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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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

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!

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the successes?

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 events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Organizers and Facilitators can be found on every corner of the globe. 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

Sep 12
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • 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

Sep 13
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • 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

Sep 14
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Sponsors
Speakers

Laurie Tucker

Food Sponsors
Judges

Melanee Hannock

Senior VP, Marketing ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital   |   LinkedIn

As Senior Vice President of Marketing, Melanee leads the Brand Strategy, Marketing Operations and Interactive Groups for the Marketing division, providing leadership on St. Jude.org, more than 20 microsites, online promotional activity and emerging programs like social media and mobile devices. Since joining ALSAC in May 2007, she has built and continues to lead a team of interactive professionals who have worked holistically with operations and fundraising teams to grow online revenue 200% in a four-year time span.

Melanee has more than 20 years as a marketing professional with significant consumer marketing and interactive gaming experience. Throughout her career, she has worked on top-tier brands such as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Disney, Atari and Hasbro Interactive and led marketing teams handling multi-million dollar integrated campaigns.

Meg Crosby

Principal at PeopleCap Advisors   |   LinkedIn

Meg is a founding Principal of PeopleCap Advisors, a boutique firm specializing in helping companies strengthen their organizational performance through their people.
She began her career in Human Resources at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York where she ran the Investment Banking Analyst Program and was responsible for the recruiting and training of undergraduates. In 2000, Meg moved to Los Angeles to work for a software development start-up, Applied Semantics, as the Director of HR. In 2003, the small start-up was acquired by Google. At Google, Meg worked closely with colleagues in Corporate Development to develop a cross functional team whose focus was to integrate Google’s corporate acquisitions globally.

A native Memphian, Meg returned to the city in 2006 to wed Scott Crosby, an attorney with Burch Porter and Johnson. Meg left Google in 2008 after the birth of their son, Tom. Since returning to Memphis, Meg has been an enthusiastic community volunteer and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Governors of The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and as a member of the Boards of Rhodes College, The Church Health Center, Memphis Challenge and AdVance Memphis.

Mentors

Audrey Jones

Project Manager/Business Systems Analyst Business Intelligence AutoZone   |   LinkedIn

Audrey is a native Memphian and that has worked with numerous corporations such as Fannie Mae, CSC, and TekSystems. Currently, she serves as the President and CEO of Business Intelligently, Inc where she co-founded the application Kids360, which ensures child safely through a mobile application. With her startup, she secured and received her first round of seed funding through Start Co. within the first year of development. Audrey serves as the R&D Technical Director for SoGiv and leads the “SoGiv Code” initiative where she teaches children to “Blog for a Cause” all while building a program to create tech based job placement for a women’s shelter here in Memphis.

Emily Brackstone

Attorney at Baker Donelson   |   LinkedIn

Emily is an associate in the Memphis office of Baker Donelson where she concentrates her practice in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and health law. Emily represents both early-stage and established companies in various business matters through all phases of a company's life cycle. She assists companies in structuring and forming business entities

Tameesha Desangles

Founder & CEO of WeddingWorthy.com   |   LinkedIn

Tameesha is the Founder & CEO of WeddingWorthy.com - a collaborative commerce platform where brides and their bridesmaids can shop together for everything they see. Before WeddingWorthy.com, she worked in Ecommerce for great companies like AutoZone, Southwest Airlines Vacations and HanesBrands Inc. In her spare time you'll find her adventure traveling with her husband, 3 sons and 2 dogs.

Sarah Petschonek

President and CEO of Volunteer Odyssey   |   LinkedIn

Sarah earned her PhD in Industrial Organization Psychology, an MS in Experimental Psychology and an MBA from the University of Memphis. Her early academic and work goals focused on employee satisfaction, employee well-being, business research, and program impact. She applied these skills while working for high-profile organizations like the US Navy and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In 2013, she began Volunteer Odyssey as a program for job seekers to stand out on the job market and give back to the community at the same time. Volunteer Odyssey now includes programs for corporate teams, congregations and individuals, who've donated more than 1,300 volunteer hours in the last year.

Sally Pace

SVP, Marketing & Communications   |   LinkedIn

Sally has served as senior vice president of marketing and communication for FTN Financial since 2008, and has been a member of the department since 2001. FTN Financial is the fixed income sales, research and trading arm of Memphis-based First Horizon National Corp. Prior to joining FTN Financial, Sally held the position of assistant manager of public relations for AutoZone, and was also assistant editor at HGTV. Sally also played an integral role in the development of a program called MemphisConnect, a tool used by the city’s corporate leaders to attract and retain top talent, which is a part of The New Memphis Institute.

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Organizers
Eric Mathews
Mara Lewis
Brittany Fitzpatrick
Hillary Quirk
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