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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.

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.



Jul 27
  • 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


Jul 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Bob Gilbreath talks Market Research
  • 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


Jul 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Pitch coaching
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Dave Knox

CMO @ Rockfish, Cofounder @ Brandery   |   LinkedIn

Dave is the Chief Marketing Officer of Rockfish Interactive. A veteran of Procter & Gamble, Knox was most recently the Brand Manager, Global Branded Entertainment where he led the strategy for new business models in digital media, venture investments, and original content. Previously, Dave served as P&G’s Corporate Marketing Brand Manager for Digital Business Strategy, responsible for driving digital innovation and capability across P&G’s 300+ brands worldwide. As the author of, he was named by AdAge as “1 of 25 Media People You Should Follow on Twitter” and by Media Industry News as a “2010 Social Media Superstar.” Dave is active in the marketing and start-ups communities, serving as a Board Observer / Advisor to several venture-backed companies and on the board of VCU Brandcenter.

Tarek Kamil

Executive Director @ InfoMotion Sports Technologies   |   LinkedIn

Tarek Kamil is the Executive Director of Online Strategy for startup InfoMotion Sports Technology (IST) and provides analytics consulting for professional and collegiate sports teams. IST uses embedded sensor technology to quantify sports skills and leverages that data as a cornerstone for online sports communities.

Prior to IST, he served as a VP of Interactive Games for Los Angeles-based FOX Sports. He oversaw all facets of the online gaming operations for the Interactive Unit, including based in Cincinnati. was founded by Tarek in February, 2000 and sold to FOX Interactive Media in September, 2005. Prior to leading the Interactive Games unit for FOX Sports, Tarek served as President/Founder of, the Internet’s leader in sports simulation technology, games and content. In just 5 short years, Tarek grew WhatIfSports from an idea to over 500,000 members and orchestrated partnerships with some of the largest names in sports, including ESPN, Fox Sports, MLB, NBA and the NHL. In February of 2005, WhatIfSports was named Sports Site of the Year by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, beating out both and Prior to launching, in 1997 Tarek founded, and served as President of, Incigna Technology Solutions — a provider of custom developed software and Internet solutions. Incigna worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies including General Electric, Anthem Insurance, Omnicare and Western Southern Financial.

Dov Rosenberg

Director @ Allos Ventures

Dov is a Director at Allos Ventures and Blue Chip Venture Company, where he enjoys helping entrepreneurs change markets through the application of new technologies. He also manages Blue Chip’s Validation Fund, which has invested in ten seed- and startup-stage technology companies over the past seven years.

Before beginning his venture capital career with Blue Chip in 2005, Dov served on the management team at a privately-held manufacturing company, was a senior strategist in the Intellectual Property Strategy and Development group of Battelle Memorial Institute, and developed and managed the deployment of software as an IT consultant for Cap Gemini.

Rahul Bawa

Director of Digital and Software @ CincyTech

Rahul Bawa is the Director of Digital and Software Investments at CincyTech. He evaluates investment opportunities, advises startup companies and helps them with their business and technology growth strategies.

Rahul joined CincyTech in June 2011 with over 24 years of Information Technology experience in a variety of leadership positions. Most recently he was Chief Information Officer for Axcess Financial Services from 2004-2011. In this role, Rahul’s team developed innovative technology solutions including a new Point-of-Sale system to support the aggressive growth of various business units in the US and UK providing short-term lending and check cashing solutions. Prior to joining Axcess Financial, Rahul was Vice President of eBusiness for Fifth Third Bank where he transformed Fifth Third’s eBusiness solutions including the implementation of a new consumer Internet Banking solution, a new B2B eBusiness portal, new retail branch and call center transaction systems and a new Intranet.

Rahul also spent 7 years at IBM working on the US air traffic control system, 4 years at United Airlines where he launched the original version of and 3 years at Xpedior, Inc (a Chicago-based eBusiness consulting organization) where he grew annual revenue from $4M to $70M.

A native of India, Rahul holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree in Information Systems from the University of Cincinnati.

Jeff Weedman

CEO @ Cintrifuse, VP, Global Business Development @ P&G

Jeff Weedman is a 35 year veteran at Procter & Gamble. After graduating from Albion College and University of Michigan, Jeff joined P&G in 1977 as a Brand Manager. Jeff then moved into Strategic Planning in 1988 followed by a series of roles in Sales & Marketing, eventually becoming VP of Global Business Development in 1996. Jeff is more widely known in the Cincinnati Startup scene as the CEO of Cintrifuse (previously known as Hub of Innovation) and the plan to host innovators in a collaborative environment in Over the Rhine in 2013. He is also an advisor to CincyTech and resides on the board for Albion College.

Gold Sponsors

Robert W. McDonald

Attorney @ Taft, Cofounder @ Brandery   |   LinkedIn

Robert W. McDonald is an attorney in the Business & Finance Practice Group at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Rob’s practice at Taft is focused on corporate, securities, and sports law work. He assists both private and public company clients with a variety of corporate and securities related matters, including mergers and acquisitions and offerings of securities. Rob also assists start-up and emerging companies through business formation, early-stage investments, and other issues that face entrepreneurial businesses. Rob also serves as a Co-founder and Board Member of The Brandery, as the Chair of the Boy Scout’s Professional Leadership Network, as a Board and Executive Team Member of the Dan Beard Council (Boy Scouts of America), as the Co-Chair of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Encore Committee, as a Board Member of Lead PAC, and as Board of Associates Member of the Cincinnati Opera. Rob received his bachelor’s degree in public policy with a minor in political science and markets and management from Duke University. Rob earned his Juris Doctorate at Washington University School of Law. During his last term of law school, he worked full-time in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Bob Gilbreath

Entrepreneur in Residence @ CincyTech   |   LinkedIn

Bob Gilbreath is a leader in new product and marketing innovation. He works with both the world’s largest companies and newest startups to define new paradigms for businesses success.

Gilbreath leads consumer digital and marketing strategy at CincyTech, a public-private venture investment group in Cincinnati. He is creator of the Minimum Viable Concept Test, a consumer research tool developed to improve startups’ odds of success. And he is the author of the award- winning book The Next Evolution of Marketing: Connect with your Customers by Marketing with Meaning (McGraw-Hill 2009).

His writing has been featured in Adweek and Entrepreneur, he has spoken at Harvard Business School, Google, the Cannes Lions Advertising Festival, and he has appeared on ABC News. Bob was named one of the iMedia 25 internet marketers and innovators in 2010.

Bob was previously a co-owner of Bridge Worldwide, a digital advertising agency that was acquired by WPP after growing revenue from $10 million to $40 million in five years. Upon completion of its sale, he became helped Bridge evolve to become Possible Worldwide, one of the largest global digital agencies with over 1,000 employees in 20 cities. As the group’s first Chief Strategy Officer, Bob led global projects for companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Samsung, Danone, and MasterCard.

Bob began his marketing career at Procter & Gamble, where he led a dramatic turnaround of the Mr. Clean brand through several new product innovations. He was recognized by Advertising Age as one of the Top 50 marketers of 2004. Bob received his MBA in marketing from the NYU/Stern School of Business and his BA in Economics from Duke University.

Bill Cunningham

Co-founder at   |   LinkedIn

Bill is Co-Founder and President of OneMorePallet. He just finished a
tour of duty as the director of Northern Kentucky University’s Entrepreneurial Institute and professor in the Entrepreneurship program. Bill was an Executive-in-Residence with CincyTech. Prior to CincyTech, he led Diamond Fiber Composites which manufactured nickel coated carbon fiber., Bill taught as an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Xavier University and Director of the avier Entrepreneurial Center. He taught Starting a New Venture, Managing the New and Growing Venture, Small Business Consulting, Creativity & Innovation, and Interpersonal Skills in the undergraduate and graduate programs in XU’s Williams College of Business. He’s been directly involved with 5 startups and advised, counseled and coached hundreds more. He holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

He participated in the Symposium for Entrepreneurial Education at
Babson College in 1999. Bill guest lectured at the Amos Tuck School of
Business, the University of Cincinnati, Miami University undergraduate
and MBA courses and’s Entrepreneurial boot camps. Along
with Dr. Charles Matthews (UC) and the late Sutton Landry (NKU), Bill
wrote the SmallBizIdeas column for the Cincinnati Post. He won the
Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Educator of the Year award in June of 1999,
and participated in Leadership Cincinnati class XXIII. The Greater
Cincinnati Venture Association recognized Bill in May of 2011 with the
Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award for his contributions to the
entrepreneurial environment. Cincinnati Magazine recognized Bill with their Gentleman of Style and Substance award for his contributions to both the entrepreneurial and non-profit world. In 2008, Bill was
reappointed to serve as trustee of the Greater Cincinnati Venture
Association and serves as the executive director after serving a six
year term including a stint as president of the organization in 1999.
He served as the GCVA representative to Innovest, Ohio’s premiere
venture capital conference. He is currently on the board of advisors
for the Hamilton County Business Incubator, Northern Kentucky
University’s Entrepreneurial Institute, University of Cincinnati
Center for Entrepreneurship, and just finished a 22 year term as
vice-chair of the Trustees Search Committee at Worcester Polytechnic
Institute. Bill has been a mentor and coach for the Bill
spent the first fifteen years focusing on sales and marketing of high
technology products with companies such as AT&T, Data General and
Apple Computer. In 1992, Bill helped launch CollegeView, an
interactive CD-ROM venture to provide high impact information on
higher education to college bound students. After selling his share of
the company in 1994, Bill has worked with small businesses addressing
startup planning, financing and marketing issues. His fundraising
efforts have resulted in over $23 million in equity financing for 5
different companies.

James J. Cunningham

Executive Director of   |   LinkedIn

Since 2001 Jim Cunningham has been Executive Director of C-Cap,
Cincinnati’s angel capital hub, where he manages the operations of the
Queen City Angels group of early stage angel investors. Queen City
Angels is one of the top angel investor groups in the United States in
amounts invested. Jim also conducts mentoring and educational programs
for entrepreneurs, including the regionally-prominent Mentoring
Mornings and the Entrepreneur Boot Camp held each June, which has
trained over 500 entrepreneurs. He has reviewed several hundred
startup business plans for C-Cap. Jim is also President of The
Circuit, which is the information technology association of the
Cincinnati region.

Previously he was an officer of, an internet portal
start-up, general counsel of a venture capital-backed software
company, and a partner in a large Cincinnati law firm. Jim holds law
degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of
London, England.

Ryan Walker

Founder @, Freelance App Developer   |  

Ry has been an entrepreneur and web developer in Cincinnati for the past 17 years. He is sole founder of, and also does freelance app development. is a service that app owners/developers can use to monitor user engagement and minimize churn. It computes in real-time an engagement score for each user. When the engagement score drops, it will automatically send emails to help get the user re-engaged with the product.

Earlier in his career, Ry founded and was President/CEO of one of the nation's first web development firms, Sharkbytes, Inc., in 1995. He grew the company to 35 employees, and sold it to UCI Web Group, Inc. in 1999. He has since founded three other companies, launched and sold several web products, and has served as VP/Technology for The Devine Group, Inc. and Chief Experience Officer of RecruitMilitary, both local technology-centered small businesses.

He won CincyTech's Cincy Hackathon in 2011, and pitched, participated, and presented at the Northern Kentucky Startup Weekend in January 2012.

He co-founded the Cincinnati Ruby Brigade in 2008, and is active in the Cincinnati Lean Startup Circle and the Cincinnati Javascript User Group.

Silver Sponsors
Chris Ridenour
Nikki Pfahler
Mike Bott
Tim Metzner

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