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A-B Tech Community College: Enka Site: Haynes Conference Center

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Finding the Conference Center

Driving directions from I-40 west bound or east bound: Take Exit 44. At the traffic light at the end of the exit ramp, turn right (south on 19/23). Go to the fourth traffic light and turn left on Sand Hill Road.
For the Haynes Conference Center go to the second entrance on the left and turn into the campus. The Haynes Conference Center will be a tall building on your right. You may park on the left or in the lot straight ahead of you.
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What is Asheville Startup Weekend?

A 54-hour event designed to teach the skills of entrepreneurship by having participants work on a team to convert an idea into an operating business.

During the weekend, participants create working startups and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation & education.

Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Asheville Startup Weekends is the perfect environment to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup or learning skills to help your current company.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to learn or loves the process of creating a new product or service and turning it into a business. Attendees include makers, programmers, marketers, designers, builders, entrepreneurs and writers. Students get a special discount to participate.

Why should I attend?

To become inspired, forge lasting friendships, find co-founders & employees, learn new tools & methodologies, practice new skills and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Participating in Startup Weekend is an intense experience that allows you to grow rapidly and build deep relationships. It’s an experience like none other.

What can I expect?

Attendees meet Friday at 6pm and start getting to know each other. After a dinner and inspiring presentations, you’ll go through six steps to build a new business by Sunday at 5pm:

  1. Propose Your Idea
  2. Build Your Team
  3. Create Your Business Model
  4. Connect with Customers
  5. Build Your Product
  6. Present Your Startup

Steps 3-5 usually happen at the same time by different members of your team. You’ll also be supported by a cadre of coaches who will give you feedback on your progress and answer your questions.

How do I sign up?

Register on our Eventbrite sign up page.

If you fit multiple categories, pick your strongest for now. You will not be restricted to this role during the weekend. If you don’t know which to pick, select Non-Technical for now.

How can I help?

Help promote Asheville Startup Weekend to your friends and others. Check out our Help Promote Asheville Startup Weekend page for actions you can take to promote the event.

Where can I find out more?

If you have other questions, check out the Startup Weekend FAQ or scroll down to see blog articles and information about our speakers, judges, coaches, organizers and sponsors.

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Schedule

Friday

Oct 4
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees Vote for Top Pitches
  • Teams Start Forming
  • Formalize Teams & Start Work
  • Venue Closes - teams may continue in their own space

Saturday

Oct 5
  • Venue Opens
  • Teams continue to work throughout the day
  • Breakfast
  • Coach Introductions, followed by lunch
  • Coach signup
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner, then continue working
  • Venue Closes

Sunday

Oct 6
  • Venue opens
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive for final coaching
  • MANDATORY pitch practice with coaches!
  • DEADLINE for submitting presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judges recess, everyone else mingles
  • Awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home and get some sleep!
Speakers

Carol King

President, Carol L. King & Associates, PA

Carol is President of Carol L. King & Associates, PA, a full-service accounting and financial and tax services firm formed in 1991 and based in Asheville. A graduate in Accounting from University of North Carolina-Asheville, she was honored in 2011 with the Francine Delaney award for service and currently serves on the UNCA Foundation Board. Carol is also active in Rotary International, serving as President of the Asheville Club in 2001-02. Carol received Rotary International’s Distinguished President Citation, then served as District Governor in 2009-10 and has completed Rotary mission trips to India, Nicaragua and Indonesia.

Rob Zazueta

Director of Platform Strategy at Mashery

Rob provides API strategy consulting for enterprise level businesses on behalf of Mashery. He has more than 15 years of Web development experience, three years as an independent business owner and more than two years in business development and technical sales support. Prior to VerticalResponse, he was the founder/owner of TechKnowMe, helping small businesses develop their online presence and online marketing programs. He also has held various management, developer and engineering roles at companies such as Intuit, The Academy of Art College and MightyWords Inc. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jim Van Fleet

Co-Founder of TechBreakfast CLT   |   LinkedIn

In addition to being a leader of the software development community in Charlotte, Jim Van Fleet is President and founder of it's bspoke, a boutique software consultancy. He has been programming computers professionally for over 15 years, and has degrees in Computer Science and Managerial Studies from Rice University. His latest startup is Launchpad Code Academy, a vocational software school which will graduate its first class in Fall 2013.

Judges

Neil Rosenberg

Educated at MIT and Stanford, Neil's career has included stints as engineer, entrepreneur (CEO of software company for 20 years), educator, technology programs administrator (set up high school tech programs), FIRST Robotics FRC team founder and coach, engineering manager at FIRST and most recently, volunteer. Neil is presently time-sharing between remote consulting as a robotics engineer and volunteering with SCORE, 4H, OLLI Asheville at UNCA, and now the ROC (www.rocwnc.org). His passion is to use his experience and talents to benefit the community

Marilyn McDonald

Strategic Business Development Officer Executive Director, Education and Entrepreneurial Development Foundation   |   LinkedIn

A native of Wilmington, NC, Marilyn studied Fine Art and Design at the University of South Carolina, co-owned, grew, and exited a high growth business interiors firm, earned a BS in Applied Sociology from East Carolina University, worked in the NC General Assembly, and served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Governor Bev Perdue’s first successful election as Lt. Governor.

As Director at A-B Tech Community College, Career Pathways Partnership, she developed high school cooperative programs that earned national recognition and co-founded a startup known as Buncombe County Early College. As Executive Director of Instructional Support and Online Learning, she led the turnaround of a failed designed curriculum initiative that is now thriving. In her current work, alongside the efforts of a talented staff, the areas Marilyn oversees provide small business counseling, business incubation, venture growth and technology commercialization advisory services, and biotechnology lab services to small business owners and entrepreneurs at the BASE (A-B Tech’s Business Acceleration Site in Enka).

Pam Lewis

Judge   |   LinkedIn

Pam is a relentless champion for entrepreneurs and an evangelist for innovative ecosystems in which they are supported and thrive.

Pam's passion is working with the scrappy and creative sector of our economy known as entrepreneurs. Her accomplishments include developing The Certified Entrepreneurial Community Program, Juicy Ideas National Collegiate Competition, The Advantage Opportunity Loan Fund, Carolina Connect and the recruitment of The Hunger Games to Asheville.

Pam serves as the Director of Entrepreneurship at the Asheville Buncombe Economic Development Coalition. She is founder of Venture Asheville, the umbrella brand for the entrepreneurship scene in Asheville and worked with local and national partners to launch Asheville’s entrepreneurial community at SXSW in 2011.

Pam serves on several boards and advisory groups in the area including: Chairman of HandMade In America, The WNC Biotech Advisory Board, AB-Tech Entrepreneurial Foundation, ibiliti/MICA Advisory Board, TEDxAsheville, and The Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute.

Paul Szurek

CFO Biltmore Farms   |   LinkedIn

Paul E. Szurek has served as a director since September 2010. Mr. Szurek has been Chief Financial Officer of Biltmore Farms, LLC, a residential and commercial real estate development and operating company, since 2003. Prior to joining Biltmore Farms, LLC, Mr. Szurek served as Chief Financial Officer of Security Capital Group Incorporated, a real estate investment, development and operating company. Mr. Szurek is currently a director of the Charlotte, North Carolina branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. He has also previously served as a director to two publicly traded real estate companies, Regency Centers and Security Capital U.S. Realty. Mr. Szurek received a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin.

Coaches

Ramphis Castro

Facilitator, Asheville Startup Weekend. Co-Founder @ TainoApp / Mindchemy   |   LinkedIn

Ramphis is a serial entrepreneur and a pioneer in cross-platform native mobile technology. Founding partner of Mindchemy, enabling most of the relevant tech-entrepreneurship programs in Puerto Rico - Startup Weekend, NEXT, Startup Digest, Hack Puerto Rico, TEDxSanJuan, Founder Institute, among others. He has been involved in supporting the growth of startup communities in several countries including Colombia, Dominican Republic, Norway, and Brazil. He is a licensed professional engineer graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Computer Engineering program and holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law with certificates in entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education, and public policy from MIT, Stanford, and the Harvard Kennedy School, respectively. He also serves as Adviser to the President of the Senate, Hon. Eduardo Bhatia Gautier, and the Chief Information Officer for the Government of Puerto Rico, Mr. Giancarlo González. Mr. Castro is 31.

Carol King

President, Carol L. King & Associates, PA

Carol is President of Carol L. King & Associates, PA, a full-service accounting and financial and tax services firm formed in 1991 and based in Asheville. A graduate in Accounting from University of North Carolina-Asheville, she was honored in 2011 with the Francine Delaney award for service and currently serves on the UNCA Foundation Board. Carol is also active in Rotary International, serving as President of the Asheville Club in 2001-02. Carol received Rotary International’s Distinguished President Citation, then served as District Governor in 2009-10 and has completed Rotary mission trips to India, Nicaragua and Indonesia.

Rob Zazueta

Director of Platform Strategy at Mashery

Rob provides API strategy consulting for enterprise level businesses on behalf of Mashery. He has more than 15 years of Web development experience, three years as an independent business owner and more than two years in business development and technical sales support. Prior to VerticalResponse, he was the founder/owner of TechKnowMe, helping small businesses develop their online presence and online marketing programs. He also has held various management, developer and engineering roles at companies such as Intuit, The Academy of Art College and MightyWords Inc. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley.

Tracy Sigler

COO of WallStCheatSheet.com

Tracy is a veteran of several start-ups including the popular financial media company The Motley Fool, where he was VP, Web Operations. In 2009 he launched the marketing and PR company AVL Marketing and continues to grow that business. Coming full circle, in March 2012 he signed on with WallStCheatSheet.com as COO. Readership is growing rapidly and could top 5 million monthly visitors by the end of this year.

Steve Poland

Venture Growth Advisor, Strategic Business Development, A-B Tech

Steve has over 17 years of experience leading start-ups and corporate teams in technology infrastructure, product development, digital media management, publishing, and consumer products. He has worked in startups in the fields of anti-virus software, ring-tone and telephone add-on devices, digital music download services, and on-demand manufacturing solutions.

Besides startups, Mr. Poland has held leadership positions in the corporate world, most recently as Director & Founder, Digital & On-demand Services for Arvato Storage Media–the world’s 3rd largest CD/DVD replicator and supply chain services company. Under Steve’s leadership, the Digital Services division grew to more than $2.5 million in revenue with profits exceeding 60%. The Digital Services team was the first company to deliver music to the iTunes Music Store for several major record labels, including Arista, Jive and RCA.

Prior to his tenure at Arvato, Poland held leadership and management positions with Walt Disney Interactive, Walt Disney Records, and Macmillan Computer Publishing – publisher of the Complete Idiot’s Guide series. Mr. Poland has a B.S. in Industrial Management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University.

Kristin Jekielek

Project Management Consultant   |   LinkedIn

As a Project Management Consultant Kristin enjoys using her excellent organizational and communication skills to help fellow entrepreneurs bring their web and mobile products to life. Kristin is also passionate about helping people realize their optimal health and vitality. That's why she created PaleoGoGo (mobile app) and www.PaleoTrail.com as online tools for Paleo Dieters who are looking for a little extra support.

Joe Emison

Founder and Chief Technology Officer   |   LinkedIn

Joe began his career by winning the 1996 Weird Software Contest with the Mutant Chicken Races and creating the first Windows-based iPod application. Over the past ten years, Joe transitioned from development to systems design and data analysis, creating the first BuildFax engines in 2003, the original architecture in 2007, and designing the Pragmatic Extract-Transform-and-Load (PETL) architecture that has made the current national footprint possible. In addition to running technology and product at BuildFax, Joe also regularly contributes articles to InformationWeek on the cloud and startups. Joe graduated with degrees in English and Mathematics from Williams College and has a law degree from Yale Law School.

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