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This Startup Weekend event will be hosted in collaboration with local the Code for America brigade, Open Data Cincy, a regional initiative to use public data to encourage transparency, innovation, and civic engagement. Our goal for the event is to foster social entrepreneurship by accessing public data to launch new ventures, analyze patterns and trends, make data-driven decisions, and solve complex problems in our community.

Requirements to participate are below:

  • Build a business, product, or service that benefits our community based on challenges identified through public data
  • Any prototypes, demos, outcomes, companies will be built using open data provided by national or regional organizations for the purpose of civic innovation
  • The data used is non-proprietary and license free
  • All code will be open source and maintained on Github

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 civic and 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 a social entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!



Apr 4
  • 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


Apr 5
  • 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


Apr 6
  • 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!

Elizabeth Naramore

GitHub   |  

Eric Avner

Haile Foundation   |  

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We help entrepreneurs turn great ideas into great companies. We're not an agency or an accelerator. We're a partner.

We Build — First and foremost we build things. We put sweat and tears in. We code, we design, we market. We draw interfaces, we fix bugs. We bring raw ideas to life.

We Mentor — We take equity in our projects, so their success is important to us. We're able to bring decades of startup experience to critical project decisions.

We Connect — We maintain and share a network of entrepreneurs, marketers, developers, designers, mentors, investors, lawyers and advisors in the startup industry.



Gaslight builds apps that build businesses. We're a design and development shop based around three driving principles:

Learn — Think of us as early, early adopters. We find and explore new tech first. Then put the best tools and practices to work for you.

Build — We wield our coding, design and UX chops to create custom software or super-charge existing software. See our latest work.

Share — We’re open source all the way. Sharing everything we learn through our blog, podcast and training classes.



We partner with talented entrepreneurs and help them build successful companies.

Our mission is to prepare early-stage companies and to guide small-to-medium sized enterprises who want to become global market leaders. Our experienced advisors provide the support, inspiration and push needed to take companies from start-up to lift-off and beyond.

Silver Sponsors
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Tim Metzner
Nikki Pfahler
Rodney D'Souza
Ry Walker
Alex Bowman
Erin Kidwell

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