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

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.



Jul 20
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as you'd like - Geekdom is 24 hrs!


Jul 21
  • 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 you'd like - Geekdom is 24 hrs!


Jul 22
  • 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! (After you sign up for Geekdom membership)
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

James Poage

President and CEO, Startech

Jim is the President and CEO of the Startech Foundation (formerly SATAI). Prior to joining Startech, Poage was the CEO of H2O Advisors providing investment advice to selected companies seeking funding. He has been active as a founder and an accredited investor in early stage companies. Jim was previously the Chief Marketing Officer of TradeMC, a 50/50 joint venture between Fluor Corporation and IBM. TradeMC sales in the first 8 months of operations exceeded $100 million.

Meade Flavin

Managing Director, Pasadera Capital

Mr. Flavin joined Pasadera Capital in 2006 and has advised companies on sell-side and buy-side transactions, private placements and business valuations. Before joining Pasadera, Mr. Flavin was a Portfolio Manager for Belmont Wealth Management, a Dallas, Texas based asset management company with over $1 billion in assets under management. As a Portfolio Manager, Mr. Flavin was responsible for managing over $500 million in client assets. Prior to his position as Portfolio Manager, Mr. Flavin was a research analyst responsible for discovering compelling investment opportunities in the financial markets. Mr. Flavin adds to the depth and capability of Pasadera with his knowledge of capital markets, valuation and alternative asset expertise.

Maurice Lopes


Maurice Lopes is an expert in building successful businesses. He is currently the CEO and co-founder of, an equity-based crowdfunding platform. Under Mr. Lopes’ leadership, the organization came to the attention of the Start Up America Partnership, which made the featured company on their website on April 5, 2012, the same day President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law. Mr. Lopes is on the board of directors for the National Crowdfunding Association (NLCFA.ORG).

Pat Matthews

Senior Vice President of Cloud Computing, Rackspace Hosting

10+ yrs. experience in technology. Senior Vice President of Cloud Business Unit. Founder of, which was one of Rackspace's largest customers. Rackspace acquired in 2007 and renamed it Mailtrust. Rackspace Cloud is the leading innovator in cloud computing, and they are defined by Fanatical Support—not just for their clients, but for their team. Rackers have the freedom to do great work, and the challenge of using their skill and ambition to drive the future of the Web.

Silver Sponsors

Nick Longo

Mentor-in-Chief, Geekdom

Nick has a successful background in developing and marketing revolutionary software, building a multi-million-dollar software company from the ground up, leveraging emerging technologies to drive innovative marketing initiatives, and forging strong customer relationships and strategic partnerships. He is a valued contributor to the Web, combining his core strengths in brand management, team leadership, product development, word-of-mouth marketing, and business development to create many products and services for millions of users worldwide.

Ramiro Palma

Principal, Texas Venture Labs

At Texas Venture Labs, Ramiro has led three interdisciplinary teams in providing consulting services to six startups over three-month engagements. He has prepared and presented due diligence packets evaluating partner companies to interested angel investors (subsequently over $3.8M in funding raised) and engaged in extensive market research and validation in fields ranging from medical devices to digital services platforms.

Alan Weinkrantz

President, Alan Weinkrantz and Company

For over 25 years, Alan has helped clients sell their vision and their story to the media, industry analysts, thought leaders, and throughout the blogosphere. In addition to applying very traditional PR methods and having or knowing how to cultivate the right type of media contacts, Alan helps clients become successful content producers and curators in their own right via the Social Internet. The idea is to not just sell his clients to the media, but help them be discovered online.

Patrick Deuley

Designer, Deuley & Jones

Patrick Deuley has 11 years of experience in the design industry, with a specialization in consumer media products. He's a seasoned designer as well as a talented developer, able to handle any part of the workflow - from designing logos and brochures to entire web applications.

Ethan Jones

UX Design / Content Strategy, Deuley & Jones

Ethan Jones is a user experience and interface designer with over 6 years experience consulting on web strategy and improving product functionality. He has worked with major political lobbyists, e-commerce businesses, multinational nonprofits, web startups, and larger corporations to isolate problems in web strategy and product performance to design, test and implement measurement-based solutions.

Keith Casey

Senior Developer Evangelist, Twilio

Keith Casey has been a developer for over a decade and helps organize various tech communities. To pay the bills, he works as a Developer Evangelist for Twilio to get good tools to good developers so they can build great things. Previously, he built large-scale PHP-based systems for organizations ranging from major news companies to small non-profits. In his spare time, he is the web2project project lead, runs amok in Austin, and blogs on the mis-application of technology at

Bruce Hughes

Project Manager, Institute for Economic Development (UTSA)

Bruce Hughes currently serves as Project Manager with the Sustainable Business Program. For the past four years he served a wide variety of private sector clients, assisting them with strategic planning, patent research, market research, business planning, investment presentations, licensing, and technology valuation. Bruce is also one of only twenty-two applicants certified by the national Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC) as a Technology Counselor in 2008.

Nicole Dimetman-DeLeon

CEO, Embarkly

Nicole paid her way through college and law school as an entrepreneur. Her first venture was in ecommerce selling collectibles online. She grew and iterated that business into a $1.2 million annual wholesaler and exporter of electronics and accessories. As a lawyer, Nicole has represented companies in mergers & acquisitions, securities filings, and private placements. Most recently, she has returned to her entrepreneurial roots in her latest project, Embarkly is a marketplace for pet care, matching pet parents to trusted pet care providers near them.

Media Sponsors
Allen Torng
Michele Stewart
Cristal Glangchai

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