PDX Startup Weekend

    Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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PDX Startup Weekend

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016

Friday, November 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

926 NW 13th Avenue
Suite 200
Portland, Oregon 97209

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Portland's 20th Startup Weekend!

The Portland Startup Weekend 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 November is our community's 20th Startup Weekend. 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 (Check schedule below for details):

  • Date:    November 11th-13th
  • Time:    Friday: 5:30 -10pm, Saturday: 8am - 10pm, Sunday 8am - 9pm


Friday November 11th

5:30 pm
Registration Begins
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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 12th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Customer Validation

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Check-in, status reports, call for help

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

5:00 pm

6:30 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 13th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… Ask questions about presentations

12:00 pm

2:00 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

8:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm

9:30 pm
Go to After Party!


Lynn Le

Event Judges

Kathryn Brown
CEO, Scoutsavvy

Chris Canazaro, CFA
Director at Silicon Valley Bank

Keeley Tillotson
CEO and Cofounder, Wild Friends Foods

Michael Watson
COO & CFO at Treehouse

Coaches and Mentors

Liv Anderman
International Development Specialist, Vacasa

Danielle Alexander
Incubator Manager at Jaguar Land Rover

Sara Conte
Principal at SGC Ventures

Startup co-founder in the crossroads of design and technology. Seasoned in the entrepreneurial art of "figure it out" backed with a Harvard MBA.

Currently working primarily with private equity groups to evaluate market opportunity in digital investments.

Previous experience includes being the co-founder of PrestoBox, the world's first automated branding agency. Before that was Greenstar, a recycling company setting a new standard. Exited that company while it was being sold to Waste Management. Helped create the business while working for its private-equity parent company (NTR plc) in Europe.

Leigh Gill
Attorney at Immix Law Group PC

Leigh prepared for his career in software by studying biology and European history in college. Having too much time on his hands, he later studied intellectual property law as an evening student and is now in his second career as an attorney. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity. Ideas are powerful, but only if you set them free. Using the law as a tool, Leigh helps entrepreneurs to keep command of what matters to them, while setting their ideas free to do the most good.

David Ogunrinde
Principal & Creative Director at INKROOTS

Along with helping leaders and brands engage by express themselves meaningfully, David also serves as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School at Rutgers University, teaching an immersive course in Visual Design for User Experience.

An experienced Creative Director, he has spent his career developing an intuitive and user-centered approach to branding and design. He has worked in both agency and corporate in-house environments, with broad experience serving corporate, non-profit, and start-up clients. When he’s not designing and making beautiful things that people love, he is spending time with his lovely wife, mentees, and godchildren. If you ask his nieces, he reigns as the “world’s most coolest uncle!” #fact.

Erik Onnen
VP of Engineering, Cloudability

Erik Swanson
Attorney, Immix Law Group PC

Clay Wiedemann
Founder, Ludic Studio

Don Webb
Independent Consultant

Grounded in consumer and industrial products, Don is a B2B & B2C strategist addressing all aspects of the value chain from product conception to end user – with emphasis on sales, merchandising, marketing, and operations. He served on the team assembled to develop the Ashley HomeStore business model which today is the nation’s #1 retailer of home furnishing & décor products, and has guided growth and diversification efforts that include channel partnerships with Amazon, Better Homes and Gardens, Wayfair, Costco, The Home Depot, and other notable companies within their respective competitive space. Don possesses an MBA from Marylhurst University with concentration in marketing and finance.

Darren Buckner
Founder & CEO at Workfrom

Darren Buckner is currently the founder and CEO of Workfrom, Inc (workfrom.co). Darren has been a software developer, UI designer/engineer and business development professional for most of his career. He is passionate about building great things with a focus on simplicity, clean design and usability. His typical day includes writing software, developing business partnerships, crunching numbers and of course dreaming big. Darren has participated in 10+ Startup Weekends around the country and has been lucky enough to be on 5 winning teams. He is happy to help with anything and everything!

Yesenia Gallardo

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The PDX Startup Weekend 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.





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Organizing Team

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

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  • Juan
  • Julie
  • Arezou
  • Yu
  • Amanda
  • Chen
  • Hung
  • Jenny


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