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ARD Building #56 S. Knoles Drive & University Flagstaff, AZ

NAU and the LaunchBox Student Incubation program invite you to come to NAU's Startup Weekend to get exposure and experience with entrepreneurship, without losing all of your money!

What to Expect:

Friday night, anyone can pitch their ideas and receive feedback from their peers. Teams will organically form around the top ideas and then it is a 48-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. Teams will work Saturday with few interruptions including presentations and lunch/dinner. Come Sunday, teams will work uninterrupted and the weekend will end with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders and another opportunity for critical feedback.

This event is not just for business majors- there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking to become the next Steve Jobs or meet people with similar interests, everyone is guaranteed to leave this event with more than they came with.

The winning team will receive 1 year of incubation in the LaunchBox Student Business Incubation program through the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET).

Why Attend A Startup Weekend?

Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend!  Since your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top eight:

Education: 
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating.  Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. Use the resources in this toolkit to help you get started: http://startupweekend.org/resources/

Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

Learn a new skill: 
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months.  Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Get face time with thought leaders: 
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends typically cost between $75 and $150 (less for students).  Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the coffee you can drink.

Join a global community:
Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.

Registration

Early-bird tickets for Startup Weekend costs $25 for NAU students ($35 regular price) and include 6 meals and all the coffee you can drink and, of course, a life changing experience.

All students who buy an early bird ticket will be entered into WEEKLY drawings to win prizes! Prizes include Launchbox SWAG & coffee gift cards. The earlier you buy, the more chances you have to win cool prizes.

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Schedule

Friday

Apr 4
  • Registration/Arrival
  • Welcome & Agenda
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Keynote Speaker Alan Lobock
  • Pitch Warmup
  • Pitches start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Teams formed, work assignments discussed, time to go home for the evening!

Saturday

Apr 5
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • (optional) Yoga for entrepreneurs!
  • Teams formed and dividing up workload 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

Sunday

Apr 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • (optional) Yoga!
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Party!
Platinum Sponsors
Speaker

Alan Lobock

Serial Entrepreneur   |  

Alan Lobock is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor best known for co-founding SkyMall, Inc., the company whose retail catalog is available on approximately 80% of all domestic commercial aircraft. During his tenure with SkyMall, Inc., Mr. Lobock served as its Chief Financial Officer and its Executive VP—Marketing. The company enjoyed its IPO in the mid-90s, was later taken private when acquired by Gemstar/TV Guide, and has since been acquired multiple times.

Approximately two years ago, Mr. Lobock co-founded Integrus Analytic Systems, LLC, which developed Worthworm, a comprehensive, automated valuation system for early stage ventures. Worthworm exited its beta in October 2013, and has quickly been gaining traction among entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture accelerators/incubators, and university entrepreneurship programs.

Alan is a sought-after speaker and writer on topics concerning entrepreneurship and angel investing. The Wall Street Journal named Alan a “Startup Guru,” he has served as an entrepreneurship expert for YoungEntrepreneur.com, and participated in an invitation-only event at the White House devoted to entrepreneurship.

Prior to embarking on his entrepreneurial career, Mr. Lobock served 8 years with Price Waterhouse’s Phoenix office, departing as a Senior Manager. A 1982 graduate of Arizona State University with a B.S. in accounting and an alumnus of Claremont McKenna College, Mr. Lobock resides in Scottsdale, AZ with his son, Dustin.

Judges

Dr. Frank Spitznogle

Entrepreneur in Residence

Dr. Spitznogle is presently a faculty member at Northern Arizona University, as an Entrepreneur in Residence at their W.A Franke College of Business.

Marc Chopin

Professor, Investor, Entrepreneur and NACET Board Member

Marc has more than ten years experience working with Louisiana Tech University and Northern Arizona University to manage university owned intellectual properties. Marc has served as an advisor to numerous start-up companies through his role as Assoc. Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology at Louisiana Tech University and as a member of the Board and selection committee at the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET). Marc was born in Sydney, Australia. After leaving Sydney, the family raised cattle and quarter horses for several years in southeast Queensland, Australia prior to immigrating to the United States. The family arrived in Plano, Texas in December of 1975 and received US citizenship in 1983. Marc attended the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University, earning a bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in economics. Following graduate studies Marc taught finance at the University of North Texas, and then as a faculty member and administrator at Louisiana Tech University and Northern Arizona University. Marc served NAU as Dean of The W.A. Franke College of Business and is currently NACET’s Chairman of the Board. Marc has been actively involved in efforts to commercialize university based intellectual property and help start-up businesses grow since approximately 2002. Marc currently serves as President of the board of the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology and has served as a member and of the board since 2006.

Bruce D. Sidlinger

Entrepreneur

Bruce D. Sidlinger began designing and programming computer systems in 1970 at the age of 12, was granted early acceptance to Southern Methodist University, and has focused on the design of highly-technical systems full-time since 1976. He is president and owner of Sidlinger Computer Corporation, which provides technical assistance to telephone companies and other entities. Before starting SCC in 1985, Bruce was director of research at Alcor Aviation (designing FAA-certified aircraft electronics), a scientific programmer at Texas Instruments, and a programmer at Recognition Equipment.

SCC’s initial specialties were the internal architectures of Digital Equipment Corporation’s RT, RSX, and VMS operating systems and DECnet and IP networking protocols, as well as system and real-time programming in assembly language, including industrial process control applications supporting steel mills. SCC was also solely responsible for the design, implementation, and operation of nationwide data networks for two retail store chains and an automobile rental chain. Common to all these projects was a requirement for ultra-reliable computing and networking to support aviation/industrial safety, critical data security, and commercial process/revenue continuity.

Bruce was also a very early researcher in the field of computer and network security, and co-authored a peer-reviewed paper at Trinity University which was nationally recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1998. He later developed and presented computer and network security classes for NASA and Air Force programmers, and provided security auditing services and penetration testing for major corporations.

Bruce is best known as an expert on data networking in general and the Internet in particular. He has spoken at many technical symposia on leading-edge developments in local-area and wide-area networking. (In a single year, for example, Bruce was a compensated presenter in Dublin, London, Melbourne, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Atlanta.) Bruce was an early implementer and integrator of networking technologies which subsequently became common including fiber-optic transmission (ultimately multigigabit and DWDM), IP routing (including ultra-high-end carrier routing systems such as Cisco’s 7600 and CRS-1), early ISDN, early frame relay, xDSL, voice-over-IP, WAN video conferencing, SNMP/RMON/NetFlow, and multimedia transport.

As a contractor providing training and research for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and as a vendor of data network design services for the Air Force and Army, SCC was an NSF-era Internet node as part of the Texas Higher Education Network (THEnet/Sesquinet) and one of Cisco's original router purchasers (in fact, Cisco's very first e-commerce customer). SCC also operated a training facility for NASA located at the Johnson Space Center campus, and Bruce’s consulting services were additionally made available to the USAF through a relationship with TRW. Sidlinger Computer Corporation continues to conduct a substantial amount of research into many leading-edge technologies, and Bruce has repeatedly returned to leading universities for additional formal education.

Bruce received his bachelor’s degree in computing and information science from Trinity University and has completed many additional years of undergraduate and graduate school in business, accounting, economics, computer science, philosophy, math, and physics. Bruce taught the undergraduate mechanics (Physics 1303/1403) recitation at SMU in 2003 and his most recent academic interest was high-energy physics, which included courses at SMU and visits to Harvard and CERN (Geneva) for the Large Hadron Collider’s ATLAS detector. Separately, he is an airline transport pilot, helicopter pilot, seaplane, glider, and balloon pilot, and remotely-piloted/autonomous aircraft designer, and a voting member of ASTM Committee F38, which is currently developing the US federal aviation regulations for unmanned aircraft systems.

Aaron Dragushan

Entrepreneur

Aaron bootstrapped his first business 18 years ago. His companies have been featured in the NY Times, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Wired and TIME magazine. His previous venture was FastCustomer, which invented a technology that has saved people over 2 million minutes waiting on hold. (Instead of calling customer service, FastCustomer has them call you.)

His current venture is Giftcard Zen, a local Flagstaff startup buying and selling gift cards from major retailers. Giftcard Zen is growing 15% month over month, and is hiring for several positions in Flagstaff.

Alan Lobock

Serial Entrepreneur   |  

Alan Lobock is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor best known for co-founding SkyMall, Inc., the company whose retail catalog is available on approximately 80% of all domestic commercial aircraft. During his tenure with SkyMall, Inc., Mr. Lobock served as its Chief Financial Officer and its Executive VP—Marketing. The company enjoyed its IPO in the mid-90s, was later taken private when acquired by Gemstar/TV Guide, and has since been acquired multiple times.

Coaches

Dr. Frank Spitznogle

Entrepreneur in Residence

Dr. Spitznogle is presently a faculty member at Northern Arizona University, as an Entrepreneur in Residence at their W.A Franke College of Business.

Experienced and proven business professional with strong senior executive experience, augmented by 18 years of professional services consulting experience, largely for VP/CXO/Board level clients focused primarily on new business and program initiatives, with business experience in 20 countries. Respected innovator, who has a solid track record of starting and operating new businesses and programs inside large organizations and via venture-backed business entities as both an executive and a consultant/interim executive

Tommy O'Connor

Marketing and Advertising Coach   |  

Tommy and his wife, Danielle, own the Flagstaff design studio We Are William. Tommy has 13 years of design, branding, marketing and advertising experience. Having held positions throughout his career as varied as Art Director for the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas to most recently the Marketing Director for the iconic Tucson-based restaurant chain, eegee’s - where he managed a four-person team and completely rebranded the 40 year-old company. In starting We Are William last year, Tommy and Danielle’s focus is working with Flagstaff businesses to help them become more marketable and successful - making the Flagstaff local economy healthier and more sustainable in the process.

Aaron Dragushan

Entrepreneur

Aaron bootstrapped his first business 18 years ago. His companies have been featured in the NY Times, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Wired and TIME magazine. His previous venture was FastCustomer, which invented a technology that has saved people over 2 million minutes waiting on hold. (Instead of calling customer service, FastCustomer has them call you.)

His current venture is Giftcard Zen, a local Flagstaff startup buying and selling gift cards from major retailers. Giftcard Zen is growing 15% month over month, and is hiring for several positions in Flagstaff.

Darryl Brown

Developer/Coach

Darryl Brown is owner and operator of 2b design and development, inc in downtown Flagstaff. He received an B.S. Degree in Engineering at Northern Arizona University and followed that with a M.S. in Computer Science at the University of Oregon in 1993. His career has covered many domains including researching parallel programming and super computing, scientific data visualization, deploying the first 911 call routing application for the Wireless Intelligent Network (on AT&T), leading the development of a high frequency automated (Black Box) trading system, and finally running his company since 2001. He and his team at 2b design specialize in Web Applications, Mobile Applications and Web Design.

Jennifer Grogan

Marketing Mentor

Jennifer has worked with numerous Flagstaff businesses setting up social media marketing plans and showing small businesses what they can accomplish through creativity and leverage. She started her career creating marketing strategies for a large online cabinet company and moved into entertainment marketing before becoming a partner in a local business. Throughout her career she has developed cost effective marketing strategies for small businesses, and trained staff in the importance of advertising, promotions, public relations, and sales.

Bret Carpenter

Business Analyst

Bret is a business analyst for the local Small Business Development Center. Bret is versed in supporting startups from early stage business concept development through launch of the startup. Workflow mapping, App wire-framing, concept refinement, business plan development, marketing plan development and presentation development are some of his strengths.

Bret’s background includes an engineering degree, IT management experience, ownership of technology consulting businesses and teaching college business classes. Additional skillsets include: project management, operations management, sales, social media marketing, and implementation of technology systems within companies.

John Stigmon

Vice President at the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona (ECoNA)

John Stigmon, a 11 year Flagstaff resident and business owner, is Vice President at the Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona (ECoNA). He was a member of the staff at the City of Flagstaff for 3 years last serving as Economic Development Manager.

During the past 35 years, John has been active in almost every facet of business and real estate development. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded the first American Indian owned franchise company, and later established a specialty executive coaching and consulting practice advising in business start-up, business expansion and organizational development. As a corporate executive, he has lead the marketing, operations, expansion and real estate development in the US and in 16 foreign countries, for a variety of US companies.

In 2000, he sold the hospitality company he co-founded and moved to Flagstaff with his wife and two children in order to live in close knit community. Until joining the City, John had been active in his executive coaching business, local real estate and business brokerage. He has been an adviser to the Center for American Indian Economic Development at Northern Arizona University, and active in Business Advisory Services, a community of leading Arizona business owners, as well as many community and professional organizations.

He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation and Boys and Girls Club of Flagstaff.

"I love contributing to the local economic development process and bringing my 35 years of experience to Flagstaff."

Marc Chopin

Professor, Investor, Entrepreneur and NACET Board Member

Marc has more than ten years experience working with Louisiana Tech University and Northern Arizona University to manage university owned intellectual properties. Marc has served as an advisor to numerous start-up companies through his role as Assoc. Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Information Technology at Louisiana Tech University and as a member of the Board and selection committee at the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET). Marc was born in Sydney, Australia. After leaving Sydney, the family raised cattle and quarter horses for several years in southeast Queensland, Australia prior to immigrating to the United States. The family arrived in Plano, Texas in December of 1975 and received US citizenship in 1983. Marc attended the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University, earning a bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in economics. Following graduate studies Marc taught finance at the University of North Texas, and then as a faculty member and administrator at Louisiana Tech University and Northern Arizona University. Marc served NAU as Dean of The W.A. Franke College of Business and is currently NACET’s Chairman of the Board. Marc has been actively involved in efforts to commercialize university based intellectual property and help start-up businesses grow since approximately 2002. Marc currently serves as President of the board of the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology and has served as a member and of the board since 2006.

Dieter Otte

Professor and Entrepreneur

Dieter grew up in the former East Germany. After he graduated from high school in 1976, he studied ships electronics and radio navigation at Seefahrtshochschule Warnemünde-Wustrow in the northern part of Germany at the Baltic seaside. He received his Electronic Engineering degree and later his PhD in the area of digital control theory in 1987. He then went to sea as a radio officer in the merchant marine, going to various places in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America, until the Berlin wall came down in 1989.
After the change of power he worked in the IT industry and as a professor in a small Computer Science department at the Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz in Germany, until he came to the US in 2002. He fell in love with the Flagstaff area and NAU and decided to stay for good.
Currently Dieter is a professor in the Computer Science programs at NAU. He is living in Sedona, enjoying his little family - his wife Sandy and his four-year-old daughter Lena, who is chatting away in both English and German as she sees fit.

Stacy Fobar

Senior Administrative Assistant at NACET

Stacy came to NACET with an extensive background in non-profit administration, marketing, and publishing. She specializes in copy-writing and editing and graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in English. Stacy and her husband moved to Flagstaff in 2007 and she enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, and skiing.

Trish Rensink

Business Counselor

Trish Rensink is an accomplised organizational development professional focused on creating aligned organizations where each individual works passionately toward the success of the organization. She has spent over 20 years transitioning corporate needs into programs and systems to enable culture change and employee performance. She has held leadership and change agent positions with national organizations such as TDS Telecom and AAA, and regional organizations such as Northern Arizona University. She is accomplished in motivating people, organizational development, communications, interpresonal skills, problem solving and management.

Liz Hobbs

Marketing & Sales Coach

20 years experience as an entrepreneur, National Sales and Marketing Manager, Product Manager, and Promotions manager, most recently for Speedo America. Currently a part time lecturer in the Franke College of Business at NAU, and swim coach/teacher at NAU and Flagstaff Athletic Club.

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