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Apr 4
  • 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


Apr 5
  • 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


Apr 6
  • 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

Troy McConnell

Serial Entrepreneur/CEO of Audience Fuel   |   LinkedIn

Troy McConnell has 23 years of entrepreneurial experience. He co-founded his first company, Image Technology, in 1988 and sold it in 1995 to MCI for $26 million. He co-founded Batanga, a media business focused on the US Hispanic and Latin American market, in late 1999. Batanga raised $8M in equity funding between 2000 and 2005. McConnell sold his interest in Batanga to Tudor Ventures in a $30M funding round in 2007. In 2009, McConnell founded Clever on Demand, an Internet advertising technology company that purchased AudienceFUEL. McConnell has two patents and also teaches Entrepreneurship in the MBA program at Wake Forest University.

Tier 2 Sponsors

Algenon Cash

Managing Director at Wharton Gladden & Company   |   LinkedIn

Algenon is managing director of Wharton Gladden, a boutique real estate investment banking firm. In 2003, Algenon and a group of private investors created Wharton Gladden to provide financial advisory services, underwriting, capital placement, asset management, and private equity to corporations, real estate developers, municipalities, financial institutions, and high-net worth investors. Today, Wharton Gladden has strategically advised clients on over $1 billion in whole loan acquisitions and liquidations, and the Firm has successfully closed over $250 million in multifamily and commercial real estate transactions.

Dr. Stanley W. Mandel (Stan)

Professor of Practice & Director, Angell Center for Entrepreneurship at Wake Forest University   |   LinkedIn

Dr. Mandel has participated in the start-up of more than 20 organizations within the medical device, biotechnology, education, retail, financial services, health care, consulting and nonprofit sectors. He also advises and serves on the boards of student- and alumni-led start-up companies. Stan has been recognized by USASBE, AOM, and GCEC for his contributions in a number of different application and academic areas.

Monty Hagler

President & CEO of RLF Communications   |   LinkedIn

Monty is the president and CEO of RLF Communications, a full-service strategic communications firm in downtown Greensboro. Prior to founding RLF, Monty served as a managing partner at Trone, an integrated agency with 100 professionals, and as president of Capstrat, a Raleigh, N.C.-based public relations and public affairs firm. Before switching to agency life in 1996, Monty was vice president for strategic communications at First Union (now Wells Fargo) in Charlotte, N.C.

Monty is actively involved with the North Carolina Film Council, the Board of Advisors for the Department of Communications Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill (board chair from 1996 - 2001), Board of Visitors for UNC-Greensboro (2010 - 2013), the Task Force for the Downtown Greensboro Performing Arts Center and the Board of Directors for the Greensboro Country Club. He also serves in leadership roles for a number of professional organizations such as WORLDCOM Public Relations Group (Global Board Member), the Public Relations Society of America and the Council of Public Relations Firms.

Monty graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. He also holds a master’s degree in applied communication theory from Temple University.

Wayne Szafranski

Asst. Vice Chancellor for Outreach & Economic Development at NC A&T University

A native of Western New York, Wayne graduated from Clarkson University and holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemistry and a certificate in Photographic Engineering. Over the past forty years he has held technical development, engineering and market management positions in companies such as Eastman Kodak, CIBA-Geigy, and Konica Manufacturing, USA. He has also developed markets and import-export businesses for smaller firms in the Southeast including his own wastewater treatment company which he founded in 1997. Prior to joining the staff at N.C. A&T, he directed a community-based technology transfer program: Technology Outreach at Nussbaum.

As the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Outreach and Economic Development at North Carolina A&T State University, Wayne is responsible for overseeing the University’s intellectual property portfolio and technology transfer operations as well as facilitating the University’s relationships with businesses in North Carolina. Since his arrival at N.C. A&T in 2007, he has worked to develop several spin-off businesses based on University technologies and expanded the University’s license and patent portfolio . In addition to his duties in commercializing the University’s intellectual property, Wayne is responsible for forming and negotiating research relationships and contracts with both commercial and federal agency partners.


Beth Livingston

Founder of MaxMyShopping & Business Analyst at The Clearing House   |   LinkedIn

Beth attended Startup Weekend last year and founded her company Max My Shopping which is still going strong. She loves working with young entrepreneurs and getting involved with business at every level. She is a business analyst/technical writer with 20 years of Information Technology experience, primarily in transportation, banking/lending, consulting, construction, and real estate. Beth has worked for both large and small organizations, often in internationally distributed teams, and has a natural talent for "translating" information between all levels of the organization.

Tom Gratzek

Marketing & Strategy at Analog Devices   |   LinkedIn

Tom is a 30 year veteran of the semiconductor industry, recently retired from Analog Devices (ADI). He received a BS (Chem Eng) from Georgia Tech, and an MS (Mgt/Econ) from MIT. Tom specialized in starting new business line, then leading and managing development, marketing, strategy and business development teams. For the past 20 years he has focused on wireless communications working on chipsets for cellular phones and infrastructure applications. In 2000 he co-founded the ADI design center at NCSU Centennial Campus. He has travelled extensively worldwide marketing and selling resultant products.

Tom lives in Greensboro and is a dedicated (if self-taught) tennis player.

Davis Bourland

Associate at Wharton Gladden

Davis is an Associate with Wharton Gladden & Co., the fastest-growing boutique real estate investment bank in the Southeast. He is focused especially on serving the financial needs of small- and mid-sized businesses in North Carolina and the Triad. Meanwhile, Davis serves as a member of Young Leaders United, Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, and he recently completed the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders.

John Peele

Web & Product Designer   |   LinkedIn

John designs experiences and solves information and communication problems in a broad variety of media. He has started multiple design agencies and currently owns Cardinal Cotton, an apparel design company.

David Horne

Producer & Business Design   |   LinkedIn

David is the founder of and a principal at the Triad based modern marketing firm Magnetic Ideas.

He has advised many startups over the last ten years, including the winner 2013's Triad Startup Weekend, TEAL.

Donna Fryer

Managing Director Global Information Research & Retrieval, LLC

Donna Fryer has been intricately involved in the information research and business intelligence industry for almost 20 years. Donna has served several industries in her research abilities including corporate, legal, private investigators, government, public relations, advertising, accounting and publishers. She has spoken on a multitude of topics including Competitive Intelligence research, Internet research and technology issues to a variety of venues including the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, SLA, TEC CEOs (now Vistage), WebSearch University, North Carolina Bar Association and the College of DuPage Soaring to Excellence program.

Donna has also developed and taught continuing legal education classes for attorneys and paralegals across the US. Donna’s marketing background and due diligence experience has enabled her to have an eye for opportunities that she often brings to her clients giving value-
add to her services. Donna also develops training programs and trains business professionals via Webinars/Webcasts through her company's site: on a variety of research related topics.

Harry Rybacki

Software Engineer & Open Source Advocate   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Harry, a former Army paratrooper and satellite communications specialist, is currently pursuing a career as a software engineer. Harry is an open source advocate, and has developed, while working with the Center for Open Science, SciNet, a free web tool that allows internet browsers to contribute to an archive of scientific citations. While completing his undergraduate studies at UNCG, Harry has also founded a student veteran advocacy group and hosts DevTalks in the Greensboro area.

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