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Jun 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Start to form teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.
  • Galvanize closing.


Jun 28
  • Arrive at Galvanize
  • Re-group into teams. Setup workspace.
  • Breakfast & Coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Galvanize closing.


Jun 29
  • Arrive at Galvanize
  • Re-group into teams. Setup workspace.
  • 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!
Platinum Sponsors

Nicole Glaros

Managing Director, Techstars   |   Google+

Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. From there, she founded three startups which resulted in one win and 2 losses. Since then, she’s spent over a decade mentoring and funding early-stage web software companies. Most recently, Nicole is a Managing Director at Techstars, a startup accelerator based out of Boulder, Colorado. She’s been with Techstars since it’s early days in 2009, has run 6 programs and has close to 70 companies in her portfolio. In addition to running the New York City and Boulder, Colorado office, she was also been part of the launch in Texas. Follow Nicole at or on twitter at @nglaros.

Desi Mcadam

Managing Director of Thoughtbot   |   LinkedIn

Desi leads our Denver office. She has been in the business of building software in one way or another since graduating from Georgia Tech in 2000. Her favorite language is Ruby. She is one of the cofounders of DevChix, an organization of women software developers around the world. Desi is also active in the RailsBridge community and volunteers much of her time to teaching and increasing diversity in our community.

Timmy Wozniak

CEO & Co-Founder, Fresh Jets   |   LinkedIn

With 10 years of travel experience at Go Rentals, Sun Country, Hobbit Travel, Trilogy Tours & NCL & more recent tech experience at Signpost - it was time to do something different & big.Currently, I am the CEO & Co-founder of Fresh Jets, a Denver-based startup aimed to evolve the way people fly.


Jen Mason Drolet

Managing Partner, iModerate Research Technologies   |   LinkedIn

Jennifer Drolet heads up the day-to-day operations at iModerate. She was part of the founding team, and helped to develop the methodology and approach that serve as the backbone of the company’s online research solutions.

Bing Chou

Managing Director, QuickLeft   |   LinkedIn

Active as a volunteer in the Colorado startup and general business community. City Director, Boulder for House of Genius, co-moderator for Boulder Open Coffee Club & Denver Open Coffee Club, board member for Downtown Boulder, Inc., advisory board member for Da Vinci Coders, and mentor for Boomtown.

Grounded in lean startup methodologies, agile software development, and web development in Ruby on Rails and JavaScript.

Believer in tough love for entrepreneurs and wantrepreneurs.

Jim Franklin

CEO, Sendgrid   |  

Jim Franklin is the CEO of SendGrid, Inc., a Foundry-backed infrastructure applications company. Prior to his tenure with SendGrid, Jim was the Vice President of Enterprise Performance Management and the General Manager of the Crystal Ball Global Business Unit of Oracle Corporation. The Crystal Ball Global Business Unit was formed in 2007 as a part of the acquisition of Hyperion Solutions. At Hyperion, Jim served as VP and General Manager. Jim had held the roles of Decisioneering's CEO, CFO and VP of Sales prior to Decisioneering's acquisition by Hyperion. Decisioneering was the maker of the Crystal Ball brand of software. Mr. Franklin was also the founder of and the CFO of Vericept Corporation. Jim serves on the board of aWhere, Inc., Denver Software Club and Querio. Jim has also been a mentor for Techstars and the Founder Institute.

Chris Franks

VP Sales and Marketing, Secure Ideas   |   LinkedIn

An Ironman Running, Fly Fishing, Indie Music Loving, Snowboarding, Marketing Guy

Gary Gaessler

VP Sales & Marketing / Co-Founder, Cloud Elements   |   LinkedIn

Early stage sales & marketing leader focused on building fast growth software ventures.
Cloud to Cloud API integration platform. Founders Institute & 1Million Cups Leader. Extreme Skier.

Mike Gellman

CEO of SpireMedia   |  

Michael Gellman is the founder and CEO of SpireMedia. SpireMedia is a Denver-based digital product development firm that transforms business through the use of web and mobile technologies. The firm serves an international clientele from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and has been producing unbridled success for more than 16 years. Gellman has been selected twice by Colorado Biz Magazine as a finalist for CEO of the Year. He has held a variety of board posts with industry groups and non-profits. In addition, he has been active on behalf of numerous philanthropic and political causes. Gellman is a sought-after speaker and has given lectures at The University of Denver Daniels College of Business, The University of Colorado Leeds School of Business, and South by Southwest (SXSW), among others. He is also a published author, an avid world traveler, and a self-professed “entrepreneurial nerd”.


Tricia Meyer

Tech Lawyer   |  

Tricia Meyer is the Founder & Managing Attorney of Meyer Law and an active member of Chicago and Colorado’s startup and technology community. Meyer Law is a forward-thinking boutique law firm specializing in tech and providing legal services to clients ranging from startups to mid-sized companies to large corporations. Meyer Law helps clients with corporate, contract, employment and intellectual property matters in the U.S. and abroad. Through Tricia's innovative approach to her legal practice, she has secured clients ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Tricia has won many awards throughout her career, most recently Tricia was named an Illinois Rising Star in Information Technology by Super Lawyers for the second consecutive year. As an entrepreneur and a lawyer, Tricia has a unique perspective, is passionate about entrepreneurship and is a mentor at 1871 and Innovation Pavilion.

Colleen Johnson

Enterprise Agile Coach/ReadyTalk   |   LinkedIn

Colleen Johnson is the Enterprise Agile Coach at ReadyTalk and is responsible for facilitating the evolution of Lean/Agile practices across the organization. Colleen has been in the software development world for 15 years with experiences ranging from writing test automation scripts to managing teams of both on and off-shore engineers. She is very active in the Agile Denver community as an organizer of the AD Coaching Meet-up and the Mile High Agile Conference. In her free time she enjoys running and yoga as well as camping and hiking with her two kids.

Lizelle van Vuuren

Founder & CEO, Effectively   |   LinkedIn

Lizelle van Vuuren is a ten year veteran of design, strategy, marketing, business growth and innovation for tech companies, startups, organizations and entrepreneurs. Lizelle is a rising entrepreneur, innovator and full-stack marketer who loves to launch ideas and grow companies and frequently organizes events to empower entrepreneurs and business owners to be bold, be the change and make a difference in the world. Lizelle is a true leader in the Denver startup community and devotes her free time to empower women entrepreneurs as well as advise startups and new tech founders. At Effectively, Lizelle works with her clients consulting, designing, marketing, advising and mentoring.

Rob Carpenter

CEO & Co-Founder, AppIt Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Rob is a passionate entrepreneur who loves helping people build innovative and exciting mobile software products. His first app Business Plan Premier broke even in three weeks and is currently the #1 ranked business plan app in iTunes. In September 2013 he was named one of the top 25 most influential young professionals in Colorado by Colorado Biz Magazine. When he’s not helping to guide the direction of AppIt Ventures he enjoys mountain biking, camping and creative writing.

Jason Collins

Director of Engineering / QuickLeft   |   LinkedIn

Jason has been working in technology as a developer, manager, mentor and leader for over 15 years. When he's not spending time with his wife and 4 sons, you can usually find him giving back to the startup community in some way, shape or form. He's always focused on innovation and creativity and is constantly applying those principles to problem solving on a technical or organizational development level. He co-founded the Denver Software Leadership Meetup and gets involved in hackathons in the Boulder and Denver area whenever possible.

Robbie Jack

Founder, WPGrid & InboundIQ   |   LinkedIn

Web Developer, Marketer, Neurogenetic Robot, Founder of @ProgressLocal, @WPGrid, and @InboundIQ, Curator for @StartupDigest.

Kevin McInerney

Founder/CEO, ActiveJunky   |   LinkedIn

Kevin founded Active Junky after seeing a huge opportunity in the outdoor sports market to help consumers save money at their favorite gear shops. Kevin has guided the company from concept to partnerships with hundreds of major brands and merchants with loyal users across the globe that spend millions of dollars through Active Junky. Previously, Kevin founded a digital marketing company focusing on search and affiliate marketing

Antoine Valot

Mythical Unicorn, Whale UX   |   LinkedIn

I consult on UX, Design, Code and Strategy. For over 20 years, I've crafted experiences that empower and delight.

Karen Suhaka

Founder   |   LinkedIn

Karen is the founder of, a website allowing citizens and professionals alike to have better access to their state governments. Referred to fondly as “Google for democracy” the site has been popular with a variety of open government groups. Her ambition is to hook up smart people and their good ideas with their elected representatives, helping us build a better country for everyone.

Karen has nearly 20 years of experience starting, growing, and selling technology companies. She founded her first business in Denver, an oil related dot com, in 1994, and has been excited to see the growth of the local entrepreneurial community in the years since. Although her academic background is in Math and Physics, she has found her most success in business development roles, developing a wide variety of partnerships with other small businesses. She also has a passion for the startup community, helping found 1 Million Cups in Denver in 2013.

Alex Huppenthal

During my career, I've had the privilege of working with some of the worlds best people. At CCI, I learned complex, multi-product, multi-release software revision control, and engaged with a highly talented group of Bell Labs engineers, group leaders, market analysts, and even regulatory/legal experts. It changed my life, giving me a view into 100 million dollar business that I never had before.

CCI delivered solutions to AT&T, Sprint, British Telecom and others and my productive, professional team managed to keep US and International network systems working within millisecond tolerances.

When I jumped into more entrepreneurial startup Tandem Telecom, I managed projects in a chaotic world. Designing and coding TCAP SS7 test cases on Unix test harnesses to show our Service Control points and other AIN components handled the loads and met required reliability levels, before they were released to Sprint, MCI, and others.

Next I moved to Director at Protools.. I loved the hiking, beaches, water, and flying in the Pacific Northwest. I led my team in developing a Unix based Internet management system interacting with dedicated RMON agents. Again, a Startup company, with 30 employees, great leadership, and marketing. My engineering group lifted OS/2 code, designed new features and delivered demonstrations of a distributed, unix based network management system that we dreamt about in previous years. We were so successful, we were acquired by the packet Sniffer company - Network General.

I went on to pursue my love, the Internet, in 1995, helping to create 5 individual ISPs, using the day's dialup technology and Unix servers. From Aspen to Florida, my ISP work gave me a deeper insight into how Internet services would form the foundation of services like Facebook. In 1995, I went back to design and development and created one of the first DSL modems, and a business model to make it possible for independent broadband companies to rapidly switch from dialup to broadband.

Specialties:Mobile Broadband market, applications and technologies. Key project management and team building.

Alessandro Casuccio

Head of Business Intelligence at   |   LinkedIn

Alessandro joined Namshi in Dubai in 2012, and is currently leading the BI department. Before moving to the U.A.E., he worked one year in Australia for Rocket Internet contributing to creation and launch of several successful startups (among others, and
Alessandro has experience in business intelligence & predictive analytics, online marketing, business planning and financial reporting within early stage ventures and fast growing ecommerce companies.
Prior to Namshi and Rocket Internet, Alessandro was full time analyst at Unicredit Corporate & Investment Bank. He obtained a MSc in Finance and a Bachelor in International Economics & Management from Bocconi University in Milan. He served as board member and Head of Careers for Green Light for Business.
Alessandro is an active member at the Arabian peninsula’s Bocconi Alumni chapter and recently started as author at YoungsDay.

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