Startup Next Seattle

    Tuesday, April 7 - May 6, 2015


  1. Program Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers and Mentors
  4. Sponsors
  5. Facilitating Team

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Startup Next
Seattle

Tuesday, April 7 - May 6, 2015



Tuesday, April 7 - May 6, 2015
Program starts at 6:00 pm

Startup Hall 1100 NE Campus Parkway University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105


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Startup Next is the #1 startup pre-acceleration program in the world

Whether you want to get accepted into a top accelerator program or raise a seed round, this hands-on mentorship program and our network of accelerators and investors can help you get there.

Startup Next has helped dozens of startups get into top accelerators and raise millions of dollars in seed funding. See our success stories and case studies.

The program consists of 3 hour weekly sessions for 5 weeks. While 5 weeks is short, we go above and beyond after the program to continue helping our alumni. Check out the session breakdown and post-program benefits.

If you have questions, check out our FAQs to understand whether Startup Next is a good fit for your startup. Feel free to reach out to seattle@startupnext.co with other questions.




Program Schedule

Tuesday April 7th


6:00 pm
Opening Remarks
Startup Next opening presentation and program expectations


6:10 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Speaker on weekly topic - Accelerators, followed by a Q&A session


6:55 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by feedback from peers, facilitators, and mentors


7:40 pm
Session Recap
Learnings and expectations for next session


7:55 pm
Networking

Wednesday April 8th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Daniel Todd will walk through the breakdown of customer metrics that matter, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Wednesday April 15th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Sanjay Puri to do a talk on pitching techniques, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Wednesday April 22nd


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Joanna Lord to share her experience in multiple startups getting to Product-Market Fit, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
60 sec elevator pitches by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentor


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Wednesday April 29th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Dave Parker to do a talk on Business Models and Market Sizes, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the next session

Wednesday May 6th


6:00 pm
Expert Speaker + Q&A
Chris DeVore to do a talk on Fundraising, followed by a Q&A session


6:45 pm
Team Pitches
3 min pitches with slides by teams, followed by a 3 min Q&A with mentors


7:45 pm
Team/Mentor Breakouts
Two 1:1 mentoring sessions


8:45 pm
Session Recap
Team updates and expectations for the demo day


Speakers and Mentors


Kevin Croy
Partner at 9MileLabs

Kevin is a co-founder and partner at 9Mile Labs, Seattle's B2B-focused tech startup accelerator. As of August 1st, 9Mile will have invested in 28 startups since it’s inception a few short years ago. Prior to starting 9Mile Labs and focusing on helping other entrepreneurs, Kevin co-founded five startups himself and successfully exited twice. He began his career as a technologist, but found his true passion is the business side of startups. He earned an MBA from the University of Washington and enjoys helping entrepreneurs innovate their products and business models, prepare funding strategies, and operate their businesses.


Matt Shobe

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.


Ben Gilbert
Co-founder, Madrona Labs



Martina Welke
Cofounder & CEO of Zealyst

Martina Welke is the cofounder & CEO of Zealyst, an enterprise platform that utilizes data analysis and games to build stronger corporate communities. Martina believes that strong human relationships form the basis for a full, happy life, and this belief fuels her drive to create better opportunities for people to connect through Zealyst. Martina has worked in a variety of startup environments, from helping to launch a new publication to developing a new program within a large nonprofit. Martina is on the board of Women in Technology and is a World Econimic Forum Global Shaper. Martina earned a BA in English Literature with a minor in Chemistry at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.


Kevin Leneway
Co-founder & CTO at HaikuDeck

Kevin is the co-founder of Haiku Deck, a simple, beautiful way to create flawless presentations on your iPad. Haiku Deck has been ranked #1 in the productivity section of the App Store in the US and 35 countries worldwide, and has been been featured in publications such as the Wall Street Journal and LifeHacker. 
Previously, Kevin was a Project Manager at Microsoft.


Rachel Hillman
Founder, Sage Commerce



Mukund Mohan
Microsoft Ventures/Executive and Management Roles/Internet & Enterprise Software/Marketing/Founder of BuzzGain

Mukund Mohan helps startups at Microsoft Ventures. He founded and sold BuzzGain, a leader in Do It Yourself PR, to Meltwater in January 2010. Before that He founded and sold 2 Silicon Valley startups in the Internet & Enterprise software Markets. Mukund knows the success of building Startups and has learned from experience; "I have also failed at one startup." He has held Executive and Management roles in Hewlett Packard (Mercury), and has also worked at Cisco Systems as an Engineer. He has studied at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Mysore in India.


Derrick Morton
CEO of FlowPlay

Derrick is a gaming executive and currently the CEO of FlowPlay, which operates casual MMORPGs across open web, Facebook, Android and iOS. Our products include Vegas World, Atari Casino and ourWorld. Previously, Derrick was the VP of Marketing at GameHouse, which was acquired by RealNetworks in 2004


Jennifer Cabala
Director of Program Operations for Techstars

Jennifer is the Director of Program Operations for Techstars and previously was the Director of the Microsoft Accelerator (powered by Techstars).


Rob Belcher
Managing Director at SaaS Capital

Rob is currently the Managing Director of SaaS Capital and previously was a Vice President at Lighter Capital.


David Rosenthal
Principal at Madrona Venture Group

David is a Principal at Madrona Venture Group in Seattle, where he leads new investments and works closely with existing portfolio companies. David joined Madrona in 2010 as an Associate before taking time off to earn his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. During his time as an Associate, he helped found Rover.com with Madrona managing director Greg Gottesman. While at Stanford, David worked at Meritech Capital Partners, a leading late-stage venture capital firm in Palo Alto, and was a member of the team at StartX, a non-profit accelerator for startups founded by Stanford students, faculty and recent alumni. Prior to Madrona, David worked as an investment banker in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications group at UBS and in the Strategy, Corporate Development and Ventures group at The Wall Street Journal. David earned a bachelor of arts from Princeton University, and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


Joanna Lord
VP of Marketing at Porch

Joanna Lord has worked 10 years in startups and marketing leadership where she's focused on revenue growth, marketing strategy and managed high performing teams. Founder of social shopping app, ISITaYES. Board advisor at Attendly. Blogger at Entrepreneur.com and JoannaLord.com. Obsessed with social media and the power of online communities. Digital evangelist and keynote, Joanna has spoken around the globe at shows like: SMX Advanced/East, Dublin Web Summit, SearchExchange, EdSocialMedia, Sydney eRetailer, Dreamforce, DomainFest, PubCon Vegas/South, SEMpdx 11/12/13, Affiliate Summit, and many more. Joanna is dedicated to building brilliant brands that leave an impact, connect us in beautiful ways, and do great things.


Sanjay Puri
Co-Founder, Partner at 9MileLabs/VP, Product Marketing/Hewlett-Packard/Microsoft Corporation

Co-Founder & Partner at 9MileLabs.
Sanjay Puri is a Marketing and Business Executive with extensive experience in enabling sales organizations to sell enterprise software solutions. With 18+ years of high-tech experience includes product development, product management and product marketing in Fortune 500 technology companies, mid-size software organizations and startups.





Daniel Todd
Founder & CEO of Affinity.IS

Daniel Todd is currently the CEO/Founder of Affinity Influencing Systems. He is also a TechStars mentor and adviser to several start-ups. Previously he co-founded the online media company Zango in 1999. While there Zango ranked several times in the Inc 500 fastest growing companies ranking as high as #7 in 2005. Daniel is credited for creating a corporate culture that repeatedly won Washington CEO’s and the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” awards.


Chris DeVore
General Partner at Founders Co-op



Program Sponsors and Partners

The Startup Next Seattle 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 Sponsor

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Facilitating Team

  • Dave
    Parker
  • Matt
    French


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