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Startup Weekend Social Entrepreneurship

Startup Weekend Orlando is a unique three-day experience that brings together the best and brightest minds to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch companies!

While the structure and purpose of this startup weekend event will stay the same, this event is designed specifically for social entrepreneurs - people who want to use the power of entrepreneurship to solve some of the most challenging and interesting social and environmental problems. Ventures - for-profit, non-profit, or some other form of organization - with double (sometimes triple) bottom lines. Not sure what this means for you - please contact us. We're happy to chat with you.

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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

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.

Pitch your ideas, form a team, build a prototype, validate the market, make a business model, win prizes, and develop new connections

From idea to launch in 54 hours!



Mar 28
  • 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 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • 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 30
  • 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!
Tier 1 Sponsors

Shawn Seipler

Founder, Clean the World

As a social entrepreneur, Shawn Seipler is committed to focusing his business, management and leadership skills on advancing humanitarian, social and environmental causes. His commitment to excellence and passion for corporate social responsibility led to the creation of Clean the World in 2009.

In just three years Clean the World has enrolled nearly 2,500 North American and Asian hotel partners in its environmentally friendly soap-recycling program, distributing 17 million bars of soap and hygiene kits to children and families across the United States and in 70 other countries.

Shawn has been featured on CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, National Geographic, The Washington Post and NPR.

Rob Panepinto

Vice Chair of the Central Florida Foundation

Rob was a Founding executive for Connextions, an Orlando based company that evolved from a start-up manufacturing to an industry-leading innovator in healthcare technology and business processing solutions. He served in a variety of executive, strategy and business development roles during the Company's expansion, including President. He played a key leadership role in both the Company's 2006 recapitalization with New Mountain Capital as well as the acquisition of Connextions by OptumHealth, a UnitedHealth Group Company, in 2011.

Rob is active as a "civic entrepreneur" serving as the Vice Chair of the Central Florida Foundation, leading their Entrepreneurs in Action initiative that leverages the expertise of successful entrepreneurs to help non-profit organizations explore new social enterprise business models. He is also the Board Chair of the Central Florida Zoo, a Board member of Orlando, Inc, and an Adviser for Canvas, a non-profit shared space for emerging technology ventures.

Julie Colombino

Founder and CEO of REBUILD globally (RG)   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Julie Colombino is the Founder and CEO of REBUILD globally (RG), a nonprofit social enterprise established in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake. RG is a model of development that is working to lessen poverty and the effects of poverty through dignified, living-wage employment. RG trains, equips and employs survivors to made high-quality recycled tire sandals for sale in the local and international market.
Julie received her Master of Nonprofit Management from UCF and is the proud recipient of the 2013 Credo Rally Award

Tier 3 Sponsors

Chrissy Garton

Director of Social Innovation for Rollins College

Chrissy Garton leads the Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Initiative at Rollins College,

recognized as one of 24 Changemaker Campuses worldwide by Ashoka, the world’s leading

association for social entrepreneurship. Garton’s work underlines the critical dexterity of social

innovation across industries, sectors, and academic disciplines with an emphasis on cross-
functional, human-centered solutions. Prior to Rollins, Garton has served in strategic planning and

communication roles in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Cari H. Coats

Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Crummer Graduate School of Business   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Cari H. Coats is executive director of the Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at the nationally-ranked Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College. Additionally, Coats is president of C2 Advisors, Inc., providing advisory services that leverage Coats’ extensive professional network, executive-level management experience and knowledge of strategy, marketing, entrepreneurship, social innovation and the capital markets. Coats has worked broadly with financial securities and consumer products companies, sports organizations, entrepreneurial and social ventures, family-held enterprises, as well as alternative investment, venture capital, private equity and venture philanthropy funds. Coats is a frequent speaker and lecturer on the topics of innovation, leadership, strategy and growth, social entrepreneurship and women’s issues. She chairs the board of advisors of Bajalia International Group, a woman-owned, fair-trade wholesale distributor of artisan-quality goods sourced from more than 20 under-developed nations across the globe

Carol Ann Dykes

Site Manager - UCF Business Incubator   |   LinkedIn

Ms. Carol Ann Dykes manages the University of Central Florida Business Incubator @ the Central Florida Research Park. The Research Park Incubator is part of the UCF Business Incubation Program - a university-community partnership that builds high-growth business opportunities into successful business ventures in Central Florida. The Incubation Program currently serves 140+ companies in eight facilities located in Apopka, the Central Florida Research Park, Orlando, Winter Springs, St. Cloud, Kissimmee, Daytona and on the UCF main campus.

Ben Hoyer

Founder Downtown Credo Coffee

Bryan Noel

Partner of Root Radius   |  

Bryan Noel is Partner / COO of Root Radius, a change agency that equips causes to tell their story. Bryan is passionate about developing business culture and processes that create resilient and sustainable work environments. His unofficial role is to make Root Radius a sustainable business so the team can focus on equipping causes and changing lives.

Shea Glenny

Digital Measurement/Content Strategist & 1 Million Cups Organizer   |   LinkedIn

Shea helps brands make Content Marketing work as a lead generation and lead nurture system. She's particularly helpful at cutting through the clutter of all the online marketing options and isolating it down to the few that matter most for business growth. In hopes of being a serial entrepreneur, Shea recently started a few tech projects and brought the Kauffman Foundation's 1 Million Cups program to Orlando from Kansas City. Shea has decades of serving nonprofit organizations that help women and children in crisis, and she loves craft beer, natural horsemanship and holy yoga.

Colin Forward

Director of Business Development, Allogy   |   LinkedIn

Colin Forward is Director of Business Development for Allogy, makers of the Capillary learning suite. He helps educators in the US and abroad find the right tools for mobile learning deployments. He is the Director of Allogy Africa, the mobile learning partner for the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD). Colin is also Associate Director of the Research, Assessment, and Innovation for Social Enterprise (RAISE) Lab at the University of Central Florida.

George Gramatikas

Founder, Turbine Technology Services

Josh Murdock   |  

Professor Josh has been in higher education for over 15 years. He’s been teaching educational technology and social networking for the last 10 years. As technology continuously changes at a rapid pace, Josh is always playing with the latest apps, gadgets, and technique to see how they can be incorporated into our classrooms. Josh is an instructional designer, professor, blogger, social media geek, and Orlando tech supporter.

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Jeremy Scheinberg

Founder, Trobo

For over 15 years, Jeremy worked in the themed entertainment industry. He designed audio, video and control systems in theme parks around the world for clients including – Disney, Universal and Lego. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer for Alcorn McBride – the leading manufacturer of audio/video/control products for themed entertainment. Most recently, Jeremy participated in Startup Weekend Orlando 2013 where his team finished in 2nd
– an interactive toy and app designed to help children get excited about Science, Technology and Engineering.

Royce Gomez

Royce Gomez has worked in start-up ventures, non-profits, and luxury retailers. She has owned successful businesses that grew exponentially in a short period of time, procured government contracts, and exceeded revenue goals. Royce won first place in the University of Miami Business Plan Competition (on behalf of Christian HELP) and blogs on the Huffington Post,, Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership Center (, and
Royce is adept at strategic planning, organizational change, business development, and recruiting.

Destry Gustin

Product Manager of Visualization Cloud at Kony, Inc.

Destry is an experienced technology professional that has established leadership positions in companies ranging in size from startup to enterprise. He currently works at Kony, Inc. as the Product Manager of Visualization Cloud, where he is responsible for the product’s overall direction and success. Destry began his career as a software engineer, and over the years his passion has grown to encompass all aspects of the industry. He focuses on solving the needs of businesses through technology innovations and user experience. In his free time, Destry enjoys playing sports, spinning records, and hanging out with his family.

Jason Goldberg

Life Architect + Founder of MEometry   |   LinkedIn

What does an award-winning entrepreneur, former rapper (who opened for the Wu-Tang Clan) and previously 332lb man have in common? They are all the same guy!

Jason “JG” Goldberg, MBA empowers current and "future-preneurs" to create permanent and massive success in their lives and businesses! FOR REAL!

BUT HOW? Glad you asked…He does this by helping them conquer their fears and create something EPIC! Through action-based coaching, mentorship and mind-melding strategy sessions, he helps develop entrepreneurial prosperity with a huge dose of fun and creativity!

JG has coached everyone from CEOs to Ph.Ds, helped transform countless small businesses and has worked with organizations such as NASA, Wyndham Vacation Ownership and Northrop Grumman to overcome challenges and develop opportunities through his unique experiences.

He is a regular guest lecturer at Rollins College and the University of Central Florida on topics such as entrepreneurship, leadership, re-invention and emotional intelligence and has spoken to groups as diverse as the Society of Women Engineers and the National Association of Entrepreneurs.

Debbie Farah

CEO/Founder   |   LinkedIn

Debbie Farah is a Social Entrepreneur as CEO- founder Bajalia International Group and Bajalia Trading Company ( The two companies are a collaboration of for-profit and non-profit based in Orlando, Florida working in 28 countries around the globe. Bajalia is a import company, designing and distributing designer quality products serving the high-end retail mass market with our Bajalia brand and the specialty and big box retail mass market through our private label products with 70% of our production workforce being women in emerging countries. While the for profit leads sales and marketing efforts the non-profit excels in entrepreneurial training and development workshops, while incubating businesses in emerging economies. Ms. Farah is a thought leader in managing a global workforce, empowering women through employment, cross culture business and diversity. Bajalia launched fair trade products on Home Shopping Network in March 2011. The company also launched products into Canada and mid 2014 into the

Eric Kovar

Founder - Blackfin Seafood Grill & radiusBlue

Eric Kovar is the founding partner of Blackfin Seafood Grill and radiusBlue Property Management Software. The Food Network and The Orlando Sentinel have both recognized Blackfin as an outstanding restaurant and bar. Eric is also an inventor and is deep into the design and patent process on a new cyber lock that will be available in April. Eric is passionate about design, lean startUp, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Victoria Cerrone

An accomplished CEO, Victoria is a multi-talented executive level creative strategist with over fifteen years experience leading and advising business start-ups in the art and cultural industries, luxury brand market and legal sector. Her professional roles have included strategic planning, business development, sales, legal advisory, HR training, social media marketing and project management. As a participant in Startup Weekend Orlando 2012, Victoria and her team came in 2nd place out of 44 ideas with an online platform for artists to engage buyers, showcase and sell their work. Most recently, she is the co-founder of Ports of Cause, a philanthropic organization dedicated to unifying and motivating the yachting industry under a “SMART YACHTING” initiative that drives a global awareness, education and innovation campaign for cleaner oceans, sustainable lifestyle and eco-luxury experience.

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