Startup Weekend: entrepreneurs, designers, programmers & makers wanted
February 7-9, 2014, JMU's Showker Hall
Startup Weekend - Trailer
For more Startup Weekend FAQs
Startup Weekend FAQs
- What types of ideas can I pitch?
Any business ideas are eligible (whether for-profit, 'social' businesses, non-profit organizations, etc.), however the event is strongly tech-oriented. Approximately 95% of all ideas are mobile or web focused, and given
the short time-frame, we strongly recommend that even non-tech ideas focus on a tech-related deliverable (i.e., website) by Sunday.
What if my idea doesn't get selected?
The purpose of the Friday crowd-sourcing isn't to exclude certain ideas, but simply to highlight the most popular/high-potential pitches and end up with a manageable number of teams - ensuring that each team has a variety
of backgrounds/skills. If your idea isn't selected but you've formed a team around the idea, you're welcome to work on it over the weekend. If you decide to do so, however, please tell the event Organizer, as this may be an issue regarding your teams' eligibility
What resources/assistance is provided over the weekend? A key part of every Startup Weekend is the valuable advice and assistance provided by the event's Speakers and Coaches. In the spirit of "No Talk,
All Action" we try to keep talks short and sweet, focusing on practical issues (i.e. "how to give a persuasive pitch", "best approaches to customer validation") that can actually help you and your team better achieve your weekend goals. Mentors - community
experts in various fields ranging from entrepreneurship, software development, marketing, finance, law, and more - dedicate their time to providing advice and actually rolling up their sleeves and working with teams. In addition to the most valuable resources
at the weekend (the people), we've also put together a list of some of the most useful resources in all startup-related fields, for both before, during, and after the weekend
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots
movement of active & empowered entrepreneurs having hosted over 400 events in 100 countries around the world.
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 growth in the valley.
for more information about the event including a schedule and registration.Early bird pricing is available until
Jan. 15, 2014
Governor-elect McAuliffe nominates Karen Jackson as Secretary of Technology
Karen Jackson currently serves as Deputy Secretary of Technology, a post which she was appointed to by Governor Tim Kaine in 2009 and reappointed by Governor Bob McDonnell
During the Kaine Administration, she served as Deputy Secretary of Technology and director of the Commonwealth's Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance. Ms. Jackson has been actively engaged in the federal policy initiatives including
the development of the National Broadband Plan. She received a 2009 IP3 award from Public Knowledge for her work in information policy and was named to Government Technology's 2010 list of the top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers. Ms. Jackson serves on a number
of Boards including the Virginia Telehealth Network, the Information Technology Advisory Council, the Policy Committee of the National Modeling and Simulation Coalition, and the National Center for Collaboration in Medical Modeling and Simulation. She holds
a bachelor's of science in business management from Christopher Newport University and a master's of business administration from The College of William and Mary.
|Member News: CIT announces CRCF awards of nearly 1.4 million.
Center for Innovative Technology (CIT)
announced nearly $1.4 million in funding for 14 awards to Virginia's colleges, universities, and research organizations as part of the FY2014 fall solicitation of the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund (CRCF).
During this solicitation, awards were made to ten unique organizations targeting nine strategic industry priorities identified in the
Commonwealth Research and Technology Strategic Roadmap
The CRCF program is a state fund designed to advance, in Virginia, targeted areas of research with commercial promise.
Jim Duffey, Virginia's Secretary of Technology, said, "This solicitation continues the CRCF mission to advance outstanding projects in the Commonwealth that leverage public and private investments to strengthen and expand economic development across the
"We were pleased to receive applications in a wide range of technologies and including from colleges and universities new to CRCF. Our institutions are continuing to push the boundaries
of exciting research and development," said Nancy Vorona, Vice President of CIT R&D.
Institutions receiving awards included: Virginia Tech (2), William & Mary (2), University of Virginia (2), Old Dominion University, Washington & Lee, Virginia Military Institute, Randolf College, Region 2000 Research Institute, and Commonwealth Center for Advanced
CIT press release
Back to top
Registration is open for JMU Outreach & Engagement's "College for Kids" 2014
JMU's Outreach & Engagement is now taking registrations for their popular "College for Kids" program. College for Kids will take place over 6 Saturdays in January and February. Classes are offered in a variety of subjects for grades 1-8.
Some technology-related highlights are:
For grades 1-4, Lego Engineering and Explore Computer Science.
For grades 5-8, Build a mobile app, Earth Science, and the Science of Weather.
Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
800 S. Main Street MSC 4901
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
Welcome back Level I member: Shenandoah Valley Partnership
The Shenandoah Valley Partnership is a public/private economic development organization providing marketing and business assistance for the Shenandoah Valley. Under the direction on Dennis Burnett, the SVP brings together business, government, and education
leaders to promote new investment, strengthen existing business, and guide labor force development to ensure a healthy economic future for the region. The SVP region encompasses the counties of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Page, Rockbridge, Rockingham, and Shenandoah;
and cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro.
Welcome back Level I member: JMU's University Studies
University Studies at James Madison University is the central location for students, faculty and the university community to receive services and support regarding the Center for Assessment and Research Studies,
General Education Program, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies (IdLS), the Honors Program and University Advising. University Studies is the Dean's office for Undeclared students, and coordinates some university-wide academic projects, including the Honor Code
Test and the registration of new freshmen and transfer students into appropriate first-semester courses. It is also the academic unit supporting some elective courses, including the JMUTeach program.
>> Ready to become a member, too?
Benefits & Prices
>> How have
you benefited from participating in our activities and / or from membership? Tell us ....