The Amazing Judges Joining us for Techstars Global Startup Weekend

We are honored to support the largest celebration of entrepreneurship in the world, Global Entrepreneurship Week. We will hold over 200 events, in over 60 cities this year over in just two weekends!

As part of the celebration, Techstars Global Startup Weekend comes with a Regional and Global Showcase, with prizes from Google, Amazon, .CO, and more.

Local winners from each event have the opportunity to submit their startup and our regional judges will select the best team regionally. Regional winners go on to the finals where our global judges panel will select the winner. The global winner will get additional exposure and perks, but the other competitors will not be left empty-handed.

The Global Judges

David Cohen

David Cohen is the Founder and co-CEO of Techstars. David has been an entrepreneur and investor for his entire life. He has only had one job interview in his career, successfully got that job but then quit shortly thereafter to start his first company. Since then, he has founded several companies and has invested in hundreds of startups such as Uber, Twilio, SendGrid, FullContact, and Sphero. In total, these investments have gone on to create more than $80B in value.

David is the co-author (with Brad Feld) of Do More Faster; Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup.

You can find David tweeting at @davidcohen and blogging on the web at

Mary Grove

Mary Grove is the Director of Google for Entrepreneurs, leading Google’s efforts to support startups and entrepreneurs in more than 100 countries around the world. Mary is passionate about building community and has worked with groups of entrepreneurs in Pakistan, Iraq, Gaza, and Afghanistan, and previously led numerous international partnerships for Google.

Mary earned her BA and MA from Stanford University. She is the co-founder of Silicon North Stars, a nonprofit that connects youth from the Midwest to Silicon Valley. She has served on the Board of UP Global, the Techstars Foundation and the Stanford Alumni Association.

Debbie Levi

Debbie Levi is part of the Venture Capital Business Development team at AWS managing relationships with top tier VCs and their portfolio companies on behalf of AWS and broader Amazon. Prior to joining the team in 2016 she was part of the Israeli VC community for about 5 years (most recently at Viola Ventures (FKA Carmel Ventures) and JAL Ventures).

Before becoming a VC Debbie managed marketing teams at a series of start-ups (Mytopia, mySupermarket and Kasamba (acquired by LivePerson) and spent time in corporate America (News America Marketing, a division of News Corp). Debbie holds a MBA from Bar Ilan University and a BA in Psychology and Communications from the University of Michigan. Debbie is a NYC native and an alumna of Stuyvesant High School.

Fadhi Gandhour

Fadi Ghandour is the Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, an organization consisting of a Venture Capital fund that invests in technology-enabled companies in the Arab world. He is also the Founder and a Board Member of Aramex, a global logistics and transportation provider.

Fadi is a member of the Board of Abraaj Capital, the Board of Endeavor Global and the Board of Trustees at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Additionally, he serves on the Advisory Council of the MIT Media Lab. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Ruwwad for Development, an initiative that helps disadvantaged communities across the region overcome marginalization through activism, civic engagement, education and financial inclusion.

Rocío Fonseca

Rocio is the Executive Director at Start-Up Chile, one of the biggest and most diverse startup communities in the world. She has a MS in Management at MIT, is a Master in innovation and entrepreneurship and Biotech Engineer. Her passion is to help people to transform their ideas into business.


Regional Judges:

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With still one weekend left in Techstars Global Startup Weekend, you have the opportunity to participate and be part of the celebration!

Summit County Startup Weekend Brings Top Talent to Judging Panel for Startup Pitches

The lineup of coaches and judges keeps growing for Summit County Startup Weekend.

The April 10-12 event is the second Startup Weekend in Summit County and the first time the event will be hosted in Frisco at two coworking spaces – ELEVATE coSPACE and evo3 workspace.

An impressive panel of judges are lined up:

Jeff Schell, founder of Rocky Mountain Patent and Quandary Group

Ross Iverson, CEO of Vail Leadership Institute

Ryan Sullivan, CEO and founder of Parkifi

With about a half-dozen local coaches and mentors. Register today for the Friday night pitches:

Global Startup Battle Judges: Including Nas and Daymond John

The greatest battle to ever engage entrepreneurs is happening over the next two weekends (November 14th and November 21st). Global Startup Battle will host the Champion’s track in order to showcase the best of every city and region. Everyone is eligible, regardless of local event placement!

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5 superstar judges have been handpicked to award one lucky GSB team the grand prize package! 



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Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known as Nasis an American rapper, songwriter, actor, and entrepreneur. He is the son of jazz musician Olu Dara. Since 1994, Nas has released eight consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums and sold over 25 million records worldwide. Aside from rapping and acting, Nas is an entrepreneur through his own record label, retail sneaker store, and magazine publishing. He serves as Mass Appeal Magazine‘s associate publisher as well as an owner of a Fila sneaker store. He is currently signed to Def Jam Recordings.

Listen too: One Time 4 Your Mind from Illmatic.

Dan Martell

UP Global, Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle

Dan Martell is an award-winning Canadian entrepreneur and founder of Clarity, a venture backed startup that makes it easy to connect with top business minds over the phone.

He previously co-founded Flowtown, a San Francisco based social marketing product which raised funding, grew to over 50,000 small business customers and was eventually acquired by Demandforce (NASDAQ: INTU) in 2011. In 2012 he was named Canada’s top angel investor having completed over 33 investments with companies like Udemy, Intercom and Unbounce.

Daymond John

UP Global, Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle

Daymond John is an American entrepreneur, investor, television personality, author and motivational speaker. He is best known as the founder, president, and CEO of FUBU, and appears as an investor on the ABC reality television series Shark Tank. He is currently based in New York City.

Lesa Mitchell

UP Global, Global Startup Battle, Startup Weekend

Lesa Mitchell currently provides advisory board level support to four venture-backed companies in three US cities and provides strategic support to additional firms through her company, Network for Scale. Mitchell is a Sr. Advisor for the Milken Institute, Board member at the Althea Foundation in San Francisco and Enstitute in New York. As a former executive at the Kauffman Foundation, Mitchell designed and implemented research and programmatic initiatives to accelerate economic growth at a regional and global level.

Chris Hollod 

UP Global, Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle

Chris Hollod is a prominent fund manager. He works directly with Ashton KutcherGuy Oseary, and Ron Burkle to manage their venture capital fund, A-Grade Investments.

Chris was named one of the 32 most influential investors of 2013 (outside Silicon Valley). Fortune also listed Chris as an early investor in Uber. Chris has judged several start-up competitions including Global Startup Battle and Startup Weekend Los Angeles. Chris sits on the board of directors of life/after/denim, a contemporary menswear and accessories brand backed by Ashton Kutcher, Ron Burkle, and Relativity Media. Prior to joining A-Grade Investments, Chris worked in Investment Banking and Private Equity. Chris graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Economics.


There are 4 more tracks your team could qualify for. Each track has awesome judges and prize packages. Check it out!



Are you ready to Pitch? These expert judges will give feedback at Startup Oasis.

This weekend, the UP Global team will be in Austin, TX at Startup Oasis! Along with celebrating the launches of some exciting companies, providing awesome mentors for Office Hours, and throwing a few can’t-miss parties, lunches, and happy hours… we’ll be hosting two pitch competitions on Friday and Sunday.

We’re excited to announce the pitch competition’s judges – thanks to our friends and pitch partners at Bigcommerce and NASDAQ!

If you’re headed to Austin this weekend, make sure not to miss Startup Oasis!

Friday’s Judges (click photo for full profile):

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Sunday’s Judges (click photo for full profile): 

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Top 15 GSB Teams: Champion's Circle Powered By Google For Entrepreneurs

After tons of hard work and thousands of votes, we have our official top 15 teams for the Champion’s Circle, Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs!


These teams will move on to the formal judging round, in which they will be assessed based on set criteria by a panel of startup experts. Each team is now eligible to win some incredible prizes from Google for Entrepreneurs, including up to $20K match funding in an indiegogo crowd-funding campaign, a trip to Google HQ in San Francisco, mentorship from successful entrepreneurs, and more. Stay tuned for the announcement of the Champion’s Circle winner on December 17th or 18th.

Keepacy | Tehran, Iran – A mobile application which lets you hide data and apps on your phone.

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Hacky Sacky | Guatemala – Links family entertainment, personal challenge and physical activity with current technological resources.

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Shower Beats | Guatemala – A device that plugs into your shower and connects to your smartphone, allowing you to manage time and save water while listening to your favorite music.

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Placetory | Tehran, Iran – A mobile app, which helps you to check the history of places at your current location and see all the historical events in a timeline.

Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 11.38.04 AM | Halifax – An application which helps electronics consumers save money by tracking the price of the items they have bought and alerting them when the prices goes down.

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TruckPad | Brazil – An app that connects the trucker to the cargo.

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Morshid | Lebanon – A low cost system for unassisted mobility of visually impaired people.

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OpenEats | Taiwan – An application which tells you if your food is safe for you or not.

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SUNiT | Ljubljana, Slovenia – Smart sleeping system.

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deTENS | Ljubljana, Slovenia – A physiotherapist at your fingertips. Simple, easy, appealing and connected to your smartphone.

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Jibbin | Isfahan, Iran – Helps you find the best commodity with your budget.

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Pawly | Toronto, Canada – An interactive, digital toy that helps you stay connected with your pet from anywhere.

Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 11.38.04 AM | Budapest, Hungary – A new communication protocol that blends text messaging with task and project management.

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GiftyMifty | Tabriz, Iran – An application that lets your friends know what you want and lets them buy it themselves or as a collective group.

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Wuu Games | Prishtina, Kosovo – A group of students from Kosovo, bringing cross-platform 3D games with amazing game-play, great design and a storyline that you will fall in love with.

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iTravey | Aveiro, Portugal – A platform where you can submit your dream travel and have the agencies find you. Get the best deals, no search.

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Airstock | Sheffield, United Kingdom – The global marketplace for drone operators to showcase and sell the world’s most unique aerial video footage.

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What’s Next?


If your team is in the top 15, you can begin working on your indiegogo campaign! Google will be matching funds raised for the winning teams, and a stronger campaign can only help you secure more funds! We recommend teams get started now; even if you don’t end up winning the match-funding, you will have the start of an awesome campaign to help you continue on your startup journey.  If you’re ready to get started, use the GSB Campaign Creation Link to begin creating your campaign.  The following resources are available to help you as you build: