startup all in one weekend. Get your ticket now!

Learn How to Code with Dev Mountain!

We are excited to have Dev Mountain on board as a Startup Weekend Sponsor this year!

DevMountain is an industry-leading coding bootcamp with offices in Dallas, Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah. Founded by fellow coders, DevMountain’s expert faculty love sharing their craft, and empowering the next wave of programers and entrepreneurs. DevMountain brings affordability + the highest quality / hands-on education to the tech space.  There’s many ways to get involved on campus including networking events, workshops, part-time classes and full-time immersive programs. 

Volunteer Orientation for North Dallas Startup Weekend

If you are interested in volunteering this year, please read on and follow these instructions:
1. Mark your calendars! The event will be held July 8-10 at NoD Coworking
2. Sign up for a Volunteer Orientation – we have two options in May at NoD Coworking which you can sign up for here: (All volunteers are required to attend at least one of these sessions)
3. Let us know by which days you can help out (July 8, 9, or 10). This will help us assign shifts ahead of time. (Deadline: June 1)
4. Let me know your t-shirt size! Each volunteer will receive a Startup Weekend t-shirt and a NoD t-shirt! (Deadline: June 1)
5. Register here as a Volunteer by using code “VOLUNTEER” (Deadline: June 1)
Thanks and see you all at Volunteer Orientation!
-Chirag, Kelly, & Carri (NDSW 2016 Organizers)
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Here are the five topics covered: 1. Talent  2. Culture 3. Density  4. Capital  5. Regulatory Environment

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Applications open for San Antonio's first Startup Next!

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Applications for San Antonio’s first ever Startup Next are open! What does that mean for our community? Startups with great ideas looking to to learn from experts, receive standout mentorship and perfect their pitches are in luck. Techstars now offers a pre-accelerator program that prepares startups to apply to accelerators and pitch seed investors. The program runs for six weeks on Tuesday evenings starting April 19th. Founders will have plenty of time outside of the program to work on their companies.

If you’re an early stage startup looking to take your company to the next level, apply by April 5th to be considered for the program! Startup Next is completely free and sponsored by Geekdom. Click here to begin your application! 

Who will lead the program? Blake Yeager and Luke Owen will manage Startup Next. Founders will benefit from Blake’s experience as Managing Director of Techstars and earlier work with Rackspace, ZeroVM and Gandi Innovations. Companies can also learn from Luke’s startup and operational experience as Geekdom’s COO and prior work with TrueAbility and Rackspace. More mentors and experts will support the program as well.

Topics covered in Startup Next will include pitching, customer development, market sizing, product/market fit and fundability. Sessions will begin at 6 pm each Tuesday with a talk from an expert. Founders will then have an hour to practice their pitches. Finally, sessions end with feedback from mentors.

Once again, apply by April 5th to be part of San Antonio’s first ever Startup Next!

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The Who, Why, and What of Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are…

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs.  Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

Friday, November 20 – 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

600 E Rosedale St
Fort Worth, TX 76104

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Who you’ll meet at Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekends attendees’ backgrounds are roughly

  • 50% technical (developers, coders, designers)

  • 50% business (marketing, finance, law).

Why people come to Startup Weekend:

29% of Startup Weekend participants attend an event to network,

20% attend to develop/build a product

13% attend to learn how to create a new venture.

After the conference is over, roughly 80% of attendees plan on continuing to work on their startup after the weekend.


What you’ll get out of the event:

  1. Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning by doing, whether you’re learning a new skill or a new way of thinking.  Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

  2. Co-Founder Dating: The people who come to Startup Weekend are serious about learning how to build and launch startups.  Create relationships that last long past the weekend.

  3. Have fun: During the weekend working alongside awesome people who share your ideas. Startup Weekend is meant to be fun and entertaining so enjoy it.

  4. Solve local problems with your ideas. Do you think that one of your idea can change your town or have a positive impact in your group of people? Bring your idea notebook with you and start making a positive change in your local community.

  5. Build Your Network: Startup Weekend works hard to recruit high quality, driven entrepreneurs- like you!

  6. Learn New Skills: With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or give marketing a try.  With nothing to lose there’s no reason not to step outside your comfort zone.

  7. Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): Startup Weekend is the epitome of Lean Startup Methodology.

  8. Mentorship: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends and give feedback to participants. Interact with the movers and shakers in your community.

  9. Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources: By participating in Startup Weekend you are given instant access to great products and tools. No one leaves Startup Weekend empty handed! Click here to learn more about some of the offers our Global Sponsors provide during the event.

  10. Save Money: Startup Weekends are affordable (typically $99, only $50 for students). Your ticket includes seven meals, snacks, and all the coffee you can drink.

Join our community for the 2015 Startup Weekend Fort Worth!

Announcing The Winners of North Dallas Startup Weekend! #WINNING

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July 17th-19th, 2015

First Place: LL Bev – Ecommerce Safety. Bridging the gap between clicks and handshakes.

Second Place: Take Us Out (TUO) – Can’t decide where to go for date night? Let us do the work for you. We’ll pick you up, take you to eat and to a special event for one unforgettable night. All you need to do is be at your doorstep.

Third Place (Tie): Peeyr – a revolutionary tutoring startup that connects experienced peers to other students.

Third Place (Tie): CoTech To Sponsor North Dallas Startup Weekend

We are excited to announce that will be the Gold Sponsor for North Dallas Startup Weekend 2015!

With offices in Dallas, Frisco, Palo Alto, and San Francisco, MyStartupCFO provides accounting services to startups all over the US.

On their website, they say: “This isn’t just about bookkeeping and taxes. While you run the business, we run the company. A good CFO goes beyond maintenance of clean books. They are a true business partner giving you fact based business advice across the board — advising on business set up, setting up compensation structures, negotiating leases / business contracts, budgeting the precious money in the bank or the limited equity you have to give away to employees, telling you how to pitch your company to investors for the next round of funding, etc. myStartUpCFO brings you all the CFO you need, supporting your business where it’s needed the most, when it is needed the most.:

At Startup Weekend, we will have their CEO, Sandeep Shroff, share his career story and talk about accounting best practices for early stage startups. Here’s his complete bio (taken from

Sandeep brings over 20 years of experience spanning finance, investment analysis, strategic planning and technology, including the last decade of leadership experience (as CFO) in fund raising ($100M+ aggregate raised) and strategic and tactical financial management. He has worked with dozens of start ups from pre-revenue to multi-million dollar revenue. He has grown companies from unfunded dreams to sales to Fortune 10 buyers.

As Co-founder at Gridstone Research, he played a leadership role in raising four rounds of funding and grew the company to ~350 headcount. At Infosys he led the US team responsible for investor relations and M&A activity. He was an integral part of the team that ran a very successful $1B+ secondary stock offering for Infosys.

Sandeep has a Master’s in Computer Science from Syracuse University and an MBA in Finance from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Michael Sitarzewski Confirmed As Guest Speaker

The North Dallas Startup Weekend Organizers are thrilled to announce our Sunday “Commencement” Speaker, Michael Sitarzewski!

Around Dallas, Michael is known as a pioneer and leader in the Dallas startup community. He has spearheaded countless initiatives and partnerships to bring the startup community closer together and to raise awareness around all of the great things happening in Dallas. Notably, he played a key role in starting the BigDOCC (Dallas Open Coffee Club meetups), LaunchDFW’s Dallas New Tech event, DSCTA (Dallas Startup Community Transportation Association), and Player’s Lunch.

Recently, Sitarzewski has also started an initiative that is taking a fresh look at the issue of homelessness in downtown Dallas. He recently published a guest piece in the Dallas Morning News describing his plans in more detail.

In 2011, Michael spoke at Ignite Boulder on how to save money and get out of debt. Check it out here. And more recently in 2015, Michael was interviewed by Jason Croft on Startup Dallas.

For those who are new to the startup community and participating in their first Startup Weekend, Michael’s talk will serve as an awesome ‘orientation’ to the startup community: how to get involved with the startup community and how to take your startup to the next level coming out of Startup Weekend!

Founder of SF-based Dating App To Speak at North Dallas Startup Weekend

We reached out to startup founders around the US who had recently raised money from angel investors. We were delighted to get a response from KJ Dhaliwal, the Founder and CEO of Dil Mil. Based in San Francisco, Dil Mil has raised money from an all star group of angel investors who you can read more about on their Angel List profile.

But that’s not even the best part! The best part is that when KJ set out to start his company, he actually met his co-founders by attending a Startup Weekend! Which just goes to show, that anything is possible at Startup Weekend. Here’s a snapshot of KJ’s team (taken on July 1st, 2015 from their Angel List profile page):

Dil Mil Team
Dil Mil Team

Get your tickets today and be sure to catch KJ’s talk during North Dallas Startup Weekend 2015!

[UPDATE] This is the latest update from KJ on their upcoming round of funding:
We’re getting ready to announce our seed round of over $1M, with investors such as:

– Will Bunker – founder at
– Scott Banister – former PayPal board member & Ironport founder ($830M exit)
– Naval Ravikant – founder of AngelList
– Rich Nelson – former Managing Director for M&A at IAC (owners of Tinder, Match, etc.)
– Tom Fallows – founder at Google Express, cranking at Uber
– Maiden Lane – Institutional backer to the best angels in the world (Gil Penchina and the like)
– 500 Startups – seed stage fund via Pankaj Jain
– Silicon Valley Growth Syndicate – seed fund (investor in 2RedBeans, fastest growing Chinese dating app)

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