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MATCH Charter School 1001 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? 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 over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. 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!

Marissa Lowman
Josh Bob
Matthew Mamet


Apr 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • 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


Apr 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • 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


Apr 29
  • Arrive, simple 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!
Global Sponsors

Craig Powell

Founder and CEO, ConnectEDU

In 2002, Craig Powell founded ConnectEDU. Today, 10 years after launching the company, Craig’s primary responsibilities as CEO consist of setting the strategic direction, directly engaging with and supporting critical partners, and driving product innovations. He also ensures that the ConnectEDU team has what it needs to execute on the Company’s mission to connect learners to possibilities. Before ConnectEDU, Craig worked as a member of the professional investment team at Nautic Partners, a $2B private equity fund in Providence, RI.

Outside of ConnectEDU, Craig also works directly with organizations and groups focused on college access and school improvement issues. He is member of the New Leaders for New Schools Board (New York City) and a National Board Member for The I Have a Dream Foundation.

Craig graduated from Brown University in Providence, RI, with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Sim Simeonov

Founder and CTO, Swoop   |   LinkedIn

Simeon Simeonov is a serial entrepreneur and investor. He is the founding CTO of Swoop, a startup that brings the power of online search discovery to web sites everywhere. Sim invests in passionate entrepreneurs through FastIgnite and helps them build great companies.

Sim was the founding CTO at Evidon, the online advertising industry's first privacy compliance platform, and Thing Labs, a social media startup acquired by AOL. Sim used to be executive in residence at General Catalyst Partners and technology partner at Polaris Venture Partners. He invested in the online, enterprise and mobile sectors and helped start five companies the firms invested in, two of which have already been acquired. Before his days as an investor, Sim was vice president of emerging technologies and chief architect at Macromedia (now Adobe). Earlier, he was a founding member and chief architect at Allaire, one of the first Internet platform companies whose flagship product, ColdFusion, ran thousands of sites such as Priceline and MySpace.

Sim serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Innovation & Technology Exchange (MITX), the largest technology non-profit in New England, and is an adviser to Backupify, Brand in Hand, Life360 and the Nantucket Conference. He is a TechStars mentor.

Gold Sponsors

Andrew Joseph

President and Co-Founder, TenMarks Education   |  

A technology company veteran with 20+ years of experience, Andrew is one of the founders of TenMarks responsible for driving the go-to-market strategy for the company. Andrew has served as an executive at many early stage technology companies where he successfully managed business and corporate development for enterprise and consumer software companies. His past roles have included VP of Corp and Business Development for Corel, CEO at Outerlink, VP of Sales and Marketing at Open Orders (acqired by IBM), VP of Business Development at CommercialWare (acquired by Micros). Andrew frequently receives the best advice on how to make math learning effective from his two elementary school aged daughters. When he is not spreading the word about TenMarks, Andrew helps introduce people to the joy of skiing as a part-time ski instructor.

Patrick Supanc

President, Alleyoop   |   LinkedIn

Patrick Supanc is President of Alleyoop. Before launching Alleyoop, Patrick served in executive strategy and management roles at Pearson, Blackboard and the World Bank. In high school, he got interested in messy global issues with no clear answers. The son of two educators, creating better opportunities for kids seemed the best place to start. This led him into public policy degrees at Princeton and Harvard and a Fulbright in Chile. When not at Alleyoop, Patrick spends his time chasing his three young kids and planning exotic trips he hopes to take one day.

Celine Coggins

Founder and CEO, Teach Plus   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Celine Coggins is the founder and CEO of Teach Plus. She has a background that includes research, policy and K‐12 teaching. She directs the Teaching Fellows program, which trains exceptional early‐career teachers to become advocates for their generation in the profession. Celine earned her Ph.D. in Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University, her B.A. in Psychology at the College of the Holy Cross and her M.Ed. in Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation at Boston College.

Adam Miller

Co-Founder, CEO, and Chief Technology Officer, Abroad101

Adam Miller co-founded Abroad101, a directory of study abroad programs. He is a 2007 graduate of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He began providing computer consulting services at the age of thirteen and has been providing technology consulting services to early-stage companies under the business name Vident Technology for the past few years. Vident Technology operates under the umbrella of The Newport Beach Company, Inc., which aims to become a leader in web start-up incubation. Miller is the former Director of Business Development for CPI Interactive, a Southern California business process management and web technology firm. Miller also sat on the board of Campus Venture Network, operator of, which was recently sold to the Kauffman Foundation.

Stephen Marcus

Founder and CEO, Matchbox

Stephen is a successful entrepreneur and investor with over 15 years experience founding and managing technology companies. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Matchbox, an EdTech Start Up that is revolutionizing the admissions process. Prior to founding Matchbox in 2011, Stephen was a Venture Partner at New Atlantic Ventures, an early-stage venture fund based in Boston. Before joining NAV, Stephen had been the founder of five companies in the mobile, web, and information technology sectors as well as active angel investor and advisor in nearly a dozen startup companies. Steve holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is a frequent guest lecturer and advisor as well as a former member of the Admissions Committee, and a bachelors degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Bill Triant

VP of Business Development and Innovation at Pearson Education

Bill is responsible for investments and strategic partnerships. Before joining Pearson, he worked in education-focused private equity for seven years at two firms: Leeds Equity and Hart Capital. Bill lives in Queens, but grew up in Boston and proudly wears his Red Sox hat to Yankee stadium. He began his career at Charlestown High School, where he taught remedial math and entrepreneurship.

Bill is excited about entrepreneurial ideas that promote competency-based alternatives to seat-time-driven education and that create new types of linkages between schools and the workplace.

Tom Egan

Associate, LaunchCapital

Tom is an associate at LaunchCapital and a mentor to many early startups in the local community. In addition to his diligence work, Tom is often found at TechStars where he serves as an advisor. Tom is a former high school economics teacher turned entrepreneur. Prior to joining LaunchCapital, Tom lived through the full life cycle of a VC-backed startup. Tom earned his BA in Economics from Middlebury College. A native New Yorker, Tom evens out the Yankee fan contingent at LaunchCapital.


Jennie Dougherty

English Teacher, Brockton High School and Founding Director, edUPGRADE

Jennie Dougherty is one of the founding directors of edUPGRADE (, a start-up nonprofit that seeks to catalyze a digital revolution in education by empowering teacher and technology innovation networks. As the Director of edUpgrade's Teacher Innovation network, she leads the development of a teacher-facing platform that provides innovative teachers with the opportunity to test, provide feedback, and share lessons learned about emerging and beta education technologies. Jennie previously founded Beta Classroom, a teacher beta-testing network upon which the edUPGRADE platform is based. She is currently a full time teacher at Brockton High School in Massachusetts.

John Prendergast

Founder, BlueLeaf   |   LinkedIn

John is the Founder and CEO of Blueleaf, a company that helps families
achieve their financial goals. He loves advising startups, he has sold
businesses for half a billion dollars, and he is the co-organizer for
Boston's Lean Startup Circle.

Gerard Lafond

VP Marketing, Alleyoop   |   LinkedIn

Gerard LaFond is the VP Marketing, leading all marketing and branding for Alleyoop. Before joining Alleyoop, Gerard was an early member of, founded an interactive agency, red TANGENT, and co-founded the independent video game studio Persuasive Games. Gerard's favorite class in high school was history because the History Channel did not yet exist. Gerard went on to University of California, Riverside where he earned a degree in Philosophy, and later to Azusa Pacific University where he earned a graduate degree in Management.

Alex Grodd

Founder and CEO, BetterLesson   |  

Alex Grodd is the founder and CEO of BetterLesson, a curriculum-sharing community that connects teachers and helps them share high-quality lessons and best practices. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in political philosophy, Alex taught 6th Grade social studies in the Atlanta Public School system as a Teach For America corps member, where he founded the Middle School Debate team and the Outward Bound Club. He then moved to Boston and taught 6th Grade English at Roxbury Preparatory Charter School. He created BetterLesson to address the instructional challenges that he faced during his time in the classroom. BetterLesson has over 80,000 registered teachers and partners with KIPP, Uncommon Schools, Achievement First, LA Unified School District, and The New Teacher Project, among others.

Bill Hughes

Vice President of Strategy and Alliances at Pearson   |   LinkedIn

Bill advises Pearson's executive team on growth strategies, acquisitions and partnerships. He led Pearson’s recently-announced partnership with Knewton, and architected several strategic deals and investments. He is also the leading source of emerging trends in e-learning and related technologies in post-secondary education.

Bill has been active in new venture creation for software-based businesses, and he has launched and led several internet-based and open source companies. Over the past 20 years he has held senior management and consulting positions at Sapient, Mercer and the Cambridge Incubator. Bill earned his AB from Harvard and his MBA from the MIT Sloan School, where he was a Seley Scholar.

Peter Fishman

Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund   |  

Peter Fishman is an Associate Partner in the NewSchools Venture Fund’s Boston office, where he focuses on human capital investment and management assistance for the firm’s portfolio ventures.

Prior to joining NewSchools, Peter was a high school teacher and grade chair at the Academy of the Pacific Rim (APR), a high-performing charter school in Boston, Massachusetts. While at APR, Peter established the school’s Advanced Placement US History curriculum and twelfth-grade service learning course. He now sits on the Board of Trustees at APR. A graduate of the New Sector Alliance Residency in Social Enterprise, Peter has also taught with the Steppingstone Foundation and driven tractors for the New Haven Ecology Project. He graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a BA in History.

Aaron O'Hearn

Program Manager, TechStars Boston and Co-Founder, Boston Startup School

Aaron is a Co-Founder and the Director of Boston Startup School, and additionally serves as the Program Manager of TechStars Boston.
Aaron has held a number of key roles across various organizations impacting today’s startup ecosystem. He helped create Le Camping, the first startup accelerator in France where he focused on building their mentorship and evaluation programs. He previously served as an Associate at Palm Ventures evaluating early-stage tech investments in consumer web and education. Before joining Palm, Aaron was a key member at LivingSocial, where he helped drive the launch of their Daily Deal program. Leading up to an acquisition by LivingSocial, Aaron was employee #1 at, and had cut his teeth early by Co-Founding Interactive Purchasing Solutions as an undergraduate student at Clark University.

Marc Weil

Founder and Engineer, cloudmine   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Marc is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Software Engineering. He comes to CloudMine after a year at Oracle doing enterprise-level iOS application development and brief stint at RJMetrics working on their business intelligence and analytics platform. He was also an engineer at Apple in the Mac OS X Platform Experience group prior to Oracle, has worked on many freelance iOS projects, and ran a profitable company at the venerable age of 14. Marc is obsessed with functional programming and system architecture and enjoys world travel and delicious exotic coffee

Nadezhda Belova

MIT Lecturer

Nadezhda Belova is a visiting lecturer at the Experimental Study Group of  the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is interested in creativity, innovation, curriculum development and design, gifted education and incorporating experiential learning into classwork. Nadezhda who is fluent in Russian, is also an entrepreneur with startup and small business development experience, as well as a former middle school teacher. Her avocations include photography, tango dancing, poetry, film and cognitive neuroscience.

Ila Deshmukh Towery

Director of External Evaluation, The New Teacher Project (TNTP)

Ila Deshmukh Towery is currently Director of External Evaluation for The New Teacher Project (TNTP). In her role at TNTP, Dr. Deshmukh Towery oversees TNTP’s partnerships with external researchers to conduct research and evaluation on TNTP’s programs and services. She also serves as the Project Director for TNTP’s i3 grant, in partnership with six school districts nationwide. Prior to TNTP, Dr. Deshmukh Towery was the Director of Policy Analysis and Research at the Boston Plan for Excellence, Boston’s local education fund (LEF). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Education from Swarthmore College and her PhD in Applied Child Development from Tufts University.

Jeff Chan

Software Engineer   |   LinkedIn

Jeff is a software engineer at Quizlet, which helps students learn materials for classes by giving them tools for tracking and internalizing knowledge. Recently he helped develop and launch the Quizlet Multiplayer game.

In addition to working on Quizlet part-time, he's a sophomore at MIT majoring in Computer Science. Jeff has worked for other for-profit and non-profit education startups including Codecademy and

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