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May 31
  • 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


Jun 1
  • 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


Jun 2
  • 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!
Platinum Sponsors

Jeff Weedman

CEO @ Cintrifuse

Jeff Weedman serves as CEO of Cintrifuse, a newly formed not-for-profit aimed at fostering innovation growth by supporting high growth-potential startup companies. Cintrifuse, launched in summer 2012 and based in Cincinnati, aims to provide startups with a web of support including access to innovation-business incubators, investment funds and regional intuitional assets.

Cintrifuse was formed by Cincinnati’s top business leaders with the goal of making the country’s “middle-coast” corridor a magnet for start-up companies, driving economic growth and innovation success. Jeff leads the new company, as an Executive on Loan from Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest consumer packaged goods company.

At P&G, Jeff served as Vice President of Global Business Development, responsible for delivering external innovation partnerships across P&G and around the world – partnerships that delivered billions of dollars toward P&G’s annual sales growth. Jeff’s team managed acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, equity investments, technology/trademark/know-how licensing, outsourcing and P&G’s global Open Innovation efforts (Connect+Develop).

Dov Rosenberg

Director @ Allos Ventures

After selecting college coursework that was a mile wide and an inch deep, Dov found himself upon graduation not particularly qualified to do anything. So he did the natural thing and joined a consulting firm - developing and managing the deployment of software at Cap Gemini for about two years before leaving for business school due to boredom. Upon graduation from b-school, Dov decided venture capital was where he was destined to end up. Not the most practical decision in 2001 in the Midwest, so instead he joined Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest non-profit, independent research and development organization. As a senior strategist in the Intellectual Property Strategy and Development group, he was responsible for working with inventors throughout the institute and helping to determine things such as which inventions should be patented, who they might be licensed to, and whether a spinout company could be created.

In his continuing quest to prepare for a career in venture capital (and the continuing lack of hiring in the industry in the Midwest), Dov left Battelle for the opportunity to deepen his operating experience by serving on the management team at a small, privately-held, manufacturing company. There, his responsibilities included overseeing production management, research and development, and customer service, among other areas (wearing a variety of hats, like any good entrepreneur).

In 2005, with the opening of a new associate position at Blue Chip Venture Company, Dov crossed over to the investor side of the table. In that role, he performed due diligence on new investment opportunities, monitored the firm’s portfolio companies, conducted market and financial analysis, and generally made sure the partners were kept in line. Now a director at Allos and Blue Chip, Dov also manages Blue Chip's Validation Fund, which invests in Ohio-based seed-stage technology companies and serves on the boards of companies including JackBe.

Though he doesn't like to talk about it, Dov was awarded the CFA charter in 2007.

Joshua Johnson

CEO @ Mindbox Studios   |   LinkedIn

Joshua is the CEO of Mindbox Studios, a digital agency focused on custom mobile and web software development for startups and enterprise businesses. His team of 25, with hubs in Oregon and Ohio, have worked with over 70 startups in four years from coast to coast. He is passionate about business model development, digital marketing, technology strategy, design, and user experience.

Joshua is also the organizer of the Continuous Web tech and startup community. He is on the board of the Greater Cincinnati Venture Association, a frequent mentor with Morning Mentoring and the Entrepreneur Bootcamp, and a speaker on various technology and marketing panels. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three children.

Morio Alexander

Gold Sponsors

Avi Ram

Avi Ram was born and educated in Israel, with vast international experience gained in almost 15 years of working with entrepreneurs in South Africa, USA, UK, Europe and Switzerland. Avi acquired full company life-cycle experience, from setting-up and funding, through leading, investing and coaching, to selling and closing-down various startup ventures. Enjoy helping and working with exceptional people who have elegantly solved a valuable customer pain and now need top class project and general management expertise to realise their full commercial potential.

Ry Walker

Co-Founder @ Differential

- Cincinnati entrepreneur and web developer.
- Creator of more than a dozen companies and products.
- Lives in Anderson Township, Ohio with his wife and three children.
- Coaches and plays basketball, plays tennis.
- Co-founder of Spark59, dedicated to helping entrepreneurs success through tools, content, and coaching.
- Current organizer of the Cincinnati Lean Startup Circle.
- Created Sharkbytes, Inc. in 1995, one of the first web development firms nationally. Grew the company to 35 employees, and sold it in 1999.
- Served as senior leadership roles for The Devine Group and RecruitMilitary, both Cincinnati-based, technology-centered small businesses.

Mark Lacker

Professor of Entrepreneurship @ Miami University

Mark Lacker is the John W. Altman Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Miami University Institute for Entrepreneurship. In that role he is responsible for the Institute’s Startup Entrepreneurship courses, co-curricular programming and internship initiatives.

He has developed or redesigned seven courses and taught a total of twelve different courses in the program. In 2012 Mark created the first successful Startup Weekend held solely for undergraduates involving more than 100 Miami students.

Mark has 20 years of entrepreneurial experience and has been involved in three startup organizations. As the founder and president of Sumner Solutions he built a corporate event marketing company that has been involved in more than 1000 corporate events.

Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Management from Miami University and an MBA from Xavier University with a concentration in Management Information Systems. Mark has served on the advisory board of two startups, as judge for the Cincinnati Business Courier Innovation Awards, and moderated more than 50 technology roundtable meetings for CMP publishing.

Erin Kidwell

Girl Develop It

Erin recognizes the need for more talent in the software industry and wants to encourage women to learn technical skills in a supportive and collaborative environment. She's spent years in treasury and enterprise software and as an independent consultant training businesses on back-end programming and business development. She’s dedicated to Girl Develop It's vision to teach women from diverse backgrounds to learn software development, thereby improving their careers and confidence in their everyday lives. Of note, Erin is also the Chapter Leader of the GDI Cincinnati chapter.

Erin is the powerhouse behind Girl Develop It's growth and expansion, leading the charge to extend GDI's reach through the globe and empower women in all walks of life. She is also developing powerful partnerships with educators and supporters throughout the globe to provide even support to Girl Develop It students, teachers and leaders.

Brennan Sweeney


Brennan Sweeney is an experienced successful entrepreneur with a strong background in business strategy, processes, and technology. Brennan co-founded a niche property management company and led it through concept, start-up, accelerated growth, and sale to the largest company in its industry. He was responsible for all aspects of startup (including strategy, business plan, incorporation, funding, technology selection, etc.) and oversaw its operations until its sale in 2012, which returned over 1,700% on owners’ investment after 5 years. Brennan previously consulted on business process and technology for Accenture, Deloitte, and Arthur.

Brad Plogsted

Brand Strategist, Design Thinker

Silver Sponsors
Tim Metzner
Rodney D'Souza
Nikki Pfahler
Chris Ridenour

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