Startup Weekend Ponce

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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 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!

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The winning team will receive a design license with a $3,000 value and legal orientation from Ferraouli LLC.

If you purchase three tickets in one order we will give you a free ticket.

All participants will receive FREE business cards from and a 15% off from any other purchase. Order by August 18 or August 21 with a rush fee and it will be delivered to you on site on August 29, 2014. For more information and

We are an official Pick up site, order whatever you want from the site, visit us on August 29-30-31 and pick up your order.




Aug 29
  • 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


Aug 30
  • 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


Aug 31
  • 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!
Tier 1 Sponsors

René Lomelí


Operations Manager en 500 Startups, apasionado por la tecnología y startups. Originalmente de Mérida, Yucatán donde estuve involucrado con la comunidad emprendedora organizando eventos como la 1er y 2da edición de Startup Weekend Mérida. Me gusta ayudar e involucrarme para que las cosas sucedan.

Tier 2 Sponsors

Hector Ortíz

VP Marsh Saldaña

VP South West Operations for Marsh Saldaña. Bachelor in Management and Marketing, Master's in Science in Insurance. Certified Insurance Service Service Representative. Associate in Insurance Services. Certified Insurance Counselor.

Iván Ríos Mena

Director Fideicomiso Ciencias y Tecnologías

Ríos Mena formó parte del equipo de trabajo del Comité de Transición del Gobernador Alejandro García Padilla, donde tuvo la responsabilidad de revisar y evaluar toda la información proporcionada por la administración saliente, como preparación al Informe de Transición. Previo a su entrada al servicio público, se dedicó a representar a pequeñas y medianas empresas (PYMES) en todas sus fases de desarrollo en la práctica privada. Entre sus clientes, figuraron compañías como Autonomy LLC, Blimp LLC, Tierra Alianza Inc, Spanglish Films, Storegraphy Inc y Shoe Square, entre otras. Se desempeñó además como abogado corporativo litigante en el bufete Martínez Odell & Calabria. Durante este periodo atendió litigios laborales, civiles y comerciales, tanto en las cortes estatales como federales. Fue Presidente de la Puerto Rico Bar Association de 2011 a 2012. Además, fue co-fundador del evento de innovación y tecnología TEDxSanJuan y presidente de la Comisión de Derecho Corporativo del Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico.
Graduado de la Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Posee un Bachillerato en Artes, con concentración en Gerencia de la Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Felix Rivera

Seasoned engineer with extensive experience in product development, and engineering design. Mechatronics, Robotics and automation is my specialty. Love to create educational programs that promotes innovation, mechtronics and technological entrepreneurship.

Specialties: Mechatronics, robotics, vision systems, automation, mechanical components design and CNC manufacturing.

With the vision of Puerto Rico as an innovation paradise, where the products and services that make a difference are created, we provide the engineering products and services that promotes our customer's innovations, and reduce their time to market. We have four division, EngiCad, where we sell and support SolidWorks, the market leader in 3D Mechanical CAD, CamWorks for Machining intelligence along with Dimension (a 3D printer) and Faro high precision measuring instruments. In EngiIdeas we support inventors, and develop custom engineered products and systems for our customers. EngiParts is our prototype shop with CNC technology were we manufacture most or our and our customers inventions or spare parts. In EngiEdu we teach our country's youth mechatronics and entrepreneurship skills to be able to shape our country in to a sustainable one.

Tier 3 Sponsors

Ramphis Castro

Founder Taino App

Ramphis is the Founder and CEO of TainoApp, a content-syndication platform that is the easiest way for publishers to share their content through fully native mobile apps on all smartphones. Ramphis is also a global facilitator for Startup Weekend, Curator for TEDxSanJuan, and Founding Member of Startups of Puerto Rico - all focused on growing a vibrant tech startup community in the Caribbean. He received his Bachelors in Computer Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and is a licensed professional computer engineer (NCEES). He subsequently obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law, and focuses on startup and intellectual property law.

Norman Ortíz

Founder Igen Apps

Serial entrepreneur with 14 yrs in UI/UX Design a MS in Operations Management, BS in Industrial Engineering, Green Belt Six Sigma and grad student from the Founder Institute.

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Teresa Gonzalez
Ricardo Figueroa
Jorge J. Muñiz
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