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Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business, over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. Interested in coaching, volunteering or sponsoring this event? Email us at



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
  • 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

Ethan Austin

Co-Founder & COO   |  

Co-Founder at GiveForward

Neal Sales-Griffin

Co-Founder & CEO   |  

Co-Founder and CEO of Code Academy.

Matt Moog

Founder & CEO   |  

Founder and CEO of Viewpoints. Founder of Built in Chicago and FireStarter Fund.

Gold Sponsors

Kevin Willer

CEO, President, Angel Investor   |  

CEO of 1871. CEO & President of Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center.

Jeff Carter

Co-Founder & Board of Directors   |  

Co-Founder, Treasurer, and Board of Directors at Hyde Park Angels. Board of Directors at

Brandon Passley

Co-Founder & CTO   |  

Co-Founder and CTO of Vokal Interactive. Founder of GoodMogul, LLC.

Terry Howerton

Partner & Chairman   |  

Partner at TechNexus and Zealous Ventures. Chairman at Chicago Tech Academy.

Jason Weingarten

Co-Founder & President   |  

Co-Founder and President at RECSOLU.

Silver Sponsors

Stella Fayman

Co-Founder   |  

Co-Founder of Entrepreneurs Unpluggd. Founding member of FeeFighters.

Neal Sales-Griffin

Co-Founder & CEO   |  

Co-Founder and CEO of Code Academy.

Phil Tadros

Founder & CEO   |  

Founder and CEO of Doejo.

Mike McGee

Co-Founder   |  

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Code Academy.

Emerson Spartz

Founder & CEO   |  

Founder and CEO of Spartz Media.

Zack Gilbert

Co-Founder & Technical Director   |  

Ethan Austin

Co-Founder & COO   |  

Co-Founder at GiveForward

Jonathan Ozeran

VP, Advisor, & Mentor   |  

VP Product at RECSOLU, Advisor at Catapult, Mentor at Code Academy.

Rick Desai

Co-Founder   |  

Co-Founder of Dashfire. Board of Directors at R3 Resources.

Chris McKeever

Director of Technology   |  

Director of Technology at GiveForward.

Jason Goodrich

CEO & Co-Founder   |  

CEO and Co-Founder of Shortlist. Founder of

Richard Komaiko

Co-Founder   |  

Co-Founder and Chief Product Guy at AttorneyFee.

Sean Casey

Co-Founder & CTO   |  

Co-Founder and CTO at ShiftGig.

Daliah Saper

Principal   |  

Principal at Saper Law Offices

Sam Rosen

Co-Founder   |  

Co-Founder of Desktime and One Design Company

Tracy Schmidt

Director   |  

Director at Crain Communications

Shahed Khan

Co-Founder   |  

Co-Founder and Designer at Viatask.

Media & In-kind Sponsors
Adam Haun
Chris Campbell
Mark Bertrand

Judging Criteria

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