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Microsoft, Reston, Virginia



Can’t make it to this event? Worry not! There’s also Startup Weekend DC e-Gov on June 15 and you can find out about future events on the main Startup Weekend DC site.

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.



Jun 1
  • 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 2
  • 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 3
  • 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

Tom Adams

Chairman, Rosetta Stone

Richard Culatta

Deputy Director, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education   |   LinkedIn


Tom Adams

Chairman at Rosetta Stone

Caton Burwell

Manager at QED Investors

Jim Duffey

Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia   |

Dan Kasun

Senior Director, Developer and Platform Evangelism, U.S. Public Sector, Microsoft

Bobbi Kurshan

Experienced investment and management consultant in education and technology   |  

Tom Weithman

Vice President and Managing Director at CIT GAP Funds   |   LinkedIn

Janet Yang

Partner at Novak Biddle Venture Partners

Andrew Ko

General Manager, U.S. Partners in Learning, Education, Microsoft Corporation   |   LinkedIn


Jonathan Aberman

Managing Director, Amplifier Venture Partners   |   LinkedIn

Danny Allen

VP, Specialized Services at Sensis   |   LinkedIn

Ilya Braude

CloudMine Founder, Engineer   |  

Tony Bray

Founder & CEO at Xentience, LLC   |  

Matt Bryant

Lead Program Manager, Statewide Longitudinal Data System, Virginia Department of Education   |  

Evan Burfield

Chairman and Founder at Synteractive Corporation   |   LinkedIn

Bethann Canada

Director of Educational Information Management, Virginia Department of Education   |  

John Casey

Entrepreneur in Residence at George Mason University   |   LinkedIn

Karen Cator

Director of Technology, US Dept of Education   |   LinkedIn

Todd Cofer

Co-Founder and CEO of Bookend Technology   |   LinkedIn

Richard Culatta

Deputy Director, Office of Educational Technology, US Department of Education   |   LinkedIn

Mark Drapeau, Ph.D.

Director of Innovative Engagement (Public Sector) at Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Pete Erickson

Founder of MoDev and Disruptathon   |   LinkedIn

Allen Gannett

Chief Marketing Officer at Employ Insight   |  

Jason Hoekstra

Technology Solutions Advisor at U.S. Department of Education   |   LinkedIn

David Ihrie

CTO, Center for Innovative Technology

Kendrick Jackson

Marketing Coordinator at InTheCapital   |  

Ashish Jaiman

Architect Evangelist at Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Peter Jobse


Dr. Deborah Jonas

Executive Director for Research and Strategic Planning, Virginia Department of Education

Derick Maggard

Executive Director at Roanoke - Blacksburg Technology Council   |  

Zack Miller

Project Director at We Are Titans   |   LinkedIn

Nate Mote

VP Marketing, Helpadelphia   |   LinkedIn

Tony Moura

Sr. User Experience Architect, Verisign and MacroSysrt   |   LinkedIn

Lan W. Neugent

Assistant Superintendent for Technology at the Virginia Department of Education   |  

Minh Nguyen

CEO & Founder, Syllabuster / Founder, Plaxo   |   LinkedIn

Todd Nuckols

Software Imagineer, entrepreneur and CTO, Enterbridge   |   LinkedIn

Alisha Outridge

Founder & CEO of tapTank   |   LinkedIn

Jonathan Perrelli - Founding Partner   |   LinkedIn

Rebecca Shah

Senior Associate, State Policy Initiatives, Data Quality Campaign

Aaron Silverman

Doodle or Die Co-Founder   |  

Paul Singh

Partner at 500 Startups   |   LinkedIn

Laura Sonn

Associate, State Policy Initiatives, DQC

Elizabeth Terrell

Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton   |   LinkedIn

Lisa Throckmorton

Executive Vice President at SpeakerBox Communications   |   LinkedIn

Randy Weiner

Ed-tech entrepreneur and independent consultant   |   LinkedIn

Courtney I. Williams

Co-Founder and CEO of Torsh Inc.,   |   LinkedIn

Susan Williams

Education Applications Manager, Virginia Department of Education

Tien Wong

Chairman & CEO at Lore Systems, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Adam Zuckerman

Entrepreneur & Technology Innovator at Discovery Communications   |   LinkedIn

David Rees

Founder, Expanded Web   |   LinkedIn

Contributing Sponsors
Denis Baranov
Mack Kolarich
Jennifer O'Daniel
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