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Epicentral - 415 N. Tejon St.

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!



Sep 19
  • 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


Sep 20
  • 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


Sep 21
  • 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Davin Neubacher

Davin is CEO at Navakai, Inc., a Colorado Springs based Managed Services Provider with a focus on sustainable technology solutions and management for small and mid-sized corporations.

Andrew Hyde

Andrew started Ignite Boulder, TEDxBoulder, Startup Weekend, a food/tech/music conference boco. Most recently he wrote a book named This Book is About Travel which reached the #1 sales slot for iBooks and Amazon’s travel sections.

Mario Ciabarra

A serial entrepreneur: Mario has enjoyed creating technology solutions for enterprises and consumers. Mario created the 1st independent 3rd party iPhone App Store which achieved over 1 million unique visitors per day & $3.3 million sales after 18 months.

Chris Clark

Chris is CEO at fusesport, a global sports software company with its headquarters now located in Colorado Springs. A serial entrepreneur with both exits and failures under his belt, Chris is passionate about high-growth business, startup communities, sports technology and social enterprises.

Nina Polok

Nina Polok is the Program Executive for the Bachelor of Innovation at UCCS. She has most recently worked at Agilent Technologies as the Business HR Manager for a global business unit, responsible for driving cross-functional and cross-organizational collaboration across 2000 people in 25 countries. She also led the startup phase of the distance MBA in the College. Prior industry experience in high tech companies and small businesses plus consulting in leadership and organization development round out Nina’s extensive experience.


Liz Lilly

Liz Lilly is Co-Founder of BrightSpark LLC and is currently Front Range Sales Intern at Vail Resorts. A recent Colorado College graduate, Liz was the President of the Entrepreneurship Club and an organizer for The Big Idea program which culminates in a pitch competition with $50,000 of prize money available to launch student business ideas.

Angus Chassels

Angus is the Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) and also teaches Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UCCS.

Dan MacFadyen

Dan is a marketing and product strategist. He helps businesses get more traffic, generate targeted leads, and increase revenue and loves helping companies build and launch new products.

Justin Bergen

Justin is an iOS developer extraordinaire, with multiple published apps currently in the iOS App Store.

Specialties: Objective-C, Core Data, Parse, Bluetooth Low Energy (iBeacon), OpenGL.

Bryan Lee

Bryan is a serial entrepreneur. Throughout his entire career, he has been either 100% commissioned or self-employed. Currently, he is the President of a small tech company called Oscium. Bryan won an R&D 100 award in 2012, which recognized his company’s iPad oscilloscope as one of the 100 most technologically significant products of the year. He also holds a B.S. in Finance from The Master’s College and an executive MBA from the University of Denver.

Leif Ulman

Leif is CEO and head of software development for KidReports. Leif brings over 15 years of software development experience, primarily focused on US Department of Defense and other advanced military and intelligence applications. He holds a B.S in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Colorado. In addition, Leif received his Executive MBA from the University of Denver. Leif is married with two young children and enjoys the Colorado outdoors.

Terry Boult

Terrance E. Boult is El Pomar Endowed Chair of Innovation and Security and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Colorado Spring . Dr. Boult was the visionary behing the unique Bachelor of Innovation Family of degrees . Dr. Boult runs the Vision and Security Technology Lab (VAST lab) where my students and I are doing projects in Security including surveillance, biometrics, sensor networks, and distributed steganalaysis and general projects in computer vision.

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