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Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth

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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

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!

Through a partnership with the Innovation Hub at the University of Oklahoma, participants will have a unique access to a state-of-the-art mobile maker space to rapidly develop physical prototypes. The mobile maker space will feature 3D printers, a laser cutter, CNC machine, and many more. The maker space AND materials will be free to Startup Weekend OU participants during the 54-hour weekend!





Mar 27
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Team forming and discussing ideas
  • formalize teams and begin work!
  • Venue Closes for the night!


Mar 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • First mentoring session begins!
  • Lunch with speaker
  • Mentoring Session number 2 begins!
  • Final mentoring session
  • Dinner is served
  • Finished for the day


Mar 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee. Begin prepping for pitch!
  • Lunch
  • Judge Deliberation
  • Judging & awards
  • Closing
  • Go home!

Lydia Sullivan-Benham

CEO and Co-founder, BlazeJobs

Lydia Sullivan-Benham is the Founder of BlazeJobs, a free mobile hub that connects employers to jobseekers. Lydia has a long history forming startups, also creating Neoporter, LydiaonTap, and her own design firm, Lydia Sullivan Designs. Lydia received her B.F.A. in Printmaking and Ceramics from the University of Oklahoma and studied fine arts, international business, and Korean at Kyungpook National University in Daegu, S. Korea.

Daniel Maloney

CEO and Co-Founder, Tailwind

Daniel is currently CEO & co-founder of Tailwind, the world's leading Pinterest Marketing solution. Before Tailwind, Daniel spent time rebuilding AOL's online video business, incubating lots of fun projects for Google Maps / Local and YouTube, a stint in management consulting with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and two prior start-ups, including BridesView and another while in College. Daniel has his bachelor of Science in Finance, Management and Legal Studies from The Whorton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

John Kerber

CEO and Co-Founder, Who's On My Wifi

John Kerber is the CEO and Co-founder of Who's On My Wifi, an application that alerts users if an unknown or malicious user has entered a private network. Before founding Who's On My Wifi, John spent 8 years as the Director of Software Developer at Paycom. John received his bachelors in Computer Science from Loyola University of Chicago and is comfortable speaking Spanish and Japanese.

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