Startup Summer School - Pitch Training and Networking

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Startup Summer School - Pitch Training and Networking

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Startup Hall - Room 135
1100 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98105

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Jump Start your Startup Weekend Experience

Get out of the building! Tell a good story! Focus on your prototype! Think lean!

If you've been in the Startup Weekend community a while, you have probably heard this before. But what if you are new?

We want you to have a great event experience and nail your elevator pitch! So we put together a free "Startup Summer School" for you.

Come out to our Summer School event to:
  • Practice your 60-second pitch in front of mentors and past attendees
  • Learn how to maximize your entrepreneur experience from Startup Weekend Seattle Alumni
  • Meet other new and experienced entrepreneurs that share your passion
If you are attending Startup Weekend Mobile/Wearables this weekend, this is a great way to meet fellow attendees before the event!

So whether you have a pitch ready or not, come on out! It is free. It will be fun.

We'll see you there!

About Startup Hall

Located in Condon Hall, Startup Hall is a brand new initiative from the University of Washington to contribute to the Seattle startup community! They are generously hosting our workshop, and this is an opportunity to learn what Startup Hall is doing for entrepreneurs in Seattle. Learn more at their new site or getting in touch with them at

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You might also enjoy Startup Weekend Mobile/Wearables Seattle

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6:00 pm
Networking and Introductions
Arrive at Startup Hall and get checked in. Let us know if you are pitching and we'll get you set up.

6:30 pm
Panel of Wisdom
Hear from coaches, mentors, and Startup Weekend alumni on elements of entrepreneur wisdom

7:00 pm
Questions and Answers
We've got smart people ready to answer your questions!

7:15 pm
Prepare for pitches
Final preparations! Form a line! Give us your best pitch!

7:20 pm
Pitches - Round 1
You get 1 minute to pitch and 2 minutes for feedback.

8:00 pm
Refresh your drink. Use the restroom. Get ready for round 2!

8:10 pm
Pitches - Round 2
You get 1 minute to pitch and 2 minutes for feedback.

8:45 pm
Networking and Goodbyes
Continue that conversation about your pitch. Find someone to ask a question. Exchange your contacts as we close out the evening.

9:00 pm
Event Ends

Coaches and Mentors

Matt Shobe
Entrepreneur, Product & User Experience Expert

Matt is a serial entrepreneur, parallel user experience designer, general aviation pilot, one-time model rocket builder, and sponsor of the HCDE Shobe Prize at The University of Washington. Currently a designer at AngelList, Matt graduated from University of Washington's HCDE program in 1996, and in addition to co-founding three startups in Chicago (including a co-founding and Chief Design Officer of FeedBurner) he has worked at BigDoor (Chief Design Officer), Google, Microsoft, and Accenture. He's currently messing with drones in his spare time.

Seijen Takamura
Experience & Innovation Strategy @ Target

By day, Seijen serves as an experience & innovation strategist at Target HQ where he leverages guest stories to build better products and services.

In a previous life, he served as a regional manager at UP Global where he helped build startup communities along the East Coast. 

Having recently re-patriated to  Minneapolis, Seijen is proud to have lived in Chicago, London, and Seattle. He is also the founder of The Lonely Bicycles Project, a photography experiment.

Chris Montes
Software Engineer at UP Global

Chris is a Seattle-based software developer, currently working as a Frontend Engineer at Peach. He has also previously worked at UP Global, Urban Influence, the Teacher Resource Network, and more. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Summer School - Pitch Training and Networking 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.

Signature Sponsors

Startup Hall is a shared office that combines new businesses, new ideas, and a steady stream of talent from the nation’s leading research institution.

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Contributing Sponsor

Organizing Team

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

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  • Josh
  • Drew
  • Brian
  • Jonathan
  • David
  • Jay

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