Startup Weekend Stamford 2015 Wrap Up!

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Startup Weekend Stamford 2015 Wrap Up!
On April 12th 2015 the 4th annual Startup Weekend Stamford wrapped up its event with its judges announcing how impressed they were by the innovation and quality of the new business formed in one weekend! The weekend was a huge success! We were sold out on Friday and Sunday nights as people gathered for pitches, presentations, speakers Brian Anderson and Samuel Rockwell and a special presentation from comedic dancing trombonist Jonathan Arons! Click to watch our video

Startup Weekend Stamford 2015 Teams and Winners:

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  • FIRST PLACE SS SlipShare: “AirBnB for boats” An app to help seafarers find dock space and dining after days or weeks of cruising distant shores, led by Paul & Sherrie Norton
  • SECOND PLACE CollegeXchange: An online exchange to help student-run businesses connect, led by David Quito
  • THIRD PLACE Punctual Payments: Re-engineering business cash flow with an app to help small businesses collect invoices, led by Srikanth Palla
  • MOST PATENTABLE PROCESS: CollegeXchange wins provisional patent drafting and application filing from Wasserbauer Law

 

  • Jiffy: Social networking app for friends and family to connect based on proximity, led by Brandon Carione
  • Tree’s Clothing: Online fashion platform to create and buy your own clothes, led by Tree McDermott
  • Hawk: Doctor to patient communication using smart devices for chronic care, led by Vikram Bhandari
  • Precious Plastics: Eliminating plastic waste by recycling it into biofuel, led by Josh Hudson
  • Focus Point: An application to help people with reading disabilities such as dyslexia read text, led by Vincent Cretella
  • Rate the Debate: A platform for open and honest debate among opinionated people, led by Eric Ross

SlipShare, the winners of this years #StartupWeekendStamford, will receive six months of co-working at the Stamford Innovation Center, Marketing Strategy and Brand Development from Launch Unlimited LLC with Founder Sharland Blanchard, Dinner hosted by angel investor Tracy Killoren Chadwell with the other judges, Management Consulting from Life in Mobile, and a Promotional Video produced by Hedgeye in their Stamford studios.

Punctual Payments at Work-0663The second place team Punctual Payments won trademarking or provisional patent package from Jonathan Winter at SSJ&R (St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens LLC), three free months co-working space at SIC, Brand Development Consulting from Launch Unlimited LLC. Promotional Video produced by Hedgeye.

CollegXChange-Quito-and-SSJR-Winter_2115-Crpd-WRThe third place team CollegeXchange won one free month co-working space at SIC and Brand Consulting from Launch Unlimited.

Every team attendee receives 1 week of free co-working space at the Innovation Center. To redeem co-working space, please call 203-226-8701.

Participants made some new friends, created some fantastic companies, and learned a lot about building a startup from the ground up. Spending a weekend working hard as a team is a good bonding experience, and I love seeing what sorts of relationships come out of these events. We had 120 people attend Friday night kickoff. Nine startup teams ranging from 5 to 8 people in each team worked together all weekend to turn great ideas into viable businesses.

Opening Night Entertainment, courtesy of Jonathan Arons!
Many Many thanks must go to Grammy winning New York City comedic dancing trombonist Jonathan Arons for livening up our Friday night kickoff! Jonathan has backed up such R&B artists Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey and normally charges a pretty penny to open up corporate events. He offered his services pro bono in support of Connecticut Innovation. My dreams of getting people revved for a great Startup Weekend Connecticut experience was quickly falling into place!

A Shared Vision made this Startup Weekend Unrivaled in Connecticut history!
I had a vision that the best way to serve innovators and give startup businesses a real chance at success, I needed to round up prizes in the form of in-kind professional services (to defer expenses that make starting a business tough). I also wanted to make sure new innovators had a chance to experience startup weekend, so we pursued many new entrepreneurial and tech communities and rounded up an outstanding line-up of judges, coaches and volunteer organizers for this year’s event. This could not have been accomplished without the shared vision of dedicated volunteer organizers Will Haire, John Malloy, Chris Higbie, Alan Tan, Bob Trinka, Susan Dallas, Marcela Guaman, Laurie Heiss, Larry Perlstein, Mia Schipani, Diana and Kristen Ackerly, and Lisy Pitruzella. I am particularly grateful for the many hours everyone put in to help push out communications, reach out to sponsors, and communities and commit their time and energy to forging such a positive atmosphere during the weekend.

The Judges – Wow!
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As for the judges, Wow! This year, they were more engaged than ever. They were so impressed by the caliber of business models pitched on Sunday night that they stayed to give more feedback to the teams! Startup Weekend Stamford 2015 judging panel included Angel Investor Tracy Chadwell, CEO and co-founder of Madd Gear Brian Anderson, CEO of The Calendar Group and co-founder of Nothin’ But Foods Steve Laitmon, and Daryl Jones of Hedgeye and co-owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Judges-Tracy-Steve-Daryl_2045The judges have offered to come back for a follow up should the other teams want more input and assistance smoothing out any wrinkles in their newly minted companies.

Contact StartupWeekends@gmail.com if you are interested in attending a follow up session on May 5th or 6th for more feedback and support moving your startup forward.

Coaches – Another amazing feature of Startup Weekend 2015
All of this year’s coaches were either serial entrepreneurs, successful founders of businesses that have scaled online, or become standouts in their industry. Every team had an opportunity to gain insights and guidance from coaches who’ve had to engage customers, gain market share, and scale their businesses online and off. They came from a variety of industries. We were so impressed by this year’s coaches Samuel Rockwell, Sam-and-Sharland-703-CRPD
Josh Aferzon, Janis Collins, Linda Singh, Doug Campbell, David Tomczyk, Jerry Grammont, Allison Malloy, and Jonathan Yarmis who devoted their Saturday and Sunday to supporting these aspiring founders. We are so appreciative of your efforts. All weekend long we heard from attendees reporting how much they valued your input.

Thanks to the Sponsors for Great Food, Fun and Prizes!
We cannot thank our sponsors enough for believing in us and hosting our meals! Your generosity allowed us to keep ticket prices affordable and make sure teams were well fed and enjoyed themselves during the 54 intensive hours spent building businesses. During such an intensive weekend it is so important to be well fed and hydrated, and a little comfort food always helps. Your contributions made it so much easier to keep such a large group satisfied and we had many people thank us for the quality of the food. Clearly it brought out the best in them, because the ideas were flowing and they had the juice to shift gears when they ran into challenges validating or monetizing their ideas. Every meal was delicious and healthy!

Startup Weekend 2015The Top sponsors of this year were Launch Unlimited LLC and Stamford Innovation Center. Launch Unlimited LLC put their business on hold for several months to put together this event. Please contact them for your branding, marketing strategy and media development needs. They have been successfully helping business launch, accelerate and turnaround for over a decade.

The Stamford Innovation Center generously donated the venue and very generous packages of free co-working spaces to all attendees and handled the final cleanup. We can’t thank them enough for that and helping us get the word out to their following of active and aspiring entrepreneurs. The center is such a great place for events with large event space and sun filled break out rooms. Even more importantly, they offer educational programs and events to support startup businesses.
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Platinum level sponsors included Damian Wasserbauer and Jonathan Winter of SSJR, who both hosted meals and contributed valuable in-kind intellectual property services to winning teams – Provisional Patent & Trademark Counsel, Search and Filing. At the gold level, we had Digi-Services, CT Innovations’ CTNext, and Quinnipiac University (sending us some student innovators), thanks for helping bring this event to the next level. Startup Weekend had some marvelous silver level sponsors as well. Half Brew donated beer for our Friday night kickoff.

Saturday’s hot eggs and bacon breakfast donated by Seasons’ restaurant was just the fortification teams needed to get them started with the next 40 hours of business building. Young Volunteers - DeMakes 666
Sunday’s breakfast was an absolute treat thanks to WaffleWaffle donating fresh Belgian waffles and Whole Foods of Greenwich donating fresh fruit toppings. HedgeEye (whose founder was one of our judges), First Niagra Bank, Ohlandt Greeley Ruggiero & Perle LLP, Ron & Allison Malloy all sponsored meals and beverages as well. New Sun Cookies sent us healthy, figure friendly fiber and energy cookies.

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Speaking of energy, UFC Gym Stamford hosted a special class for attendees in addition to their donation of 1-week passes to all attendees. Neighbors Fast Signs of Stamford and Sir Speedy supported this year’s startup weekend by comping a number of printed items and Hotel Zero Degrees gave attendees great rates on accommodations and a special in kind donation. Life in Mobile donated in-kind consulting to a winning team. The Ferguson Library opened access to their databases for team research.

We are so overwhelmed by the generosity of our sponsors and would like to thank you all on behalf of the attendees, who came up to us many times over the weekend expressing their appreciation. Many, Many thanks!

Event Organizers and Volunteers
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As the lead orchestrator of this year’s event, I’d like to take a moment to thank my fellow organizers for give me so much support. I can’t begin to list the many ways you all contributed and made this event a success. Nevertheless, I want to thank you each individually for really coming through and doing such a spectacular job making this year’s event run so smoothly! Thank you John Malloy for the heavy lifting and lining up every meal and beverage setup with the help of Marcela Guaman and Lisy Pitruzella. Thank you Will Haire for showing his support by interviewing writing blogs and helping us rally Quinnipiac and other attendees offering social media and communications support. What would we do without Alan Tan who is such a pleasure to work with, always supportive of the vision, bringing technical support to online efforts, venue logistics and a team of volunteers that offer everything from coding to logistics support. Thank you Mia Schipani, Laurie Heiss, Larry Perlstein for their support reaching out to sponsors and the press. Thanks to Marcela Guaman for rallying volunteers and reachout out to campuses and tech community and for finding us Bob Trinka, Bob-Trinka_HZ1843-WRwho offered exceptional organizational support in the final weeks. Chris Higbie, Susan Dallas, Diana and Kristen Ackerly all were invaluable in helping us complete so many of the communications and outreach efforts required to draw and inform sponsors and attendees – an integral part of pulling together such a big event. Thank you so much for your tireless support in all the preparations and running logistics leading up to and during the event. You all really went above and beyond!
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Photographers & Videographers
Many thanks to the photographers who covered this event and donated images: Jadu  Durrans, Simon Silverleaf. In particular want to thank Videographer/Editor Eric Psihoules for working with me round the clock on Friday and Saturday to put together a video so we could broadcast our event worldwide within 24 hours. A huge thanks goes to videographers Christopher Spaide on that as well. Matt Szatkowski and Kyle Norton also contributed amazing video work as well!!! I couldn’t be more thrilled to have so much high caliber memorialization of this event. You all blew me away with your talent. flexibility and efficiency.

Thank you Derek Koch, this year’s Startup Weekend Facilitator! Not only did he spend all weekend leading the process, he made several introductions for us, leading to broader attendance of our event. We are so grateful for his support.

Jiffy_2062This was a Startup Weekend that cannot be rivaled. The vision, focus and endless hours developing this year’s event will not be forgotten. I am so appreciative of your passion and perseverance through many meetings and work sessions prepping to make everything perfect! Thank you for your hard work and most importantly your brilliant personalities. You really made Stamford’s 4th Startup Weekend event better than ever before – a truly exceptional experience.

Precious-Plastics_1873Want a play-by-play of the weekend? Check out the official @SWStamford twitter account. The entire weekend was live tweeted, and many participants hopped on the #SWStamford hashtag to share photos and memories.

Press articles about this year’s Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekend Stamford Hosts:
Launch Unlimited LLC • Growth Strategies, Branding & Media Development – Founder and Chief Strategist Sharland Blanchard 203-663-6640
Stamford Innovation Center • CoWorking Space & educational Center – Peter Propp or Sarah Robinson 203-226-8701
DigiServices, SEO Services Will Haire
Tan 2000 International, Alan Tan
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VIDEO – Startup Weekend Stamford Kicks things off with a Big Bang and a Boom!

SWS-2015-Poster-Ltr-F19-150ThmbVIDEO – CLICK HERE: Startup Weekend Stamford kicked off their weekend with a bang and a boom as dancing trumbonist Jonathan Arons kicked off the evening’s business Pitchfire. The hard work of Launch Unlimited LLC and a team of volunteer organizers culminated in an exciting start to a weekend of business building! 120 attendees gathered to hear from experienced entrepreneurs, to learn and participate in startup business model creation. Over 40 people pitched their own innovative business ideas and rallied teams together to help them build it in one weekend. They will present completed models and prototypes to a panel of judges tonight at 5pm. Come join us at the Stamford Innovation Center tonight at 5pm and watch for yourself how Connecticut innovation happens in 2015! Register for a ticket at swstamford.org. Angel Investors and serial entrepreneurs will give the teams feedback and distribute the long list of donated professional services.








Amazing Prizes Going to the Winning Teams at Startup Weekend Stamford

Your Opportunity to Start Your Own Business in 1 Weekend is in 2 Weeks – April 10th.
Get Tickets Now! SWS-2015-Prizes-F3Connecticut has a long history of innovation – and still is ranked second in Intellectual Property filings per capita. We are in a conceptual era. Your concepts make a difference. But your actions define our era!

Have an invention or business idea?
Innovate and shape your new business idea into a scalable venture.

Collaborate with developers, designers & professionals.

Incubate a venture in 54 hours!

Launch your venture with a flying start…at Startup Weekend Stamford.

Our Website: SWStamford.org more info, blogs.  Register individually or with fellow collaborators.

Connecticut Sponsors Include:
CT Innovations
CT Next
Stamford Innovation Center
SSJR IP Attorneys
Damian Wasserbauer, IP Attorney 
Life In Mobile
Hedgeye
Launch Unlimited
FNFG Bank
Fast Signs
Nestle Waters
New Sun Cookies
Seasons Eats
Waffle Waffle

Corporate Sponsors include: Google for Entrepreneurs, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The Kaufman Foundation, 3M, Intuit, Coca Cola, Amazon Web Services, .Co, and Eventbrite.Team-F1

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How can you really Launch a Startup in 1 Weekend

Startup Weekend Stamford 2015Ready, Set…Innovate, Collaborate, Incubate, and Launch with a Flying Start.

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How do we does Startup Weekend accomplish such a feat in such a short time?

Startup Weekends attract developers, designers, marketers, product managers and entrepreneurs willing to come together to share their skills and ideas and work together using lean startup methodologies being used in Silicon Valley which evolve their innovative ideas into scalable ventures… Hence the Slogan.

Ideas are shared, teams are formed, products are built and startups are launched. This is the 4th Annual Startup Weekend Stamford! Stamford Innovation Center is generously hosting this event and donating Free CoWorking Space to the Winning Teams.

Launch Unlimited LLC and an amazing team of community leaders are organizing this year’s event.

We are bringing in numerous successful entrepreneurs in as Coaches/Mentors this year. A few of last year’s Judges have agreed to Coach as well. John Lim of Life in Mobile,  Janice Collins of The Refinery, Brian Anderson CEO and Founder of MadGear, Samuel Rockwell who has brought his Waffle Waffle business into 85% of Whole Foods in a few short years after college, Doug Campbell of the Angel Investor Forum , and Dave Tomczyk Entrepreneurship Professor at Quinnipiac University will all be available to teams among many other a deeply experience for all participants!

WHAT WILL YOU GET OUT OF A STARTUP WEEKEND?

I know exactly what you are thinking, STARTUP WHAT? Let me explain, Startup Weekend is a weekend-long, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs learn and get hands on experience practicing lean startup practices being used in Silicon Valley on their own business ideas. It is an opportunity to connect with a local and worldwide community of entrepreneurs, validate ideas in and have instant access to all the resources they need to incubate their business idea.

We provide:

  • Training & Practice Implementing Lean Startup Methodology
  • Resources: A Venue, Websites for your MVPs, White Boards/Large & Small Post-Its and a broad array of resources for all attendees through sponsor donations
  • Coaches (See our Coach Bios at Stamford.up.Co)
  • Corporate Partnerships with Amazon Web Services and Google for Entrepreneurs, 3M who offer services and resources to make this a high quality event.
  • Prizes for the Top 3 Teams
  • Raffle Prizes and Freebies for all Attendees
  • Empowerment that will change the way you approach life!

More importantly, innovators get to collaborate and freely help each other with their endeavors. Our weekend event draws ambitious talented students and high performing professionals that bring a mix of technical, design and business  skills.

And if that is not enough, we are bringing in serial startup entrepreneurs to coach and mentor the teams throughout the weekend. We are currently working on developing creating outstanding prize packages of in kind professional services for the teams deemed top 3 investible startup ventures by our judging panel of angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and community leaders.

On average, over half of Startup Weekend’s have technical skills either as coders, software engineers or designers. It also draws a broad array of non-technical business professionals who bring analytical, management, accounting, and marketing skills. From what we are told all attendees come away with fresh perspectives and a clearer understanding of the current startup world, leading to a significantly higher chance of success launching a venture in today’s competitive marketplace.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO DO?

  • Pitch – your business Idea in 60 seconds
  • Design – validate, innovate, collaborate, model, create
  • Build – UX/UI, wireframes, working prototype
  • Present – Demonstrate your MVP Minimum Viable Product and explain your business model and answer questions.

So, let’s break down the event.

Friday night begins with 60-second open mic pitches. Attendees are encouraged to bring their best and boldest ideas and inspire others to join their team. While this weekend is not intended to be a contest, the teams naturally adopt a healthy competition develops as they are eager to impress the judges on Sunday night and win best rank.

Investible/scalable ideas seem to be the most popular and attract the best teams and win favor from the judges.

Over Saturday and Sunday teams design and develop business plans while continuously tweaking their startup vision. On Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes, listen to judges’ feedback and choose a winner. Judging criteria is based on the quality of the business model, customer validation, execution and design.

Oh, and did I mention, there will be prizes!!!! Need I say more?

WHAT MAKES OUR EVEN SO GREAT?

Startup weekends are specifically designed to give entrepreneurs an opportunity to Accelerate the startup process by providing:

  • Teaching Lean startup methodology, which helps ventures reduce time to market and learn market expectations for early stage ventures.
  • Receive feedback through coaching,
  • Gain experience collaborating
  • Get comfortable with potential co-founders
  • Learn about the tools of the trade
  • Develop new prioritization and time management skills.
  • The opportunity to see how much they are capable of achieving in such a short time with a team of committed contributors.

So get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the exhilarating world of startups.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

  • Build your network: Have you taken a look at our speakers, judges or mentors? There’s a smorgasbord of entrepreneurs, angels, and VCs with incredible credentials. It’s a ‘who’s who’ of people you should absolutely know- right here in Connecticut.
  • Co-Founder Dating: We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. What skill are you missing from your dream team? Biz-dev, marketing, developer, designer?
  • Launch a business: Here’s your chance to validate that idea you’ve been mulling, build a team and make it real! Also, you didn’t hear I from us, but some of our investor guest keep an eye on early stage ventures… Just Saying.
  • Get face time with community leaders: The speakers and mentors have decades of experience at being phenomenally successful Ask them for advice, that’s exactly why they are here! We have a great set of consultants, analysts, lawyers and experienced startup people on hand to help you work through your ideas.
  • Save money and get FREE stuff: There are some great freebies and discounts and everybody, I mean Everybody loves swag.

Join the global community. Come to Startup Weekend Stamford and come see what all the fuss is about!

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Innovate. Collaborate. Incubate! 2015’s Startup Weekend Stamford’s Slogan. We are expecting a large turnout for the 4th annual Startup Weekend at the Stamford Innovation Center. If you are an entrepreneur, programmer, designer, teacher, student or anyone who has a great idea, Startup Weekend is for you.

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Startup Weekend Stamford 2015 – Better than Ever!

 

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Startup Weekend Stamford – April 10 through 12, 2015

Have an invention or business idea? Launch with a flying start!
This year is going to be BETTER THAN EVER! Better Prizes, Better Food, Better Everything.
Of course, you are an important part of that equation!

What can you accomplish at Startup Weekend?
Everyone will:

Innovate and shape your new business idea into a viable venture.
Collaborate with developers, designers & professionals.
Incubate a venture in 54 hours!

Register alone or with fellow collaborators. Come ready to pitch your business idea and have the time of your life turning that idea into a startup business. Share the energy and excitement of collaborating with programmers, designers and business pros to launch a new business in record time.

Connecticut innovators, inventors, coders, engineers, designers, foodies, fashionistas, artists, students and professionals unite. If you have an idea for a scalable business, this is a weekend you don’t want to miss. You will complete more than some accomplish in a year trying to find the right people to work with them on an idea. Come meet collaborators, new friends, maybe even a co-founder. We are bringing in some real rock stars as coaches to support the teams. Come learn the nuances of navigating the fast paced world of startups!








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Stamford is kicking off Startup Weekend 2015 – Early Bird Tickets Available Now.

Startup Weekend Stamford 2015 Register Now

Buy Early Bird Tickets – Now until March 6th

Startup Weekend Stamford 2015 website

Have an invention or business idea? Launch with a flying start!

Innovate and shape your new business idea into a viable venture.

Collaborate with developers, designers & professionals.

Incubate a venture in 54 hours!

Register alone or with fellow collaborators. Come have the time of your life making new friends, pitch an idea or join a team. Share the energy and excitement of collaborating with bright innovators to launch a new business in record time.

Go back to our site for more details: swstamford.org.