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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 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!

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Please note that we will accept cancellations up the three days prior to the event.  We have a waiting list going and would like to accept as many people as possible!





Nov 15
  • 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


Nov 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Mentors Arrive
  • Lunch
  • Dinner On Your Own- Explore beautiful Downtown St. Louis!
  • 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


Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Mentors Arrive
  • Pitch Practice Begins
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
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Drew Winship

Co-Founder of Juristat

Winner of first Startup Weekend St. Louis in January 2013.

Abby Cohen

Co-founder of Sparo Labs

Mike Phillip

CEO at

Ed Spiniao

Founder at Time to Cater


Drew Winship

Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin

Reshma is the force behind Muzio’s stellar client relations, sales and strategy. She is a UX strategist and designer who runs Muzio with passion, efficiancy and focus. Muzio was recently named ABC News App of the Week, mentioned in the NYT, FastCompany, VentureBeat, Women 2.0 and many more in its first 20 weeks. It has been downloaded in over a 100 countries, with partnerships with the likes of Atlantic Records and yurbuds. She has worked at HarperCollins, Euro RSCG, and collaborated on projects with Volvo and Dos Equis. Meticulous and detail oriented with the memory of an elephant, she thrives on challenges. Reshma has managed large website redesign and rebranding projects from conception to implementation for the likes of Gov. Jay Nixon of MO,, large e-commerce projects, application design for fortune 500 companies, as well as INC 500 companies.

Nick Apperson

Chief Architect, Lead Developer and Lead Product Manager at LockerDome

-Advisor & Investor at TrakBill
-Investor at Juristat
-Board Chair & co-founder at Lindy Hop St. Louis

Chris Swenson

Attorney at Polsinelli Shughart PC

Kyle Welborn

Partner at Cultivation Captial

Kyle manages operations and due diligence within the firm. He founded a St. Louis-based angel investment group which focuses on financial services technology start-ups called FinServe Tech Angels, and serves as the Director of Due Diligence for the St. Louis Arch Angels. Prior to FinServe, Kyle spent four years working at the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center helping companies with fundraising and connecting them with mentors.

From 2007 – 2008, Kyle served as an analyst at the I2A Fund, a $10 million venture capital fund focused on making seed stage investments in the Midwest. Kyle graduated from Loyola University Chicago where he studied political science and economics.


L.V. Lammert

Chief Scientist at Omnitec Corporation

Dr. Lammert is Chief Scientist at Omnitec Corporation, a Technology
Consulting firm that specialize in providing Core IT Services using Open
Source technologies. Areas of focus include Monitoring Systems (Nagios,
Merlin, Adagios), specialized application servers and Virtual Environments (Windows VMs on Linux, Storage, SANs), DR and Replication, applied Cloud
Services, Infrastructure Services (DNS, Mail, Web), and core Open Source languages (Perl, Ruby, PHP).

Dennis Donahue

Dennis Donahue is an intellectual property attorney who has been counseling entrepreneurial clients on patents, trademarks, copyrights and licensing for more than a decade in private practice. Before entering private practice, Dennis had been a patent attorney with McDonnell Douglas and then the technology licensing manager for Boeing. Dennis started his career with McDonnell Douglas in 1989 as an engineer in research & development and moved onto production aircraft programs. He worked as an engineer and supported a major litigation effort at McDonnell Douglas while attending SLU School of Law at night and was hired into the law department when he graduated. Dennis has been an adjunct professor at SLU School of Law, teaching a course that he created to give the students more real life experience while in the classroom. Dennis had been the risk management partner and co-chair of the IP practice group in a large national law firm before he started his own IP firm in 2009. In 2011, Dennis cofounded CreatiVenture® Law as a law firm that is dedicated to entrepreneurs.

David Strom


David Strom is one of the leading experts on network and Internet technologies and has written and spoken extensively on topics such as VOIP, convergence, email, cloud computing, network management, Internet applications, wireless and Web services for more than 25 years. He has had several editorial management positions for both print and online properties in the enthusiast, gaming, IT, network, channel, and electronics industries, including the editor-in-chief of Network Computing print, Digital, and Tom's He currently writes for, GigaOmPro, Slashdot, Dice, Techtarget and Network World.

Over the course of his editorial career, he has helped launch dozens of Web sites, including the DesignLine series (such as for CMP's Electronics Group) and sites for convergence. As the founding editor-in-chief for Network Computing magazine, he hired a staff of 20, established the magazine's six networked laboratories, designed a network-based publishing and production system and wrote many articles on networking topics.

Paul Heinrendt


Paul has more than 30 years of experience in software

Bob Ward

Co-Founder/ Engineer at Juristat

Dan Klotzer


Dan suffers from congenital innovation overflow. His self-medication treatments have included decades of groundbreaking multidisciplinary entrepreneurial inventing, patent consulting, technical analysis, and scientific research services for clients as Principal of Klotzer Patents LLC, research and development of his (likely crackpot) Episodic Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics original hypothesis as a researcher in the Washington University department of physics, and writing wildly inappropriate professional self-introductions. In order to round out his conglomeration of confusion, past pursuits have encompassed world-class training as a metal-smith and sculptor (with particular emphasis in art career extended-hiatus frustration esthetics), a stint as head tennis pro at a Delaware country club (which is actually even less impressive than it sounds), and various positions as a night club manager and bartender while in grad school (which WAS way fun, and earned Dan 8 certifications of advanced coolness and 3 edginess medals with full honors.) Most importantly, Dan has learned how to share the benefits of living with overly multifaceted interests while somewhat containing his condition's contagiousness.

John Unger

Founder at Coyote Consulting

John Unger is the founder of Coyote Consulting and a twenty-five year veteran on leveraging Information Technology. As a successful small business owner and IT expert, John advises entrepreneurs and leaders of larger corporations by participating in projects where business intelligence or business automation strategies can deliver a sizable return on investment. John speaks and keeps up with IT trends, sharing his passion for achieving execution excellence.

Although he has participated in various projects, no client engagement has ever been the same. His passion for learning and understanding the details of every new business process and support system has built an immense library of practical experience and insight that is extremely hard to find. Consequently, his clients and long-term business relationships have ranged from small to large Fortune 50 accounts.

Marc Bowers


Rosa Mayer
Matt Menietti
Emma Brown
Francis Chmelir
Jay DeLong
Jon Leek
Andrew Pearson
Ty Sondag
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