Portland Techstars Startup Weekend Latino 2017

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Portland Techstars Startup Weekend Latino 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

PSU Business Accelerator
2828 SW Corbett Av
Portland, Oregon 97201

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Portland's Third Startup Weekend Latino

The Portland Startup Weekend Latino brings together people with different skill sets (such as developer, designers, and business people) to experience an intense weekend of building a new business. And this October 13 is our community's Third Startup Weekend Latino. Pretty cool, right? That means you'll join a community of thousands of alumni and supporters around the area. 

What is it?

On Friday night you pitch an idea and/or join a team of like minded people to build a startup from the ground up. On Saturday and Sunday you build your business with help from mentors in the community.

We also provide you with all meals, snacks, and beer! 

Why should you attend? 
  • Build your network
  • Co-founder dating
  • Learn a new skill
  • Get face time with thought leaders
  • Join a global community
  • Actually launch a business!
Details for next Portland Startup Weekend Latino (Check schedule below for details):

  • Date:   October 13th-15th
  • Time:    Friday: 5:30 -10pm, Saturday: 8am - 10pm, Sunday 8am - 9pm

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Friday November 17th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

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

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 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 November 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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!

6:30 pm

7:30 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 November 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


David Molina

Operation Code's founder, and retired U.S. Army Captain, David Molina, attends his first hackathon in New York City. After a weekend learning at AngelHack, he is inspired to pursue software engineering as a post-military occupation. He submits an application to The Flatiron School while on active-duty, only to discover that the program did not accept the "New GI Bill" as payment.

He is advocating for changes on the GI Bill to allow veterans to use it in code schools.

John Kitzhaber
Former Oregon Governor

Dr. John Kitzhaber has more than 40 years of experience in health care and health policy in both public and private sectors. He practiced as an emergency room physician for 15 years; served 14 years in the Oregon Legislature, and served three terms as Governor of the State of Oregon. 

Kitzhaber is the author of the groundbreaking Oregon Health Plan, through which hundreds of thousands of low- and moderate-income Oregon families gain access to health care. During his third term as Governor, Kitzhaber was the chief architect of Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations, the first effort in the country created on a statewide basis to meet the Triple Aim—better health, better quality, lower cost—with a focus on community and population health. 

Skills: Policy development, strategic planning, political situation analysis, facilitation, consensus/coalition building, system change, pubic speaking, writing.

Cylvia Hayes
Author, Speaker, Strategist, Empowerment Coach

Cylvia is a life-long entrepreneur and multiple start-up adventurer.  She is a social enterprise consultant and new economy strategist.  Her firm, 3EStrategies, helps social entrepreneurs grow and thrive.  In her newest endeavor she works to empower fellow change-makers through Resiliency and Empowerment trainings and coaching support.  She is certified through the Tony Robbins-Chloe Madanes Strategic Coaching Institute. In her role as First Lady of Oregon from 2011 to 2015, Cylvia led the Oregon Prosperity Initiative working to stamp out poverty and hunger.  As part of that effort she spearheaded bringing KIVA to Oregon entrepreneurs.  She was also an unpaid policy advisor to the Governor on the issues of clean energy and economic development.  Her book about the huge ordeal she faced in the First Lady role will be out in 2018.  It is titled Shame on Me: From Broken to Broken Open.  Cylvia co-chaired the Oregon Renewable Energy Working Group which developed Oregon’s Renewable Energy Standard, Renewable Fuels Standard and other clean energy policies.  She is a Fellow and ​former member of the Board of Directors of the American Leadership Forum Oregon.  Cylvia has been honored as aTop 50 Leader in Oregon by OregonBusiness Magazine, a Top 40 Under 40 by Cascade Business News and as a Central Oregon Earth Star.  She is a first generation college grad with a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Evergreen State College.  Cylvia has significant international experience including conducting sustainable development and urban design discussions in Curitiba Brazil and leading a State of Oregon trade mission to Ghangzhou China.  She is a member of the Global Wellbeing lab funded by government of Germany, with work in Brazil Bhutan and Germany.

Event Judges

Stephen Green
Vice President, Market Manager at Albina Community Bank

Stephen Green is part entrepreneur, economist & numbers guy with a penchant for always seeing the glass half full and is a firm believer that done beats perfect. With 20 years in entrepreneurship (starting his first  business while in college) and an established career in finance and lending, he hopes to continue to support entrepreneurs.

Stephen’s current entrepreneurial roles include a c co-founder of the nation’s first nonprofit brewpub & brewery (Oregon Public House) which in its fourth year in operation is poised to break the $1M revenue mark and will be opening its second location in 2017.He currently sits on the board of directors for six area nonprofits that are all based in N/NE Portland that support economic development, community development & education. He is the past board-chair for the Black United Fund of Oregon is the current Treasurer at the Oregon Public House. He is a Portland area native and graduated with a BS degree in economics from Western Oregon University.

Rick Turoczy

Rick Turoczy has been working with startups in the Portland area for more than 20 years. He has blogged about the Portland startup community on Silicon Floristfor a decade -- even though numerous people have begged him to stop. That blog has randomly led to Rick speaking all over; writing for one of the top tech blogs in the world; judging startups for SXSW for more than five years; being named to the Portland Business Journal’s "Forty under 40" and “2014 Small Business Advocate of the Year”; being elected to the boards of the Technology Association of Oregon and Oregon Entrepreneurs Network; advising the City of Portland on startups; cofounding a startup accelerator with the help of Wieden+Kennedy; cofounding another accelerator with Oregon Film; cofounding an event which Fortune called "the next SXSW"; and cofounding a digital magazine called Built Oregon. All of which led to writing an open source book on startup accelerators that enables anyone, anywhere, to start an accelerator of their own. Among other things.

Katherine Krajnak
Senior Industry Liaison - Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Katherine is a Senior Industry Liaison at the Prosper Portland, the development agency for Portland, Oregon. Her current focus involves projects and initiatives to bolster Portland’s high-growth entrepreneurs across industry and throughout the city, including management of the city’s annual startup competition and incubator, Startup PDX Challenge and launch of the city’s first Inclusive Startup Fund.  A core focus of her work is building partnerships, connections and programs to make Portland’s startup and technology community more inclusive for startups led by 
women and people of color. Follow her at StartupCityPDX.

Katherine has a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University and has worked in the field of economic development for over a decade.

Cesar Jimenez

Cesar excels at building highly scalable web and mobile applications with solid architecture. An unyielding passion for engineering compliments his skill as an engaging educator. Cesar’s effectiveness stems from a relentless pursuit of knowledge in the latest technologies and processes. At the end of the day he understands that, beyond technology, it's all about people, and that's a powerful thing.

Samuel Hernandez

Samuel Hernandez is an associate in K&L Gates Portland office and a member of the Labor, Employment and Workplace Safety practice group. Sam provides employment advice and training to employers of all sizes. 

Janet Soto
Entrepreneurship Strategist for Business Oregon

Janet Soto Rodriguez is the new Entrepreneurship Strategist for Business Oregon’s Division of Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She develops strategies that build Oregon’s entrepreneurial ecosystem to grow the state’s innovation-based economy. Janet develops and manages partnerships with stakeholders who provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs at every stage. She also works with the Legislature and Governor’s Office regarding entrepreneurial capacity-building programs. Prior to this new role, Janet served as the Economic and Business Equity Policy Advisor to Governor Kate Brown, where she focused on Oregon small businesses with an emphasis on government contracting. Originally from Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, Janet came to the U.S. as part of a seasonal migrant working family. Janet worked the fields, starting at age thirteen. She credits these early experiences of relocation, sacrifice, family support, and community connectedness as her motivation to work in government to improve conditions for all families and address economic equity issues.

Coaches and Mentors

Ignacio Castillejos
Software engineer

Ignacio is a Senior Applications Engineer at Nike with a deep understanding on scalable platforms and a great supporter of PDX Startup community 

Hector Domiguez

Mexican engineer with a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked as the leader of robotics and smart machines projects, with a particular interest in automation, data analysis, and sustainable manufacturing he is the CTO of Smartvineyards

Eva Cristina

Eva Cristina is an entrepreneur and former host of Univision Pulso H

Domeica Mendoza

Eduardo Corona Poblador
Office Manager II

With more than 20 very successful years in the Business Administration field, I found the Social Business as the biggest opportunity to bring social balance to the commercial activities. I become very passionate about connecting the Latino contributions with the process to build the State prosperity. Currently I am part of the Advisory Committee of Oregon Prosperity Agenda, coordinated by the State First Lady, Cylvia Hayes, and with Forest Grove Economic Development Committee. In March 2012 I was nominated to the White House “Cesar Chavez Champions of Change” award, El Centinela elected me "El Personaje Latino del Mes (Feb 2013), and recently we were honored with OMEN Innovator of the Year 2013 award.

Lety Lares
Fiscal Manager

Jatin Patro

Social Entrepreneur and the founder of SharedMall. He is a Computer Science graduate with over 20 years experience in hi-tech industry, including 14 years in IT at Intel. He is currently pursuing his passion of helping startups and small local businesses succeed and is a certified SCORE mentor/counselor. His specialty is in the area of Web, E-Commerce, and Business Development Services.

Octaviano Merecias
Community Outreach

Annabel Ortega
Engineer Officer

Captain Ortega graduated from Oregon State University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s of Arts due to
her multi-lingual Spanish and Arabic Languages from her studies and her degree in Business
Administration with an option of International Business. She also has a Special Minor in Middle
Eastern and Latin American Studies. She studied abroad for nine months in Mexico completing
Business courses at one of the most prestigious Technical Schools Tec de Monterrey and did an
Internship exporting Tequila and syrup for diabetic purposes in a flourishing Tequileria.

Ady Ramirez
Tax Manager

 Ady is a manager in Ernst & Young LLP’s Region BusinessTax Advisory practice in the Portland office.Professional experience and clients• Ady has 8 years of experience with Ernst & Young LLP. Shefocuses on Quantitative Services with an emphasis onsupporting clients with their research and development taxcredit needs.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Portland Techstars Startup Weekend Latino 2017 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 Portland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Juan
  • Edgar
  • Claudia
  • Lenin
  • Sarah


Juan Barraza
Program Manager

Program Mgr. at @PortlandStateCEfounder of @vdointerpreters - Building the next generation of Oregon Innovators and Entrepreneurs

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