Boise Youth Edition

    Thursday, March 24 - 26, 2016

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Boise Youth Edition

Thursday, March 24 - 26, 2016

Thursday, March 24 - 26, 2016
Event starts at 4:00 pm

BSU Venture College
301 S. Capitol Blvd
Boise, ID 83702

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Thursday March 24th

4:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

4:30 pm
Welcome and Intro
Overview of the weekends events

4:50 pm
Keynote speaker
Blake Lingle from Boise Fry Company

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

7:45 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

9:00 pm
Wrap up
Time to go home

Friday March 25th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Business Canvas Model Workshop

12:00 pm

1:30 pm
Feedback Workshop

4:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday March 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Pitch Prep Workshop

10:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:00 pm
Final Presentations

3:30 pm
Judging & Awards
Dessert for all!

4:00 pm
Go Home!


Blake Lingle

Blake Lingle graduated with a degree in economics from Boise State in 2003, where he was a member of the Founder’s Leadership Society and the award-winning debate team. After graduation, Blake worked as an analyst for a U.S. Agency for International Development-funded International Technical Assistance program in the U.S. Federal Trade Commission’s Office of International Affairs. Blake is still trying to figure of what his title was. After spending many moons slaving for Uncle Sam, Blake left civil service to start Boise Fry Company. Some call his fry- and burger-making skills ninja-like. Others call them overrated. Depends on whom you ask. When Blake isn’t making delicious fries and burgers, he’s questioning why squirrels can’t be pets, listening to Christmas music, running in the foothills and/or spending time with his beautiful wife and children.

Tanner Dame

Tanner helped launch Proof Eyewear in late 2010, growing this family owned business, headquartered in Boise, Idaho, into an international brand. In 2013, Tanner and his brothers appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank, where they walked away from two offers of $150,000 that both demanded more equity than they were willing to give up. Following their appearance, sales tripled, and Proof Eyewear is now sold in more than 20 countries worldwide. The company continues to break new ground in sustainable eyewear and push the brand into new territory. 

Mark Solon

Mark is a Managing Partner at Techstars. Previously, he co-founded and helped build Highway 12 Ventures and has been investing in startups since 1995 when joined Atlantic Capital Group, a Boston-based boutique private equity firm. He’s served on the board of many companies including SendGrid, Orbotix, and Purch and is the past Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association.

Zach Richardson

Zach is the co-founder and CTO of BasedIn (Now MonkeyTrends). In his leadership role he managed the migration of the platform from Drupal to Django with the help of a consulting firm, automated data acquisition processes through the use of Django management commands, recruited and led a team of engineers, including full-time staff, consultants, and interns, raised $250,000 in capital and participated in a top business accelerator in Salt Lake City, Utah. Zach is a computer science student at Boise State University. 

Event Judges

Joel Poppen

Joel Poppen is Vice President of Legal Affairs, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary at Micron Technology and is responsible for Micron's global legal, intellectual property, ethics and compliance, government affairs, and security functions. Mr. Poppen joined Micron in 1995 and held various positions of increased responsibility, most recently as Deputy General Counsel. Mr. Poppen earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Duke University School of Law. He is a member of the State Bars of Arizona and Idaho. Mr. Poppen serves on the Board of Directors of the Micron Technology Foundation, the Idaho Technology Council, and several other nonprofit organizations. He is also a founder and board member of One Stone, and a board member of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Angeli Weller

As both a business strategist and a researcher, Angeli Weller is a passionate advocate for integrity and innovation in business and the capital markets. She currently serves as the Director of the Responsible Business Initiative at Boise State University and an Executive-in-Residence in the College of Business and Economics. In these roles, Angeli helps to build capacity within the College and the Idaho business community to leverage the power of business to create responsible, long term impacts for stakeholders through both risk management and innovation strategies. She was previously the national Director of Ethics at KPMG, where she served for more than a decade as a company-wide resource on issues of ethics, corporate responsibility and risk management. Angeli is a frequent speaker and commentator on responsible business.   Angeli holds an AB with honors in international relations from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Cambridge University, where she was a Gates Scholar. Shortly, she will defend her PhD research at Copenhagen Business School. Angeli serves on the board of directors for the Saint Alphonsus Hospital Foundation, the board of advisors for the Honors College at Boise State University and is the founder of the Earthpaw Innovation Award, given to non-profits pursuing creative and sustainable solutions to animal welfare concerns. She is also passionate about global travel, having lived in or traveled to more than thirty countries. When she is not on a plane between here and there, you’ll find Angeli in the foothills running, hiking and snowshoeing with her dog, Shakespeare.

Wayne Rancourt

Wayne Rancourt became executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer in November 2014. He served as senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer from August 2009 to November 2014. Wayne joined Boise Cascade in 1983 as an internal auditor. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Washington University.

Wayne previously served on the board of the Treasurer Valley United Way, including two years as board chairperson. He is an advisory board member for The Nature Conservancy in Idaho, as well as FM Global. Wayne is also serves on the board of directors for a local employee-owned company.

Wayne is married to his high school sweetheart, Wendy, and they have two sons, Greg and Stephen. He enjoys running trails or mountain biking in his free time.

Tracy Hitchcock

Tracy has spent most of the last 18 years working in the Food Division of the J.R. Simplot Company, one of the largest privately held agribusiness firms in the United States, developing expertise in everything from food safety and production to new product innovation and marketing.  With a B.S. in Biology from Boise State University, Tracy started with Simplot in research and development as a food scientist developing new products for national chains and conducting research on potato products resulting in patentable intellectual property.  After six years in R&D, Tracy moved into account management, sales and operations planning and global innovation with Simplot’s largest customer, McDonald's.  As director of global innovation, Tracy worked with McDonald’s in various areas of the world, primarily in the US, Australia and Asia.  In her last two years with Simplot, Tracy stepped away from the McDonald’s account to lead the customer marketing and culinary teams for all of foodservice.     

Tracy has always had a passion for volunteerism and purpose-driven community engagement.  After three years as a volunteer on Create Common Good’s strategic advisory board, Tracy transitioned to the role of CEO of the organization in September of 2015.  Create Common Good is a nonprofit social enterprise with a mission to use food to change lives and build healthy communities. In addition to providing foodservice job-training and placement services to refugees and other populations with barriers to employment, CCG utilizes its large commercial kitchen to offer volume food production products and services.  In the role of CEO, Tracy's business acumen ensures that CCG continues to meet the needs of its food production customers and her passion for community is leading CCG to even stronger programs and outcomes for its trainees.  It’s the perfect combination of heart and business, or as they like to say at CCG, love in action.

Tracy is a member of the national Women’s Foodservice Forum and volunteers with many local Boise organizations.  She lives in Boise, Idaho with her 15-year old son, Ashlund, and loves to travel, enjoy the outdoors and stay abreast of Idaho’s wine, craft beer and culinary scene.

Jimmy Hallyburton

Jimmy Hallyburton spent most of his childhood exploring the Boise countryside on hand-me-down bicycles, and speaks frequently about the feelings of freedom and opportunity his bicycle created during his youth.  After high school, Jimmy traveled all over the country fighting fires for the Idaho City Hotshots. During this time he discovered how individuals and groups across the country were beginning to use bicycles as tool for creating social change and identity within their own communities. So with a Mass Communications Degree from Boise State University and absolutely no experience in the nonprofit sector, he launched Boise Bicycle Project (BBP) in 2007. Eight years later, the Boise Bicycle Project has been voted Boise's Best Local Non Profit six times, has been nationally awarded as a Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly Business (1 of 10 in the country), and has recycled over 10,000 bicycles back onto the streets of Boise. Jimmy and the team at BBP strongly believe that Boise has the potential to be the "Bicycle Capitol of America," and are doing their darnedest to help it reach that potential every day.

Coaches and Mentors

Phyllis Eicher

I am a trained Professional Life and Career Coach, a certified NLP Practitioner and Mediator.
I received a Bachelor of Science from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Bachelor and Masters of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts.  I started out my professional career creating a small business offering Computer Consultating and Training, spanning 15 years.  We focused working with the the aerospace industry working extensively with Northrup, Rockwell and Hughes Aircraft.  During this time I also pursued my career as a Conceptual Landscape Painter showing at the Bess Cutler Gallery of Los Angeles/New York and other venues around the country.  My awards for artwork includes Artists Residencies at the Bemis and Ucross Foundations and teaching appointments at the Los Angeles Museum of Art.  I proceeded to create and teach 21st century integrated Art classes for elementary schools using Design Thinking.  I study Tai Chi, Qi Gong and am currently pursuing a black belt in Aikido.

Eleri Hoffstetter

Eleri is a walking embodiment of One Stone’s mission to make students better leaders and the world a better place. As a One Stone alum, Eleri has directed her force for goodness back to helping others. A natural teacher and gifted listener, Eleri helps One Stone students find their passion and their voice.

Haley Schafer

Haley is Masters of Business Administration candidate with an emphasis in marketing. She grew up all over the world, from Kansas to Korea as a part of military family and although she still loves to travel, she now calls Boise home.  She is passionate about education and is the most fulfilled when she can coach or mentor. In her free time she loves exploring Idaho and playing at the park with her dog, Rusty. 

Alex Peck

Alex is a visionary marketing professional who blends creativity and strategy to help companies succeed in the changing environment. Alex excels in grassroots marketing campaigns and has worked with two successful startup companies. She has led and optimized product and management functions for world-class companies and possesses an entrepreneurial mindset refined through leadership roles focusing on driving positive change.  She is an adventurer at heart and spends her free time traveling the world and skiing.  

Mitch Kuhn

Mitch is a designer at Oliver Russell, where he conceives and executes visual solutions for interactive, print, and motion graphics projects. He went to the University of Oregon for a Communication degree, and is now back in Boise living with one very large standard poodle. He also coaches a talented group of young designers at Two Birds. 

Leif Elgethun

Leif's vision for the world is a carbon neutral society that is as clean as it is free. His focus on clean energy seeks to accelerate environmental capitalism that does good for our environment, community, and economy. Retrolux is his latest venture that seeks to accelerate the adoption of market ready technologies that decrease fossil fuel usage and toxic materials in the lighting market by providing software that brings products to market faster and cheaper than ever before.

Leif is an serial clean energy entrepreneur with four successful clean energy companies, seven years of experience, and deep market knowledge in commercial energy efficient lighting. Leif is a licensed professional engineer and a Senior VP of Site Based Energy, a Sun Valley based energy services company focusing on rooftop solar PV and LED lighting. Leif is also a partner in Intermountain Energy Partners where he developed a 170MW utility grade solar PV project in Idaho that was sold for a 10x return. Leif serves as President of the Idaho Clean Energy Association and Board of the Treasure Valley YMCA. He previously served as Chair of the Idaho Chapter of USGBC and has been on the board of several organizations. When Leif isn't busy building our company or helping improve our community, he can often be found biking, running or rafting in America's most scenic areas.

Don Berry

Don Berry has extensive experience in manufacturing and operations, in both the private and nonprofit sectors, most recently as the President and CEO of Create Common Good. Don has an MBA from Stanford University with an emphasis in finance, operations management, and manufacturing. An active community volunteer, Don sits on the Business and Marketing Advisory Board for the College of Western Idaho and Idaho State University’s President’s Council on Health Science Education. He is also a Big Brother in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. 

Maggie Burkett

Maggie Burkett is a Master Social Work candidate with a certificate in Non-Profit Administration at Boise State University. She is a current Venture College student working to establish a Boise based non-profit organization that empowers teen girls in Idaho through outdoor experiences. Maggie is a Boise High School graduate and received a B.A. in Psychology at Loyola Marymount University, where she played Division I basketball. Maggie's professional experience in the non-profit sector involves creating opportunities in education, recreation, and healthy living for youth and adults. In her free time she enjoys exploring Idaho's wilderness, practicing yoga, listening to live music, and watching the sunset on top of Camel's Back park.

Pete Anewalt

Peter is responsible for the delivery of complete Local Marketing Automation solutions based on Balihoo’s products, and driving customer adoption through training of best-practice usage of those solutions. Prior to Balihoo, Peter served as VP of Global Services for Unica, a provider of enterprise marketing automation solutions. At Unica, he focused on turning the Services team from a reactive, break-even, product and partner support function into a proactive, industry leading, solution-delivery organization operating at benchmark levels of profitability. Previously, he was Director of Professional Services at edocs (acquired by Siebel in 2005), and held numerous technical, consulting and managerial roles with Kenan Systems (acquired by Lucent in 1999). Peter holds a degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. When not working, he will likely be coaching or watching his kids in their numerous athletic endeavors, biking, hiking, or crafting another outstanding batch of home-brewed beer.

Caleb Donegan

Caleb has worked in the digital marketing space for 9 years, focusing on cutting edge SEO, SEM and analytics strategies. He is a repeat contributor to Moz’s annual Local Search Ranking Factors report and has spoken at popular search conferences. Working for .com’s, agencies and software companies has allowed Caleb to build digital strategies for everyone from Fortune 100 companies to small businesses. As the Vice President of Digital & Partner Strategy for Balihoo, he has the opportunity to manage paid search and display software from ideation to implementation for leading global agencies and brands.  Caleb graduated  from the University of Arizona with a B.A in Communications, Pre-Law Minor.

Jill Smith

Jill is the Director of Customer Operations at Balihoo. She oversees all operations for our account management and technical support teams who help our customers succeed strategically and practically.  She work directly with our Director of Customer Success to make sure our customers are fully utilizing our software to execute their local marketing strategies.  Jill grew up in Boise, went to Centennial High school., and the University of Idaho.  In her spare time she likes to do anything active: play volleyball, softball, soccer, run and ride my bike on the greenbelt, or go hiking in the Boise foothills. 

Emily Yost

Emily is the the Director of Customer Success at Balihoo. Emily work's hand in hand with our Director of Operations to make sure our customers are happy and are fully utilizing our software. They define the growth and retention strategies to make sure all parties are satisfied.  When Emily us not at Balihoo she is a new mom to Gigi, 9 months old, and step mom to Maya (11). Emily loves spending time outdoors with her friends and family. 

Dave Schenker

Dave is a visionary who pushes people to fulfill their potential. He led a team of students (as a student) to build the "world's fastest vegetable oil powered vehicle". He co-founded Greenspeed Research, an Idaho 501c3, to create learning opportunities for the STEM disciplines and renewable energy sources. He is also a principle of GSE, llc, a local design consulting firm. In his spare time, he builds things (shelves, 3D printers, racecars...etc). He is also a card carrying graduate of the Boise State University Venture College's first cohort. Dave works hard every day to make the Treasure Valley a better place!

Teresa Poppen

If Yoda was a human, he would be Teresa, a Jedi Master who believes in teaching greatness. Through her patience and belief in their power, Teresa emboldens students to do extraordinary things. Coming from a 20-year career in the high-tech sector, Teresa founded One Stone and thus the world was changed.

Paul Remeis

Paul has twenty-five years of experience in the high technology industry. Broad functional background including test engineering, hardware design, product marketing, program management, project management, and section management. Proven ability to lead large geographically dispersed teams. Clear focus on delivering business results and developing an engaged workforce. Talent to refine strategic objectives into a coherent, prioritized action plan. Experience implementing large-scale continuous integration development and bringing web applications and mobile applications to market.

Organizing Team

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Megan Kittridge
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Megan is zany. Not like freak show zany, more like whip-you-into-a-frenzy-of-fun-and-get-stuff-DONE zany. If you need a campfire story, a brainstorming boost, or an idea that’s so crazy it just might work, Megan is your gal.

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