Shenadoah Valley Startup Weekend
February 7-9, 2014, JMU's Showker Hall
Startup Weekend is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization with funding and support provided by groups such as The Kauffman Foundation and Google for entrepreneurs.
Shenandoah Valley Startup Weekend is presented by the Shenandoah Valley Innovation Coalition (SVIC) as part of their mission to work across business, local government and academia to accelerate the entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem in the Shenandoah
is a global grassroots movement of active & empowered entrepreneurs having hosted over 400 events in 100 countries around the world.
"Startup weekend was an amazing platform and experience for us entrepreneurs. The coaching, mentoring, and networking truly permitted the birth of our company in an innovative way. Since the first start up weekend,
we have successfully grown our business to 13 retailers and recently landed a deal with a major retailer, Kroger (all within 5 months)." - David Khoshpasand, Entrepreneur, Feed the Fire Candles & Second Place Winner of 2013 Harrisonburg Startup Weekend
"Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, 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 soon for the best weekend of your life!"
Winners of the Startup Weekend
Fredricksburg, Jan 17-19
Spotsylvania couple bridge gardening & social media
A social website that will allow gardeners and other plant enthusiasts to organize, map and share their collections with others won top honors at Startup Weekend Fredericksburg this past weekend. Plants Map is
the brainchild of Spotsylvania couple and avid gardeners Bill and Tracy Blevins.
Bill Blevins, who is vice president of business development for Spotsylvania-based Zebrareach, said he decided to pitch Plants Map at Startup Weekend after recently coming up with the idea. He worked with a team
of volunteers throughout the weekend to hone the concept and plant the early seeds of the new company.
A panel of judges on Sunday picked Plants Map as the top idea to emerge from dozens of concepts pitched at the weekend-long event at Germanna Community College in Spotsylvania County. It was the second
Startup Weekend Fredricksburg event, and more are planned.
The other four Fredricksburg finalists were:
- Collectidiv, which will offer virtual study groups for computer programmers.
- Squash Cart, an online farmers market that will connect local gardeners with people interested in buying their produce.
- Kitty Klimber, which calls itself "a fun, fast-paced game for cat lovers everywhere."
- KicknCash, a website and app that will allow friends to easily split the costs of an event.
Member News: LFCC Workforce Solutions to host Disney Institute
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, VA
To change the way you do business, you have to change the way you think about business. Learn how Disney inspires business excellence.Built on the global success of the Disney organization, this
Disney Institute experience will engage you in time-tested best practices, sound methodologies, and real life business lessons. Join the ranks of other leading organizations in the private, public, and social sectors that have been challenged to think
and act differently.
For more information
LFCC Workforce Solutions
event info or
email LFCC Workforce Solutions
Back to top
REO Distribution / Allied Logistics Seeks Web Developer--Waynesboro
The Web Developer will work closely with IT Management to deliver top of the line web applications to satisfy customer requirements as well as internal tools and applications. This is a full time position that includes developing public and private applications
as well as maintaining and updating legacy applications. Some of the requirement are:
C#, and T-SQL preferred.
Candidates should have proven .NET or LAMP experience as well as a solid understanding of Object Oriented Design and Programming
Experience with Photoshop and Illustrator are required.
Link to full job posting and information about
Business Networking Opportunity
The Original Tuesdays Extravaganza
"The Fourth Tuesday" of each month
January 28, 2014; come anytime from 5 - 8 PM
Connect with great people to promote "word of mouth" for your business, increased sales, or fantastic strategic
partnerships!! Hosted by
Johnnie Barr of
ActionCOACH and SVTC Board Member.
Everyone is Welcome!! No Charge to Attend.
No Attendance Requirements. No Membership Dues
No Nonsense Networking!! Bring plenty of business cards.
Pay it forward and invite your friends.
1400 East Market St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
SVTC Lunch Recap and Program posting
Thanks to our attendees & presenter
A nice sized group braved the cold weather to attend our January luncheon on Thurssday the 23rd. There was lively networking with a diverse group of members and nonmembers and across a few industries. Michael Bowman of Waybetter Patents presented on "Clean
tech innovations, nationally and close to home." Mr. Bowman presented on a US Patent Office initiative bring clean tech innovations to market more quickly and the effort to make the program and it's results more transparent, using examples of local patents
to illustrate the process.
Mr. Bowman has offered to answer questions or to follow up on the discussion with anyone who's interested.
Michael Bowman's email
Upcoming SVTC events:
(some require registration, some do not, please check each one)
For more information on these and other SVTC events use our calendar page on
>> Ready to become a member, too?
Benefits & Prices
>> How have
you benefited from participating in our activities and / or from membership? Tell us ....
Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
800 S. Main Street MSC 4901
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807