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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!

Schedule

Friday

Mar 28
  • 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

Mar 29
  • 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

Mar 30
  • 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!
Judges

Max Hoyt

Chief Visionary at Sleep Management   |   LinkedIn

I have been fortunate to be self-employed for my entire professional life. In doing so, I have had the opportunity to grow businesses in the grocery, gasoline, restaurant, oilfield seismic, oilfield building construction, digital printing, and now in the healthcare industries. The commonalities include training and grooming management talent, customer service, doing what you say, when you say you are going to do something, becoming a niche specialist, establish strong financial reporting, and treating employees with respect. In short, pay attention to the details and put systems in place to replicate success. Set your employees up for winning.

Don't ever forget to pay back to your community and it's institutions. This is something I have practiced over the years. The dividends are remarkable!

Gray Stream

Gray Stream has worked for the Stream Companies since 2004. His focus is on the effective management of the companies’ large land holdings, and he has held Vice-President and President positions within various Stream entities. Mr. Stream joined Graywood LLC, one of the Stream’s real estate development companies, full time in 2008 and assumed the role of President in 2009, ultimately responsible for the growth and success of the Community and the Clubs. Gray worked for the 7th Congressional District of Louisiana in Washington, D.C. before joining the Stream Companies, and he is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. His civic duties include service on the Louisiana Innovations Council, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration, and Conservation, and service as Chairman of the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center.

Kristy Como Armand

Owner/Partner of Healthy Image Marketing Agency

Kristy Como Armand has worked in the the marketing, public relations and advertising field for 25 years, and , now specializes in marketing and communication strategies for clients in a wide variety of areas, including healthcare, financial, industry, legal, retail, real estate and not-for-profit groups. She is originally from Sulphur, Louisiana, and earned a degree in Mass Communication from McNeese State University. Kristy is an Owner/Partner of Healthy Image Marketing Agency which she started in 2002, and also of Thrive Magazine, which was launched in 2003. Both business are based in Lake Charles. Healthy Image serves over 100 local, regional and national clients, and Thrive covers Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce named Healthy Image one of the Top 100 small businesses in the country in 2013. The Agency was also named 2013 Small Business of the Year by the Chamber Alliance SWLA, and the 2012 Small Business of the Year for the SWLA District by Louisiana Economic Development. Kristy was named the 2013 Established Business Leader by the Women’s Business Network of the Chamber SWLA. Healthy Image has won hundreds of Addy awards for advertising excellence and Thrive is recognized with dozens of writing and design award by the Louisiana Press Association each year.

Coaches

Spencer Hoyt

President of Comit Developers

Mr. Hoyt serves as the President of Comit Developers an Internet Marketing Agency with over 550 clients across the globe. His career spans 15 years in business management and has managed several start-up's and has advised many companies with their Internet strategy. At Comit Developers, Spencer’s role as President involves recruiting and managing the executive team, leading the product/strategic vision and evangelizing SEO.

He is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is involved in several professional organizations including: Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, Board Member of AdFed Acadiana, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce (Energy Division Advisory Board Member), University of Louisiana at Lafayette BSAT Advisory Board, Chamber of Commerce Net Day.

Organizers
Chris Meaux
Nick Villaume
Jason Carroll
Lindsay Stroud
Keith R. Credo, PhD
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