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Apr 11
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome, Speakers, Weekend Overview
  • 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. Get to work!


Apr 12
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Mentor Sign-Up Deadline
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Standup (Call for needs & skills)
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Evening Standup (Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help)
  • Late Night Snack


Apr 13
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Morning Standup
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Clean-Up Time!
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Rakesh Guha

CEO/Co-Founder   |  

Rakesh is a recent graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the co-founder of bookwork, which connects employers with top tech students. He has been in Cleveland for five years now, and just discovered the amazing startup scene on March 8th, 2013! Visit for more information.

John Knific

CEO, DecisionDesk   |  

DecisionDesk is an application and recruitment manager for Higher Education. Originally launching as a video interview system, they now disrupt legacy enterprise systems with a web based end-to-end application management platform. CEO, John Knific, started DecisionDesk out of his dorm room at Case Western Reserve University in 2009. Since launching, over 80 universities have joined the DecisionDesk network and process over 200,000 applications and video interviews. DecisionDesk has raised $2.4m in Series A capital and is a portfolio company of the North Coast Angel Fund. In 2010, John was named Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25 by Bloomberg Businessweek. Currently serving as Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Oberlin College, he helped co-found the LaunchU Program.

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Charles Stack

CEO at FlashStarts   |   LinkedIn

Charles Stack is a successful serial entrepreneur, angel investor, startup advisor, and most recently the co-founder of the startup accelerator Flashstarts. Chalres has a passion (and history) for building great startups. His kids roll their eyes when he says I 'invented' Internet Retailing and Web Services, but it is literally true - see, Flashline and his portfolio of patents.

Charles hopes one day to lay claim to pioneering the new age of entrepreneurship with Flashstarts by building startups and connecting them to angel investors.

Patricia Grospiron

Network Director

As Network Director, Patricia manages the day-to-day operation of the JumpStart Entrepreneurial Network – that includes managing the deal flow process, metrics and the Network’s performance against State goals.
In addition, she acts as a resource for regional and local economic development partners and assists communities in embedding entrepreneurial activities in their economic development plans – from grass roots events to the implementation of hyper-local investment funds.

Patricia previously worked at Ohio Aerospace Institute (OAI), where she had extensive experience managing several federal and state-funded programs. She served in several key positions during her time at OAI, including, marketing director, Senior Program Manager, and Director of Technology and Innovation Partnerships. Patricia is experienced in all phases of program management, including business development, team formation, proposal support, program execution (contract administration, reporting close‐out) and cultivating customer relationships.

Patricia was previously a member of the Economics Technical Committee of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She has also served as a Member of the Board of Trustees for Cleveland’s French American Chamber of Commerce and as a Member of the Board of Trustees for the Lakewood Community Care Center, a private non-profit childcare facility in Lakewood, Ohio.

Patricia received her MBA from Cleveland State University and also holds a Master’s Degree from the Graduate Business School ESC Clermont-Ferrand, France. She is a graduate of Cleveland Bridge Builders, Class of 2012.

Sam Babic

VP of Development, Hyland

Sam Babic is Associate Vice President (AVP) of Development of Hyland Software. In July 1997, he joined the company as a software engineer. Sam was promoted to manager in March 2002 and became AVP of Development in July 2006. He has extensive enterprise content management (ECM) knowledge and has been part of the Hyland development team for 16 years.

In his role at Hyland, Sam acts as senior architect. He manages innovative product development and research leveraging new technologies. His job as an innovator is to think one step ahead, positioning the architecture and product platforms for the future.

In 1997, Sam graduated first in his class from Cleveland State University. While studying electrical engineering at CSU, Sam was employed as a junior fellow at NASA.

René Polin

President and Founder, Balance Product Development, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

René Polin has more than 20 years experience in product design and development. He is the president and founder of Balance Product Development, Inc. – a full-service design consulting firm in Cleveland, OH.

He is responsible for hundreds of successful products from baby toys to medical devices. If you’ve withdrawn money from your local ATM, bathed your infant in a baby bathtub, hitched up your boat trailer, or crushed ice in your kitchen blender, there’s a good chance you’ve used something René and his team have worked on. His widely-varied client experience includes Diebold, Fisher-Price, Sherwin-Williams, Moen, and Discover Financial Services to name a few.

René holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Cleveland Institute of Art where he also sits on the Board of Directors.


Mel McGee

President, imageNation Web Experts   |   LinkedIn

CEO/CTO of Rovar Augmented Reality, President of imageNation Web Experts, and Founder of We Can Code IT, Mel McGee is everything but a slacker. She’s a high-tech guru, a serial entrepreneur, and a Gestalt-trained facilitator who knows how to communicate with her team and lead them based on their strengths. Winning team member of COSE’s 2002 Venture Quest, multiple development awards, and a many bets over beer, one would think that her success comes easily, but Mel knows that it first takes failure, hard work, and a lot of trying, learning, adapting, and trying again to get there.

Doris Korda

Assoc. Head of Hawken School and Director of Entrepreneurial Studies

Prior to her past 18 years as an independent school educator, Doris spent 15 years in the software industry, where she was successful building out businesses from new / raw technologies and in high-growth settings. Doris Korda teaches Hawken’s Entrepreneurial Studies Semester Course and designed the overall program from its inception three years ago. Doris started her career as an engineer at AT&T Bell Laboratories, then joined a handful of others to build a small network company into Sterling Commerce, a $300 million, publicly traded electronic commerce software business. Doris began her education career as a math teacher and later a department chair. After studying for her master’s at Columbia’s Teacher’s College, Doris went in search of a school where she could combine her business skills with her passion for kids and education to find ways to do school better.

Bryan Chaikin


Bryan Chaikin is a hacker + innovator + serial entrepreneur who is consumed with systems, their underlying processes and achieving optimal performance via software & hardware development solutions. Bryan has started, managed and designed within web, consumer electronics, digital publishing and medical device industries.

His interests include product development and evolution, seamless user experience, digital media publishing/processing/delivery systems, intuitive hardware and software design, and all around problem-solving.

Bryan came out of Cleveland startup Findaway World, is a Co-Founder at, and is currently working in stealth on a new technology startup.

Rob Clark

Technology Director, Babl Media   |  

Rob is the technology director at Babl Media and co-founder of DidLog. Rob is a talented full stack developer with experience in determining market fit, creation of tasks, prototypes, development, and maintenance of software projects large and small. A regular attendee in the Cleveland and Ohio Python scene, Rob also has experience in C#, .NET, Django, Flask, Java, Standards compliant HTML and CSS, XML, and XSLT. If you have an idea for a startup that focuses on tech, Rob is one of the best people to quickly break down, assess, and plan a course of action for the project, often with the brutal honesty startups tend not to hear early on.

Nick Pavlak

CEO and Creative Director, Babl Media   |  

Nick is the CEO and creative director at Babl Media and co-founder of DidLog. Nick specializes in branding, user experience, and user interface design, and he loves helping create companies and technology that helps make people's lives easier. When not designing things, Nick spends most of his time on business development and is well versed in creating pitch decks, customer funnels, marketing strategies, and sales. He teaches design and entrepreneurship to Cleveland area 7th and 8th graders as part of the Magis Program, and is a fervent supporter of the local startup scene.

Rushabh (Shubs) Sheth


Shubs began his career as an Investment Analyst at JumpStart, and since then assisted numerous startups in the area by vetting their ideas and connecting them to appropriate resources.

His experiences spans from Operations to Accounting and Finance with a keen focus on data-driven decision making.

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