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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 successes?

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 events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Organizers and Facilitators can be found on every corner of the globe. 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!

This Kansas City Startup Weekend aims to increase participation among women in entrepreneurship in an effort to build more diverse, thriving communities.  Why?  Promoting gender diversity in tech and entrepreneurship is essential.  Studies have shown that diverse teams create better products and run more successful companies.  The Kansas City Startup Weekend – Women’s Edition is an inclusive event and is by no means female only – ALL are welcome! With the support of Google for Entrepreneurs and The Blackstone Charitable Foundation, we can have a significant impact on women in entrepreneurship through UP Global’s latest campaign, “Startup Women.” This initiative will take on a holistic approach that will engage more women in our community while introducing new audiences to our programs and resources.



Jun 13
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speaker
  • Warmup & Pitches Start
  • Teams formed and start working


Jun 14
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch & Team Check-in
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner & Team Check-in
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jun 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch & Team Check-in
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judge's Feedback, Awards and Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Alicia Herald

Founder & CEO at myEDmatch   |   LinkedIn

Gold Sponsors

Ryan O'Connell

Vice President at Influence & Co.

Influence & Co helps entrepreneurs, consultants, business and universities establish themselves as thought leaders within their industry by getting them published online.

Ryan has started small businesses, worked in real estate, radio, marketing, food service and sports before he was hired on to the leadership team at Influence & Co.

He has a proven experience, a track record of success, as well a unique background and passion to work with business owners, brands and athletes.

Lisa C. Williams

Head of Strategy Development & Implementation at DST

Innovative product management professional with 20 years experience in the technology and financial service industries. A strong leader, strategic thinker and team builder who knows how to get things done.

Corey Mohn

Director of Statewide Programs at NetWork Kansas

Corey is passionate about helping entrepreneurs that need assistance making connections to accelerate through business challenges. Corey experienced first-hand many similar challenges when he co-founded Planning Initiatives, LLC – a city planning consulting firm – at the age of 24. In his current role as the Director of Statewide Programs for NetWork Kansas, Corey gets to leverage debt and equity funds and technical assistance resources to provide entrepreneurs with expanded opportunities to be successful.

Corey holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a Masters in Business Administration from Baker University.


Jennifer Shaw

Founder, NYTechWomen & Bella Minds   |   LinkedIn

Jenn Shaw is Founder of NYTechWomen and Bella Minds and former Senior Data Analyst for comScore. Jennifer hales from rural Nebraska, and uses her All-American roots as fuel for empowering people to leverage technology and improve the state of STEM education and workforces in the US. Ms. Shaw quickly established NYTechWomen as the authority for women in tech in the NYC area. With Bella Minds, she is leading the way to educating rural areas of the US and tackling the urgent need of increased participation and attainment rates. Jennifer is a recognized innovator by several NYC-based ventures, and has spoken at TEDxHobokenWomen. Her mission remains focused in mentoring opportunities and empowering women who are serious about the technology sector.

Michele Markey

Vice President at Kauffman FastTrac at Kauffman Foundation, Author/Blogger:   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Michele Markey is Vice President of Kauffman FastTrac, a global provider of educational programs that equip aspiring and established entrepreneurs with the business skills and insights, tools, resources, and networks to start and grow successful businesses. Kauffman FastTrac was created by the Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation whose mission is to advance entrepreneurship as a key to growing economies and expanding human welfare.

Michele has been a guest contributor for MSNBC, MarketWatch, Bloomberg News, AARP and many other national and local publications. Additionally, she has been a featured expert for the American Management Association and has worked with hundreds of businesses to develop their business growth strategies including American Airlines, University of California Berkley, The Gap, Sprint and Coca Cola. Michele is also recognized as a thought leader in the areas of female entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship as a next career for people over the age of 50

Dan Schmidt

The Emerging Business CFO   |   LinkedIn

Dan brings a background in public accounting and finance consulting to the startup and entrepreneurial community. He believing that the true value of accounting and finance lies in the ability to use that data to drive companies forward, rather than just as a compliance requirement. Dan strives to provide timely insights into a company's financial position, and to educate and work alongside founders to provide both strategic and operational direction. Professionally he is a Certified Public Accountant and a Xero Partner, and has participated in or advised on the accounting operations of over 100 public and privately-held companies.

Chris Brown

b.Legal Marketing, Venture Legal, LLC   |   LinkedIn

Chris counsels businesses and startups on matters including business formation, intellectual property, real estate, contract negotiation and drafting, and equity financing. He mentors entrepreneurs through various organizations in Kansas City including Startup Weekend, the UMKC Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and Innovative Professionals for Entrepreneurs. Chris attended law school in his hometown at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and graduated magna cum laude with an emphasis in Business and Entrepreneurial Law. Prior to beginning law school, Chris worked in the music business in Nashville and New York City.

Jill Meyer

University Missouri Kansas City

Jill is Senior Technology Development and Commercialization Specialist with the Small Business Technology and Development Center at University Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). A specialist in technology commercialization, strategy development, financing and business development, Jill brings a practical perspective to supporting entrepreneurs and their businesses to impact change and drive profit. Jill works with technology companies at all stages to assist in innovation, product development, grant and capital sourcing, management improvement and revenue growth. Her experience as an executive coach as well as business driver further insures the implementation of new company strategies. Prior to joining the SBTDC, Jill was an entrepreneur herself, as well as a senior member of the management team for a global company charged with developing strategy, technology and execution to launch an online division for a traditional business. Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Duke University and a MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern.

Joe Barber

UX Designer, Level Five Solutions   |   LinkedIn

Chris Thomas

Freelance Designer   |  

Matt Berkland

CTO, Co-Founder at Truckily   |   LinkedIn

Very driven and hard working developer. Always seeking the best solution for a problem without cutting corners. Forward thinking.

Contributing Sponsors
Tina Peterson
Kelly Tomlinson
Ari Kern
Neil Thawani

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