Startup Weekend Green Bay

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St. Norbert College - Bemis Center

Build Your Business, Network and Community

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Attendees vote on their favorite ideas and form teams around them. 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!

Still Have Questions?

Checkout Startup Weekend's First Timer Guide for answers to all of the most common questions people have about the event. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email us at greenbay@startupweekend.org.

Prizes!

If you win Startup Weekend Green Bay, you will take home some amazing prizes that can give your business a serious head start:

  • 1st and 2nd place interview with gener8tor for their next class
  • Netsonic Hosting packages for 1-3 place
  • $1,000 worth of rent at AHQ
  • One-year Coworker level membership for a startup team The Docking Station 
  • Professional video coaching and shooting from Detonator
  • Winning teams will be admitted to the online Pre-Accelerator Program  from eLaunch Labs
  • Free wings from Buffalo Wild Wings
  • More to come!

Blog

Just Doing It

by swgreenbay

Congratulations to the Startup Weekend Green Bay teams! Nine teams formed Friday night and have been working hard throughout the […]

Typical Pitches

by Zach Gohr

I’ve been to my share of hackathons. In fact, it’s one of my favorite ways to spend a weekend. Meeting, […]

Knock, Knock

by Perry Sieber

Lets face it, there aren’t many interesting and unique events going on in Northeast Wisconsin. When I first heard about Startup […]

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Speakers

David Troup

Founder and CEO of Xensr, MailFoundry and DMIStudios

Started as a programmer in 1982 and developed many telecommunications software systems in the 80's as an independent developer. Received a BS in Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence with a personal emphasis in planetary autonomous robotic systems. Founded DCT Technologies, Inc. in 1991 and Solinus, Inc. in 1999. DCT Technologies remains in business today as a custom software development group and Solinus is a leader in the busy email security space with it's line of MailFoundry email filtering appliances.

Kurt Brenkus

CEO Aver Informatics Inc.   |  

Highly accomplished professional with proven expertise in developing, expanding and directing enterprise solutions that drive profitability and stability for global operations. Demonstrated ability to take calculated risks that prepare an organization for growth while reducing costs and driving competitive advantage in a reformed health care economy. Insightful, collaborative leader with a passion for innovation, quality and delivering tangible financial improvements.

Judges

Shay Howe

Director of Product at Belly   |  

As a designer and front end developer, Shay Howe has a passion for solving problems while building creative and intuitive products. Shay specializes in product design and interface development, specialties in which he regularly writes and speaks about. Additionally, Shay helps co-organize Chicago Camps, Refresh Chicago, and UX Happy Hour.

Troy Vosseller

Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of gener8tor   |   LinkedIn

Troy is the Co-founder of gener8tor - a Wisconsin-based angel investment fund and startup accelerator. gener8tor invests its community, capital, expertise, mentorship and network in capable, early-stage entrepreneurs with innovative business models. gener8tor works with the startups in its portfolio to create successful, scalable companies. Learn more at www.gener8tor.com.

Troy is a three-time graduate of the University of Wisconsin, having earned his BA, JD and MBA in Entrepreneurial Management at the UW’s Weinert Center for Entrepreneurship.

As an undergraduate, Troy founded the apparel company Sconnie Nation. Sconnie Nation markets a line of clothing that focuses on celebrating the Wisconsin lifestyle. He knows what it’s like to be a college student starting a business. 

Troy recently extended the “Sconnie” brand into beer by releasing Sconnie Beer. He loves all things branding, marketing and product development.



Troy is also an experienced business attorney, having worked as an Assistant Clinical Professor for the UW Law School’s Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic - a program providing free legal services to startup businesses and entrepreneurs.

Al Zeise

President and Owner at ZyQuest

Al Zeise has over 35 years experience in the field of Information Technology and almost 20 years experience as President and CEO of ZyQuest, Inc., an IT outsourcing, augmentation, hosting and software development company headquartered in Green Bay, WI. Al learned a long time ago that really powerful technology disappears in the background. It gets out of your way, performing the tasks you assign it efficiently and without fail. The best technology lets you stop worrying about “How,” and start analyzing “Why.”

Bob O'Donnell

UW Oshkosh College of Business

Bob O'Donnell is lecturer in the UW Oshkosh College of Business and former director of its Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He has over thirty years of consulting experience in the fields of entrepreneurship, technology, business management, and economic development. His background also includes ten years of managing his own startup business which served customers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Coaches

Jon Kinney

CTO Bolstr   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Husband & father, Rails dev, sound engineer, hockey player, and movie geek are just a few of the ways Jon describes himself. Prior to joining Bolstr he created custom web applications for clients in both the insurance and health care spaces. Jon is a full stack web application developer with skills in test driven development, server configuration, production deployment and maintenance as well as project management, front-end coding, and design. An avid reader of technical books, when Jon isn't working on Bolstr, he's usually learning something new.

Krista Seidl

Owner, Krista Seidl Design Co.   |   LinkedIn

Krista is an independent Creative Director/Designer who specializes in digital branding and user interface design. She recently moved back to the area after a decade of living and working in Chicago, where she gained a diverse perspective working at boutique studios, large digital agencies, and product companies. The bulk of her experience is UX/UI design for eCommerce.

Ryan Hatch

Co-Founder of Dynamis   |   LinkedIn

Ryan is a lean software entrepreneur & consultant who leads with customer success as the single driving focus. Ryan helps companies launch new products people want to buy. He co-founded Dynamis, funded by Golden Angels in 2012, to create sales growth for brokers and enable employers to maximize their group health insurance. He excels at energizing teams towards shared purpose with fast execution. Ryan now works with other startups & new product executives using lean principles to accelerate growth & time-to-market.

Brent Hagany

CTO Goodsie   |   LinkedIn

Brent manages the team developing goodsie.com, one of the largest hosted e-commerce systems in the world.

Scott Kafarnus

CEO/Creative Director, Cineviz

Scott Koffarnus is the CEO and Creative Director of Cineviz, a company specializing in providing customer engagement through digital communications and experiential media. With a passion for design and technology, Scott is always pushing the limits to “do the impossible”, his company motto. Scott’s belief that everything is possible has given Cineviz the opportunity to work with brands like Nickelodeon, Disney, Nike, Winfield, Pepsico and many more. He has spent the last 30 years as a visionary, designer, animator, producer, writer, director and speaker. As a serial entrepreneur Scotts vision is to create mind blowing immersive environments that engage, educate and motivate which has led to the development of several Cineviz branded products. Scott loves to travel and lives in Northeastern Wisconsin where he enjoys his family and the outdoors.

Scott is a member of:

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)

Ryan Kauth

UWGB Small Business Development Center

Ryan advises entrepreneurial business leaders in the New North (Northeast Wisconsin), who need an atypical business advisor and success partner, to assist them with cash flow, marketing, business growth, business financing, and quality work life blending strategies.

Roger Orlady

CFO and owner of RNO Ventures Inc.

Roger Orlady is a senior financial and operations executive who started his own consulting firm in 2002. He often serves as a part time chief financial officer (CFO) with startup and early stage companies seeking aggressive growth through the effective utilization of innovation and technology. He is instrumental in the strategic planning, the acquisition of funding and in the operations of his clients.

Organizers
Chris Schmitz
Perry Sieber
Zach Gohr
Andrew Verboncouer
Amanda Campbell
Jason Gegere
Jordan Rhodes
Jon Menzel
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