Startup Weekend Twin Cities 8 Judges & Speakers Announced


screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-7-08-52-amStartup Weekend Twin Cites 8the 54 hour hackathon for those who make, do and create — kicks off tonight at The University of Minnesota.

Part of the experience includes talks from qualified entrepreneurs followed by live final demos in front of Minnesota’s tech community.

Repeat entrepreneur Mitch Coopet will be delivering keynote on Sunday right before demos begin:

coopet“The startup mission: vision, team and risk”
Mitch Coopet is co-founder and former CTO/Interim CEO of Code42.  A product person at heart, his newest venture is aftercode, where he and a seasoned team of startup veterans are exploring applications for AI in consumer and business communication.
His experience at Code42 includes two record setting investments rounds for a Minnesota software company and the opportunity to build high performance teams focused on customer success.

Techstars + Target Retail Accelerator Partners Christine Strzalka & Caroline Strzalka: 

“The Top 10 Things We Wish We Knew Before We Started A Startup”

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-12-08-36-pmChristine Strzalka is the Co-Founder of It’sByU, the do-it- yourself flower kit startup. She’s an award-winning florist, floral educator and the founder of Secret of Flowers Floral Art Studio in Philadelphia. She’s also a successful communications, brand, and marketing strategist and a former finance reporter with an MA in Journalism from New York University.
screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-12-08-49-pmCaroline Strzalka is the Co-Founder of It’sByU, the do-it- yourself flower kit startup. She holds an MBA from Wharton. Previous positions include Head of Digital Media at both Scholastic and Sesame Workshop, where she executed deals with companies including Apple, Intel and Google, helping to develop and release dozens of apps. Caroline is also the Co-Founder of interactive toy company Intellitoys, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-7-14-03-amScott Davis: How to make the most of Startup Weekend

Scott Davis is the CEO of QONQR, the winner of the inaugural Twin Cities Startup Weekend in 2010.  Scott is a cloud and mobile software developer, who also holds an MBA in Entrepreneurial Business, which allows him to cross the boundaries of tech-speak and business lingo seamlessly.  QONQR is a mobile game on iOS, Android and Windows Phone that allows players to battle for and capture their hometown and surrounding cities.  QONQR has been played in every country in the world, covering 34% of the populated earth, and has earned over $1 Million in revenue since the game was released in 2012.



Sunday Night Demo Judges:

Patrick Meenan, Partner, Arthur Ventures

Dave Mao, Partner, Come Up Capital

Rich Landa, Co-founder, Four51

Jeff Sellner, Principal, Clifton Larson Allen; Board of Directors, Minnestar

Mark McGuire, Managing Director, gener8tor Minnesota