Startup Weekend Flagstaff

    Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Flagstaff

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015

Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015
Event starts at 4:00 pm

NAU- Dubois Center
1050 S. Knoles Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86011

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Launch a Business in just 54 hours!

NAU, NACET and the LaunchBox Student Incubation program invite you to come to NAU's Startup Weekend to get exposure and experience with entrepreneurship, without losing all of your money! Anyone is welcome (even if you're not a student, or not an NAU student)!

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Friday October 9th

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

5:00 pm
How it works
Discuss how the weekend will run.

5:10 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders. Keynote Speaker is Josh Strebel founder of Pagely.

6:15 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Pitch Warm Up

7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:45 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 October 10th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
How to use the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition. Presented by Dan Beach and Bret Carpenter

11:00 am
Guest Speaker
Chris Yeh, Entrepreneur, Author and General Partner in Wasabi Ventures.

12:00 pm

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

1:30 pm
Mentor Groups Arrive
Mentors are here to help teams one-on-one.

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Continue working

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

Sunday October 11th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Final opportunity to ask questions

10:00 am
Mentors Meetings
Mentors arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

11:30 am

12:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:30 pm
Final Presentations

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

5:30 pm


Chris Yeh
VP Marketing, PBworks; Startup Investor and Advisor

I've spent my entire career working at high-tech startups, and don't plan on making any changes now!

Specialties:Online advertising, online marketing, sales management, lead generation, product management, market research, product marketing, entrepreneurship, general management

Josh Strebel
Co-Founder / CEO

NAU graduate (Visual Communications)

Founded a design agency 3months out of college in 2003, moved into web apps and launched Pagely in 2009.

Event Judges

Annette Zinky

Annette is a company co-founder, obsessive supporter of entrepreneurs, and CEO of NACET

Tom Cheng

Tom Cheng holds a part-time position at the NAU’s W A Franke College of Business as Entrepreneur in-Residence. His involvement includes the promoting entrepreneurship with students, faculty, researchers and advancing the university’s intellectual properties through commercialization. Prior to NAU, he held a similar position at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Tom was the owner/president of a manufacturing company; a vertical company that
manufactured dancing attire and distributed its products via wholesale and retail channels. Tom was
also involved in several startups in healthcare and online retail businesses. He began his career and spent 20 years in engineering with several nationally known apparel companies. He was often credited for producing quality products with innovative processes in limited resource environments. 

Tom is also the spouse and supporter of current NAU President Rita Cheng. Together, they have two adult children and one grandson.

Paul Thomas

Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott is a Venture Partner at Wasabi Ventures, an early-stage VC with offices in Silicon Valley, Boston and Scottsdale. Jeff has been actively involved in building the startup ecosystem in Arizona and other leading 2nd and 3rd tier markets. He helps educate aspiring startup founders through the Wasabi Ventures Academy, and advises startup companies through the Wasabi Ventures incubator program.  Jeff also leads the firm's business development and technology transfer practice, partnering with corporations, universities and federal research labs to assist them in creating startups or spinouts, based around their licensed IP. Prior to joining Wasabi Ventures, Jeff ran acceleration programs at ASU, served as a C Level executive at 2 VC or  PE backed Arizona startups, served as CEO of a $10M manufacturing company with 120 employees, and enjoyed a successful corporate career in product and digital marketing and corporate strategy with companies including GE. Jeff is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is the co-author of 2 management books. He is currently working on a book, to be published in 2016, on startup ecosystem development.  This is Jeff's seventh startup weekend in Arizona.  He has been a participant at 3, a mentor at 2, a judge at 2 and was also the organizer of Startup Weekend Phoenix in 2012.  Jeff lives in Paradise Valley with his wife Giulia.

Alan Lobock

Co-founder of SkyMall, Inc., the company whose merchandise catalog is available on most US commercial aircraft 

Co-founder of Convrrt, Inc., a SaaS focused on quick and economical landing page creation and optimization to improve conversion of leads into sales

Recognized for advising fast-growing companies wishing to move from crisis management/inefficient management to a management framework and practices that facilitate and scale with growth.

Serving several startups as an Advisory Board member

Mentoring startups through Seed Spot and Arizona State University's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

Named a Wall Street Journal Startup Guru

Coaches and Mentors

Trish Rensink
Business Counselor

Trish spent several years fixing businesses and prefers to help entrepreneurs get it right from the start!  It is so much easier, interesting, and more fun!  
Trish's words of wisdom: If you aren't having fun with what you are doing, you need to be doing something else!  Treat others well, give more than you get, and don't take yourself seriously!

James Alan


Scott Lewis

Service, management, and leadership

John Gialanella

Visual communication

Dan Beach

serial entrepreneur, marketing

Sara Troyer


Patricia Murphey

Visual communication

Brandon Clarke

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Flagstaff 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 Flagstaff - NAU is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Jen
  • Trish
  • Annette
  • Anne
  • Elizabeth
  • Jordan
  • Kirsten
  • Way
  • Tom
  • Bret


Luke Bayard
Host MC

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