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Global Startup Battle

An initiative created by Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle aims to generate a stronger global community of entrepreneurs through the largest startup competition in the world. During the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week, hundreds of Startup Weekend events are hosted around the world and winning teams from each event move forward to compete with one another via a global video competition. Teams then form a pitch video and enter into the Circle battles they qualify for. Global votes determine the top 15 teams in each Circle and finally, a panel of judges decides which team is the overall winner. In 2012, over 130 cities participated in Global Startup Battle, and GSB 2013 is expected to be even larger. Global Startup Battle enriches the global entrepreneurial community by creating a sense of inclusion between startup teams around the world.

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Startup Weekend Houston + GDG Houston

Startup Weekend Houston has partnered with Google Developers Group Houston to host a bootcamp on Nov 9th from 4pm – 7pm at TX/RX Labs on 205 Roberts st.

This pre-event will prepare participants for Startup Weekend on Nov 15 – 17. The code lab format is hands-on to help developers and entrepreneurs have more success during the weekend challenges. Only $10 for pre-registered participants

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We know during a Startup Weekend event there isn’t a lot of time to learn new tools. Participants need to come in with the tools in their belt to do their best. This pre-event bootcamp will showcase available tools from Google.

Participants will be lead by the organizers of GDG Houston and experienced Startup Weekend mentors for guidance. Food and refreshments will be provided.

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Participants can register by sending an email in the below format

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Register today! Only 28 spots are available.



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Coconnect – 2nd Place

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Food Surplus – 3rd Place

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Nov 15
  • Registration, dinner & networking
  • Welcome & speaker
  • 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
  • Venue closes


Nov 16
  • Venue opens
  • Breakfast & coffee
  • Teams form and set up workspace for the weekend
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon snack
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Dinner
  • Venue closes


Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Breakfast & coffee
  • Lunch
  • Mandatory pitch practice
  • Slide decks are due
  • Presentations start
  • Awards and winners announced
  • Networking mixer @ Local Pour (1952 W Gray St, Houston, TX 77019)
  • Go home!

Sameer Soleja

CEO - Molecule   |  

Sameer is the CEO and a founder of Molecule, a Houston-based startup that's building the next generation of energy trading software. Molecule is a 2012 SURGE Accelerator graduate and a winner of Rice Alliance's Energy & Clean Technology Venture Forum. Prior to Molecule, Sameer worked for 10 years as a consultant for SunGard, BearingPoint, and Stryve Advisors. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

Ed Gonzalez

Mayor Pro-Tem - City of Houston   |  

Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez was first elected to serve on Houston City Council in 2009. A life-long resident of the City of Houston, Ed is committed to improving the quality of life in his hometown.
Ed’s background is public safety and dates back to 1991 when he joined the Houston Police Department. Over his decorated 18 year career, Council Member Gonzalez was promoted to Sergeant, served on the elite hostage negotiation team and was a homicide investigator. Ed has been a public servant for most of his adult-life and knows what it means to be “on call” at all times to serve the constituents of the City of Houston.

Council Member Gonzalez is committed to public safety, quality of life issues and infrastructure improvements. He is well-known for regularly visiting neighborhoods and speaking to folks about their requests and concerns. Ed works diligently to connect with residents and community leaders, an effort to educate his constituents on the services the City of Houston provides and to address their needs.

Ed holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Houston Downtown and earned a Master’s Degree from the University of St. Thomas. Ed also serves on several boards and is an active participant in several community-based initiatives. Ed is a Board Member of the M.D. Anderson YMCA, the Houston Area Community Services (HACS), the Gulf Coast Community Services Association (GCCSA) and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Go Tejano Committee. Additionally, Gonzalez serves as co-chair of the American Heart Association’s Hispanic Outreach Task Force, is a graduate of Leadership Houston Class XXIII and the City of Houston’s Project Blueprint.

On Houston City Council, Ed has served as Mayor Pro-Tem since 2012 when he was appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by his peers, previously he served as Vice Mayor Pro-Tem, first elected by his peers in 2010. Currently he serves as Chair for the Public Safety (PS) Committee. Gonzalez also sits on the following committees: Budget and Fiscal Affairs (BFA), Ethics, Elections and Council Governance (EECG), Housing, Sustainable Growth and Development (HSGD), Quality of Life (QoL), and Transportation, Technology and Infrastructure (TTI).

The Council Member and his wife, Dr. Melissa Gonzalez, reside in Lindale Park with their daughters, they make nearby St. Patrick Church their worship home.

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Nicole Moss

Attorney - Campbell & Riggs, PC   |   LinkedIn

Nicole Moss is a corporate and securities attorney. She helps startup companies from formation through funding to liquidity. Nicole previously advised investment funds in formation, structure and mergers & acquisitions. Before that, she worked with startup companies to build founding teams.

Jeff Reichman

Principal at January Advisors   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Jeff is a Principal at January Advisors, a special projects firm that he founded in 2009. He has about a dozen years of experience working with startups as an employee, co-founder, and sole founder. He also spent a couple years consulting with big companies and working in a corporate innovation department.

He writes stories about entrepreneurship on the January Advisors blog.

Greg Wright

Founder - HATCH pitch competition

Greg Wright is the founder of the HATCH pitch ( competition, which matches innovative startups with progressive investors and customers. He is a mentor at SURGE Accelerator ( and runs the coaching program for SXSW Accelerator ( as well as judging and mentoring at multiple startup events and programs. He serves as advisor and Virtual CTO to small and mid-size company executives at Mbira Group ( and is vice president of the Houston Area Apple User Group ( Since 2002 Greg has been working with startups in all aspects of the business (vision, strategy, development, operation, funding, sale). He was the Director of IT Acceleration at the Houston Technology Center (, recruiting and leading a team of seasoned mentors to help tech startups build their executive teams, identify their target markets, develop their go-to-market strategies, prepare for raising capital, meet and effectively pitch to funders and customers. He created HTC's Ignition program and co-working space. Prior to co-founding 3 startups, Greg was a management consultant and enterprise architect at Accenture, CSC Consulting, and Sapient.

Dane Witbeck

CEO - Meshify   |  

Tech executive working at the intersection of hardware and software. I believe in decisions based on data. Fostering a culture of innovative problem-solving and independent thinking is a goal I am working on everyday. I build products that have the potential to make a large impact for many people and/or organizations.


Huan Le

Co-founder - Caphin, Chief Administrative Officer - DiCentral Corporation

Huan handles mergers and acquisitions for DiCentral Corporation, a fast-growing supply-chain software company. He is also co-founder of Caphin a ready-to-drink Vietnamese ice coffee company and co-founder of Medifr, a next generation patient care collaboration platform. He received his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law and his B.A. in international relations and biology from the University of Southern California. Huan is a dedicated foodie, sampling fare from the best spots in Houston’s vibrant restaurant scene. Additionally, he serves as a board member for a number of local nonprofits.

Gira Desai

Co-Founder - Aleberry Creative Group   |  

Gira co-founded Aleberry Creative Group in 2009.

Aleberry Creative Group is an award-winning design studio based in Houston. ABCG specializes in branding & design, and has been showcased by Adobe since 2011.

Gira is a graphic designer, entrepreneur, and lover of colors & typography.

William Bradley

Co-Founder - Aleberry Creative Group   |   LinkedIn

Incorrigible Co-Founder and Creative Director of Houston's own brand identity and graphic design firm, Aleberry Creative.

Sarah Worthy

Curator - StartupDigest   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Sarah is the founder of Houston StartupWeekend and long time curator for Houston StartupDigest. She's been providing mentorship and support to Houston's startup community since moving to Houston in 2002.

Sarah's areas of expertise encompass product development, product marketing, and user experience design in addition to starting up and scaling a new business.

Bruce Haupt

Director Open Texas Ventures   |   LinkedIn

Bruce is Cofounder of Open Houston, Cofounder of Open Texas Ventures, and Innovation Advisor to the City of Houston. Open Houston, a community group partnered with Code for America, is focused on public sector innovation with a focus on open data, open source, and piloting and building tech solutions. Until recently, Bruce was Deputy Assistant Director of the City of Houston’s Finance Department where he managed Houston's Performance Improvement team. He now serves as an Innovation Advisor to the City's CFO. Bruce has given talks on local government innovation to both public and private sector audiences, and was invited to the White House's Champions of Change in Open Government and Civic Hacking event. He completed his Master in Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, along with his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Florida and A.A. from Brevard Community College.

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