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Location: JCTC Small Business & Entrepreneurship Center, 620 S. 3rd St., Suite 200

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Startup Weekend Louisville connects local entrepreneurs, product developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with the resources and mentors to help them jumpstart their business ideas. On Friday night anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea to their peers, then teams form organically and work to develop the most promising ideas into startups that have been validated by customers. On Sunday night, each startup team presents to a panel of judges for a chance to win the bragging rights for best new startup idea in Louisville! And if that's not enough, we'll feed you throughout the entire weekend - your ticket to this immersive startup experience includes three meals each day and plenty of snacks.

Startup Weekend Spring ’13 Location:

JCTC Small Business and Entrepreneurship Center

620 South 3rd St, Suite 200, Louisville, KY 40202

3rd St. South of Chestnut, next to the Henry Clay Building

Parking Options

  • Paid surface lots across 3rd St. – $3/day, unattended, credit cards accepted.
  • Parking garages: 3rd St just before Broadway, Chestnut St between 3rd & 4th.
  • Parking meters on 3rd St – free after 6PM and on and Sunday.


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Thanks to our Food Sponsors

Startup Weekend includes great food & drinks!

HeineBros InsiderLouisville JGumbos RooibeeRedTea SkylineChili



Mar 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


Mar 2
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch - Accelerator programs present
  • 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


Mar 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!
Host Sponsors

Cedric Francois

President and CEO at Apellis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Cedric Francois has founded two companies in Louisville, Potentia Pharmaceuticals and Apellis Pharmaceuticals. He received an M.D. degree from the University of Leuven in Belgium and a Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Louisville. His research has been published widely, and he is an inventor on many biotechnology patent applications. He was featured recently as keynote speaker at Venture Connectors, and is an Adjunct Professor at University of Louisville.


Felicia Allen

Former Partner and COO, Ascend Venture Group

Ms. Allen was responsible for human resources, operations, investor relations, finance, administration, and legal matters at Ascend Venture Group in New York.

Mike Dahlem

Former CEO, TelaPoint

Mike co-founded TelaPoint, Inc. in 1999 where he held the position of President and CEO. His responsibilities included: securing investment capital, negotiating customer contracts, attracting key employees, and contributing to the overall vision of the supply chain solutions. Mike has also held executive positions at FocusSoft, Inc., and IBM.

Kimberly Spalding

CFO Consultant

Ms. Spalding was co-founder of both TechRepublic and NarrowCast Group, where she served as CFO at both companies until they were sold. As CFO at each company, Kim lead the companies’ human resources, information technology and financial divisions. She also had primary responsibility for facilities and risk management and banking and equity investor relationships. Kim has experience raising both equity and debt capital.

Andy Swan

Founder, SwanPowers, LLC

Mr. Swan founded and Daytrade Team.

Phoebe Wood

Independent Consumer Goods Professional

Ms. Wood is an active angel investor and the former Vice Chairman and CFO of Brown-Forman.

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Ty Adams

Managing Director, Adams:Kincaid Design

Katie Bush

Founder & Creative Director, KBD

Jonathan Erwin

CEO / Founder of Red e App

Terry Goertz

Former co-CEO, ParkVu Inc

John Humphreys

VP Business Development at IGear Online, LLC

Elizabeth Rounsavall

Marketing, Operations & Research at Chrysalis Ventures

Tony Schy

Managing Director at VelocitySI

Bob Saunders

Managing Director, Saunders Capital

Melissa Chipman
Greg Langdon
Kelby Price
John Receveur
Eric Roland
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