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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.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Cabot Lodge Millsaps at a discount rate. Please call 601-960-3624 and mention Startup Weekend Jackson by Friday, May 2, to receive the discount rate.



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!
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Kurt Black

Kurt Black is president of Glenwood Digital Partners, an application development and consulting firm focused 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 their customers around online marketing, including social media consulting and full-scale video production.

Kurt is also the executive director of the Jackson Tech Entrepreneurs.

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.

John Brandon

John Brandon is 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 offers his clients helpful advice on current business thought and more than 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.

John received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration from Delta State University.

Bryan Carter

Bryan Carter is the owner and president of Think Webstore where he helps Southern companies realize marketing, branding, social and online strategies.

Prior to founding Think Webstore, Bryan served as a director for two internet companies and as a vice president for a nationally recognized advertising agency. He has worked for IBM, AT&T and NCR in multimedia, interactive learning and organization development, and has consulted with multiple Fortune 500 companies, including Home Depot, ETS and Citigroup in the areas of e-commerce, e-learning and e-business transformation. Bryan has worked with 200+ small to mid-sized businesses in the areas of Web presence, marketing and business strategy.

Bryan is a recognized author and speaker on a range of topics, including intrinsic motivation, interactive media strategies, user experience engineering, organization development, marketing and advertising.

During his early career, Bryan earned recognition as an interactive media designer and usability engineer and holds degrees in computer science and instructional technology.

Joyce Freeland

Joyce Freeland, of Freeland & Freeland in Oxford, has more than 20 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. Joyce 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 $1-20 million dollar loans, with equity features to technology startups. Joyce 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.

Terrence Hibbert

Terrence Hibbert is the director of solution strategy at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where he is responsible for all administrative and academic systems, including the Enterprise Resource Planning, Student Information Systems and Learning Management Systems.

Additionally, Terrence is responsible for web development, mobile app development and custom application development. He is currently in the process of developing an Innovation Center that will explore and develop new technologies with a goal to improving quality and reducing cost for the academic medical center.

Terrence brings more than 15 years of strategy execution, enterprise performance management and process development experience. He has guided and coached executives in a range of companies from Fortune 500 to startups and micro businesses. He brings focus, accountability, prioritization, visibility and alignment to business management.

Lisa Kemp


Lisa Kemp leads the technical team at the Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) located within the University of Southern Mississippi’s Technology Accelerator.

MPI serves polymer-related companies in four main areas: commercial development of new technologies, 3D-printing or rapid prototyping, analytical testing and workforce development.

Prior to joining MPI, Lisa was cofounder and CSO of Ablitech Inc., a pre-revenue biotech startup seeking to commercialize a polymer-based delivery platform for DNA and RNA therapeutics. While at Ablitech, she helped the company raise more than $2.5 million in grant and private funding. Lisa also worked as an industrial chemist for three years at Eastman Chemical Company where she was able to develop and commercialize several coatings technologies, one of which had commercial success with 2-year sales of more than $5.5 million.

Lisa is also a trainer at ecosVC where she helps scientists and engineers translate their research into commercial innovations. She was recently selected as a member of the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society and is also an inaugural member of the Fortune 500 W.O.M.E.N in America group, which aims to advance promising professional women. In addition, Lisa is a volunteer at local science fairs and enjoys working with students who are interested in STEM careers.

Lisa holds a Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering with a Technology Commercialization focus from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Josh Mabus

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.

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 and affordable housing, community development and main street strategies. He also concentrates a significant portion of his practice to representing small business startups and investors on a wide variety of organizational issues, corporate transactions, corporate financings, securities laws and corporate compliance matters.

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

Frank Montgomery

Frank Montgomery has been an investment professional in the equity and debt arena, focusing on the life sciences and medical device industries since 1984.

Frank has been the managing general partner of Moss Forest Venture and has also cofounded three health care-related companies, two in Mississippi and one in California.

Frank also serves on the board of directors of Ablitech Inc., a biotechnology company formed at the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Polymers and High Performance Materials, and now based in Baltimore, MD. Frank also serves as a consultant to Innovate Mississippi to review and advise on technologies through the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Frank is a member of the Investment Committee for the Mississippi Seed Fund and the advisory board for the Mississippi State University Office of Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer.

He received his bachelor of science degree in business and finance from Mississippi State University in 1963.

Will Moody

Will Moody is the manager for the office of innovation for the existing industry and business division of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA).

Will works with entrepreneurs by providing overall business assistance, including business plans, management, marketing and financial analysis, as well as innovation training. He also serves on the existing industry and business loan committee and the minority loan committee, which issues loans to businesses.

Will received his Masters in Business Administration from Mississippi State University in 1990 and his Bachelors Degree from Mississippi State University in 1989 where he studied accounting. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Economic Development Finance Professional, Certified Innovation Engineer and Certified Online Instructor. He was selected as one of The Outstanding Young Men in America in 1996.

In addition, Will serves as an adjunct professor at several colleges where he teaches business and accounting classes. He also owns a small consulting company that works with colleges on curriculum development.


Tammie Brewer

Tammie Brewer is the Mississippi DECA Coordinator/State Advisor and has been active in the business world for more than 30 years.

Tammie’s business career began as a salesperson in the ladies shoes department at Gayfer’s Department Store in 1980. Upon leaving Gayfer’s, she worked for BellSouth as an account executive. She also volunteered as a budget counselor and office manager for the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, accumulating more than 2,500 volunteer hours. Tammie spent three years teaching marketing at the Madison County Career and Technical Center before accepting a position at Hinds Community College teaching marketing at the Career and Technical Center at the secondary level. She currently serves as a teacher educator for the Mississippi Department of Education and adjunct professor for Hinds Community College.

Tammie has an Associate of Applied Science Degree (Distribution and Marketing Technology) from Hinds Community College and a Bachelor of Education Degree in Marketing Education and a Master of Education Degree in Counseling Education, both from Mississippi State University.

Bruce Deer

Bruce Deer is the cofounder and chief executive officer of Neopolis Technology Inc. He has more than 30 years of experience in strategic planning, product development, business development, engineering, software and systems development, operations and company leadership.

Previously, Bruce served as president and CEO of SkyTel, the nation's premier wireless messaging service. Prior to SkyTel, he worked for Lockheed Martin in various technical and management responsibilities.

Tim Mask

Tim Mask is vice president of brand planning and development with Maris, West & Baker Advertising where he manages marketing campaigns for a variety of clients in fields including technology, public health, energy production, education access, tourism and economic development.

Tim is also the founder of the Mississippi Brain Drain Commission and a founding member of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Consortium. He runs various social media properties promoting innovation, energy and health care as economic drivers for Mississippi.

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