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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!

Make sure to register and grab your ticket to SWB today! 

 

 

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Speakers

Cyrus David

Director of Product Growth, FanDuel

Having interned for Google in 2006 and graduating Binghamton Univeristy in 2007, Cyrus went on to spend the first 4 years of his career at Google where he founded a new ad product called Social App Sponsorships. While at Google, Cyrus also co-founded a fantasy sports company called FantasyIQ. After 4 years at Google, Cyrus went on to join Sojo, a social gaming startup with $12M in funding and 30+ employees across 3 offices, as their VP, Product. After two years of building the product team at Sojo, Cyrus recently joined FanDuel, the leader in daily fantasy sports, as the Director, Product Growth. Cyrus first fell in love with the web and technology in college after starting his first company, HeyNiceDorm, an e-commerce store for room decor. His Entrepreneurship class with Professor Mastrangelo further confirmed his interest in startups.

FantasyIQ.com, FanDuel.com

Judges

Frank E. Berrish

President and CEO of Visions Federal Credit Union

Frank E. Berrish is President and CEO of Visions Federal Credit Union headquartered in Endwell, New York. Mr. Berrish has been the President and CEO of Visions for over 37 years. Visions Federal Credit Union is a member owned cooperative and is one
of the only locally owned financial institutions in our community today, serving over 160,000 members throughout central New York, northern Pennsylvania, and northern New Jersey. Mr. Berrish currently serves on boards of the Greater Binghamton
Chamber of Commerce, where he currently chairs the Economic Development Committee, the Roberson Museum, and the Balboa Life Insurance company of New York. In addition, he is a great advocate for the credit union industry and currently serves as director at large with National Association of Federal Credit Unions.

Barbara Schindler

President, COO of Golden Artist Colors, Inc.

Barbara has been President, Chief Operating Officer of Golden Artist Colors, Inc. since 2001. This appointment reflected strategies to deepen management resources corresponding to corporate growth in revenues and company structure. Schindler joined the organization in 1997 as Controller and also served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to GOLDEN, Barbara was the Controller for Niro Inc., an international firm with headquarters in Denmark. Niro, Inc. designed, engineered and installed a variety of industrial drying systems in many markets. While there, she gained both international experience as well as the responsibility of managing the accounting and financing for eight wholly-owned subsidiaries of the company.

Kenneth J. McLeod

Professor, Department of Bioengineering at Binghamton University

Dr. McLeod received his PhD in electrical engineering from MIT. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Tufts University, he was recruited to Stony Brook University where he started the Biomedical Engineering Program. In 2002 he was recruited to Binghamton University to start a new program in Bioengineering which he chaired for eight years. At Binghamton University he now directs the Clinical Science and Engineering Research Center and teaches a graduate level course sequence in entrepreneurship. Dr. McLeod holds over 25 patents and is a portfolio entrepreneur, having launched eleven companies over the last 30 years, three of which completed IPOs. He continues to participate in the research and development activities of five of these ventures.

Angelo Mastrangelo

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Binghamton University

Co Author: Eddy, E.R., Lorenzet, S.J., & Mastrangelo, A. (Spring 2009) Personal and professional leadership in government agencies, Leadership and Organizational Development Journal.

Lead Author: Mastrangelo, A., Eddy, E.R., & Lorenzet, S.J. (Spring 2009). The importance of personal and professional leadership. Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 25,5, 437-451. Recognized as one of the top ten downloaded articles in journal's history.

Lead Author: paper accepted and presented at Eastern Academy of Management Conference, The Importance of Personal and Professional Leadership.

Co Author of winner of outstanding empirical paper at the Eastern Academy of Management Conference, The Impact of Personal and Professional Leadership on Employee Willing Cooperation, Job Satisfaction, and Organizational Commitment: A Study of a Government Agency.

•Named as one of the Top 18 Entrepreneurship Professors (listed alphabetically) in the USA by Fortune Small Business.

•Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, 1992

•President’s Award for Supporting Education 1992 and 2001

•John Leone Award for Outstanding Citizenship

•Commencement Speaker

Stephanie Blodgett

President, Ad Elements, LLC

Stephanie Blodgett is the President of Ad Elements, L.L.C., a local advertising agency, which she began in 2002. She studied marketing and management at Binghamton University. Following graduation, she was the marketing director of a small business, and then worked in sales and management for a group of radio stations. She was a partner in a start-up advertising agency for eight years prior to starting Ad Elements, LLC. She has over 25 years of experience in marketing and advertising for various companies, and has worked diligently every step of the way to help clients achieve their goals.



Stephanie is a big advocate of community service. She has served on many boards and has been involved with multiple non-profit organizations through the years. She is one of the founders of the Keeping Kids Warm coat drive, which is in its 20th year, and helps to provide winter coats to local children in need. Stephanie is also the current Chairwoman of the American Red Cross Southern Tier Chapter, which serves the residents and businesses of Broome, Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties.



AdElements.net, Facebook.com/AdElementsLLC

Mentors

Chris Olsen

Vice President, RS WebWorks   |   LinkedIn

Chris Olsen is a serial entrepreneur and internet marketing expert who has started several businesses in the Binghamton area. He started his journey while still in high school, where he invented the first omnidirectional stair-climbing wheelchair, and received a US Patent for his design. While attending Binghamton University, he built a team of engineers and management, spearheaded capital raising efforts, and formed the medical device company NuEra Mobility. The novel business strategy then placed first in the Binghamton University Business Plan Competition.

In 2011, Chris joined Rosanne Sall Advertising, an agency that has proudly represented many of the most notable businesses in the Southern Tier for over 25 years. Soon after, Chris partnered with the owners to form RS WebWorks - a full service digital creative agency. He is now the Vice President of the company, and specializes in high-end custom web design and internet marketing services. In only a few short months, they have built a team of young, talented designers and marketers who have become the internet marketing resource for many important area companies. Chris also owns a retail store in Syracuse, New York and works hard to be a resource for other young entrepreneurs and professionals in the Binghamton area.

Ben Giordano

Co-Founder and Project Manager at FreshySites   |  

Ben is a Binghamton, NY native who graduated from Maine-Endwell High School in 2004. Ben went on to get a BS in Marketing Management at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in 2008. Ben has been running his own businesses since 2008. Ben’s first company was focused on technical, metrics-driven internet marketing and was called Launchpad Marketing Group. This business slowly transitioned into Binghamton Marketing where Ben worked with businesses of all sizes in a consulting and media production role. During his time working on Binghamton Marketing, Ben strategized, implemented and managed marketing programs for multiple international companies and product launches. In 2011 Ben began working on FreshySites, which focuses on bringing high-end website design and development to small businesses and non-profits at a price they can afford. Ben continues to work on the development of business models and teaches classes and lectures on strategic business model development and modern internet marketing techniques.

Ginny L. Robert

Owner, Business Plans That Rock   |  

Ginny L. Robert has been a small business author, coach and trainer for almost 25 years. She is the author of two step-by-step workbooks, Let's Write Your Business Plan and Building Your Future in Self-Employment. She has an MBA from Binghamton University and a B.A. in education from Bradley University.

Laura Knochen-Davis

Staff Associate to the Dean of Business & Public Services at Broome Community College and Adjunct Faculty of Entrepreneurship, Management and Marketing

Laura Knochen-Davis holds the position of Staff Associate to the Dean of Business & Public Services at Broome Community College and Adjunct Faculty of Entrepreneurship, Management and Marketing. She has her MBA from Binghamton University and has achieved the status of Certified Business Advisor from the New York State Small Business Development Center, based on her achievements and knowledge of business practices. Ms. Knochen-Davis is an entrepreneur and dedicated professional earning recognition for her work with diversified populations in education, not for profits, industry, municipalities, and financial environments. She is well known for creating and implementing initiatives with profitable results.

Chad Nixon

Senior Vice President / Business Development Officer at McFarland-Johnson, Inc.   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Chad Nixon currently serves as Senior Vice President and Business Development Officer at McFarland Johnson, Inc., headquartered in Binghamton, NY. Chad brings tremendous energy to the company and is consistently sought out for his innovative problem solving skills. He leads the strategic growth of MJ’s market sectors through the development of business plans, pro-formas and market analyses. He also provides oversight relative to new services, growth opportunities and industry trends. He has a highly diverse background that includes operations management, forecasting, economic analysis, contract negotiations, meeting facilitation, business planning, and project management. In addition to his corporate duties at McFarland Johnson, Chad currently serves as Special Projects Manager on statewide and airport specific aviation planning projects.

Dominic DePersis

Professor, Broome Community College

Dominic is an instructor of business law, contract law, ethics and health policy, international business, and international law. Dominic has an extensive background in teaching, research, grant administration and law practice. He holds the privilege to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia. He has lectured internationally including Russia, Ukraine, and Taiwan. He has published numerous articles and book chapters in the fields of law, philosophy of jurisprudence, and management. He serves on several boards of directors. He is a Member of the United Nations Anti-Corruption Working Group. Dominic DePersis holds a BS 1995, Binghamton University, JD 1998, Syracuse University. His research interests include International Law, Anti-Corruption laws, Jurisprudence, Not-for-Profit institutions, and Human Rights.

Rochelle Layman

Regional Director, Binghamton Small Business Development Center

Regional Director, Rochelle Layman, has been assisting New York State small businesses since 2008. Rochelle began her career as a computer application developer and corporate trainer working with large corporations including Aetna Mutual Funds and Farm Credit Banks. In addition to her 10 years of corporate experience, Rochelle was the owner and operator of two successful restaurants in Southwestern New York for 13 years. Her financial corporate experience, small business success and small business advisement skills aid her in assisting small business owners in dealing with their financial and operational problems.

Camila Hoffman

Creative Director/ Co-Founder, Hue   |   LinkedIn

As the art director for AIX Armani Exchange, a global fashion company, Camila participated in the worldwide repositioning process of the brand including the redesign of the corporate logo. She created the design concepts for every season and managed their deployment into all mediums including: print, web, in-store, and events worldwide. She worked at AIX Armani Exchange headquarters in NYC from 2000 until 2005.

From there, she formed the creative agency Hue in Binghamton, NY. Hue is a creative marketing agency that uses a holistic approach. This approach focusses on big ideas that are built on solid business objectives and smart marketing techniques. These ideas are delivered with creativity, innovation, and visual excellence. As the creative director for Hue, she has worked with various local organizations and businesses managing their marketing campaigns. She has developed and repositioned brands, creating unique voices that speak to the target audience. She has 12 years of experience in branding, print design, media buying, campaign development, and print production. She takes great pride in quality production and maintains close relationships with trusted printers to ensure the right result.

Camila was educated at Parsons School of Design in NYC and has a BFA in communications design. Her perspective on design can be seen in the work produced at Hue. She says it is about “creating something that has purpose, not just a product without meaning.”

Peter Hoffman

Web Director/ Co-Founder, Hue   |   LinkedIn

Peter started Hue in 2005 as a web developer and co-founder. Hue is a creative marketing agency built on a holistic approach. This approach focusses on big ideas that are delivered with creativity, innovation, and visual excellence. From the beginning Peter has been involved and overseen all web-related projects from web design / development to social media campaigns and online advertising projects. He is constantly educating himself at an average of 10-15 hours per month with continuing education through Adobe and Lynda.com training programs. This has pushed Hue to be the leader in local web technologies, developing standards-based HTML5, CSS3, and javascript sites that function across all browsers and devices. As of 2012, Peter has focused on developing fluid grid layouts and mobile apps with JQuery Mobile.

Peter holds a BA from Hobart College in Geneva, NY where he was educated in literature and design. His current position as web director reflects his ability to adapt and think from a holistic perspective, seeing all parts. Peter believes any design is possible. In his words, "it's more about finding the right design. staying current with the progress of technology has enabled me to implement my purpose and stay inspired."

Joanne M. Jones

Business Advisor, Binghamton Small Business Development Center

Joanne Jones is a Business Advisor at Binghamton’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) where she provides free and confidential services to entrepreneurs seeking to start, expand or improve their businesses. Services at the SBDC include business plan development assistance, financial projection formatting, market and industry research information, government procurement programs, small business certifications and information on economic development initiatives. She joined to the SBDC after a diverse career in banking that included sales, financial analysis, underwriting, staff development and management.

Gerri A Harrison

Founder, Ever Evolving Enterprises

I have been in the financial services field since 1983. I graduated with a bachelors’ degree in Accounting from Binghamton University. I currently hold three designations – CFP, EA and RTRP.

As a certified financial planner (CFP), I was required to pass a series of tests involving several areas of personal finance. An enrolled agent (EA) is a designation earned by passing a four part test given by the Internal Revenue Service. It gives me the right to practice before the IRS, allowing me to do audit and representation work. The registered tax return preparer (RTRP) is a designation earned by passing the competency test generated by the Internal Revenue Service.
I have owned Ever Evolving Enterprises (formerly Gerri Harrison Financial Services) since May, 2005. I have taught and continue to teach classes and seminars through my own business and for other organizations. I have written a book called, “Mom, Can I have that?” which helps show parents how to raise financially responsible children. I am an active volunteer with SCORE, an organization that offers free small business consulting.
I am a firm believer in education and never tire of investigating new areas of personal finance. One of my favorite activities is reading a financial magazine, newsletter or a financial website. I get so excited when I find something new that will help a current client or that I can tuck away for a potential future client.

Michael Capone

Associate at Hinman, Howard and Kattell

Michael R. Capone is an associate at Hinman, Howard and Kattell. He concentrates his practice in advising business and corporate clients on all aspects of their operations. He is involved with the formation and organization of business entities, including limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, corporations and professional corporations. He also counsels healthcare providers on regulatory and compliance issues, with emphasis on HIPAA and HITECH compliance.

Mr. Capone also works on labor and employment and complex civil litigation matters for the firm’s clients, including defending employers in labor arbitrations, discrimination and harassment suits, and other civil rights claims.

Ryan Murphy Mead

Associate at Hinman, Howard and Kattell

Ryan M. Mead is an associate at Hinman, Howard and Kattel who concentrates his practice in business and corporate law, representing clients in all stages of their business. Mr. Mead consults with clients on choosing the right type of entity to form, including for profit corporations, LLCs, LPs, partnerships or not-for-profit corporations. Mr. Mead advises clients with their day to day business operations including contract negotiations, federal and state tax compliance, blue sky law compliance and Exon-Florio/CIFUS disclosures. Mr. Mead has experience with business succession planning, including mergers and acquisitions, asset purchase agreements, stock redemptions, buy-sell agreements and entity dissolutions.

In addition to his corporate practice, Mr. Mead counsels clients on all aspects of estate planning, taking into consideration current estate and gift tax laws. Mr. Mead has experience in drafting wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, trusts and family limited partnerships. Mr. Mead advises clients on the legal aspects related to natural gas leasing and has experience in properly planning for natural gas lease liabilities, succession and tax effects of bonuses and royalties.

A native of Endicott NY, Mr. Mead is very active in the Southern Tier community. He serves as a director for Baden Powell Council of Boy Scouts of America, Good Shepherd Village at Endwell, Greater Binghamton Educational Outreach Program (GBEOP) and Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition (STOC). He has been a volunteer serving at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open, formerly the B.C. Open, for more than 15 years.

In his free time, Mr. Mead enjoys fly fishing, golf, bowling and skiing.

Erica L. Lawson

Associate at Hinman, Howard and Kattell   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Erica L. Lawson concentrates her practice in advising business and corporate clients on all aspects of their operations. She has handled formation and organization of business entities including LLC’s, LLP’s, corporations, professional corporations (P.C.), and not-for-profit corporations. She is part of the HH&K mergers and acquisitions team, and she regularly engages in negotiation and drafting of transaction documents for various complex business transactions. Ms. Lawson is also well versed in business succession planning and regularly assists clients with their day to day operations, including compliance with corporate formalities and drafting and reviewing of contracts. Ms. Lawson has also assisted numerous clients with applications for financing and tax reductions from industrial development agencies.

In addition to her corporate practice, as a member of the HH&K Construction Law Practice Group, she also counsels and assists both contractors and owners with the preparation, negotiation and implementation of construction contracts.

Ms. Lawson has experience in all matters related to intellectual property. She combines her business law experience with her intellectual property knowledge to counsel clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement, evaluation of intellectual property portfolios and intellectual property licensing agreements. Prior to joining HH&K, Ms. Lawson was an attorney at a law firm in Washington, D.C. where she concentrated her practice in intellectual property and patent prosecution. Most recently, she has undertaken the negotiation and drafting of software licensing agreements for a variety of businesses.

Erica L. Lawson concentrates her practice in advising business and corporate clients on all aspects of their operations. She has handled formation and organization of business entities including LLC’s, LLP’s, corporations, professional corporations (P.C.), and not-for-profit corporations. She is part of the HH&K mergers and acquisitions team, and she regularly engages in negotiation and drafting of transaction documents for various complex business transactions. Ms. Lawson is also well versed in business succession planning and regularly assists clients with their day to day operations, including compliance with corporate formalities and drafting and reviewing of contracts. Ms. Lawson has also assisted numerous clients with applications for financing and tax reductions from industrial development agencies.

Ms. Lawson has experience in all matters related to intellectual property. She combines her business law experience with her intellectual property knowledge to counsel clients in a variety of intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement, evaluation of intellectual property portfolios and intellectual property licensing agreements. Prior to joining HH&K, Ms. Lawson was an attorney at a law firm in Washington, D.C. where she concentrated her practice in intellectual property and patent prosecution. Most recently, she has undertaken the negotiation and drafting of software licensing agreements for a variety of businesses.

Jacqueline A.Bain

Associate at Hinman, Howard and Kattell

Jacqueline A. Bain is an associate attorney and a member of Hinman, Howard & Kattell’s Health Care, Litigation, and Labor and Employment practice groups. Ms. Bain counsels health care entities and individual providers regarding regulatory compliance and malpractice issues. She is well-versed in federal health care laws, including the Stark Law, Anti-Kickback Statute, HIPAA, HITECH and the FTC’s Red Flag Rules, as well as New York State laws and regulations.

In her practice, Ms. Bain also counsels small and large businesses regarding labor issues and employment discrimination. She has assisted clients drafting employment contracts, employee handbooks, and employment policies and procedures. She has provided sexual harassment training and anti-discrimination training for employers and advises clients on matters involving hiring, firing and discipline of employees. She also aids hospitality clients in pursuit of a liquor license.

Ms. Bain lectures local chambers of commerce often regarding health care laws and changes in state and federal labor laws. She spearheaded the Health Care Practice Group’s presentation regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. She has also written several articles for the Hinman, Howard & Kattell newsletter on Labor and Employment and Health Law topics

Raised in greater Binghamton, Ms. Bain is actively involved in community development. She serves as the vice chair of the Board at The Children’s Home, a Board member of Habitat for Humanity, and an assistant administrator of the New York State Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial program. She serves as an executive board member of the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce’s “YP Talks” initiative, which is tasked with bringing the community’s young professionals together. She is also actively involved with fundraising efforts for the Goodwill Theatre. In 2011, Ms. Bain was recognized by the Southern Tier Opportunity Coalition as a member of “20 in their Twenties.”

Michael Kruk

Senior Venture Analyst, Excell Partners

Michael is currently a Senior Venture Analyst at Excell Partners where he analyzes pre-seed and seed stage ventures from around Upstate New York for investment potential. Michael earned his B.S. in Computer Engineering from Binghamton University where he concentrated in internet programming and firmware development. While working at BAE Systems Inc, Michael designed firmware, software and hardware for military ground vehicle power systems. Simultaneously, Michael invested in real estate where he identified and procured high potential opportunities. During that time he also developed intrinsic valuation software capable of pinpointing undervalued, publicly traded stocks. Most recently, Michael co-founded UNYstartups - an online blog and toolset that tracks and promotes connectivity throughout the New York startup ecosystem.

Michael Meador

Principal Consultant, Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Michael's first entrepreneurial venture was as a teenager when he took over his aging grandfather’s floor refinishing business. After college and three year as a marketing director, he co-founded the TMI Technology Center, overseeing projects that won a U.S. Department of Energy national innovation award.

Having taken on business management roles and wanting more education, he moved to Ithaca and earned an MBA from Cornell’s Johnson School. Since then, Michael has started or held equity positions in several software, telecom, and other technology-based enterprises where he has been responsible for both top- and bottom-line results. In addition to CEO roles, he has directly managed business functions such as Strategic & Financial Planning, Sales & Marketing, Human Resources, Administrative Services and Facilities, Legal, Risk Management, and Information Technology, and he managed several corporate sales, mergers, and acquisitions.

He is currently Principal Consultant with the Alliance for Manufacturing & Technology, a NY Regional Technology Development Center that delivers support to tech-focused entrepreneurs and to the manufacturing sector of the Southern Tier.

Organizers
Omar Sanders
Joseph M. Garrant
Schedule

Friday

Nov 9
  • 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

Nov 10
  • 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

Nov 11
  • 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!
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