Startup Weekend Roseburg

    Friday, April 22 - 24, 2016

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Roseburg

Friday, April 22 - 24, 2016

Friday, April 22 - 24, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Startup Weekend Roseburg
Technical Building UCC
1140 Umpqua College Road
Roseburg, OR 97470

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Why Should You Participate?

Do you want to mingle with capable, intelligent, innovative peers who will team up to create a business in 54 hours?  This event will change your life and challenge your perspective of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Ownership.  What’s your best new idea?  What frustrates you when you’re going through your day and can you devise an idea to make it better?  Pitch your idea and see if it gets picked to be developed.  

Find out what new product or service you will help bring to market when you attend the caffeinated, food-stuffed Startup Weekend in Roseburg. Startup Weekend Roseburg is being held in the Technical Building on the beautiful campus at Umpqua Community College (UCC).   UCC has provided for no-cost accommodations for those wishing to stay over during the event.  Security, shower and locker room will be available to those who register that would like to stay overnight on campus. Views of the Umpqua River will be prominent.

We have partnered with Swapcard to help you networking with other attendees, in a digital way. Swapcard is a free networking app that helps you discovering who is attending the event, targeting the people you want to meet, exchanging digital business cards before, during and after the event. Once registered, you will receive an email from Swapcard with your credentials to access to your profile and the attendees' list. Don't forget to download the mobile app. It’s time to network!

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Friday April 22nd

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

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

7:00 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

8:30 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 April 23rd

8:00 am
Arrive, breakfast scramble with bacon, Cinnamon Rolls, Umpqua Oats & coffee

9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed go to their breakout work spaces.

12:00 pm
Teams Take a break and visit over lunch of meat and veggie wraps and chips.

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
Come to the Fiesta Buffet for dinner break.

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 April 24th

8:30 am
More hearty breakfast to fuel your day, along with Umpqua Oats, Cinnamon Rolls and plenty of caffeine. A photobooth will be available for picture taking from 9:00 to Noon!

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
Build your own baked potato and an Ice Cream Sundae Bar!

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

8:30 pm
Go Home!


Merrilyn Jovin

Merrilyn Jovin is President and Owner of Tropiceel Products, Inc. a Roseburg company that has developed and marketed unique pain and wellness creams nationwide. She has over 30 years experience in business and sales management, including as a National Sales Trainer working for Fortune 500 companies Chanel Inc. and Revlon Incorporated.     Starting with little capital and a booth at the Douglas County Fair, Tropiceel's Naturulz products have experienced rapid upward growth and are now carried in 42 states and over 2,500 locations (including regional chains such as Bi-Mart and Fred Meyer). Continued growth is expected as the company's products are now being brought into larger distribution channels and national chains such as the Kroger Corporation.   Merrilyn will be sharing all about Tropiceel's journey from concept to where the company is now.  She will share the roadblocks, the hurdles, and the unique attributes and culture that have taken the business to where it is today.  A high energy individual, she will give a fun and inspirational perspective on growing a business, right here, in Douglas County.

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Event Judges

Debbie Caterson

Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Linfield College.Owner of Inspiration Mixes and Starwatch Corp.Areas of advising: small business finance, SBA Lending, writing business plans.

Jim Daniel
Business Owner

Co-owner of Sidney’s Senior Services, a startup in Roseburg and owner of 14 businesses over the last 60 years, Jim once started a business on an idea and $100. in a checking account.  He just closed a thriving Legal Support Services business so he could move here this year, and every real success he’s had in life has come from entrepreneurship.  Jim says he’s developed a hundred great ideas for successful startups in his career, but he’s usually too busy making money to pursue all the new ones.

Anthony Griffen
Business Owner

Anthony Griffin was born and raised in Douglas County. After graduating from Roseburg High School, he joined the U.S. Navy and became a submariner. While in the depths of the seas, he was taught to make life and death decisions and remain cool as a cucumber. He served nine years active duty, becoming certified as a diver checking for abnormalities and dangers as the boat glided into port. After active duty, while in law school, Griffin served as a Navy Reservist. When he passed the bar, he and his bride Kathryn moved west to return home and be with family. Tony and Kat started their law practice in Roseburg specializing in all forms of civil and criminal law, with the goal that everyone have access to legal representation. As an entrepreneur, he currently employs three people. His civic involvement includes Rotary, Portland Shriners Hospital Board member, Douglas County Wrestling Officials Association and Toastmasters. 

James Caplan
Engineer Manager at Pivotal

Specialties:Environmental dispute resolution for communities, regional governments, and businesses. Environmental analysis, planning, and management. Environmental leadership training.

Tim Allen

Coaches and Mentors

Toni Clough
Business Management, Business Plan Development, Operations Planning

Bill Armstrong
Business Management, Finance And Accounting

Bill Armstrong is a business instructor at Umpqua Community College with over thirty years of business experience. Bill earned a BS in accounting/finance from Oregon State University and an MBA from the University of Washington. He has small business experience as the owner/operator of a photography shop that specialized in computer imaging services. He was an auditor for Standard Oil of California, an accounting manager for Westinghouse, and has taught accounting, management, marketing, and computer classes at UCC for the last sixteen years.

Wayne Patterson
Executive Director

Wayne’s background includes President/CEO of a large powersport company with multiple divisons and manufacturing, co-founder of Alpine Electronics, co-founder Proton Electronics, SVP of Specialized Bicycle Corporation, corporate restructure and strategic development for Oakley, and category development/M&A/Advisory Board for Nike.  Over the last 35+ years, Patterson has worked with as senior consultant and or held senior executive positions at major consumer brands including Nike, Specialized, Oakley, Mattel, Polaris, Sony, Trek, Schutt, Alpine, Proton and others.  

Gale Peterson
Advisor and Instructor

More than 20 years experience teaching/advising on QuickBooks softwareExperience as business ownerArea of advising: QuickBooks software

Caroline Winders

Caroline Winders / Creative Director and Publisher was born and educated in Perth, Western Australia. Her background includes a college education in marketing, and work in international sales and marketing for the Western Australian state government in the tourism industry.Migrating to the United States in 2000, her first stop was Roseburg where she has worked for two different advertising agencies, and served as the Community Relations Director for Umpqua Community College. She remains in Roseburg and now runs her own business in product development, marketing, advertising and graphic design, as well as being co-owner of Oregon Valley Verve.Caroline enjoys travel, Thai cooking, poetry, art, writing, martial arts and perfumery. She is married with one daughter and two sons.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Roseburg team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Kemberly
  • Shani
  • Alex
  • Toni
  • Gale
  • Robin
  • Samantha
  • Najla
  • Carrisa
  • Justin


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