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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the successes?

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 events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Organizers and Facilitators can be found on every corner of the globe. 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. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


Darren Kall

VP of UX at Kall Consulting LLC, and Security UX   |   LinkedIn

Darren Kall is the VP of 2 local Dayton companies: KALL Consulting and Security UX. KALL Consulting is a user experience (UX) company that collaborates with technology and technology-enabled companies on product and service development. They do the critical user research for insights, transform those insights into product design, and evaluate customer satisfaction and usability performance. Security UX is a DBA of KALL Consulting that designs and improves the UX of security, privacy, and identity management products which makes them more secure because people can actually use them.

Before founding these companies Darren worked at LexisNexis, Microsoft, AT&T Bell Laboratories, HELP, and IBM. In Darren’s 30-year career he has launched 100’s of products. Darren was educated at Dartmouth, and Rutgers. He holds 11 US patents, 6 international patents, and 137 patent citations.

Earl Gregorich

Ohio SBDC Director, District 4   |  

Earl has worked in the Ohio Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network for over a decade. He began as a resource provider, teaching the eVantage Internet Marketing and Sales courses which not only developed into consistent counseling sessions with Region 4 SBDC clients, but also launched his first business, Internet Sales Plus, LLC (ISP). As owning partner of ISP, Earl was asked to create and manage a satellite office for the SBDC in Wilmington, Ohio to support the community during the initial recovery phase after the loss of 8,000 jobs related to the pull-out of DHL. This rewarding position resulted in a request to bring Earl into the SBDC Network as a Business Advisor, assigned to Wright State University (WSU) in District 4.

Now in his fourth year at WSU, Earl serves as the Lead Center Director for District 4 at Wright State University where he has seen success in assisting veteran-owned businesses and supporting an active woman-owned business population in the Dayton region. While at WSU, Earl has been the recipient of two performance awards and recently won the 2012 Ohio SBDC Peer Recognition Award for Mentorship.

Earl continues in entrepreneurship as the owner of his second business, Tactical Insights, LLC, a veteran-owned and operated business specializing in internet marketing and web based business management. Tactical Insights, LLC has won the SBA Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year award.

Earl resides in Dayton, Ohio with his wife Carol. In his spare time he enjoys woodworking, canoeing and camping in the Boundary Waters and keeping up with his grown children, Brent and Sarah.

Genevieve Catalano

Entrepreneur and Pitch Coach   |   LinkedIn

Genevieve is an experienced business pitcher and an active member of the startup community. She has an extensive background in marketing and design and understands the importance of form as well as function in a business venture. With her previous startup, TravelBlender, she personally won or placed second in the Elevator Pitch Round of the University of Dayton’s Business Plan Competition three years in a row, where her team was also a finalist two years in a row. She offers advice on giving effective pitches and writes about her experiences in business at her site,

Bill Condo

Digital Director at LMG   |   LinkedIn

A lifelong hacker, maker, and developer, Bill caught the internet bug at a young age and has made it his mission to continually be an authority on all things web. His focus is on open-source tech, security, scalability, and all things dev-ops.

He is currently the Digital Director at LMG, a full service agency based in Dayton. He previously lead development at the crowd funding site, and has served in additional agency and client roles. A partial past client list includes: Bath & Body Works, Bell Helicopter, California Media Association, CD102.5 (WWCD), Charley’s, CO Bigelow, Huntington National Bank, LexisNexis, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio State Medical Center, and Zyvex Technologies.

Bill leads the groups Columbus PHP and Ohio Laravel, is a member of Columbus Idea Foundry and The Salt Mines, serves on the Computer Science Advisory Committee at Southern State College, and is actively developing a handful of events to debut in 2014.

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Nov 14
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner (provided by Franco's Ristorante Italiano) & 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


Nov 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch (provided by Jimmy Johns)
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner (provided by Smokin' Bar-B-Que)
  • 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


Nov 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch (brought to you by LMG, provided by Franco's Ristorante Italiano)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner (provided by Platinum Catering
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!