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Renasant Center for Ideas

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!



Sep 27
  • 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


Sep 28
  • 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


Sep 29
  • 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

Geoffrey Carter

Hyperion Technology Group   |   LinkedIn

Geoffrey Carter is president of Hyperion Technology Group Inc., a Tupelo based technology development company that serves government, research laboratory and industrial customers around the world with state-of-the-art custom engineered solutions. Prior to his position with Hyperion, Mr. Carter served as Director of Technology Development for Huntsville based Radiance Technologies, and was involved in the startup of two successful high-tech companies in the North Mississippi area. Geoff is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at Mississippi State University, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering also from MSU. Geoff lives in Saltillo with his wife Jeri and his four children, Jonathan, Austin, Brooks and Bremen.

Josh Mabus

Mabus Agency   |   LinkedIn

The value of strategy in the context of creativity drives Josh Mabus, founder of the Mabus Agency, centering an energy dedicated to communication and service. Experience in marketing’s art directs the agency’s award-winning work, but his grounding in marketing’s science separates his group from the rest. Crafting communication that best bridges the gap between business and consumer begins with pointed thought, a step that proves its value from concept to completion. Perfection, timing, planning and skill all make contributions, but the management of their input determines the outcome. Since 2008, Josh’s agency has been winning for clients by doing just that.


Scott Chase

Chase Computer Services   |  

Founded by Scott Chase in 2005, Chase Computer Services, Inc. provides top quality websites, web applications, and software solutions. Chase Computer Services, Inc. has clients that span the country as well as span multiple industries. We have worked with sole-proprietorship businesses to non-profits to multi-million dollar organizations. The primary focus of Chase Computer Services, Inc. is to offer development services to companies that do not have skilled developers on staff or lack one of the skills we offer.
We invite you to read more about Chase Computer Services, Inc., the services we offer, and view our portfolio of past work at

Chuck McIntosh

McIntosh Creative Services   |   LinkedIn

Chuck McIntosh is owner of McIntosh Creative Services, LLC, a company offering a wide variety of communications services to small business and non-profits. An award-winning video writer/producer/director, Chuck has been in broadcast and non-broadcast video production for over 30 years. His background in graphic design, copywriting and illustration work rounds out a skillset that allows Chuck to provide a variety of services to those companies looking for assistance in short-term marketing and communications projects without hiring full-time employees. Chuck is also an award-winning editorial cartoonist. For more information go to

Lucy Russell Betcher

Director of the Mississippi University for Women Center for Creative Entrepreneurship   |   LinkedIn

Lucy Russell Betcher currently serves as the Director of the MUW Center for Creative Entrepreneurship and as a Score Mentor. She has
worked in the small business and economic development arena for over 25 years. She counseled or coached over 5,000 potential or existing small business owners and aided in the receipt of over $30,000,000 in capital. Betcher has directed two small business development centers and previously served as the Director of the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship and as the Administrator of the Opportunity Through Entrepreneurship program. She is a graduate of Mississippi State University and did graduate work at University of Southern Mississippi.

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