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Startup Pirates is an entrepreneurial trial for aspiring entrepreneurs, creating a worldwide community of ultimate changemakers willing to share, learn and grow together.

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL EXPERIENCE

Startup Pirates is not an event. It is a whole experience for life.

In this one-week program, our pirates dive in the startup world and have the opportunity and the tools to develop a business idea from scratch.

But if you think Startup Pirates is only about developing one idea, think again. This is a whole experience, the ultimate entrepreneurship trial, the entrance to a unique and exclusive worldwide community of change-makers and the boost you've been waiting for.

We gather the most promising aspiring entrepreneurs and fearless experienced guests to share and learn together in a combination of workshops, mentoring, inspirational moments and some wild surprises.

This is not the place to be taught, is the place to learn!

"Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

 

WHY JOIN?

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    The workshops

    Attend about 8 high quality workshops on what we call "the survival toolbox": business model, product development, pitch and more.

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    Mentoring

    Meet experienced entrepreneurs and innovators who will join us to support your team.

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    Networking

    Create connections with around 30 guests and 29 more pirates with the same flame and sense of adventure as you.

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    Prizes and perks

    Get the chance of winning valuable prizes that will help you thrive. Get access to our network of super cool perk partners.

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    Precious feedback

    You’ll have the opportunity to present your project to investors and business leaders. Their precious feedback will let you understand what these big cap’ns think of your project.

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    Pitch

    Get ready to pitch like a parrot. You’ll improve your pitch skills throughout the program.

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    Get one idea of the ground

    Even if you don’t have an idea, you’ll pass through the process of developing one. No one can ever take this knowledge and experience from you.

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    Have fun and get inspired

    You'll work hard but make no mistake, this is not just work. We promise you’ll have fun and get inspired all along the way.

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    Be part of the family

    Startup Pirates is not just a program, it is a family, a community. You’ll be a member of an exclusive and international network of fearless people who also happen to love to scream Arrr!

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    This is just the beginning

    This is just a springboard. Get yourself kick started!

Who are we looking for
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    1: Lonely buchaneers

    If you’re a solo sailor without an idea but eager to learn, you can join a team and help them develop an idea

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    2: Looking for a crew

    You have the idea but you’re looking for a team. There are pirates wanting to join you here...

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    3: One crew, one idea

    You already have the crew, you also have the idea, but you wish you could improve on that idea and accelerate it. You’re welcome!

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Get aboard, the ship is about to leave!

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Introductions
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Team Building

Team Building

Pirate Scavenger hunt and other activities to get to know the skills and personalities of fellow Pirates in order to form a cohesive and strong team by the end of the second day.

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Dinner
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Service Design Basics: From Idea to Innovation, by Sandjar Kozubaev
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Team Management, by Mike Ames
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Ideas Pitch

Ideas Pitch

If you have an idea that you'd like to develop during the week, pitch it to the other pirates. Maybe they'll join you!

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Team Definition
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Lessons Learned
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Lean Business Model Canvas by Ed Rieker
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Ask the Mentor

Ask the Mentor

Talented and experienced mentors will guide you on the difficult path to achieve a sustainable business idea and a successful business model.    

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Customer Development by Ed Rieker
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Ask the Mentor

Talented and experienced mentors will guide you on the difficult path to achieve a sustainable business idea and a successful business model.   

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Open Meetup

A gathering between the pirates and the local start up community.

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Lessons Learned
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How to Pitch, by Jen Bonnett
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Entrepreneur talk

Entrepreneur talk

Life Coach Michelle Marto

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Ask The Mentor

Talented and experienced mentors will guide you on the difficult path to achieve a sustainable business idea and a successful business model.    

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Entrepreneur Talk

Entrepreneur Talk

Entrepreneurs with different backgrounds, stories and mindsets show how difficult and exciting the life of an entrepreneur can be.

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Lessons Learned
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Finance and Investment by Gail Reid
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Pitch Practice

A Pitch training with feedback from Pirate Crew to get ready for the final pitch!

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Branding and Marketing, by Craig Johnson
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GUESTS

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Karyn Lu

Judge

Karyn Lu is Director of Product Strategy & Partnerships at HLN, a network currently reinventing itself as the first TV home for the social media generation. Previously, Karyn was the lead futurist / trendspotter at Turner Broadcasting, and a UX designer at CNN.com, where she co-founded CNN iReport.

Karyn is passionate about the Atlanta community and serves in an advisory capacity to organizations including WABE 90.1 FM (Atlanta’s NPR station) and BurnAway. She is part of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2014. Karyn is a frequent public speaker and has been featured at TEDxCentennialParkWomen and Creative Mornings Atlanta. She holds a M.S. in Digital Media from Georgia Tech and a B.A. in English Literature from Wellesley College.

Karyn Lu

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Kat Goduco

Mentor

Kat Goduco is a Filipino-American photographer based in Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles, CA.

Without hesitation, Kat captures intricate moments. She is drawn to the emotion of her subjects and it is present through her body of work. Through practice, discipline and guidance from veteran artists, Kat has been able to grow within her craft. Organizations such as the Associated Press, Atlanta Hawks, and the YMCA make up Kat Goduco’s partial client list. Her photographs have also been featured in publications such as People Magazine, USA Today, Washington Post, OK Magazine and many more.

Kat Goduco

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Sandjar Kozubaev

Speaker

Sandjar Kozubaev is a futurist, experience strategist, innovation consultant and educator. He currently works Sparks Grove, an innovation and marketing strategy division of North Highland, a global management consulting firm. Sandjar’s specialty is to use his background in economics, design and strategy to help people and organizations imagine future worlds and bring them to life with stories, experiences and artifacts.

Sandjar Kozubaev

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Shannon Rentner

Mentor

Shannon Rentner is a “digipreneur” who excels at strategic planning, operations, and delivering integrated marketing campaigns designed to drive demand. Shannon’s objective is to architect online relationships between organizations and the people/businesses who want what they sell.
 
A veteran of the tech industry, Shannon launched her career as a technology-business reporter at the Austin Business Journal. She then served in marketing roles for several enterprise software companies and technology startups. Her commitment to digital innovation and social impact is evident in her mentorship roles in the startup community at the Atlanta Tech Village and Mentor Capital Network. She also serves on the board of Technology Association of Georgia’s Marketing Society.

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Tim Adkins

Mentor

Tim is a social do-gooder at Points of Light. Currently, he's working with the Civic Accelerator team to help early stage ventures increase their digital footprint, shape and share their stories, craft their pitch and provide overall support. A self diagnosed "recovering entrepreneur," Tim is a co-founder of Pakmode Media + Marketing, the minor league soccer club AFC Ann Arbor and charity events including the Ford Lake Frozen Leap. Tim is also a board member with the Kyle Pease Foundation where he gets to explore his passion for building relationships and helping others reach their goals.  

Tim Adkins

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Daniel Santos

Mentor

Daniel Santos, CEO and Co-Founder at PEAR'd, received his B.A. in English Literature & Business from Florida State University. Before PEAR’d, he worked for Aderant and Suntrust Bank.

Daniel Santos

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Justin Richards

Mentor

Justin has a love for entrepreneurship and a passion for helping founders make their ideas a reality. As the co-founder of tenrocket.com, he works alongside his business partner Chris Turner to transform ideas into meaningful businesses.  When he’s not working, you can usually find him wandering around Atlanta Tech village striking up a conversation or enjoying a cappuccino at Taproom.

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Chalida Tiyasuksawad

Mentor

Chalida is an enthusiastic entrepreneur by nature and a passionate designer by training. She grew up watching her serial entrepreneur father launch and grow several diverse businesses at different levels, from low-cost product creation to million dollar mixed-use property developments. An idealist with a diverse background and a unique skill set, Chalida brings solid experience and strong expertise in core elements for start-ups. She is a high performer, and is 100% enticed by problem solving and result-oriented challenges.

Chalida Tiyasuksawad

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Laura Nunemaker

Mentor

13+ years experience in email marketing, social media and content development. Former retail bakery owner. Loves cycling & scuba diving. Vegan. Cat magnet. Laura is the owner of Social Media for Small Business

Laura Nunemaker

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Craig Johnson

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Craig Johnson is the President and co-founder of Matchstic. A native Atlantan, Craig graduated from Georgia State University and for his entire career he has worked on the business side of a creative industry, starting with managing rock bands and moving on to become the business arm of Matchstic. His vision for the company was to create a place where smart creatives could thrive and produce work that generates real change for business.

Craig Johnson

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Daniel Flores

Mentor

Born in East LA with a pencil in his hand, Daniel Flores was a creative child, drawing on every surface he could find. Daniel’s imagination would start taking off with images of Hanna-Barbera cartoons, Bugs Bunny and stories of Aztec bravery as told by his history teacher in Mexico City where Daniel attended middle school.

DTM is not one for the classroom, learning by doing is his mantra. Starting with drawing, DTM has added several other art skills to his pool of talents including: Tattoos, Fine Art, Graphic Design and Mobile Game Illustration.

Ever since arriving in Atlanta in 1994, DTM has been deeply involved in the art community starting with group art shows to Curator of the Mano A Mano Art Exhibit Series. With his Wife Aisha Flores, DTM ventured into the web design field in 2006 and founded Denominator Graphics with a focus on building websites for young artists to have an online portfolio and promote their art to potential Fine Art collectors.

DTM was published in the 2012 July issue of ImagineFX Magazine. In 2005 DTM’s art was shown at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta as part of the Art Beats + Lyrics Art Show. In 2002 his tattoo studio won Creative Loafing’s Best of Atlanta award. 

Since 2004, DTM has participated in over 25 group artshows in the Atlanta Area. Art is Daniel’s passion and his creativity overflows with non-stop art projects. Art is DTM’s profession and he’s thankful for the opportunity to create! 

Daniel Flores

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Anisha Bhandari

Mentor

Anisha Bhandari is the founder and CEO of UDebate, a platform that encourages students from K-12 to continue their debates outside of the classroom.  Both students and teachers are able to login to UDebate and begin new debates or contribute to sponsored debates outside of the classroom.  Students can even participate in debates nationally and elect team leaders to moderate!

In addition to UDebate, Anisha has been an international journalist, digital marketer, and a consultant, as well as an organizer for the ATDC chapter of Startup Chicks.

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Jen Bonnett

Speaker

Jen leads ATDC’s educational programs and statewide outreach to entrepreneurs. Jen is a technology entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in information technology/software development, specializing in Web and mobile. She is also the Chief Chick and Founder of StartupChicks. Jen will be leading our "How to Pitch" workshop. 

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Paul Foster

Judge

Paul is CEO of Digital and Creative Talent, a recruiting and staffing firm focused on digital economy professionals.  Previously, he was President of Jackson Surgical Assistants and O'Grady Peyton International.  He has also worked at GE, Booz Allen & Hamilton and Westpac Bank.  He holds a BA and MBA from Columbia University in the City of New York and has lived and worked all over the world.  Paul has founded or co-founded four start-ups.

Paul Foster

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Ed Rieker

Speaker

Ed is a business owner and entrepreneur who has a successful track record starting, building and selling software businesses. During the last 25 years, he has been the founder or co-founder of four heathcare software firms, two of which have been acquired by public companies. He experienced another success when an online community he acquired in 2003, was purchased by a public company in 2011.

As a long-time member of the Atlanta startup community he has had the pleasure of serving the community in many different capacities. He regularly participates as a Mentor/coach/teacher in several programs offered by local incubators, accelerators and university business school programs. He is also an angel investor in local technology startups.

He currently is the owner and developer of the Tudor Square, a community-oriented, quality dinning, shopping and entertainment venue in the heart of Downtown Avondale Estates.

Ed Rieker

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Justin Oh

Mentor

Justin Oh is the Lead Product Marketing Manager for Yik Yak, a social media app startup that was named "Fastest Rising Startup" by TechCrunch in 2014. At Yik Yak, he leads paid media, content distribution, and brand marketing efforts. Before Yik Yak, he spent 4.5 years as a digital strategist at ad agencies 22squared and JWT, where he shaped digital strategy for brands such as Shell, Toyota, Kelloggs, Dunkin' Donuts and Publix. Outside of work, Justin is passionate about food, travel, music and most of all, culture.

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Skip Blankley

Mentor

Skip Blankley is the founder of NoBox Creatives and is a Serial Entrepreneur with relentless optimism and an eye on the future. His creative approach to life and business has proven itself time and time again in his personal and entrepreneurial ventures. 

With a background in business development, digital media, online marketing and a unique approach to creating strategies at the intersection of business and technology, Skip Blankley brings invaluable insight to the table. 

Skip Blankley

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Rick Copeland

Mentor

Rick Copeland is the co-founder and CTO of Synapp.io, an Atlanta technology startup that graduated from Flashpoint’s startup accelerator in 2013. Synapp.io provides APIs and a SaaS application for the email compliance and deliverability space.
Rick is an experienced Python developer with a focus on NoSQL databases, a published O'Reilly author, and a MongoDB Master. He is an active member of the Atlanta Startup community and speaks frequently at various user groups and conferences to share his wealth of technical knowledge.

Rick Copeland

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Johnny McLendon

Mentor

Johnny McLendon is the Founder of McLendon Tax and Accounting where he specializes in helping entrepreneurs, small business owners and nonprofits with tax consulting and accounting services.  Johnny is a graduate from Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia and has been an Accountant for small to mid-sized CPA firms, as well as a Fortune 500 Company.  
 
Johnny thoroughly enjoys helping other people through his work and in his personal life.  His goals and objectives are to provide tax and financial services to entrepreneurs and small business owners that would otherwise not have access to such resources.  
 
When time allows, Johnny enjoys spending the day fishing with his dad and being anywhere near the water.  He also loves watching movies in the theater (with popcorn in hand), bowling and reading a fiction book.

Johnny McLendon

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Chris Turner

Mentor

Chris loves new ideas and the people driven to make them real.  As the co-founder of tenrocket.com, he works every day to help people move from “I have an idea” to “I run a company called..”.  When he’s not at Atlanta Tech Village or a random startup event, you’ll find him hanging out with his wife and son.  They’ll probably be laughing at something on the internet. Most likely cats.

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Michelle Marto

Speaker

Michelle is owner of Lift your Life that provides certified Life Coach services working with professionals and leaders to find their niche, be their best, and have an impact in their lives. 
She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and is Certified as a Life Coach trained in the Art and Science of Achieving Results, the practice of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Success Formulas of the Masters, and Strategic Visioning from the Be You Only Better Institute of Life Coaching.  Michelle is also a Toastmasters Member and Speaker. 

Michelle Marto

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Roshawnna Novellus

Mentor

Roshwanna is a Wealthy Yogi that helps people achieve their inner an outer goals through smarter financial decisions, president of Novellus Financial, a concierge style tax and financial strategy firm. Author of Budgeting is More Liberation Than Limitation, a simple guide of how to change your mindset about money so that you can jump-start reaching your dreams.  Curator of Goal Diggers Club, a community of savvy goal oriented individuals that pride themselves on living a fabulous life.

Roshawnna Novellus

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Daniel Hooper

Mentor

Daniel is the founder of PrincipleForMac.com, a design tool for user interfaces. Previously, Daniel worked at Apple as an iOS software engineer.  His interaction design work has been featured on Forbes, Tech Crunch, The Verge, and Gizmodo. He created Percepto, a puzzle game for iPhone, which was Apple's game of the week in 70 countries in 2011. He holds a B.S. in Computational Media from Georgia Tech.

Daniel Hooper

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Linette Singleton

Mentor

Linette Singleton is co-owner of Graves Singleton, LLC, back-office experts for people seeking the peace of mind of well-maintained financial recordkeeping or to market and grow their small business. A multi-talented professional, Linette has provided strategic marketing, accounting and operations support for sole practitioners, small businesses and nonprofits, and multi-million dollar organizations like ING, a global financial institution, and the American Cancer Society, Inc. She has used those best practices to teach classes for the U.S. Small Business Administration and Santa Fe College Center for Innovation & Economic Development

Linette Singleton

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Jerica Richardson

Mentor

Jerica Richardson, Strategic Initiatives, CMO and Co-Founder of PEAR'd received her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before PEAR’d, she worked for Aderant and authored her first book.

 

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Alan Urech

Mentor

Alan Urech is a Senior Executive with over 35 years of experience successfully building and commercializing entrepreneurial businesses. He supports their growth and commercialization by using strong strategic, tactical and operational leadership processes, skills and resources.

His career background includes HBO & Company, a healthcare information technology company, where he was part of the team that drove the organization’s expansion from an initial start-up of under US$3 million to over $180 million dollars in revenue within 12 years. During this period, Mr. Urech was instrumental in developing successful healthcare information technology product lines for the laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, decision support and financial healthcare business units.

Alan Urech

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Jim Beach

Mentor

Jim Beach’s first book, School for Startups, was published by McGraw-Hill in June 2011 and reached as high as number 9 on Amazon's business section.  Jim has started businesses and has taught entrepreneurship around the world and he recently won the Small Business Administration Media Advocate Award for his terrestrial radio show.

Jim received his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Hawaii and Japan-America Institute of Management Science of Tokyo, Japan in December 1992. He specialized in Japanese Financial Systems and was selected to receive the Fujitsu Foundation for International Education Scholarship, was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and also was awarded Highest Honors. He worked for the Japanese government trade promotion office (JETRO) where he helped American companies export to Japan and for The Coca-Cola Company, both in Japan and in the United States.

Jim Beach

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Mike Ames

Speaker

With more than 30 years of management experience across several industries, and in corporate, start-up, and turn-around businesses, Mike launched his own Business Coaching & Consulting business, The Biz Garage, in 2013. Focused on helping business owners & decision-makers unlock the untapped potential in themselves and their businesses, The Biz Garage provides one-on-one tailored coaching, workshops, and offers many business development programs.

Mike is a frequent volunteer & mentor at Atlanta hackathon and startup community events, and is excited to be part of team for Startup Pirates Atlanta as both a Mentor and Organizer. Mike brings a strong operations background with more than 10 years at The Coca-Cola Company, and many more years in operational leadership roles at several other companies. A native of Michigan, he moved to Atlanta back in 1992 after earning his MBA at The University of Michigan.

Mike Ames

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Strongbox West is Atlanta's longest-running, and the Southeast's largest, coworking space. Startups, small businesses, entrepreneurs, freelancers, artists, & marketers all call Strongbox West home. Come join us, you'll be more successful when you're here. 

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Roam is the innovator’s workplace, a meeting & gathering experience for the new workforce. They are dedicated to people on the move that need a better way to connect with others, work productively & grow their businesses. One of the winning teams will be receiving 3 months of Cafe Membership at Roam! 

As a Startup Pirates participant you’ll have access to a network of Global Perk partners. So, you can enjoy a list of advantages that may be very useful to keep you going with your idea after the program. Take a look!

ORGANIZERS

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Isabel Marques

Isabel started as a pirate at the first ever Startup Pirates in 2011 and was a crew member for the first edition in Lisbon. She now sailed the ocean blue and is now bringing the pirate spirit to Atlanta!

Isabel Marques

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Pedro Queiros

Pedro Queiros

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Mary Gezo

Avast!  With years of programming and sailing the seven seas under her belt, Mary joined Atlanta’s Startup Pirates team for their passion for building Atlanta into an even bigger and more supportive haven for entrepreneurs.  An Atlanta native and lover of the startup scene, Mary’s aboard to keep Atlanta’s StartupPirates.org web site and social media sailing right and true.

Mary Gezo

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Mike Ames

With more than 30 years of management experience across several industries, and in corporate, start-up, and turn-around businesses, Mike launched his own Business Coaching & Consulting business, The Biz Garage, in 2013. Focused on helping business owners & decision-makers unlock the untapped potential in themselves and their businesses, The Biz Garage provides one-on-one tailored coaching, workshops, and offers many business development programs.

Mike is a frequent volunteer & mentor at Atlanta hackathon and startup community events, and is excited to be part of team for Startup Pirates Atlanta as both a Mentor and Organizer. Mike brings a strong operations background with more than 10 years at The Coca-Cola Company, and many more years in operational leadership roles at several other companies. A native of Michigan, he moved to Atlanta back in 1992 after earning his MBA at The University of Michigan.

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SPONSORS

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TriNet provides HR solutions to small and midsize businesses, with a specialized focus on Startups and Tech companies, so you can focus on what your company does best. Their bundled HR products, TriNet Cloud applications and strategic services simplify your HR. Tailored by industry, TriNet's bundled HR products cover the core services of payroll, benefits, risk & compliance, a dedicated HR team and a cloud platform.

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OutSystems provides the only open, high-productivity application platform (PaaS) that makes it easy to create, deploy and manage enterprise mobile and web applications - helping IT deliver innovative business solutions fast.

OutSystems Platform enables rapid delivery of beautiful applications for all devices utilizing responsive or device-specific web design. The Platform empowers IT to attack changing business requirements by automating core DevOps best practices such as continuous integration and delivery. It is available as a public cloud, private cloud and on-premises solution.

Hundreds of companies in 25 countries across 22 industries use OutSystems Platform to create and deliver custom, mission critical applications.

PARTNERS

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The Iron Yard teaches intensive 12-week courses that mentor you into a professional junior-level programmer. 

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Fueled by the same entrepreneurial spirit that drives the folks we cover, Hypepotamus generates awareness about Atlanta’s innovative tech & creative community to retain local talent by connecting them with opportunities. Hypepotamus.com is the go-to source of news, events, job listings and resources for the flourishing Atlanta tech industry. We showcase students, innovators, companies and venture capitalists that are proud to call it home.

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Infinity Yoga is a full service yoga studio specializing in vinyasa, restorative, yin, meditation, and power flow yoga located in Brookhaven and Dunwoody. They've got a great student special: 30 days of unlimited yoga for $30! 

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Business Accelerators (BA) is an Entrepreneur Centre located in Northwest Atlanta. Our 'mission is simple, "...we take on whatever is trying to hold you back..." We have beautiful co-working and a variety of office space that is designed to meet the needs of an entrepreneur in any stage of their business. BA offers mentorship from proven business leaders, professional services, and provide sources for capital. Starting first quarter 2016, we will be accepting applications for companies to join our Accelerator program. 

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TriNet Becomes an Official Sponsor

A merry-big cheer for the excellent people at TriNet, as they're our newest sponsors for the Startup Pirates program!  Welcome them aboard!

TriNet provides these HR solutions to small and midsize businesses, with a specialized focus on Startups and Tech companies, so you can focus on what your company does best. Their bundled HR products, TriNet Cloud applications and strategic services simplify your HR. Tailored by industry, TriNet's bundled HR products cover the core services of payroll, benefits, risk & compliance, a dedicated HR team and a cloud platform. TriNet partners with more than 11,000 clients in a variety of industries domestically and in Canada. They believe that small and medium sized businesses are the heart and driving force in our economy and they love to help those businesses grow. TriNet is the cloud-based HR Company for your business, helping you realize your ambitions is what we do best!

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Get Caffeinated - Roam Delivers New Prizes!

Arrr, me hearties!  Feeling a little sleepy this morning?  Not to worry!  Roam, the coffee-themed co-working space, has joined the Startup Pirates team for yet another prize!  Huzzah!

Roam has 3 locations in the Atlanta area - (plus a 4th about to open up in Buckhead) - and is dedicated to people on the move that need a better way to connect with others, work productively & grow their businesses.  It's "the innovator's workplace", and members gain access to weekly Lunch Sessions on topics for startups, meeting rooms, mailboxes and, of course, a cafe to keep your engine running.

So welcome aboard our newest prize-giver, Roam!  Arrrrrg!

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Jen Bonnett Teaches Us to Pitch

The week o' Startup Pirates gets closer and closer - and as we get closer, the more mentors, judges, and workshop hosts we have clambering aboard our sea-soaked deck!  We now have Jen Bonnet of the ATDC and Startup Chicks with us to host the workshop on pitching!

Jen leads the ATDC’s educational programs and statewide outreach to entrepreneurs. She is a technology entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in information technology/software development, specializing in Web and mobile. She is also the Chief Chick and Founder of StartupChicks, a community for like-minded female entrepreneurs to connect, talk, and learn from each other.

Welcome Jen Bonnett aboard!

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