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Leggett Center at Millsaps College

Startup Weekend Jackson is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.

Once again, the event is coming to Jackson and this year, Startup Weekend Jackson will place an added emphasis on the technology-based solutions for the health care industry. Mobile technologies are transforming the way we work and play, including work in the health care field, and Startup Weekend Jackson is seeking innovators in the health care field, in addition to other mobile and tech-related startups.

Mobile technologies are transforming the health care field, and Startup Weekend Jackson is focusing this year’s Jackson competition on the medical and mobile health industry by seeking innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs in the health care field.

Mobile health is a $1.3 billion industry, and by 2018 it is expected to reach $20 billion! From hospitals using digital health technology to mobile remote patient monitoring to increasing medication compliance through wireless pill bottles, mobile technology is undeniably a driving force in today’s health care industry.

Building on these timely facts and the fact that the Jackson Metro area is brimming with health care facilities, physicians and other medical personnel, and pharmaceutical companies and researchers, Startup Weekend Jackson wants to capitalize on this digital health care revolution and help bring to life innovative ideas for tech startup ventures.

While the focus will primarily be health care technologies and will feature mentors, judges and sponsors from that industry, non-health care related ideas are also accepted. Additionally, those with expertise in marketing, design and development are encouraged to attend.



May 16
  • 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


May 17
  • 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


May 18
  • 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!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

John Brandon

Bureau Manager for the Entrepreneur Center

As the Bureau Manager for the Entrepreneur Center, Mississippi’s leading small business resource within the Existing Industry and Business Division of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), John Brandon offers to his client’s helpful advice on current business thought. With it comes over 35 years of experience in a variety of retail-oriented business environments including corporate and store management, retail buying, consulting and teaching on the university level. Mr. Brandon received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Masters of Business Administration from Delta State University.

Kurt Black

President at Glenwood Digital Partners, Executive Director at Jackson Tech Entrepreneurs

Glenwood Digital Partners is an application development and consulting firm focusing on providing products and services that enable small-to-medium sized businesses to effectively market themselves online.

The company builds and manages online and mobile applications that enable businesses to cost effectively reach their target customer base and acquire new customers. Additionally, the company provides an array of complementary services to our customers around online marketing including social media consulting and full-scale video production.

Kurt attended Virginia Tech. He was a member of the Supply Chain practice with Ernst & Young Management Consulting, led a business development team for one of the early Application Service Providers (now an AT&T company) and was the North American President of an international software company. He lives in Madison with his wife and two daughters.

Josh Mabus

Mabus Agency   |  

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.

Joyce Freeland

Joyce Freeland, of Freeland & Freeland in Oxford, has more than twenty years’ experience advising technology startups. She graduated with distinction from Emory Law School and practiced at large firms in Atlanta, including Kilpatrick Stockton and Troutman Sanders. She has advised entrepreneurs and inventors from formation of their companies and initial pitches of their business plans to angel investors. She has successfully negotiated and closed Series A investment rounds and one million to twenty million dollar loans, with equity features, to technology startups. Ms. Freeland was General Counsel for Omnexus, a $70 million software modification project, which successfully launched a global Internet marketplace for Dow, DuPont, Bayer, BASF, and Ticona-Celanese.

Matthew McLaughlin

Matthew McLaughlin is a partner in the Jackson office of Balch & Bingham LLP, practicing community and economic development law. He advises clients on federal, state and local economic development incentives and non-traditional sources of capital, namely in the areas of energy, technology, manufacturing, affordable housing, historic preservation, and community development. Matthew has worked extensively with local governmental units, cities, communities, and neighborhoods on effective affordable housing, community development, and main street strategies. He also concentrates a significant portion of his practice to representing small business start-ups and investors on a wide variety of organizational issues, corporate transactions, corporate financings, securities laws and corporate compliance matters.

Matthew received his B.A., cum laude, from Millsaps College, his J.D. from the Mississippi College of Law, and his LL.M. from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Tasha Bibb
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