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Oct 18
  • Registration Starts @ the Innovation Center, 340 W. State Street, Athens, OH
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Facilitator John Rossi leads 60 second pitches
  • 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 until midnight
  • Building closes


Oct 19
  • Building opens
  • Simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams should be hard at work
  • Coaches arrive. Use them!
  • Building closes.
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work until midnight.


Oct 20
  • Building opens
  • Simple breakfast & coffee
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Grab boxed lunch & keep working
  • Gut Check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Move to Baker Center room 242 for presentations
  • Dinner & judging
  • Awards
  • Wrapup & Go Home!
Platinum Sponsors

Ben Lachman

Founder, Nice Mohawk   |  

Ben Lachman, founder of Nice Mohawk, has an extensive background in building and developing beta prototypes. He was responsible for principle, mac and iphone software development at Acacia Tree Software from May 2006 to the Present. His other ventures include working as an Engineering Assistant at Sunpower, Inc., freelancing as a mac software developer and becoming a serial entrepreneur. He is also a graduate of Ohio University, receiving his B.S. in Computer Science.

Bob Silva

Director, Technology Transfer Office, Ohio University   |   LinkedIn

Robert (Bob) Silva has over 25 years of experience in senior level positions in areas such as technology development, technology commercialization and general company management. At Ohio University, Bob is responsible for the administration, coordination, protection and disposition of all intellectual property (IP) and technology commercialization matters. Bob also provides support to the university’s small business incubator and university personnel to assist in the growth of research partnerships, as well as to the offices of Research and Sponsored Programs and Research Compliance.

Before accepting the position at Ohio University, Bob was a commercialization manager for Battelle Memorial Institute at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington. For about ten years, Bob developed and managed Battelle’s energy technology portfolio, which consisted of more than 200 U.S. patents and 150 foreign counterparts. Bob also supported Battelle’s Global Energy Technology Business, identifying and capturing IP and refining IP strategies for the global business. As part of that responsibility he evaluated funding proposals and negotiated various agreements with commercial clients. Bob is skilled in working with large and small firms as well as start-up companies to commercialize and deploy technology.
Prior to joining Battelle in 2000, Bob served as president of Knovation, Inc., a start-up computer services and telecommunications marketing joint venture with Lockheed. Before that he was vice president of operations and general manager for RJ Lee Solutions (a custom software development venture) managing operations and growing the company. In addition, Bob has managed technology commercialization for Westinghouse Hanford Company and has held several director level management positions with NCH Corporation, a Fortune 600 specialty chemicals manufacturer headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

Bob has a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry and an MBA in Business Management, both from the University of Dallas.

Packy Moran

Assoc. GM, Southern Ohio Copperheads   |   LinkedIn

Moran is an instructor of Sport Management at Ohio University and the Associate General Manager of the Southern Ohio Copperheads. He is also a 2007 alum of OU's famed Master's Degree in Sports Administration and Facility Management. Packy has eight years of industry experience in communications, marketing, and operations. He was the Operations and Communications Director for the Columbus Stars of the United Hockey League and the elite amateur soccer programs from the same club in the United Soccer Leagues. Before the Stars, Moran was the Director of Communications and Marketing at Dayton's Hara Arena, Conference and Exhibition Center. Moran also has experience in university facilities in operatuions management at The Ohio State University, George Washington University, and York College of Pennsylvania. He has also worked on the sports desk at The Columbus Dispatch. He is in the process of completeing his PhD is Higher Education Administration with a focus on Policy and Athletics.

Sara Marrs

Director, Athens County Economic Development Council   |   LinkedIn

Marrs is director of the Athens County Economic Development Council, a champion of business in Southeast Ohio. We are a public-private partnership committed to increasing economic opportunity in Athens County by encouraging entrepreneurship, recruiting new businesses, & helping existing businesses grow & expand.

Our mission is to be a catalyst for quality jobs & progress in the county and throughout the region by creating a seamless network of economic development resources through partnerships with government, business & nonprofit organizations.

Silver Sponsors

Alan McMillan

Founder, LearnEarnRetire   |   LinkedIn

Alan has over 30 years of high tech sales and marketing experience. He has served in senior management roles in both large publically held companies as well as venture funded start-ups. He is a 17 year veteran of Silicon Valley and has executed his roles both domestically and abroad.

He did not follow the path that he is prescribing to emerging college students. Rather, he is using his life lessons to pass on advice and techniques that can better your odds of success.

He resides in Athens, Ohio with his family and will join the Ohio University faculty in January 2014.

Bethany George

Executive in Residence, Innovation Center & TechGROWTH Ohio   |  

Bethany George, Executive-in-Residence (EIR) at the Innovation Center at Ohio University, is a native of Lancaster, Ohio, and earned a master's degree in business, economics, and political science from Ohio University. She also serves on Ohio University's Global Leadership Center Advisory Board.

Prior to her role as EIR, Ms. George served as a business advisory consultant for Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the TechGROWTH Ohio program since 2006. She worked with pre-revenue/early-stage technology inventors and entrepreneurs, as well as lifestyle businesses. George also was responsible for managing teams of Ohio University's MBA and Center for Entrepreneurship students, guiding them through strategy consulting engagements with clients.

Jesus Pagan

Assistant Professor, Russ College of Engineering   |   LinkedIn

Mr. Pagan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Management at the Russ College of Engineering and Technology. He continues to work with the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment (ISEE), and the Center for Algal Engineering Research and Commercialization (CAERC). CAERC was funded by a 2010 Third Frontier Wright Projects grant in collaboration with the University of Toledo and various industry partners.

Prior to his work at ISEE, he was a visiting professional in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and founder of Zeus Robotics, an arc welding and automation company at the Ohio University Innovation Center. Mr. Pagan is also a co-founder of ECO2Capture, Inc. He has participated in two Startup Weekends.

Areas of Research: Energy, Robotics and Automation.

John Glazer

Director, TechGROWTH Ohio   |   LinkedIn

TechGROWTH Director John Glazer strong has overseen TechGROWTH program planning and implementation since 2008. He serves as the TechGROWTH Board representative on two portfolio companies. Mr. Glazer is a recognized professional in technology-focused entrepreneurialism, with a career dedication to economic development in underdeveloped regions of the US and abroad. Mr. Glazer began as a university lecturer, then segued to the private sector, eventually becoming President and CEO of Little Professor Book Centers, Inc., a national bookstore franchising company. He was the founder and CEO of four additional startup companies, one international. He has been an instigator of, and advisor to, numerous technology economic development projects in the Detroit area and internationally, working with founders and entrepreneurs to start up and finance enterprises and initiate the training, marketing, and service programs to help them succeed. In addition to his role with TechGROWTH, Mr. Glazer currently serves as President of New Work Enterprises and as Director for Lift Africa Technologies, based in South Africa. Mr. Glazer holds an MA and ABD Ph.D. from the University of Michigan where he taught in the Philosophy, English, and Anthropology departments as well as the Honors College.

Luke Pittaway

Director, Center for Entrepreneurship, Ohio University   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Dr. Luke Pittaway is a tenured full professor and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Ohio University (Athens, OH) where he leads the academic programs in the College of Business and is leading enhancements to University-wide programs. He was formerly the William A. Freeman Distinguished Chair in Free Enterprise and the Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Learning and Leadership at Georgia Southern University where he managed programs in entrepreneurship until May 2013.

Dr. Pittaway has previously worked at the University of Sheffield (UK), Lancaster University (UK), and the University of Surrey (UK). He has been a Research and Education Fellow with the National Council of Graduate Entrepreneurship and an Advanced Institute of Management Research Scholar. He is on a number of editorial boards including: International Small Business Journal

Nathaniel Berger

Operations Coordinator, The Aesthetic Technologies Lab   |  

Nathaniel’s experience in fine arts, and information technology has been ongoing for over a decade, spanning his lower and higher educational endeavors. He has worked in the digital arena since 1997, producing both interactive and static media including, graphic design and web site design. Nathaniel holds a BFA in Art History from Ohio University, and is currently finishing his MA.

Specializing in interactive digital technologies research, he has worked extensively with businesses, artists, entrepreneurs, students and educators developing objective specific solutions that both demonstrate the IT-centric and humanistic qualitative aspects of society. His solutions focusing on game design, and content creation development have been hosted nationally, with sponsorship from such organizations as the Information Technology Association of Appalachian Ohio, the International Game Developers Association, Games for Health, and Google’s 2nd Android Developer Challenge.

He currently directs the CREATE_space, a University resource focusing on Creative Research Exploring Arts, Technology, and Entrepreneurship.

Sal Costa

Global Manufacturing Manager, Harvard Apparatus   |   LinkedIn

Sal has over thirty years of business and financial experience, both as a small business entrepreneur and as a corporate executive for well-known global corporations. Sal knows first-hand the challenges of running a small enterprise because he has owned both an independent small business and a local service outlet for a national franchise. His corporate background includes roles as General Manager, Finance Manager, Engineer, and Director of Operations for world-class organizations like General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, and ABB. As an entrepreneur he has successfully started, bought, grown, and sold small businesses. As a corporate executive he has been involved with multi-million dollar sub-contracts, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. Finally, Sal has shared his knowledge and experience with young professionals by teaching Managerial Accounting, Personal Finance, and Auditing at Belmont College. Sal has an Electrical Engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Tulane University. In addition, he has traveled extensively for both business and pleasure and is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Sam Patt

Founder, Anyvent   |   LinkedIn

At Startup Weekend Athens in January 2013 Sam found her passion for entrepreneurship. Her team Lydria, 3rd place winner, endeavored to create a platform to facilitate communication between instructors and their students. Sam and her team participated in the Innovation Engine Accelerator 2013 and created Anyvent. Anyvent is a software to help walk event planners through the event planning process, keeping things organized and making sure the planner doesn't miss any details. In addition Sam works for Innovation Center clients Digital Edge Sports, Inc. and Eco2Capture, Inc. She performs many administrative and operations management tasks keeping them organized and the companies running smoothly. Sam will be graduating soon with a business degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems.

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