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University of the Arts, 320 S. Broad St Phila PA 19102



Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of builders, creators, developers, designers, and idea generators who come together for a weekend of experiential learning and growth. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, WA 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 build 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 attendees found companies, find a cofounder, make amazing connections, 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. Register now for the best weekend of your life!

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

Gold Sponsors

Gil Beyda

Genacast Ventures   |  

Gil Beyda is the Founder & Managing Partner of Genacast Ventures, a seed fund formed in partnership with Comcast Ventures to invest in technology-centric, Internet start-ups. Gil has invested in Invite Media (acquired by Google), Demdex (acquired by Adobe), DoubleVerify, Packlate and Enterproid.

Chris Fralic

First Round Capital   |  

Chris Fralic is a Partner at First Round Capital, an early stage venture capital firm with offices in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New York. Chris has 25 years of technology industry experience, with significant Internet business development roles since 1996. Prior to joining First Round, Chris was VP of Business Development at social bookmarking company

Wayne Kimmel

Artists and Instigators   |  

Wayne D. Kimmel is a Founder and Managing Partner of Artists & Instigators with Marc Ecko and Tony Bifano. In 1999, Wayne founded his venture capital firm that has invested in startup and early-stage consumer facing technology companies. Some of them included SeamlessWeb (acquired by ARAMARK), Take Care Health Systems(acquired by Walgreens), and NutriSystem (NTRI). Currently, Artists & Instigators is an investor in Fisker Automotive, Ryzing, ReverbNation, Startup Health, Dwolla and LA Startup Weekend winner, Zaarly.

Alan Greenberger

Deputy Mayor for Economic Development

During his 34 years in private practice, he was the principal designer on numerous architectural, urban design and planning projects. Among his notable projects are the Salvation Army Kroc Corps Community Center in Philadelphia, the West Chester University School of Music and Performing Arts Center, the renovation of Lehigh University's historic Linderman Library, new campus plan and pavilions at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts and the Master Plan for the Centennial District in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park.

Silver Sponsors

Bob Moul

Philly Startup Leaders   |   LinkedIn

Philadelphia tech CEO / entrepreneur with 30 years of experience ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies. CEO at Boomi (acquired by Dell). President of Philly Startup Leaders. Board of directors at Philadelphia Alliance of Capital and Technology. Mentor at DreamIt Ventures. Advisory boards at Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures (Temple University’s Fox School of Business) and Ben Franklin Technology Partners.

Robert J. Moore

RJMetrics   |  

Robert J. Moore is the founder and CEO of RJMetrics, one of Philadelphia’s best-known technology startups. RJMetrics creates software that helps online businesses unlock the valuable insights hidden within their own data.

Marc Weil

CloudMine   |  

Marc is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Software Engineering. He comes to CloudMine as its CTO and founder after a year at Oracle doing enterprise-level iOS application development and brief stint at RJMetrics.

Chuck Sacco

Movitas   |  

Chuck Sacco - President of Mobile Monday Mid-Atlantic, Vice President of Client Strategy at Movitas and Adjunct Faculty at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business.

Kevin Jackson

Dell Boomi   |  

I'm a designer who lives, works, and plays in the Philadelphia area. I like to create experiences for web and mobile apps. I occasionally dabble in print. You can follow my exploits and chat it up with me on Twitter at @chuise. I have a beard.

Ellen Weber

Robin Hood Ventures   |  

Ellen Edelman Weber is the Executive Director of Robin Hood Ventures. She is also Managing Director of Antiphony, a strategic consulting firm that helps companies create sustainable value, responsible for the Leadership Development practice. Prior to that, Ellen spent twelve years at Shared Medical Systems where she was responsible for initiatives encompassing organizational development, customer support and corporate communications. She also has served as a senior consultant for Andersen Consulting. Ellen graduated from The Wharton School with a B.S. in economics.

Chris DiFonzo

OpenDesks   |  

Chris DiFonzo is Founder & CEO of OpenDesks, a mobile-social networking providing instant access to places to meet and work in 1000+ venues in over 100 countries. Chris blends a strong technical foundation with close to 20 years of diverse business and technology experience.

Yasmine Mustafa

NetLine Corporation   |   LinkedIn

Yasmine Mustafa just joined NetLine Corportation after they acquired her blog advertising company, 123LinkIt. She's been involved in DreamIT Ventures and PhilaDev. She is currently active within Philly Startup Leaders, runs a local Chapter of GirlDevelopIt which empowers women to learn how to code, and she sits on the board of

Karl Okamoto

ApprenNet   |  

Karl is the Director of the Program in Business and Entrepreneurship Law and a Professor of Law at Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law. He is also the Founder & CEO of ApprenNet LLC, an education company that builds online learning communities, including LawMeets™.

Ilya Braude

Cloudmine   |  

Ilya Braude is Co-Founder, Developer, and VP of Engineering at CloudMine - a platform that provides full backend support for applications via an API, allowing developers to build fast, scalable apps quickly. Ilya graduated from Drexel University with BS and MS degrees in Computer Science.

Brad Denenberg

Founder, SeedPhilly   |  

Brad Denenberg is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Seed Philly, overseeing the all-volunteer team. Brad is responsible for organizing the community and driving new Seed Philly initiatives. In addition, Brad provides business strategy consulting to a number of startups from within the Seed Philly community, taking an active role in planning and business development.

Guy Fighel

Director of Research & Development   |  

Guy Fighel is the Director of Research & Development at Vonage Mobile. Leading multiple technology teams for mobile telecommunication products & system development. Oversee the creation for software delivery and provide technical and architectural direction for design, Agile development and implementation of Voice Over IP network technology. Guy specializes in System & Software Architecture, Telecommunication, Security and networking. Focusing on Server-side software development.

Lenny Kravets

Associate Patent Attorney

Leonid Kravets, esq. is an associate patent attorney at Panitch, Schwarze, Belisario and Nadel, LLP in Philadelphia, PA. Mr. Kravets focuses his practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property transactional law, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, preparing patentability and infringement opinions, conducting intellectual property due diligence investigations and providing litigation support for patent cases.

Prior to coming to Panitch Schwarze, Mr. Kravets was a senior patent analyst at a leading patent consultancy, where he evaluated patent portfolios of various sizes from individual inventors to Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Kravets is a member of the bars of the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He received his JD cum laude from the Temple University Beasley School of Law. He holds dual bachelors degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Kravets is active in the Philadelphia tech and start-up communities and has been a founder and an advisor to numerous technology startups and entrepreneurs. He is also an inventor on numerous patents and pending patent applications.

Media Sponsors
Brad Oyler
Alli Blum
Chris Baglieri
Melissa Ivone Morris
Tom Nagle
Yuriy Porytko

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