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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 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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

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. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!



Jul 18
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome
  • Winner of Startup Weekend 2013 - Address to the Audience
  • Jason SurfrApp - Keynote
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams Form & Discuss Ideas
  • Teams Formalize, Inventory Skills, & Plan Weekend Ahead


Jul 19
  • Breakfast & Coffee
  • Teams Organize & Begin Work
  • Lunch
  • Kevin Hutchinson - Keynote
  • Calls for Skills
  • Coaches Help Teams One-on-One
  • Dinner
  • Mid Weekend Status Reports & Calls For Help
  • Finished For The Day - (Work Permitted as Late as Venue Allows)


Jul 20
  • Breakfast & Coffee
  • Calls For Skills
  • Lunch
  • Coaches Arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Greg Hartle - Keynote
  • Gut Check & Final Presentation Prep
  • Dinner
  • Judging & Awards
  • Wrap-Up
  • Go Home!

Kevin Hutchinson

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Mr. Hutchinson is the founder and CEO of My-Villages, Inc., a technology company enabling consumers and product service professionals to perform online service coordination utilizing web and mobile technologies.

Prior to founding My-Villages Mr. Hutchinson’s focus was on innovating the nation’s healthcare system through the implementation of technology that enabled better care management and coordination. He was the President and CEO of Prematics, a mobile electronic prescribing application for physicians, until its successful acquisition by Navinet in December 2010. Mr. Hutchinson was also the founding CEO of Surescripts and its network that connected the nation’s pharmacies, physicians, and insurance companies to enable better care management and coordination. Today, Surescripts is the nation’s backbone for processing and routing prescriptions electronically between physicians and pharmacies as well as looking up a patient’s medication history and medication eligibility to improve the safety and lower the cost of the prescription process for patients.

Mr. Hutchinson has sat on several boards of technology companies as well as previously appointed to advise both the Bush and Obama administrations to support the development of a national health information network to improve patient care through better care coordination and sharing of patient information.

Jason SurfrApp

Entrepreneur, Author   |   LinkedIn

Jason SurfrApp (formerly Jason Headsetsdotcom & Jason Sadler) is an unconventional marketer and entrepreneur. He created IWearYourShirt, a company that used sponsored t-shirts to promote businesses on social media, and in 2012 and 2013, he auctioned off his last name to the highest bidders. Jason recently wrote a book about his entrepreneurial journey, but in a very unique way. Frustrated by the confusing landscape of book publishers and book agents, Jason self-published and raised over $75,000 through sponsorships in his book Creativity For Sale before a single word was written or a single copy of the book sold.

Tired of living a life that felt prescribed to him by society, Jason SurfrApp used his out-of-the-box thinking and ingenuity to create multiple profitable Internet-based businesses. Jason is a public speaker, an entrepreneur at heart, lives a life of intention, and continues to strive to make a living doing what he loves.

Jason has been featured by The Today Show, CBS Evening News, USA Today, and The New York Times. He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL with his girlfriend, Caroline, and his Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Plaxico.

Greg Hartle

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Greg has been a founder, partner, board member, or played a significant role in a dozen businesses over a 16 year career. He's also the co-founder and CEO of a recent startup called, a website platform that allows business owners to focus on building their business instead of wasting time on confusing internet technology. And, his latest focus is partnering with one of our mentors Elizabeth King to bring actionable skills and fresh insight about business strategy and creativity to individual entrepreneurs, startups, and corporate groups across the United States.

Tier 1 Sponsors
Tier 2 Sponsors
Tier 3 Sponsors
Tier 4 Sponsors
Chris Callahan
Nicholas Mohnacky
Joe Russo
Tiffany Tellez
Kaylyn Durrance
Katlyn Rapp

Jason SurfrApp

Entrepreneur, Author   |   LinkedIn

Creative professional, self-motivated, results oriented, with 10 years experience in design, new media and marketing. Experienced in leading and working closely in a team environment to achieve both work-related and personal goals.

The "t-shirt" guy that made $1,000,000+ with IWearYourShirt,, and the launch of his first book, Creativity For Sale."

George Stamas


In 2005, Mr. Stamas moved from New York City to Palm Beach Gardens to become Adjunct Professor of Finance, Entrepreneurship and Economics at Northwood University in West Palm Beach. A former banker and businessman in New York City, Mr. Stamas moved to Palm Beach Gardens in 2005 to become Adjunct Professor of Finance, Entrepreneurship and Economics at Northwood University in West Palm Beach. Also, he is a guest lecturer of social entrepreneurship at FAU Honors College in Jupiter.

Mr. Stamas received his MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University and his BA in History from Washington & Lee University. He served three years in the U.S. Navy as communications officer and CIC officer on a destroyer.

Shanon Materio

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Owner of McMow Art Glass. Located in Palm Beach County, Florida since 1976 McMow Art Glass maintains an excellent working relationship with top builders, architects and designers and regularly ships their work throughout the US, Europe and South America. McMow Art Glass offers the best in stained glass windows and beveled art glass, as well as beautiful designs in carved, etched and faceted glass.

Will Corrente

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Serial entrepreneur and Founder of Corrente Consulting International Inc. (CCI). An entrepreneur consulting and professional connecting organization with a particular focus on the following sectors and industries: alternative energy/clean tech, sustainability, entrepreneurship, foreign trade and relations, economic development, video & mobile media and technology.

Gabriel Goldstein

Entrepreneur, Engineer   |   LinkedIn

Chief engineer and President of a product development company with a focus on computer and electrical based devices. Managed a successful company with several employees and sub-contractors to develop consumer and industrial based product designs of widely various complexities. Also worked with outside engineering and manufacturing contracting services to support our designs.


Elizabeth King

Entrepreneur, Author   |   LinkedIn

I'm an author working on my third book for Random House/Ten Speed, founder of a non-profit that aims to drive culture to influence education, president and founder of a boutique international tutoring company that prepares students globally for the SAT and ACT, and a professional speaker.
I speak with teenagers about issues affecting their lives in refreshing and actionable ways and I teach 21st century skills to adults looking to jumpstart their businesses or their creative lives. Those talks center around practical exploration and application of critical thinking, creativity, focus, education and culture. For all this, Fast Company highlighted me a few years back as a thriving member of "Generation Flux" -- a group of young people who have rolled with the punches of the modern economy.

Ben Lubin

Entrepreneur   |  

Ben is a native of West Palm Beach and a graduate of Suncoast Community Highschool. After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Ben was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. In November 2004, Ben deployed to eastern Afghanistan with 3d Battalion, 3d Marines where he served as their Fire Support Coordinator and was responsible for developing and implementing a plan to deny al Qaeda, Taliban, and associated fighters the ability to threaten a main Forward Operating Base with rockets. He also directed and coordinated the artillery, radar, and aircraft response during attacks and provided fire support deconfliction to units operating in Khowst Province.

In May 2008, Ben earned his Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University and shortly thereafter deployed to Iraq as a Firepower Control Team Leader with 4th ANGLICO. His team supported the Iraqi Army and Military Transition Teams in Al Anbar Province with Close-Air Support and Nontraditional Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance. In 2011, Ben joined the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives where he managed a stabilization program in southern Afghanistan. His responsibilities included working with Afghan government officials, the U.S. military, and other civilian agencies on reconstruction efforts.

Ben is currently the founder and owner of The Blind Monk where he oversees all aspects of its operations. He is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and is a certified sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Peter Marcus

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

My name is Peter Marcus and I am a BusinessLife Coach. I was born and raised in the Post war England of the late 1940’s. As a self-made man my journey has taken me across continents. I have had life-changing relationships and founded successful businesses.

My experiences have served me well. Today and for the past 30 years I have had the privilege of joining together with great women and men in building and directing management teams, increasing sales and bring revolutionary products to market. and also served as a guest lecturer, ad course reviewer, at the University of California at Berkeley, serving E110 Entrepreneurial class 1998-2001

I work closely with members of the the entertainment industry, sports fitness education professionals, emergent technology companies and serve a small number non-profit communities. I love what I do and I am grateful for the people I get to work with and the organizations they serve.

Gaida Zirkelbach

Attorney at Gunster   |   LinkedIn

I am a business, technology and Internet attorney. I provide general strategic advice, draft and negotiate a wide range of commercial agreements, and have vast experience working with companies in the technology and digital media fields.

Whether working with an entrepreneur or in-house counsel, I make it a priority to understand my clients’ business and goals, so that I can provide meaningful and practical advice for day to day and big picture questions. I have guided my clients from the start-up stage to an exit event, and everything in between, and I especially enjoy finding opportunities and managing risk within a client’s high growth stage.

I have negotiated deals with technology and Internet industry leaders including the largest online media properties and Fortune 500 companies. Super Lawyers, Florida Trend Legal Elite and the South Florida Legal Guide have recognized me as an “Up & Comer.” I have been quoted and featured on television and in televised online courses, as well as within publications such as the National Law Journal, E-Commerce Times, Florida Trend magazine, the South Florida Business Journal, and the Miami Herald.

Roy Assad

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Born in Syria, Roy overcame unimaginable obstacles and immigrated on his own, without money, unable to speak a word of English to the United Stated when he turned 18. Armed with only motivation and grand dreams, his hard work and determination allowed him to become his OWN first success story. What began as a “first job” in the mailroom of an insurance agency has grown into a life of entrepreneurial passion, which he now shares with clients worldwide.

Roy moved to West Palm Beach in 2001 after living and working in New York for over 25 years, primarily as a successful Insurance agent and insurance agency owner. Roy’s vast experience also includes The Haberdasher, a custom clothing company he formed in 1995 then successfully sold in 2001 as well as being a restaurateur, opening Leila in 2004 an award winning Middle Eastern restaurant, followed by l’Opera in 2006. He founded The Human Capital Group, LLC, an executive coaching company in 2003.

Roy is extremely committed to his community, serving either on the Board or Committees to organizations and charities such as the Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dress for Success, 2% Solution, Downtown Development Authority, West Palm Beach, International Coach Federation, South Florida, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, Palm Beach County, Arthur Marshall Foundation and the Governors Club, West Palm Beach.

In his own words, he expresses his philosophy beautifully, “I can wholeheartedly say, that I love people, I love my clients, and I also love that what I do for them it is so fulfilling… to be able to enrich other people’s lives through a mutual relationship based on respect and appreciation for the human spirit.”

David Cabrera

Sr. Developer   |   LinkedIn

Creative developer with over 15 years of web and mobile experience in a richly diverse myriad of industries. I've been fortunate enough to occupy various lead roles in countless marketing and information systems projects. While my skill set is versatile, I'm particularly proficient in UI/UX, data management, conversion optimization, real time and REST APIs, as well as front-end dev. Heavily experienced in web, mobile, social, and data.

Scott Lampert

Attorney at Broad & Cassel   |   LinkedIn

Mr. Lampert has been practicing law in the South Florida area since 1996. He has represented clients in business, corporate, intellectual property, employment, mergers and acquisitions and franchise law matters, including, negotiating transactions and contracts, protecting and licensing patents, trademarks and copyrights, litigation management, preparing SEC and state and blue sky filings, advising on corporate governance, regulatory compliance, corporate finance, business asset and stock purchases, private placement offerings and sales, franchise and general corporate matters, forming and restructuring legal entities and developing organizational documents, business plans, policies, operating procedures, standard form contracts and other documents.
His business background is extensive and has a worldwide reach. Prior to joining Broad and Cassel, Mr. Lampert served as Vice President and General Counsel of a NASDAQ listed manufacturing and distribution company and its subsidiaries in the U.S., Hong Kong, The Peoples Republic of China, United Kingdom, Germany, France and Canada.
He has negotiated transactions and contracts with U.S. based and foreign businesses related to, among other things, business and asset acquisitions and sales, joint ventures, office, warehouse and manufacturing facility purchases, sales and leases, finance facilities, product manufacturing and sales, equipment and inventory purchases, and consulting and other professional services.

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