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HUB-BUB / Iron Yard

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!

Schedule

Friday

Feb 21
  • Building open for registration & check-in
  • Papa Johns Pizza & Beer
  • Keynote from John Saddington. Followed by pitches, voting & team formation
  • Building closes for the night

Saturday

Feb 22
  • Building opens
  • Bagels & Coffee. Until 11am, Vagabond Barista will be in the house making gourmet brews.
  • Lunch from Fuji
  • From 1pm - 5pm, 10 minute shoulder rubs available from Dancing Hands
  • From Paper Napkin Concepts to Market: John Saddington workshop
  • Dinner from Taco Dog & cupcakes from local bakery startup Beach Cakes
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Building closes for the night

Sunday

Feb 23
  • Building opens
  • Bagels & Coffee
  • Lunch from Panera
  • Tech check with one person from each team
  • Pencils down, computers closed. Food, drink and mingling at Hub-Bub.
  • Pitch Night begins! Keynote from Ryan O'Hara, followed by pitches and awards. Judging by Peter Barth, Scott Cochran, Jack McBride and Charlie Banks.
  • Event ends, please remove all items from The Iron Yard
  • All done! Don't get locked in.
Platinum Sponsor
Speakers

Jim Van Fleet

President & founder, it's bspoke   |   LinkedIn

In addition to being a leader of the software development community in Charlotte, Jim is President and founder of it's bspoke, a boutique software consultancy. He has been programming computers professionally for over 15 years, and has degrees in Computer Science and Managerial Studies from Rice University. His latest startup is Launchpad Code Academy, a vocational software school which will graduate its first class in Fall 2013.

Jim will serve as MC for the weekend, keeping everyone motivated and energized throughout the event.

John Saddington

Chief Strategy Officer, The Iron Yard   |  

John is a hacker, writer, entrepreneur, engineer and future venture capitalist. He has an insatiable curiosity for online technology, digital publishing and many forms of entertainment. He has worked as an engineer and executive for Fortune 50 companies and has exited a handful of bootstrapped and VC-funded startups. He serves as a partner and Chief Strategy Officer for The Iron Yard, setting the tone for how the organization grows and builds culture. He’s also the chief hacker at his newest startup, Pressgram.

Ryan O'Hara

CMO, ChartSpan   |  

Ryan recently joined ChartSpan after handling marketing and promotions for Dyn. He also serves as a mentor for The Iron Yard's accelerator classes.

Gold Sponsors
Judges

John Saddington

Chief Strategy Officer, The Iron Yard   |  

John is a hacker, writer, entrepreneur, engineer and future venture capitalist. He has an insatiable curiosity for online technology, digital publishing and many forms of entertainment. He has worked as an engineer and executive for Fortune 50 companies and has exited a handful of bootstrapped and VC-funded startups. He serves as a partner and Chief Strategy Officer for The Iron Yard, setting the tone for how the organization grows and builds culture. He’s also the chief hacker at his newest startup, Pressgram.

Scott Cochran

Dean of The Space, Wofford College   |  

Scott has 20 years of business experience, including serving as a vice president for UPS Capital with responsibilities in marketing and technology, as well as UPS Capital’s credit card business. He has a strong track record of solid performance in finance, marketing, sales, and international operations. His responsibilities included offices in Europe and Asia as well as the US, which lends practical experience to his global perspective. He currently serves as Dean of the Space at Wofford which houses Launch, the college's entrepreneurial program.

Charlie Banks

Managing Director, Capital Angels

Charlie is a successful serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and Co-Founder of the South Carolina Angel Network (SCAN). Through his role with SCAN, he serves as the Managing Director of Capital Angels, the midlands affiliate of SCAN, as well as the Executive Director of it's non-profit, Venture Carolina, an organization designed to educate angel investors and entrepreneurs on the intricacies associated with early-stage capital formation.

Avi Lawrence

President, Contec Inc.

Avi Lawrence is the president of Contec, where he has worked for the past nine years. Avi was initially recruited by Contec to be our CFO from KPMG. Avi was born in Fiji and raised in Papa New Guinea and ended up going to Northeastern University in Boston. Recruited out of college by KPMG, Avi was a rising star with the firm who worked in several specialized areas and geographies including several years in Australia. His last job at the firm was in the transactions group where Avi did due diligence work on deals involving some of the largest private equity groups in the country. Avi wanted to work in an executive capacity with a growing manufacturing company in an area of the country which would allow him to also enjoy life with his young family. Fortunately for us, the combination of life in Spartanburg and working with Contec was enough to bring him to our community and both he and the company have enjoyed tremendous success since his arrival. His wife Nita is an entrepreneur who started and operates Petite Armoire, a store in downtown Spartanburg specializing in fashionable clothes for children and young women

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Terry Horner

CTO, Chartspan   |  

Father. Husband. Triathlete. Entrepreneur. Creative thinker. Problem solver. Student of business. Tech geek. Kent State alum. Cleveland fan. Browns season ticket holder.

Terry bootstrapped three profitable startups. Now working on number five.

Marty Bauer

Managing Director, The Iron Yard & CEO, Ridepost   |  

Marty is not your typical Managing Director. For a guy that used to be 300lbs and made crying babies of Division I Defensive Linemen, he is a gentle hearted husband to his wife, Sarah, father to his pooch, Shakey, fearless leader of the startup company Ridepost. His super-human abilities allow him to also serve as the head of all things Accelerator at The Iron Yard. He is learning the art of the home brew, is an avid fly-fisherman and bounces between angling Largemouth Bass and Largewallet Investors.

Joe Gibson

VP, Website Pipeline   |   LinkedIn

Joe has a width range of experience in large companies and in startups doing everything from working in the lab to running businesses internationally with a passion for marketing and developing and implementing business strategies. He has helped Greenville software company Website Pipeline bootstrap their profitable growth while going from 5 to 36 employees, making the Inc 5000 the last 3 years, and acquiring customers across the country. Joe loves learning and passing on what he has learned.

John Saddington

Chief Strategy Officer, The Iron Yard   |  

John is a hacker, writer, entrepreneur, engineer and future venture capitalist. He has an insatiable curiosity for online technology, digital publishing and many forms of entertainment. He has worked as an engineer and executive for Fortune 50 companies and has exited a handful of bootstrapped and VC-funded startups. He serves as a partner and Chief Strategy Officer for The Iron Yard, setting the tone for how the organization grows and builds culture. He’s also the chief hacker at his newest startup, Pressgram.

Organizers
Kate McCarthy
Jeremy Boeh
Cate Brandt Ryba
Steven Hahn
Jordan Clayton
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