Startup Weekend Boulder Youth

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2015

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Startup Weekend Boulder Youth

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2015

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm


Boulder, CO 80302

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Startup Weekend Boulder Youth 2015 was a success, bringing together students from 14 Boulder-area schools to work with local entrepreneurs and launch small businesses.

The 2016 event, held February 20-21, 2016 at TechStars in downtown Boulder, will be even bigger and better.

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Friday April 24th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue - Spark Boulder (1310 College Ave. Boulder, CO) and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants. Introduce Evening Speaker, Brad Feld.

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders.

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams/Begin Work
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Work hours end at 10pm.

Saturday April 25th

8:00 am
Arrive at Spark Boulder (1310 College Ave. Boulder, CO) - simple breakfast

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

3:00 pm
Check-in, status reports, call for help

4:00 pm
Finished for the day.

Sunday April 26th

8:00 am
Arrive at Spark Boulder (1310 College Ave), simple breakfast

8:30 am
Begin Work
Set up workspace for the day and begin work

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm
Dinner at Spark Boulder.

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
At Spark Boulder (1310 College Ave.)

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards
At Spark Boulder (1310 College Ave)

8:00 pm

8:30 pm
Go Home!


Andy Rapista
Watson Scholar

Nicole (aka Andy) was born in the US and raised in the Philippines. She is fired by a passion to create a world without poverty. She has worked for Ashoka and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), and successfully launched Watson’s first satellite program: Watson Institute Philippines in 2014.

Rashaun Williams
Watson Scholar

Rashaun “DJ Reezey” Williams knows that the millennial generation will change the world if they are empowered to do so. As an award-winning social entrepreneur and environmentalist, Rashaun manifests this idea by empowering this generation through effective community organizing and social enterprises to bring about this change.

Event Judges

John Tayer
President and CEO

John Tayer is proud to lead Boulder’s flagship business advocacy and support organization.  The Boulder Chamber’s 1,300 members represent the diversity of innovative companies and entrepreneurial enterprises that characterize Boulder’s business community.  The Boulder Chamber serves as a unified advocacy voice for this broad-based membership while also providing valuable networking, professional development and support services that help its members thrive.  Further, through the work of the Boulder Economic Council and other business development initiatives, the Boulder Chamber plays a critical role in advancing the community’s general economic interests.   

Prior to joining the Boulder Chamber, John served as Public Affairs and Communications Director for the pharmaceutical manufacturing company, Roche Colorado Corporation, and as Policy Development Director in the Boulder City Manager’s Office.  John also spent six years as the elected representative for the Boulder area to the Regional Transportation District. 

A native of Brookline, Massachusetts, John earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from the University of Colorado.  He now resides in South Boulder with his wife, Molly, the head of elections for Boulder County.

Matthew Rich
President of the Board Boulder JCC

Matthew has been in the Financial Services sector for over 24 years. The first 12 years of his career were spent in NYC and since in Boulder, CO.

He currently works for UBS and manages a team that provides Wealth Management, Investment Banking and Corporate Services to individuals and Corporations across the country. 

He is currently the President of the Board for the Boulder JCC and has previously served on several non-profit and for profit boards and have invested in multiple start up companies ranging in sectors from Technology to Health Care. 

He enjoys doing community work with several non-profits including There With Care and Community Food Share.  Matthew's been married for 16 years and has two daughters ages 13 and 11.He loves playing tennis, skiing and traveling with his family.

Romaine Vakilitabar

After a bad accident where he had to be resuscitated, Romain decided he would pursue a journey worth living. Since then, he spent years building a business doomed to fail, wrote a children's book communicating climate change to younger audiences, and traveled the world with Unreasonable at Sea, a social entrepreneurship accelerator, helping 9 ventures scale globally.

Now, as 
Vice President at Watson University, a new university model which brings in 15 of the most promising next generation leaders to Colorado where they learn the skills needed to solve the world’s toughest intractable problems, Romain loves helping students who are looking to make an impact discover the power of entrepreneurship. He’s lived in the townships of South Africa and was voluntarily homeless in the streets of Scandinavia in order to test the dogma that “need is the mother of all invention.”

Coaches and Mentors

Katie Herrell
Director of Online Production & Development at Active Interest Media

Katie currently manages digital platforms for a niche publishing company spanning over 40 brands including Backpacker, Yoga Journal, and Vegetarian Times. In this role she assesses and integrates website hosting, content management, video, newsletter, and advertising platforms into the day-to-day digital operations of all of these brands. She previously worked directly on multiple websites including,,, and in production, development, and editorial roles. Katie also teaches an intro to social media class for UCLA Extension and a WordPress and Drupal class for She lives in Boulder with her son (Davis), bulldog (Lunchbox), and husband (Dan).

Evan Patronik
Co-founder & Business Development Manager of The unDesk

Evan has been relentlessly pursuing a life on his own terms filled with adventure and curiosity (much to the chagrin of his mother’s pulse rate) since he was a small boy. His experiences have spanned Amazonian journeys, a self-supported 2800 mile bicycle trek along the eastern US coast, and living the "hard life" in the Caribbean for 3 years. His first business consisted of charters from island to island aboard his home made skiff Leftovers followed up by a move to CO in 2012 to co-found the wooden surfboard and stand up paddleboard shop Carve Industries. Here he gained his thirst and hunger for the start-up world, befitting his ADHD and intense interest in other's projects. He’s since become a co-founder of The unDesk, a B2B electric adjustable height desk provider driven to change the way people work at their desks to increase health and well-being. In his spare time, Evan is an avid volunteer firefighter in Lyons and enjoys the heck out of meeting others, building relationships, and helping everyone to see their potential.

Pete Welter
Founder of Creative Iteration

Starting during college, Pete's career as a software developer spanned several large organizations, including stints in educational software and UI research. He was a founding member of Freshwater Software, an Internet startup in Boulder. As VP of Engineering, he helped grow the company from 5 to 100+ employees before Freshwater was acquired. After volunteering in schools during the education of his three daughters, he got his math teaching license, and has enjoyed coaching numerous groups of middle and high-schoolers in entrepreneurship.

Josh Pierce
Assistant Vice President, First Northern Bank of Wyoming

Ag and Commercial Lending

Rachel Thor
Women's Coach

Rachel is an artist and entrepreneur at heart. In undergrad, she created her own major to discover more innovative ways of doing education, as she has always been driven to teach inter- and intra-personal skills like creativity, self-care, intuition, and emotional intelligence. She then spent a year at Watson University working closely with incredible scholars as they created and launched social businesses.

After learning some of the inner workings of startups both by helping others with theirs and by working for one, she set out to create a business of her own. Currently Rachel is building curriculum and programming for young women around self-love, body image, relationships, and holistic health. Her artist’s heart is expressed through facilitation, coaching, graphic design, and her soul-passion, dance, all of which weave into her workshops.  She plans to begin a masters program in counseling psychology this fall to increase her clinical skill and healing abilities.

Stephanie Brady
CEO & Founder, LaunchUR

Growth and innovation catalyst. Collaborative learning designer and facilitator. Branding and marketing strategist. Cause partnership and collective impact champion. National speaker, trainer and syndicated business columnist. Opportunity youth advocate.

Intra-preneur and entrepreneur expertise leveraging brand, product, partner, cause, channel and customer assets to define innovation and sustainable growth at legacy brands, startups, social ventures and nonprofits, including Mrs. Fields, TCBY, PepsiCo Foods, Sylvania, Eaton, IBM, Hasbro, Firehouse Subs, Genzyme Genetics, United Way Worldwide, YWCA, Inside|Good, ReWork, Giveo and KULA Causes.

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Alex Huppenthal
CEO at Aspenworks, Ltd

I'm a CEO for several small startup companies, with a deep understanding of the market, regulatory and technology forces that shape initial business opportunities and continue to drive business response, with skills needs, product evolution and market and sales support. I've presented to Sand Hill Road Venture Capital companies and am comfortable working at the C level with the largest technology companies, including Sprint, British Telcom, AT&T, Smart, DTAC, Microsoft, the GSMA.

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