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The 16 Triangle Maker Startup Weekend Teams
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Triangle Maker Startup Weekend 2014 is proud to present one of the first maker startup weekends on the East Coast.

Join makers across the Triangle for a weekend focused on building cool, crazy, innovative physical products and launching companies around them. Tinker with state of the art tools provided by BetaVersity and meet design experts brought in by DXLab Design. We'll have micro-controllers, laser cutters, 3D printers, and an awesome makerspace for you to geek out on.

You do not need to be a designer or a coder to join; the only requirement is curiosity and a build-it mindset. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea. Teams organically form around the top ideas (determined by popular vote) and then dive into a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with a final presentation in front of a panel of judges who will offer critical feedback and suggestions.

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.

In addition to a great weekend full of entrepreneurial activity, participants will receive:

  • A participant t-shirt and lots of fun SWAG!

  • Food and drink to fuel your entire weekend (including some awesome after parties)!

  • Prizes for the winners of the final pitch event including a DXLab Design Sprint, $100 worth of 3D prints and 500 Royal Membership (maker space) from BetaVersity!

  • Schedule


    Apr 4
    • Registration Starts
    • Pizza & Networking
    • Welcome & Speakers
    • Pitches Start
    • Attendees vote for the top ideas
    • Teams Start Forming, Take Skills Inventory, and Discuss Strategy
    • CrankArm Brewing Company (After Party)
    • After-Hours Working at HQ


    Apr 5
    • Venue Opens. Breakfast and Coffee Served
    • Teams Form and Setup Workspace for the Weekend
    • Last Sign Up for Coaches
    • Lunch from Moe's Southwest Grill
    • Call for needs & skills
    • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
    • Dinner - Will & Pops Food Truck (Outside)
    • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
    • After-hour Workspace at HQ
    • Flying Saucer Draught Emporium (Optional)


    Apr 6
    • Venue Opens, Breakfast & Coffee
    • Gut Check. Start Prepping for Presentations
    • Call for Last Minute Help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
    • Lunch from Jimmy Johns and Chipotle
    • Final Time to Submit Presentation Deck (
    • Doors Open for Demo Day Ticket Holders
    • Awards & Judge Feedback
    • Wrap-Up and After Party at Five Star!

    H. Christian Hölljes

    H. Christian Hölljes will join North Carolina State University in the 2013-14 academic year as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Innovation + Design, and Professor in the College of Design in conjunction with the Poole College of Management. Hölljes is an award winning designer, inventor and serial entrepreneur who has pioneered, patented and created lucrative new markets in active learning and audio steganography.


    Jonathan Gould


    Jonathan gained that experience crawling around basements as the founder of his own AV company that grew to be one of the largest in the Triangle NC region. He also served as the CTO for a software development company whose clients included some of the largest players in the home automation market.

    Jonathan is like a walking encyclopedia on everything, except sports that is, which seems to exasperate Scott to no end.

    Greg Hopper

    Greg Hopper teaches "Competitive Strategy in Technology-based Industries". He is a strategy and product marketing executive and entrepreneur with over 30 years experience in corporate strategy, and marketing of technology-based solutions, and has worked in product management alongside the CTO of a Fortune 500 company.

    Kevin Wright

    Kevin Wright has a proven track record of over 30 years (both at IBM and GE) as an effective change agent in driving innovation and technology commercialization and new business initiatives. Recently, he was selected as part of a core team in IBM’s recently formed “Radical Process Simplification” area, and is helping to re-engineer IBM’s key processes to meet significant challenges in IBM’s roadmap to 2015.

    Working with IBM Research and several IBM development areas, he has guided a wide variety of projects focused on the transition of technology from labs to viable commercial offerings. Kevin developed one of driving IBM’s premier innovation incubator program (Extreme Blue, RTP Lab Manager). He has been part of several of IBM’s leading edge entrepreneurial initiatives, such as entry into the home personal computer market, e-business middleware (WebSphere, Tivoli, and Pervasive Computing), the Emerging Business Opportunities company-wide initiative, and several other significant paradigm-breaking task forces and initiatives. His diverse experiences helps me to provide an end-to-end, integrated perspective, having performed in key roles across a wide variety of functional and brand areas in hardware, software, and services from both business and technical perspectives.

    Kevin has over 5 years experience as an Adjunct Professor for both Duke University (Masters of Engineering Management Program) and NC State University (MBA Program) teaching courses in services, solutions, global strategy, management of innovation and technologies. He recently successfully served as a business mentor for a RENCI / UNC-CH initiated project which was awarded a NSF grant for NSF’s I-Corps program (program focusing on customer discovery, business model generation, and utilizing a lean start-up approach).

    Aly Khalifa

    Aly Khalifa is dedicated to inventive culture. His firm, Gamil Design, has specialized in invention development, garnering 18 patents along the way. He has led teams to launch products for some of the world’s most exciting consumer brands. Aly is also a co-founder of Designbox, a leading multi-disciplinary workspace of creative professionals. Additionally, he founded and leads SPARKcon, the nation’s largest open source festival that promotes local creative culture. As a result he has garnered significant attention as a voice for the creative community, which has led to lectures worldwide. Most recently he has been enjoying success with his gourmet product brand, Gamila, with its recent Kickstarter hit for their Impress Coffee Brewer.


    Andrew Roth

    Business Development at RocketBolt   |   LinkedIn

    Andy Roth has two degrees from Duke Law School, including one specializing in entrepreneurship. Prior to law school he spent several years in New York City pursuing professional acting. He is currently the Director of Business Development for RocketBolt, a startup which has just completed The Startup Factory's Fall 2013 program.

    Matthew Cronheim

    Co-owner of Arrowhead. Grew up in Wake County. Fell in love with woodwork through the process of converting a tobacco barn into my living space. Before Arrowhead I grew vegetables and was a historic restoration carpenter. I studied politics and philosophy, tried my hand at a desk-job, and spent the last six years trying to figure out a different way of living. I'm passionate about providing tangible products with inherent value to my community. I'm inspired by anyone out there who actively engages their material surroundings. I work primarily with wood, but at Arrowhead we integrate steel and wood in most projects, and we're always looking for opportunities to work with other media - concrete, glass, stone, leather, rope, etc. I'm not particularly tech savvy. Our first two employees came to us saying they wanted to get their hands dirty, but we hired them because they knew which buttons to press on cameras and computers. I love structures, material integration, minimalism, and functional design.

    Nathaniel Brown

    Financial Advisor & Partner at SB Financial Group   |   LinkedIn

    Nate Brown is a partner at SB financial group and Founder of Networking with Nate. After years in academia he ventured into the world of business to build a network and find ways to help people. Using his data analysis and strategic planning skills developed within the PhD program he went through doing experimental physics research, he now applies those same skills to helping people make sound financial decisions. His love of helping people and passion for education shines through with everything he does whether it is applied to networking or financial planning!

    Glenn Goldman

    Sr. Product Manager at ReverbNation   |   LinkedIn

    Collaborative problem solver with a successful history of generating opportunity, incubating innovation, and soup-to-nuts execution. I relish the opportunity to research and define an idea's direction. I'm equally at home executing a plan. I've fostered growth in a series of music-based startups. I have worked in digital music distribution, web marketing, sync licensing, UX design, product management and higher education.

    I strive to be creative every day and take at least a half hour to enjoy fresh air and good conversation. Naysayers bore me. I'm inspired by engineers.

    Eric Morrow

    Digital Marketing Curriculum Designer at Google   |   LinkedInGoogle+

    Full-stack digital marketer and retired attorney. Interested in entrepreneurial ventures launching new products and acquiring customers.

    Engin Kapkin

    PhD Student at NC State University College of Design   |   LinkedIn

    Engin Kapkin received a Master of Science in Industrial Design from Anadolu University, Graduate School of Science in Turkey. He earned Master in Industrial Design degree from North Carolina State University, College of Design as a Fulbright Grantee. He has been a faculty member at Anadolu University, Faculty of Architecture and Design, and actively assisting and teaching classes at North Carolina State University, Department of Graphic and Industrial Design. He worked and interned at local craft centers in Turkey, T-Design, Ford, IDEO, and dxlab design. He is interested in industrial design, product design, design education, creativity, human-product interaction and experience design, and product form development processes. His current work focuses on meaning and form, ecological and cognitive aspects of meaning attribution processes of product forms.

    Chris Padgett

    CEO Fusion 3 Design

    Chris is a mechanical engineering graduate from NCSU and founder of Fusion3 Design, a 3D printing company in Greensboro. He's always liked to build stuff, from Legos kits as a kid to a full-size hovercraft in high school. After working a desk job right out of college, he decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship by starting his own company to design and manufacture high-performance 3D printers. He believes this technology is critical for small businesses and entrepreneurs who need to get their ideas into the real world quickly, easily, and at low cost. In addition to providing design advice and assistance, he's making his company's 3D printers available to participants for the whole event.

    Justin Winter

    Co-Founder at Diamond Candles   |   LinkedInGoogle+

    Co-founder & CEO @ Diamond Candles (bootstrapped vertically integrated online home fragrance brand, $12M run rate in 18 months). Entrepreneur, Growth Hacker, Marketer, Business Builder.

    John Janeri

    Principal Consultant   |   LinkedIn

    John has been working in software engineering, computer system validation, and information security for 28 years. He consults with FDA regulated companies seeking compliance with GxP regulations and Title 21 CFR Part 11.

    Josh Beacham

    Josh is an avant-garde technologist with a passion for people and a
    drive to create.

    He has championed data-driven decision making as an advisor to both
    startups and Fortune 100 companies, and implemented big-data solutions
    for clients in numerous industries ranging from insurance and
    healthcare to casinos and video games.

    A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, he studied Computer Science,
    Entrepreneurship, and Communication at Wake Forest University.

    Josh's research interests include machine learning, cloud solution
    architecture, predictive analytics, and process improvement.

    Kirsten Schambra Stevens

    Kristen's background is in product design, specializing in soft goods and the sport fashion industry. She has worked for major brands such as Nike and Asics. Kristen has launched and is launching a new bag brand, so she have
    knowledge in design, sourcing, manufacturing, sales and marketing.

    Steven Rutenberg

    Steven Rutenberg is an entrepreneur with experience working on a variety of technology and real estate businesses. He is able to take a unique approach to startups by leveraging his experience on the investment side
    of the table. Steven worked with the State of Delaware's Pre-Venture and Seed funds, the Piedmont Angel Network and has held affiliations
    with other angel groups within the Southeast. He holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Wake Forest University.

    Areas of expertise: business models, market/product validation, lean
    startup practices, startup finance and general startup knowlege.

    Community Sponsors
    Sean Newman Maroni
    Lance Cassidy
    Bilal A. Bajwa
    Nick Troxell
    Datt Patel
    Witold Siwanowicz
    Jason Collier
    Roshen Sethna

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