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Santa Fe Business Incubator

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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

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. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Schedule

Friday

Sep 19
  • Registration
  • Welcome & Speaker
  • Dinner & Networking
  • 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

Saturday

Sep 20
  • 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

Sunday

Sep 21
  • 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
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Tier 1 Sponsors
Speakers

Alan Webber

Co-founder of Fast Company magazine, entrepreneur, business man and former candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor

Judges

Marie Longserre

Marie is the President and CEO of the Santa Fe Business Incubator and has held that position since the Incubator was founded in 1997. Marie has previously served as the Board Chair of the National Business Incubation Association and currently serves on more boards and commissions than will fit in this description box.

Tier 3 Sponsors
Coaches

Dave Bueschel

Dave Bueschel has a 47 year professional career combining corporate CEO responsibilities, senior level management consulting, 10 successful start ups and private equity. Industries include high to medium tech. While a generalist, he is able to provide advice on strategy and problem solving in particular.

Richard Robinson

Richard is a certified QuickBooks Professional Advisor, Contract Chief Financial Officer and Controller and supplies professional accounting software consulting services to small and medium size enterprises.
Richard is the founder, predisent and CEO of Aim High Financial, Inc.

Grace Brill

Since 2003, Grace Brill has helped technology entrepreneurs and business owners understand market realities through her work with Los Alamos Connect, Technology Ventures Corporation and her own company, Market Intelligence Solutions LLC. Her particular skill is in finding and making sense out of seemingly unrelated information, and in helping entrepreneurs ask the right questions about customers, competitors and markets. She is also an adjunct professor in the Management of Technology Program at UNM’s Anderson School. Her prior work was in marketing and information management with a startup analytics company and with a diagnostics/device manufacturer. She received her B.S. (in biology) and MBA degrees from the University of New Mexico and holds graduate degrees in both Library Science (University of Missouri) and the History of Science (University of Pennsylvania). In her spare time she gardens, cooks, hikes, serves on the board of (and volunteers at) the Santa Fe Public Library and travels to diving/snorkeling destinations whenever she can. Fun fact: she collects artwork depicting bats!

Drew Tulchin

Drew Tulchin is Managing Partner at Social Enterprise Associates. His work has spanned more than 40 countries, from A (Afghanistan) to Z (Zambia), and focuses deeply on the interaction between economic, social, cultural and environmental growth. He has worked with a wide range of New Mexico-based NGOs, as well as cultural institutions throughout the US.

Drew has worked with non-profits and in fund-raising his entire career. Before consulting, he was Director of a DC economic development organization helping immigrants, refugees, and asylees succeed in the US, and Program Officer for the Grameen Foundation, one of Nobel Laureate Mohammad Yunus’ organizations helping low income women. He began his career in Oakland as a VISTA for a food bank and with AmeriCorps as a Team Leader with the East Bay Conservation Corps.

Drew completed his MBA from University of Washington (Seattle). There, he received the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award. He earned his BA, cum laude, in History and International Studies from Washington University (St. Louis). There, he completed a year abroad at Sussex University in Brighton, UK at the School of International Studies.

He writes, presents and trains on social enterprise, with nearly 100 publications to date. He is a Founding Member of the Mentor Capital Network and Lifetime Member of Net Impact. He serves as Treasurer of the Board of Ohkay Owingeh’s non-bank lender, CPI

David Kistin

David Kistin, Associate, began his work with Social Enterprise Associates on assignment in Ethiopia with Save the Children. He brings more than 6 years’ experience developing strategy and marketing tools for early-stage initiatives. Previously, David worked with new energy development in Mexico, Canada, and the southwest United States. A NM native, David received his BA in Latin American Studies and his MBA from the University of New Mexico.

Eric Renz-Whitmore

Serial community builder & connector cultivating a great environment for startups & creative tech to thrive in NM. I serve as the Community Evangelist for the New Mexico Technology Council

Trip Rothschild

I am a highly experienced entrepreneur, business manager, and non-profit board member with an
unusually broad skill set, a diverse background across multiple business segments, and a committed
generalist’s ability to see problems and opportunities in new ways.

Jennifer Wege

Jen Wege is a Partner in MooDoos Limited Partnership, a private family Investment Fund based in Arizona, and a member of two Angel Groups in North Carolina, RTP Capital and the Wilmington Investor Network. Jen sits on the Board of Directors of Contract Pharmaceuticals Limited, based in Mississisauga, Canada, is an active Angel Investor, and is a sought-after mentor for entrepreneurs/startups, frequently serving as a judge for grant competitions. Her strength in NBD, sales and marketing strategy come from an 8-year Sales Career in Manufacturing with Steelcase, and she also ran a successful startup in ecommerce for several years.She holds an MBA from the Simmons College School of Management in Boston, MA.

Community Partners
Organizers
Shandra Clow
Sean O'Shea
Maggie Ohnesorgen
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