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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology




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!




Oct 3
  • Registration and Networking
  • Welcome & Introductions
  • 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


Oct 4
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Coaching Shift 1
  • Lunch
  • Get Out of the Building
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner - Pizza Night
  • 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


Oct 5
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help - Coaches on Deck
  • Lunch
  • Coaching Shift 2 - Pitch Focus
  • Presentation Prep
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Ed Harrell

Entrepreneur in Residence, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Successful leadership positions in start-up and turn around situations in the academic ( college/university/executive training), public (federal - foreign assistance) and private ( technology start-up companies, international business expansion) industry challenges

Board representation on early stage financial funds, instituitions and foundations and on early stage technology companies..

Pam Martin

Executive Director of the Ben Franklin TechCelerator Incubator@Carlisle

Pam Martin is the South Central PA Regional Portfolio Manager for Ben Franklin Technology PArtners and the Executive Director of the Ben Franklin TechCelerator Incubator@Carlisle. She manages programming for the incubator clients and the TechCelerator Entrepreneurial classes, held at the Incubator. Pam works with and identifies pre-revenue and growing companies in central Pennsylvania and advocates for them through the early funding process of Ben Franklin.

Pam Martin has 25 years of experience in operational management of both large and small companies. She was a member of executive team of four technology startup companies and executive for R&D and e-commerce strategy for three of the companies during growth phase.

Education: She holds a BS from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from Old Dominion University.

Michael Hund

Attorney at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

I represent publicly held and privately held businesses, as well as life sciences and other technology companies, particularly early-stage and emerging growth business involved in the commercialization of intellectual property and investors who acquire interests in such companies. I regularly counsel companies on compliance with federal securities laws, including exemptions from the registration provisions of such laws, licensing and transfer of technology to and from universities and other institutions. I regularly work with management teams in coping with the challenges of managing rapid growth following an investment by a venture capital fund or other third party investor. My practice covers a wide variety of corporate and securities law issues, including venture capital financing and other capital formation transactions for investors and for companies. I also handle mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, and contests for corporate control.

I am a certified public accountant (inactive) and, prior to attending law school, worked with a large accounting firm. I served as an assistant chief accountant and as a senior attorney in the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. Prior to joining my current firm, I was a partner in two large Pittsburgh-based law firms. I am an adjunct professor at The Dickinson School of Law at Penn State where I teach Federal Securities Regulation.

Joe Chiarella

Founder at Colloid, LLC   |   LinkedIn

t has been a pleasure contributing to the IT and software industries, initially in one Information Technology capacity or another, then in product management and eventually in business management. The first half of that time was in two large corporations, the second half was in six startups - five of which I was founder or co-founder - and for about two years I was the sole technology officer of a “startup university”.

Three of the six startups were/are in cyber security and the three product lines I architected and/or product managed have successfully protected literally a quarter of a billion computers from various cyber threats and helped generate over 300 million dollars of revenue, about $60 million in two liquidity events, and an average 400% return on investment for startup shareholders.

Currently, I am the co-founder and President of that sixth startup, Colloid, LLC which has completed R&D on the UberCrypt Framework - a new approach in cryptosystems. In June 2013, we published the math and algorithms and are actively soliciting peer reviewers


Larry Dittman

CEO Execustar

26 years in various executive positions at AMP Inc. (now Tyco Electronics)
Former President/Chairman of an Interconnections company

Specialties:Electrical and electronics Interconnections industry

Catharene Garula

Account Executive at Flatiron Media

*Successful business development executive, passionate about cutting edge technologies

* Professional, seasoned sales manager who utilizes broad experience in online advertising, social media, mobile and traditional marketing to achieve maximum benefits and measurable ROI for clients

* Unique combination of skills to compliment and ensure sales management successes including CRM expertise, project management, training development/delivery, event planning, and professional public speaking experiences that all contribute to leading teams to excellence

Specialties:* Consultative Sales Executive
* Online Marketing Strategist
* Social Media Communications
* Executive Manager
* Project Manager
* Motivational Team Leader, Coach & Mentor
* Dynamic Communicator and Public Speaker
* Training Development and Delivery Professional
* Event Planning

John Caddell

Strategic Services Executive at Nexidia   |   LinkedInGoogle+

At Nexidia, I help banks and other financial services companies use analytics to make their businesses more successful by understanding and acting on trends and patterns in their customer interactions.

Previously, in my 25+ year career, I have worked in software development, new product/market development and management

Scott Shirely

Scott Shirley is a Nonprofit Executive and Venture Philanthropist

I currently serve as Executive Director for Uplifting Athletes, a full service national nonprofit foundation serving the rare disease community of nearly 30 million Americans. I am responsible for the strategic planning of the national charter, providing leadership and vision for the organization, managing programs and operations, developing the Board of Directors and fundraising. I am an Executive Scholar from the Kellogg School of Management and have also earned my Masters of Engineering from Penn State University.

Prior to Uplifting Athletes, I held my "dream job" as a Project Engineer with Clark Construction Group in DC. I didn't envision leaving so soon, but when the non-profit I had created with fellow teammates during my time at Penn State began to take off, I knew running Uplifting Athletes full time was my new calling. We continue to nearly double in size every year and have recently taken on many exciting projects and partnerships. I have never lost my passion or desire to build things - only now I choose to build businesses and relationships for a greater cause.

Specialties: Non-Profit Management, Business Consulting, Construction Management and Professional Speaking

Paul Benninghove

Senior Digital Strategist - Tattoo Projects

In my career I’ve been fortunate enough to do many jobs from design to project management to business development and product design. I’ve been a part of the entire life cycle of both companies and products and enjoyed every minute of it. I have a passion for startups and the adrenaline and excitement of growing something new and usually different. With several startups under my belt and design, specifically interactive, as a focus always I feel I bring a unique mix of creative and reality to any team I get to work with.

Specialties: Interactive Design, Project Management, Business Development, Sales Process, Brand Positioning, customer engagement.

Past Companies: MudBrick Creative (Founder, Biz Dev), LightHammerFX (Founder, Game Design), iCepts Technology Group (Lead Design), AMP Inc (eMerce Team).

Published: USA Today, Central Penn Business Journal, 3d World Magazine.

JohnPaul Bennett

Founder @

JohnPaul Bennett is co-founder of, where we help entrepreneurs and companies connect with software developers. Before jumping into the world of software, he helped Subway and Domino's Pizza open new stores in Shanghai, China. JohnPaul is more than happy to help and listen to those interested in starting a business.

Sam Coyl

President and CEO, Netrepid   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Sam Coyl is the President and CEO of Netrepid, a provider of enterprise-class technology solutions including hosted cloud services, colocation, data backup and infrastructure management. Since founding Netrepid in 2004, Sam has led the company on an evolution from being a wireless technology provider to an enterprise IT firm, through the acquisition of three other technology companies, and on the completion of projects for nationally-recognized companies like Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, BAE Systems, and Geisinger Health Systems.

In addition to managing the daily operations of Netrepid, Sam also serves on the Business Advisory Board for East Pennsboro School District, the board of the Harrisburg Academy, and as an advisor to the Murata Business Center. Sam has a BS in Business Administration from Regis University.

Kris Chronister

CEO at   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Currently CEO at and formerly President/CMO at I also serve on the Boards at DTI Capital and RSP, Inc. as Chief Digital Officer and Acting CMO respectively

Don Noble

Technology CFO/Finance Manager/Analyst   |   LinkedIn

Operationally focused Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with broad experience in technology, retail, logistics and international companies focusing on startup and rapidly growing organizations.

Superior interpersonal skills, capable of resolving multiple and complex (sales, human resources, legal, financial, operational) issues and motivating staff to peak performance.

Areas of expertise include:
- Strategic Planning & Organizational Leadership
- Budgeting & Financial Planning
- Mergers and Acquisitions, Debt and Equity Raises
- Operational Analysis, Process & Productivity Improvement
- Profit Improvement
- Systems & Technology Utilization
- Financial Reporting & Analysis
- Contract Negotiations & Strategic Alliances
- Logistics Systems and Procedures

Matt Bloom

President at CRIMEWATCH Technologies, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

The CRIMEWATCH™ Network is an open communications platform designed to help law enforcement disseminate information in a controlled format, and create channels for the public to submit intelligence in response.

Peter Sobotta

Reverse Logistics & eCommerce Architect - Founder @ReturnLogic   |   LinkedIn

15+ Year History of Success in Demanding, High-Profile Positions for Innovative, Multi-National, and Startup Organizations with a focus on Reverse Logistics, eCommerce, and Supply Chain Management.

Results-focused executive focused on meeting objectives, outcomes, and achievements. Repeated success managing complex projects valued from $10M to $3.2B.

Ambitious driver of key decisions, vision, value, and execution. Documented experience building relationships with senior decision makers, identifying customer needs, and delivering on customer commitments.

Ken Richard

Educational Technology & Curriculum Manager   |   LinkedIn

Design platforms & curriculum to help students succeed and save teachers time.

Career & Technology Education - Health Science, Allied Health, Business, Computer Applications.

Applied Educational Systems provides curriculum as a service for career and technical institutions. The content ranges from middle school through community colleges. Subjects include computer applications, introduction to business and health care foundation careers.

I am responsible for products and product development. Curriculum is developed with tools like Articulate Storyline. The learning platform is developed with Ruby on Rails and cloud hosted.

Specialties: Product Management, Management of Technical & Design Employees, Ruby & Java Programming, Integrating Cloud Applications, Coaching & Mentoring Developers.

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