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Ready to make amazing solutions for Education? Startup Weekend EDU is a 54-hour incubator where teachers, admins, IT professionals, and entrepreneurs take an idea to make Education better, and rapidly improve upon it throughout the weekend, in order to present a minimally viable product to a panel of judges by Sunday late afternoon. The goal is to make an application that improves or helps Education at any level (K-12 or higher ed). We are pleased to have a panel of prominent business and Education leaders as judges, including CEO & President of Colorado Technology Association, VP Operations for Educause, TechStars, and Charter School Growth Fund. Our mentors draw from Boulder and Denver, all of them from successful IT teams, businesses and education sectors. Early bird registration is $75 until Sept 15, or when tickets are gone! If you are looking to hone your education or entrepreneurship skills, be mentored by amazing people, and have a blast doing it, Startup Weekend EDU is for you!

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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

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.



Oct 5
  • Doors open
  • Item
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and get down to refining their ideas
  • Venue closes


Oct 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and get into developing their idea! Coaches circulate to assist.
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills. Teams continue to work on their ideas! Coaches circulate to help.
  • Dinner
  • Mid-weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Venue closes


Oct 7
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy). Practice your pitch on Pitch Phone!
  • Lunch
  • Last chance to ask coaches for feedback, use Pitch Phone. Prepare your final pitch slide deck!
  • Finalize your slide deck!
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup & head to pub!
Global Sponsors
Tier 1 Sponsors

Steve Foster

President & CEO, Colorado Technology Association   |   LinkedIn

Steve Foster is President and CEO of Colorado Technology Association, the state’s technology industry trade association and past CEO and founder of Business Controls, a global security SaaS company. With over 25 years of executive and operational experience, Foster is involved in several initiatives to promote innovation and technology in Colorado, including on the boards of The Colorado Innovation Network, (COIN), developed out of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s economic development plan and Public Private Partnerships Innovation Council (PPPIC), with a mission to highlight innovative Colorado technology companies in order to provide these companies with access to private capital.

Known as a national expert on business ethics, security and the convergence of technology, he is frequently asked to speak on behalf of the industry and asked to participate in leadership roles with state and federal policy makers, including the President of the United States.

The Colorado Technology Association is on Twitter: @ColoTechAsn

Garth Jordan

VP Operations, EDUCAUSE   |   LinkedIn

Garth Jordan is the Vice President of Operations for EDUCAUSE, a non-profit trade association with a mission to advance higher education through the use of information technology.

Garth developed a start-up support initiative in 2011 at EDUCAUSE’s annual conference. In 2012, the initiative will include 30 start-up companies exhibiting at the annual conference and competing for prizes, including an invitation to participate in the Google Ventures University and a full-year of marketing promotional opportunities (advertising, membership and exhibiting) from EDUCAUSE. Garth’s responsibilities at EDUCAUSE are focused on continuously improving the member experience and implementing the organization’s corporate strategy.

Garth joined EDUCAUSE three years ago after serving as the Sr. Vice President of National Resource Development and Marketing at Mercy Housing, a non-profit owner/operator of affordable housing real estate valued over $2 billion. Prior to that, Garth brought a start-up Internet job board to profitability within six months of joining that team and increased revenues to $14 million in his 3 ½ years with the company. Garth holds undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry and Education and an M.B.A. in Marketing – all from the University of Colorado.

Nicole Glaros

Managing Director, TechStars   |  

Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. From there, she founded three startups including, all of which are still operating. She has spent nearly a decade working to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Colorado through leadership roles at various organizations and incubators such as CTEK, Investor Avenue, CleanLaunch, and the Advance Colorado Center. She considers herself privileged to have worked with nearly 100 brilliant and gutsy seed-stage web software entrepreneurs. Nicole graduated with her Master’s Degree from the University of Florida, likes to do at least one philanthropic thing annually, and shares the wonderment of parenthood with the love of her life, Mark.

Alex Hernandez

Partner & Vice President, Charter School Growth Fund   |  

Alex Hernandez is a Partner at Charter School Growth Fund, a venture philanthropy that provides growth capital to high-performing, charter school networks. He leads CSGF’s "next generation" school investments as well as investments in portfolio members located in the Western US and Texas. Alex is a former Area Superintendent at Aspire Public Schools, a leading K-12 charter school network, where he managed schools in the organization’s Central Valley region. He taught high school math in a high-performing charter school in South Los Angeles and was also a Broad Resident in Portland Public Schools. Prior to that, Alex worked for several years with JP Morgan and Disney Ventures. He is a graduate of Claremont McKenna and has an MBA and Masters of Education from Stanford University. Alex lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife Michelle and twin sons.

Kit Seeborg

Founder & CEO, BumperTunes   |   LinkedIn

Kit Seeborg is the content community manager for SlideShare, the largest presentation sharing platform in the world. She is also the founder and CEO of BumperTunes, a digital licensing site for commercial music. Kit views hundreds of PowerPoint presentations every week, and as the founder of BumperTunes, listens to wonderful and terrible samples of new music every day. She is a speaker and organizer of technology events nationwide, and is active in the startup communities here in Colorado and in the San Francisco Bay area.

Kit is the author of the forthcoming book Present Yourself, to be published by O’Reilly Media Spring 2013.

In addition to Twitter and LinkedIn, you can find Kit blogging for SlideShare:

Dan Domagala

Chief Information Officer, Colorado Department of Education   |   LinkedIn

Information Technology Professional with over twenty years of progressive experience. Specialization in Data Warehouse and Business Intelligence management. Other expertise includes systems architecture and design, applications development, data modeling, systems analysis, and database administration.

Glenn Moses

Director of Blended Learning, Denver Public Schools

In the last 10 years, Glenn has helped to create the largest blended education program in the state of Nevada, holding almost every possible role in the organization during that time.

As an administrator, he led his school from “Needs Improvement Year 4” to being officially designated a “Turn Around School” under No Child Left Behind.

He has continually worked to grow school population: staring with 250 students in 2002 to a school of over 1,600 today.

Worked closely with Google in 2007, he became one of the first public schools to be accepted into the Google Apps for Education program.

My specialties: Online learning, blending learning, helping kids, breaking things.

Tier 2 Sponsors

Char Genevier

CTO, Social Engine   |   LinkedIn

Char is the technical co-founder and CTO of SocialEngine, a Techstars Boulder 2011 company that helps brands build and grow their online communities. A self-taught programmer with over 10 years of experience, Char specializes in the exploration and rapid development of new ventures.

Adam Williams

Robotics Engineer, Orbotix

Adam is the lead engineer on Sphero, the coolest robotic ball you can control with your iPhone or Android.

Kelly O'Neill Dwight

Owner, KMD Consulting   |   LinkedIn

Kelly O’Neill Dwight is an executive business woman entrepreneur with a consultancy practice specializing in strategic business services, co-owner of a Denver-South metro division women-only national business and professional organization and co-founder of a digital health care accelerator, Her key interests include active community engagement in several Colorado organizations. Kelly serves as a regional mentor chair for the CleanTech Open and has been a Professor for ten years. She is also a proud mother, foodie, movie-goer, outdoor enthusiast and connector of people.

Dallas Bluth

Owner, The Monkey Zone   |   LinkedIn

Dallas is the Founder and CEO of The Monkey Zone, an interactive learning environment for K-5 students to build fundamental skills in a variety of subjects. With over 15 years of teaching experience, and 6 years in web development, Dallas emphasizes user experience and streamlined technology in building effective learning software. Dallas is currently an advisory board member for educational gaming at Generation Schools.

Nathan McEachen

CTO and Interim CEO, Terraframe   |   LinkedIn

Nathan is the founder and CEO of TerraFrame, a company that specializes in location intelligence software and mobile applications optimized for conditions in developing countries. With 13 years of software development experience and publications in software testing, Nathan is a true software geek at heart and is passionate about discovering ways to improve the software development life cycle.

Amy Hartman

Hartman Employment Law Practice LLC

Amy Hartman has been practicing in the field of labor and employment law for her entire twenty year legal career. Prior to starting Hartman Employment Law Practice LLC, she was a partner at the law firms of Cooley Godward Kronish in Colorado and Seyfarth, Shaw in Chicago.

Amy is a member of the Colorado and Illinois state bars, as well as numerous federal judicial districts and appellate circuits.

Ray Hutchins

Denver Cyber Security & Denver Web Services: IT Security, Internet Marketing, SEO, Website Development & Consulting   |   LinkedIn

Ray’s many years of entrepreneurial business experience, combined with a commanding grasp of web technologies, makes him a powerful ally of enterprises large and small – whether they are interested in dominating their markets and increasing revenues – or protecting their IT assets with leading-edge security solutions.

Ray's company Denver Cyber Security is a partner/reseller of Solutionary, which is recognized along with such companies as IBM, AT&T and Dell Secureworks as a Gartner Magic Quadrant MSSP (managed security service provider). Denver Cyber Security provides custom security solutions for enterprise and medium-sized firms in Colorado.

Ray's other company, Denver Web Services specializes in web development and search marketing that creates an overwhelming competitive edge for clients. To do this, Ray has built and manages a top-notch offshore technical team, which allows the company to achieve high search rankings for a fraction of the cost charged by competitors.

Frequently referred to as “Denver’s Mentor,” Ray founded the award-winning TiE-Rockies Mentoring Program for Entrepreneurs. His expertise is such that he has been called upon to mentor the development of other organizations’ programs – including those for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Corporation, and the National Association of Asian American Professionals.

Ben Reubenstein

CEO, Xcellent Creations

Amazing CEO of Xcellent Creations, a team that is dedicated to developing the best native iOS and Android mobile applications. Ben has earned his stripes as a developer, and now leads the Xcellent Creations team in making some of the best mobile apps. His team understands and enacts good design processes and lean development means to get the job done right.

Karen Meyer

VP, PR Newswire   |   LinkedIn

Karen is a talented entrepreneur, who has grown PR Newswire into an amazing, international business.

Karen has served as a judge for Profit Matters, encouraging and guiding female entrepreneurs to success.

A warm and friendly person, Karen is approachable and amazing to work with. We're certain you'll love working with Karen!

Amit Mrig

President, Academic Impressions   |   LinkedIn

Amit Mrig founded and is currently the President of Academic Impressions (, an educational services firm that works with colleges and universities around the country to improve their strategy and strategy execution. In the last ten years, Amit has grown the organization to over 25 employees and Academic Impressions has served over 40,000 administrators at more than 5,000 institutions and organizations across 60 countries.

Amit is also actively involved in educational organizations dedicated to expanding access to college, especially for under-represented populations. Amit serves on the advisory board of the Challenge Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports a cohort of children from sixth grade through college graduation. Additionally, Amit is actively involved in the Denver Scholarship Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports Denver Public School students to achieve their post-secondary ambitions.

Tracy MacKenzie

Director of Special Projects, Re/Work   |   LinkedIn

Described by one of her former students as "nice, creative and stylishing," Tracy MacKenzie is a former middle school teacher through Teach for America in Washington D.C. Prior to spending her days with teenagers analyzing the themes of Jerry Spinelli novels, Tracy studied theater and business at Northwestern University. She also holds a Masters in Education from George Mason University. These days, Tracy works at ReWork, a start-up focused on connecting exceptional professionals with companies that are making the world a better place. At ReWork, Tracy serves as the Director of Special Projects or, as she likes to call it, the Director of Fun.

David Goldberg

CEO of Apprion, LLC   |   LinkedInGoogle+

David Goldberg’s career started as an academic molecular biologist, with degrees from Yale and Caltech, and post-graduate work at Harvard and Cambridge (he was the first person to perform gene therapy in a higher organism, curing alcoholism in fruit flies). Bit by the entrepreneurial bug, David left biology to start a geophysics company, and after selling this, returned to academia as a postdoc in artificial intelligence at CU Boulder. He then immersed himself in a variety of high-tech startups in fields including structural geology, consumer electronics, antibiotic susceptibility testing, optical network hardware, automated photo indexing, hot melt adhesives, meat tenderness, social networking for audio devices, in-store retail marketing and supply chain, and more. From these, he has learned that you often learn more from failures than successes, and that there’s always new ways to make mistakes. Many of these were IP plays, and David is highly experienced in patent prosecution and IP licensing/negotiation. In most cases, he served as technical founder (with patents issued in most efforts), as well as tackling significant business responsibilities (e.g. CEO or VP Business Development). Since 2006, David has devoted most of his efforts to Apprion (, which is addressing core workforce academic skills across multiple markets (secondary, higher education, adult education, workforce development, and corporate training), with new approaches to curriculum, instruction, teacher roles, and business model. He will do anything for a lunch date.

Laura Robinson

Owner, PWR Consulting

Laura Robinson has extensive business and technology experience in management consulting, program and project management, software product development and IT training. With more 25 years of corporate experience in both the US and Europe, she has helped many organizations to successfully identify and deliver technical solutions to meet strategic and operational objectives. She is currently on the faculty of the University of Denver / The Women’s College and Chair of the Information Technology Studies program.

Jamie Adler


Jamie Adler is passionate about using her 25 years of experiences as an entrepreneur, management consultant, and business executive to aid other entrepreneurs. Her day job is managing the 100% annual growth of successful new products at IntelePeer. When not orchestrating the start-up, growth, or optimization of a business, she’s usually found teaching or mentoring others, particularly women, in defining a viable business and executing on it.

Jamie is a Board member of The Coolest Women We Know and is a standing panelist for Profit Matters, encouraging and guiding female entrepreneurs to success. She teaches a Business Planning Boot Camp course at The Women’s College of the University of Denver. She is most proud of co-founding Adventure Central, and two amazing offspring.

Jill Maxwell

Educator   |   LinkedIn

Jill has worked for 7 years in public school with students in grades K through 12. She has participated in creative problem solving competitions (OM & DI) as well as Lego and full size robotics competitions.
In addition, Jill has been a software quality assurance specialist and business analyst for over 10 years with experience in public and private sector businesses in education, telecommunications, entertainment and medical software, student loan servicing and ERP software solutions.

Tara Jacobsen

Marketing Guru   |  

Tara is a sought after marketing presenter known for her “tell it like it is style” and giving 100 miles-an-hour presentations that will keep you engaged and taking notes the entire time. Tara is not just talking about marketing ideas from years past, she is actively working with small business, Realtor© and entrepreneur clients on a day-to-day basis, implementing the latest cutting edge marketing concepts that work today. Tara will give you concrete strategies that you can start implementing immediately!

Scott King

Executive vice president of sales and marketing, Ready Talk   |   LinkedIn

Scott King is the co-founder and executive vice president of sales and marketing. Scott helped launch ReadyTalk in December of 2001 and is actively involved in building ReadyTalk’s wholesale and retail business. He has more than 25 years of experience in the communications industry and has led teams at both TellSoft Technologies and Hewlett-Packard's Telecommunications Systems Business.

Scott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Colorado while attending on a cross country and track scholarship. He continues to be an avid runner, enjoys coaching soccer and riding to work from Boulder to Denver with other avid cyclists from ReadyTalk

Pete Welter

Co-founder, the Cooperatory   |  

Pete's background includes a number of interests represented at
Startup Weekend EDU. A career as a software developer for several
large organizations included a stint in educational software and UI
research. Pete was a founding member of Freshwater Software, an
Internet startup. As VP of Engineering, he helped grow the company
from 5 to almost 100 employees before Freshwater was acquired. Since
then, he has bocame a licensed secondary math teacher and currently
coaches teen entrepreneurs as co-founder of The

Katie Weiss

co-founder and CEO of insideGOOD   |  

Katie Weiss is the co-founder and CEO of insideGOOD, a software company that provides cloud-based feedback management systems to nonprofits and social mission organizations. Through insideGOOD, organization leaders are provided with everything they need to collect expert-validated, ongoing feedback from their key constituents (e.g. volunteers, donors, staff, partners and clients). Katie has more than ten years of experience in application design, change management and project management. She specializes in data-driven applications with social purpose. Outside of insideGOOD, Katie is the Organizer for Women Who Code Boulder/Denver. She loves graphs, maps, cooking and running on Colorado trails.

Scott Prindle

Partner/Chief Digital Officer, Made Movement   |   LinkedIn

Scott Prindle spent 10 years as a developer and technology director at R/GA Interactive in New York
City, where in addition to working on IBM and Ericsson, he led the development of innovative digital
platforms including and other Nike properties. His arrival at CP+B marked the beginning
of the agency's expansion into the digital space where he helped lead the build-out of agency
digital capabilities, including software development, emerging media innovation, mobile, social, and
digital strategy. He was instrumental in helping CP+B achieve Digital Agency of the Year 3 times in
5 years, with 2 years as runner-up.
Scott is Co-Chair for the 4A's Creative Technologist Committee and he is on the Board of Directors
for Boulder Digital Works. This year, Scott was recognized by Adweek as one of the industry's Top
10 Technologists.

Tier 3 Sponsors
Dr. Janet Corral
Mark Phillips
Clare McMillan
David Cass
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