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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!

Presenting Platinum Sponsor
Speakers

Sherry Stewart Deutschmann

CEO & Founder of LetterLogic   |  

Raised in the mountains of North Carolina, Sherry, like many Music City transplants, came to Nashville to make her mark in the music industry.

After seven years of working for someone else’s lettershop company, Sherry realized she could do it better and founded LetterLogic. She has since led the company to tremendous success. Through her leadership, LetterLogic has continually been recognized as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Companies in middle Tennessee by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, and it was also named one of the 50 Fastest Privately-Owned Women-Led Companies in North America by Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2009, Ernst & Young recognized LetterLogic as a winning woman-owned company and we were previously named as one of Inc. Magazine’s top 5,000 companies.

Sherry balances the demands of leading LetterLogic to continued growth and success, attending public speaking events, touring the globe as a seasoned road-warrior, and spending time with her beloved family.

Kari Warberg Block

Kari, founder and CEO of Earth-Kind, is an award winning entrepreneur with a focus on growing ideas, products, companies, and people through a sustainable approach. Her company’s mission is to preserve the good and prevent the rest through the development and manufacture of natural, proactive alternatives to protect the spaces in which we live, work and play from pests and odors.

A tireless champion for small business and entrepreneurship, Kari is a true mother of invention having created an entirely new product category while raising a family and growing her business. She is best known for the invention and commercialization of FRESH CAB® Botanical Rodent Repellent, the first and only natural repellent product to gain Federal EPA certification for indoor use. FRESH CAB has generated more than $40 million in sales at retail.

Earth-Kind is committed to its communities in which we live and work, investing through the employment of developmentally disabled citizens

Schedule

Friday

Jan 24
  • Registration & Dinner
  • Intro, Kick-Off, Ideas & Voting
  • Teams Form & Make Plans for Greatness

Saturday

Jan 25
  • 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

Jan 26
  • 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
  • Judges arrive...mingle
  • Keynote Speech & Presentations
  • Awards & Celebration
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Blog

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Organizers
Dr. Susan Mathison
Susan Kerr Gartin
Greg Tehven
Deb Eslinger
Jenny Miner
Katie Hutton
Brittany Sickler
Kari Warberg Block
Carrie Leopold
Tonya Stende, CPA
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