Startup Weekend Great Falls Postponed to Fall 2015

Startup Weekend Great Falls will be rescheduled for a date in the fall, likely in October.  Originally scheduled for May 15-17, slower than anticipated participant registration led the organizing team to postpone the event.

While Startup Weekend Great Falls has generated great interest, it has not translated to registrations.  The additional time will allow the Startup Weekend organizing team the ability to solicit registrations and continue working with our entrepreneurial and business community to promote and recruit for the event.

Startup Weekend Great Falls is a 100% volunteer and community driven endeavor and has been embraced by our Mentors, Sponsors and Speakers and they remain valued assets as we move forward.  The Startup Weekend Great Falls organizing team will continue to introduce the concept as well as continue presenting smaller events such as Startup Fireup! and the upcoming Craft Brewery and Micro Distillery Business Roundtable scheduled for May 12th at the Mighty Mo Brewing Company.

Please follow Startup Weekend Great Falls updates online at as well as and twitter @swgreatfalls for news and event information.  The Fall reschedule date is expected by the end of May.

Tim Leonhardt, Schedulicity, to Keynote Startup Weekend Great Falls


Formally launched in February 2009, Schedulicity has become the premiere scheduling marketplace in the US and Canada. Targeting small business owners participating in the Relational Economy, Schedulicity’s goal is simple: provide a single destination where consumers can book almost anything.

With businesses in over 50 different verticals accepting appointments in 2400+ cities, that dream is well on its way toward reality. For Start-Up Great Falls’ inaugural event, we’ll welcome Tim Leonhardt, Schedulicity’s VP of Product. Leonhardt has been with Schedulicity since the beginning, and he’ll be sharing hard-won lessons about launching a nation-wide SaaS play from Montana. He’ll cover the challenges of launching a two-side marketplace, the subtle but essential differences between the Relational Economy and the On-Demand Economy, and the benefits (and challenges) of being a small Montana company acting on a national stage. He’ll discuss some of the barriers software start-ups face when launching in Montana, but will also focus on the not-so-obvious benefits that come by birthright to companies hailing from our great state.

From Bozeman, Schedulicity has established itself as a central player in a highly competitive space. Tim will argue that with the advent of cloud computing, mobile devices, and Lean strategies, it is now easier and cheaper than ever to launch your start-up from anywhere.

About Tim:

Leonhardt holds degrees in English from the University of Wyoming and the University of Notre Dame. Though expecting a life in the ivory tower, he has instead found satisfaction in a technology career that has included everything from technical writing to professional training, requirements analysis to product management. He still finds software development magical, digs developers, and is as comfortable arguing the merits of Agile as the layout of a user interface. He is a co-inventor of two patents and specializes in strategy, monetization, and engagement. His latest interests center on data analytics and bringing the power of programmatic advertising to small business.

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Startup Weekend Great Falls Announces 3 Pre-Events

The Startup Weekend Great Falls organizing team has announced three pre-events as a lead up to Central Montana’s 1st Startup Weekend May 15-17 at the University of Great Falls (UGF).

An Introduction to Startup Weekend will be held on the evening of Wednesday, April 8th, from 6:00PM to 7:30PM in the UGF Library.  The informal event will have SWGreatFalls organizers on hand to answer common questions such as: What is Startup Weekend?; How does it work?; What can I expect?. Attendees will experience a walkthrough of the Startup Weekend components and processes.

Startup Fireup! is an event the team organized specifically for Great Falls and our surrounding communities to show entrepreneurial enthusiasm!  Scheduled Tuesday, April 28th from 6:30PM – 8:00PM at Electric City Coffee, 319 Central Avenue, the event is an open mic style evening of sharing ideas that inspire, stories of building our businesses & communities, identifying problems and the potential innovative solutions to address them while making connections with active and empowered entrepreneurs. Four presentations will be scheduled to ‘seed’ the evening discussion while encouraging those in attendance to share their own thoughts and stories.  Join and sign-up to present your thoughts and dreams for your idea, business, and community during this no cost event.

With Startup Weekend Great Falls occurring during Craft Beer week, what could be more appropriate than a discussion of the craft brewing industry by those who have started their own brewery (+ we have added Montana’s micro-distillery industry as well)! On Tuesday, May 12th from 7:00PM to 8:30PM Founders and Owners from Bowser Brewery, The Mighty Mo Brewing Co and Montgomery Distillery will share their story of building their respective businesses, the challenges faced and the future of the industry. The craft brewing and micro distillery sectors are a popular and have generated great interest.   Questions and audience participation will be encouraged. The event is free to the public and will be held at the Mighty Mo Brewing Co., 412 Central Avenue.

We hope these events will encourage active participation in Startup Weekend Great Falls as a venue to pitch, learn, build and launch an idea into a potential business.

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Introduction to Startup Weekend Great Falls

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Video credit – Startup Weekend Louisville & Mike Vance

Save the Date: Startup Weekend Great Falls May 15-17 2015

Save the Date!

The 1st Startup Weekend event in North Central Montana, Startup Weekend Great Falls, has been scheduled for May 15 – 17, 2015!  Mark your calendars and watch for further information.

Startup Weekend Great Falls
May 15th – 17th, 2015

University of Great Falls

Interested in volunteering, coaching, mentoring, judging or participating? email Jeff or Erin at

Jeff Mangan & Erin Townsend

Startup Weekend Great Falls