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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!

Join us May 31 through June 2 for the most exciting weekend in Central Louisiana!


Pitch it!  Build it!  Win it!

Work with teams to develop your favorite business idea, in just 54 hours!  The event will begin at Hearn Stage and be hosted, literally, all over Downtown Alexandria.  Make new friends, business connections and learn how to grow a dream into reality.



May 31
  • 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


Jun 1
  • 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


Jun 2
  • 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!

Peter Rotich

A software developer with more than a decade of experience, Peter founded Enhancesoft, a company that provides integrated and comprehensive IT services.

Trudy Poret

Trudy owns Tarpan Construction, a very successful, Woman Owned Small Business and an Economic Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business located in Louisiana.

Aimee Broussard

Crafter. Baker. Apron Maker. Award Winning Cookie Creator. Aimee said adios to a career in corporate insurance for something a little more...handmade. She's networked with the likes of Martha Stewart Omnimedia as part of a panel of 80 women owned brands, been featured in a Tide marketing video alongside fashion guru Tim Gunn, and her pecan praline king cake cookies currently hold the title as Dixie Crystals Bake Off Champion. She's founder of the Southern Craft Academy, a prestigious weekend crafting retreat held at one of Louisiana's hidden gem Plantations, with sold out attendance in mere hours. Aimee's stylish line of baking aprons have been photographed and tweeted by the likes of Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes), featured in inRegister magazine, as well as numerous online publications. When she's not creating her own aprons, she's working closely with Imperial Sugar Co. to customize their vintage sugar sack aprons. Her motto is simple- "cook well, look good doing it".
Aimee's rapid success comes from her attention to detail and desire to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary from food, to aprons, to everything in between.


Iviana Stewart


Dustin Matthews

Commercial Loan Officer

A commercial lender with a passion for businesses big and small, Dustin is also helping establish the Young Professional Group of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce.

Silver Sponsors

Lee Weeks

COO, Inglewood Farm

Lee has 30+ years of experience as an owner / manager of several businesses in a wide range of industries. From understanding the start-up phase to dealing with a business that has plateaued, Lee brings a unique blend of detailed management practices and visionary tools to help new entrepreneurs prepare for their journey.

Peter Rotich

Founder, Enhancesoft

David Crain

DAC Creative

Brain & muscle for DAC Creative Solutions

Jeff Staples

Tobias Wilhelm

Todd Fingleton

Fred Jones

Jared Hancock

Gil McKee


Accountant, CFO, and Chairman of the American Red Cross, Gil McKee has 15 years' experience leading businesses and organizations through growth and change that results in greater revenues and jobs.

Media Sponsors
Melissa Flurry
Cindy Cespiva
Gary Perkins
Leann Murphy
Stacey Douglas

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