Startup Weekend Orlando EDU

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Valencia College West Campus - Building 10

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.

Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here’s your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complementary skills & the passion to build an education product in one weekend. Design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced education designers & industry professionals and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level!

Friday night: 60-second pitches that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable education concepts.  Educators validate ideas, then all attendees vote.  We hope you’ll pitch, but definitely not required!

Saturday and Sunday: Work days! Teams focus on user research, customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches from the education and entrepreneurial world.  You’re welcome to stay and work as long as the venue will allow!

Sunday evening: Teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.  Winning teams take home a grab bag of great tools to help launch their company!


Here’s some examples of startups that have come out of Startup Weekend EDU:

  • ImagiLabs’s Challenge Box– Educational adventure games for kids age 8-12 and seek to inspire them to explore real challenges until they find their moment of triumph
  • Qeyno is a career exploration game that helps inform students about possible STEM career options & offers guidance on how to achieve them
  • Kidfit Academy– A nonprofit running interactive physical & health education curriculum that empowers students to take control of their health & wellness with fun technology

Here’s some of the things you get from attending

  • Delicious & healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend
  • A free .co domain name
  • $2,000 of credit on Google App Engine
  • $100 of AWS credit for hosting
  • 50 free business cards (pre-order by June 30th to pick up at SWORLEDU)
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  • Awesome #SWORLEDU t-shirt
  • Amazing coaching by education startup industry leaders
  • Fun swag from Google, .Co and more!
  • A network of 120 new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education

The Winning Team will receive:

  • 1 Month of Social Membership for Canvs coworking space for the entire winning team (plus all other teams will receive 10 hours of conference room usage within 6 months of Startup Weekend EDU)
  • Free copies of Squirrels software Air Parrot and Reflector for the entire winning team. Plus any team can get 20% discount on their software using code startuped20 (valid until 7/25/14). 

Sponsors we need your help to make great prize happen for our teams! 

Sponsor Startup Weekend Orlando EDU

All of the pitches on Friday and companies demoed on Sunday will be educator approved and designed to solve problems in the education space, broadly defined (not restricted to K-12 or other “formal” education).

We hope you join us!



Jul 11
  • 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 12
  • 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


Jul 13
  • 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!
Tier 1 Sponsors
Tier 2 Sponsors

Dr. Sandy Shugart

President, Valencia College

Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Shugart has served since 2000 as the fourth president of Valencia College in greater Orlando, Florida. As winner of the first Aspen Prize for Excellence, Valencia is one of the most celebrated community colleges in America. Serving some 70,000 students per year, Valencia is known for high rates of graduation, transfer, and job placement and has become something of a national laboratory for best practices in learning-centered education. Prior to Valencia, Sandy served as president of North Harris College and as Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the North Carolina Community College System. He earned his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his career in education, Dr. Shugart is a published poet and songwriter and author of Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader.

TD Haines

Reinvention Specialist at Florida Virtual School (FLVS)

TD Haines is a Reinvention Specialist at Florida Virtual School (FLVS). Founded in 1997, FLVS was the country's first, state-wide Internet-based public high school. Today, it is one of the leading virtual schools in the world. TD graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Mathematics. He has been an instructor in both the physical and virtual classroom and was a Content Engagement Writer with FLVS before joining the Reinvention Team. As part of the Reinvention Team, TD creates within the education innovation world every day. He focuses on new ways to present content and curriculum to the thousands of students that FLVS serves. At work and at home, TD designs game-based instruction, apps, and board games.

Carlos Carbonell

CEO, Echo Interaction Group   |  

With over 15 years of media & tech experience, Carlos Carbonell has a reputation for creativity, versatility & innovation across numerous vertical sectors. A graduate of the University of Florida, Carlos co-founded Echo Interaction Group — one of the region’s leading mobile application development companies — after success in the marketing world as Vice-President of Client Services for a multimillion-dollar advertising agency. Under Carlos’ leadership, Echo has built a portfolio that includes over 60 apps. Awards include: International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry’s “Best App” & an award from the Institute of Medicine & Avon Foundation for Women for work on the R3 App, a resource tool for those affected by domestic violence. Echo apps have been featured by Apple in the New & Noteworthy section and have helped startups get millions in funding, helped established companies improve internal efficiency, engage more customers, and open new revenue lines.

Tier 3 Sponsors

Lisa Macon

Dean, Valencia College   |  

Bess Auer

Founder, FLBlogCon   |  

Bess Auer is a certified teacher who is also an award-winning blogger. A 17-year veteran in the classroom, she went on to start the Florida Blogger and Social Media Conference, which is a one-day gathering of the state’s largest bloggers and social media pros. A frequent guest speaker and blogger on social media issues, parenting and education, Bess was asked to create the high tech curriculum for Park Maitland School’s first “Smart Tech” class, which focused on teaching students to blog and use social media to expand learning beyond the classroom walls. Now a full-time blogger, she works with some of the largest brands in the nation as a social media consultant. You can connect with Bess on Twitter at @Bess_Auer and on Facebook.

Necole Pynn

Managing Director of Canvs   |  

Necole Pynn is Managing Director of Canvs, the nonprofit coworking space for tech startups opening this summer in the Church Street Exchange, and Communications Chair for Orlando Tech. For several years she has worked as a freelance communications manager for tech startup companies in Orlando, helping to craft messaging, write copy, develop online content strategy, research and write grants, develop sales and fundraising presentations, coordinate media outreach, and more. Necole has also written for Florida Technology Journal, and served as Associate Producer for the Orlando Rising film about Orlando’s growing technology industry.

Justice Mitchell

Owner, Big Block Studios   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Justice brings two decades of experience in using, designing (strategically & graphically) and planning social media, content marketing, interactive and integrated marketing campaigns. At present he is ultimately responsible for the social business that emerges from the Kaseya Global marketing group

Dan McGaw

Dir. of Mktg. KISSmetrics   |  

Dir. of Mktg. KISSmetrics, Founder Fuelzee, and Founder Bootstrap Academy

Diana Bjorkman Wade

Ph.D., Special Education   |  

Diana is a certified special education teacher with a Masters in Education and Human Development and a Ph.D. in secondary special education and transition. She graduated from UCF with her undergraduate degree and taught middle school in Orange County before pursuing graduate work. Her dissertation included developing and validating a national survey for transition coordinators. She is currently planning the "Eco Baby Fair" to be held in Winter Park (October 2014).

Tier 4 Sponsors
Josh Murdock
Christine M Ortiz
Ron Ben-Zeev
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