Startup Weekend Eugene, OR

    Friday, January 26 - 28, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Eugene, OR

Friday, January 26 - 28, 2018

Friday, January 26 - 28, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

RAIN Eugene
942 Olive Street
Eugene, OR 97401

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday January 26th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:50 pm
Welcome & Speaker
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce our speakers, coaches, and community leaders. Kateigh Williams will share her story.

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday January 27th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
942 Olive St. Makerspace Open
The makerspace will be open for your use today (Saturday) from 12-7pm. If you want to prototype your idea, see Ben Miosi (Makerspace director) who will help you with your project

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:30 pm
Bar Service

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
Come hear from Marty Parisien

7:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday January 28th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

10:00 am
942 Olive St Makerspace Open
The makerspace will be open for your use today (Sunday) from 10am-1pm.

10:45 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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
Final Presentations

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm

7:00 pm
Go Home!


Kateigh Williams
Co-Founder & CEO

Co-founder of  Heritage Laboratories

Marty Parisien
Co-Founder & CEO

Co-founder of Kestral Growth Brands (Singing Dog Vanilla, Red Ape Cinnamon, and others)

Event Judges

Jeff Tunnell

Serial entrepreneur in the video games industry. 

Shara Tscheulin
Dean of Extended Learning and SBDC Director at Lane Community College

Lead a regional self-support and grant-funded business that provides professional and community continuing education, small business development services, corporate training for employers and other education programs and services. Also, oversee operations for two LCC extension campuses: the Mary Spilde Center located in downtown Eugene and the LCC Cottage Grove campus

Carrie Hellwig Christopher
Business/IP Attorney at Hershner Hunter, LLP

I joined Hershner Hunter in 2008, bringing both large law firm business transactional experience as well as experience being corporate in-house counsel. My practice is focused on providing businesses with general business and intellectual property legal advice. I help clients buy and sell corporate assets and ownership interests, structure contracts with customers and suppliers, explore opportunities with potential business partners, and keep proprietary business information and practices protected. I also help with corporate formation and choice of entity decisions as well as offering ongoing business and intellectual property planning advice.

Coaches and Mentors

Joe Maruschak
Chief Startup Officer | Director at RAIN - Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network

Joe is the Chief Startup Officer and Director of the RAIN Eugene Accelerator, a program that works with high-tech entrepreneurs and university researchers to launch start ups. RAIN (the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network) is a government-funded initiative to invest in the creation of high-growth, technology companies in Oregon and accelerate the states transition from a resource-based to a knowledge-based economy.

Jeremy Green
Special Assistant to the CEO at Lunar Logic

Mentor & Support; Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

David Brabender
Founder, Endeavor Law Group

Founder of legal firm that supports entrepreneurs

Katherine Moyer
Director, UO Business Law Clinic

The UO Business Law Clinic provides assistance to entrepreneurs looking to organize their business

Peter Thorsson
Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Palo Alto Software

Connecting strategic partnerships and business development relationships that invigorate existing revenue goals, improve potential growth ares, and innovate new channels of development

Nathan Lillegard
Program Manager, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship

I work with students, entrepreneurs, and established businesses to help them match ideas to opportunities. In my role as Instructor and Program Manager at the Lundquist College of Business, I have the privilege of helping energetic budding business leaders channel their enthusiasm and focus on understanding the rewards and challenges of becoming an entrepreneur.

Holden Page
Editor at Crunchbase

I’ve been a professional writer for nearly six years and an editor for Lawyerist for two.* I’ve been pretty damn lucky to work on projects that I genuinely enjoy through my content marketing agency Page Venture.

Max Chung
Founder of LightShield

Light Shield is a product company creating eSports travel gear and accessories.

Todd Edman
CEO at Waitrainer

In 2010 I helped launch Waitrainer into the restaurant space space. I have overseen its growth over the last several years and really like working restaurants to help them simplify their training. In 2016 Waitrainer became my full time pursuit, and I am excited to be dedicated to this growing business that helps restaurants in 8 countries around the world.

Ralph Heidl
Assistant Professor of Management, Lundquist College of Business

Educator and Mentor

Michelle Henney
Program Manager - Marilyn C and Gerry B Cameron Center for Finance and Securities Analysis at UO Lundquist College

CPA in CA, NV, OR, WA & CO for 30 years. Tax compliance and planning Accounting and bookkeeping servicesAuditing services Teaching - undergraduate, graduate and executive education

Elaine Pandolfi
President and CEO at Aulaine Enterprises LLC

Business Mentor

John Boosinger
CEO at Rhithwir Inc

Business and Hardware Manufacturing

Chris Hazen

Chris advises and delivers on growth opportunities worldwide for mid-scale businesses. Chris achieves organizational business objectives through mergers, acquisitions, opening of new offices, hiring key new staff, development of existing senior staff, strategic partnerships, and targeting and securing high value customer relationships. 

Eric Melconian
Partner B2B CFO®

ric is a seasoned CFO with over 20 years of public and private finance experience. He began his career in New York directing the operations and finances of organizations ranging in size from single location start-ups to multinational global companies.

Caine O'Brien
Consultant, Interim Executive

Senior software industry executive with a wide range of experience including CEO (raised venture capital in the UK), general management, and executive positions in product management, marketing, and engineering management. Background also includes field/inside sales and technical support. Digital and analog hardware experience in addition to software. Four patents in software/hardware technology. 

David Bong

Founder and CEO of Avant Assessment. 

Shane Johnson
Mentor-In-Residence, RAIN Eugene; Managing Director of the Coast to Crest Fund

Mentor-In-Residence, RAIN Eugene; Managing Director of the Coast to Crest Fund

Pat Jones
Principal at Sahale Consulting

I provide consulting services in strategic planning and execution with an emphasis on:

innovation and strategic business development whether through new product/service or new
business creation;

intellectual property capture, evaluation and licensing; and 

higher education administration in research, technology transfer and university-industry relations.

Garrett Ledgerwood
Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights Attorney at Hershner Hunter, LLP

Bankruptcy lawyer

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Eugene, OR team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Eugene is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Kate
  • Joe
  • Lauren
  • Nam
  • Jeremy
  • Kelley


Josh Miller

Josh David Miller is the CEO of Mindbox Studios, a custom software development shop and innovation lab, where he works with a diverse group of creatives, strategists, investors, and engineers to help startup founders turn their ideas into winning products and get them to market.

Leveraging a background in large-scale marketing analytics initiatives and an intense passion for science and education, JDM has helped dozens of startup achieve product-market fit by focusing on hypothesis testing, measurement, and rapid iteration. He believes creating memorable, delightful user experience is paramount. He also believes creating great products means embracing failure. If one has never had a bad idea, how would she know if it was a good one?

Oh, and JDM only uses his powers for good.

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