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Check out perks for Startup Weekend Winnipeg attendees! IDEA TO BUSINESS IN 54 HOURS! It's a Global Startup Battle! Part of Global Entrepreneur Week.

Win an iPad Mini

ICTAM is providing an iPad Mini to one "Rockstar Entrepreneur" over the weekend. Details Here

The winner of the Winnipeg event will be competing against winners of Startup Weekends from all over the world for CRAZY PRIZES like:

-VIP Trip to Rio De Janeiro for Global Entrepreneurship Congress - sponsored by Global Entrepreneurship Week.
-A FREE trip to San Francisco to tour Googleplex and meet with founders, mentors, and investors - sponsored by Startup Weekend and Google.
-$5,000 in-kind PR Launch Package for your SW team sponsored by Geben Communication.
$5,000 worth of Design Services for your SW team sponsored by Btrax. -$5,000 Incorporation & Legal Package sponsored by Cooley LLP.
-SO MUCH MORE!

Check out http://globalstartupbattle.org/

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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. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Friday

Aug 10
  • Registration Starts
  • Coffee & 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

Saturday

Aug 11
  • 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

Aug 12
  • 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
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Speakers

Taren Gesell

Taren is currently an Investment Advisor at National Bank Financial where he works almost exclusively with business owners who want to work with an advisor that can help them squeeze every last dollar out of their company that they can, then invest that money in a way that minimizes taxes.

Taren deals specifically with entrepreneurs because he used to be one. He has consulted to dozens of business owners looking to start or grow their business, he has been a development banker and provided financing for small Manitoba companies, and he worked through the process of selling a business that had been in his family for 30 years.

Taren is a firm believer that entrepreneurs need to take on challenges they are passionate about conquering and that money is only a byproduct of creating a special business that changes the world for the better, no matter how big or small.

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Keith Bilous

ICUC - An Iprospect Company

Keith Bilous is the President and CEO of ICUC, an iProspect company, the global leader in content and community moderation. His team of multi-lingual experts manage, monitor and moderate millions of conversations, comments, photographs and videos for some of the largest companies in the world. Keith's reputation and continued commitment to building partnerships, leading innovation, achievement and growth is unequaled and has positioned both himself and ICUC as leaders in the social media industry.

Joelle Foster

Joelle Foster is the Director for Manitoba, Nunavut, and the NWT for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation or CYBF. The University of Manitoba and RRC Business grad, joined the CYBF team in 2010. Since the office has opened Joelle has increased start-ups 300% over the previous years. Prior to that, she managed the Meyers Norris Penny Self-Employment Program and worked in Television at CTV for 8 years. In her different capacities, Joelle has successfully mentored and consulted over 360 businesses in Manitoba. Joelle currently sits on the board for the Winnipeg Entrepreneur eXchange. She is on the Financial Literacy Partnership Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee for Innovate Manitoba's Pitch Day and the Manitoba BOLD Action Team on Start-up Capital.

Gary Brownstone

Gary’s career as an entrepreneur began in high school and he’s been starting, buying, growing and exiting businesses since, in fields as diverse as foodservice and hospitality, clothing
manufacturing, importing, and retail. Since the early nineties Gary’s focus has been exclusively on the commercialization of technology and intellectual property. He has owned and operated tech companies in Canada and the U.S. – both private and publicly traded. In particular, Gary has specialized in managing and financing companies through early rapid growth periods and understands firsthand how to overcome the cultural, operational and financial challenges that companies are faced with.

In 2007 Gary became the founding President of The Eureka Project, one of Western Canada’s most successful technology incubators. Since that time Gary has advised and supported over
thirty companies in Information Communications Technology (ICT), Clean Tech, Life Sciences and Agriculture and Food Sciences.

Currently, Gary is a volunteer Board Member of the ICT Association of Manitoba and Youth Employment Services of Manitoba.

Gary has a BA from University of Manitoba and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University.

Paul Lacap

Paul has an extensive background in marketing and technology initiatives. Walking the lines between both, Paul has been working with IC Group to create products, platforms and services that will help their Fortune 100 clients further engage their customers in today’s demanding marketplace.

Silver Sponsors
Mentors

Joelle Foster

Joelle Foster is the Director for Manitoba, Nunavut, and the NWT for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation or CYBF. The University of Manitoba and RRC Business grad, joined the CYBF team in 2010. Since the office has opened Joelle has increased start-ups 300% over the previous years. Prior to that, she managed the Meyers Norris Penny Self-Employment Program and worked in Television at CTV for 8 years. In her different capacities, Joelle has successfully mentored and consulted over 360 businesses in Manitoba. Joelle currently sits on the board for the Winnipeg Entrepreneur eXchange. She is on the Financial Literacy Partnership Committee and is a member of the Steering Committee for Innovate Manitoba's Pitch Day and the Manitoba BOLD Action Team on Start-up Capital.

Perry Freiling

Although Perry Freiling’s main career has been in the Information Technology industry, his deep entrepreneurial drive has taken him into several other creative business ventures. With 28+ years experience in most major I.T. roles, his true strength lies in his role as a Sr. Systems & Network Architect. Perry has worked for the Province of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg, IBM, a local I.T. Consulting firm, an independent I.T. Consultant, and currently employed by Investors Group. Most of his I.T. career has been as a vendor / consultant where he was called upon to understand and solve complex business / I.T. problems for local, national, and international sized companies. Perry is also President and co-founder of Freiling Innovations Inc. – a company that produces the SlabSetters hand tool. Successfully receiving Canadian & U.S. patents, Perry took SlabSetters from a concept to store shelves in 12 months with only $15K capital. SlabSetters now sells across Canada. Perry has recently explored his deep creative passion and has quickly evolved as a Digital Artist creating several styles of 2D & 3D art. He is now taking his digital art into a new Art business. In 2006 Perry became a certified Manitoba nominee for the Manning Innovation award.

Jeff Ryzner

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A founding partner of two software companies, Jeff Ryzner has been working with technology companies for over 16 years.

In 2008 Jeff helped develop and pilot ICTAM’s Market Access Program. A program that helped grow 12 small and medium-sized ICT companies by helping them safely access new market opportunities.

Over the years Jeff has helped launch and grow many technology start-ups. In 2011, his work as the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing of The Eureka Project, Manitoba’s technology accelerator, helped him earn him the title of “Manitoba Outstanding Mentor” by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

Jeff is currently the CEO of Younes Sleep Technologies

Media Sponsors
Organizers
Brad Kendall
D'Arcy Lussier
Matt Connors
Susie Parker
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