Startup Weekend Seattle

    Friday, March 8 - 10, 2019


  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Seattle

Friday, March 8 - 10, 2019



Friday, March 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

CREATE 33
999 Third Avenue
Suite 3300
Seattle, WA 98104

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Your Idea in One Weekend

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “seattle@startupweekend.org”.

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Getting there: 
Wells Fargo Building
999 Third Avenue (lobby entrance is near 3rd and Madison, event is on 33rd floor)
Seattle, WA 98104

Use of public transportation is highly recommended.  The University Street Link station is located at 3rd and Seneca, and there is good bus service to the area.  

Building Parking Rates: (unfortunately, no validation is available)
0-20 mins: $7
20 - 60 mins: $13
1‐2 hours: $20
2‐4 hours: $25
4‐8 hours: $30
Daily Max: $34
Weekend: $7 (All Day)
Hours:Monday-Friday 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Access:Entrance to the Wells Fargo Parking Garage is located on Madison Avenue (one way) between Third and Second Avenues

Street parking: Some 2-hour street parking angled spots are available on Madison St and Marion St. Please keep in mind that even though there is no cost on Sundays, the 2 hour time limit is enforced.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 8th


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


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


7:00 pm
Welcome & Speaker
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


8:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


9:30 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 March 9th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


11:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


12:30 pm
Lunch


1:30 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


5:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day.

Sunday March 10th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


4:30 pm
Final Presentations


6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking


6:30 pm
Judging Begins


7:30 pm
Awards Presented


8:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Jaren Schwartz
Director, Create33

Jaren Schwartz is a Director at Create33, an entrepreneurial center for Seattle startups to have access to resources and support to scale their businesses, where she leads operations and programming. Prior to Create33, Jaren was the Program Director for Techstars Seattle and the Alexa Accelerator, two technology startup accelerator programs in Seattle for early stage startups. Before Techstars, Jaren worked at a local startup building strategic partnerships, defining customer acquisition, and engaging customers. She has an MA and BA in international relations.

Event Judges


Thomas Murphy
Principal

Thomas Murphy is a change agent. He specializes in structuring businesses, people and systems to improve companies’ financial performance and build shareholder value. His experience covers a wide variety of industries including: High Tech, Biotech, Medical Devices, Electronics, Clean Energy and Manufacturing. He guides companies through business expansions, new product launches, acquisitions and entry into new markets (domestic and international). He led three turnarounds returning each company to profitability in less than a year. Tom has CPA and CMA certifications in addition to CIRM and CPIM certifications from APICS. He is a solid executive with extensive experience in operations and finance.


Terri Eccles
CEO, Virago Labs

Terri Eccles is the CEO of Virago Labs a strategy & leadership firm for entrepreneurs and product managers. She is currently interim COO of a startup being incubated by Virago. She was previously a Director of Digital Product at Capital One and the Director of Digital Web at Premera. She teaches Product Management for General Assembly and Embodied Leadership for Strozzi Institute. She has also launched her own Strategic Leadership course for startups and product managers. She is a passionate entrepreneur, product manager, instructor, and coach.


Bronco Dahlem
Owner

After a career in the securities business, Bronco has been actively involved in the Puget Sound start-up community for the last decade. While handling PR for many local companies, he has given them exposure to radio, television, and print, both locally and nationally. On behalf of healthcare start-ups, he has attended a number of medical conventions including Arab Health, MEDICA, HIMSS, and AORN.


Henry Wong
Inventor & Founder | Tech Marketing and Business Lover

Henry is a technology and consumer electronics guru and advisor.  He has 20+ years of engineering, marketing, business, and product experience with Fortune 500 companies in 3 continents. Henry is the creator, inventor, and founder of FenSens – first wireless aftermarket sensor for cars – which won 1st place in 2014 Kirkland Startup Weekend.  Since then, Henry has been involved with various startup communities and events. He is currently managing technical marketing at Wacom for OEM and ecosystem partners to provide best-in-class digital ink and pen technology.  He also manages partnerships for TEDxSeattle 2019. Henry holds a Computer and Systems Engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Rebecca Lovell
Director, Create33

With more than 20 years of management and operating experience, and over a decade running and supporting startups, Rebecca currently serves as Director at Create33, a founder center conceived by Madrona Venture Group. She was previously Director of the City of Seattle's Office of Economic Development, having progressed through leadership roles in the office, including serving as the City's first Startup Advocate. Prior to joining the City, she was GeekWire's first Chief Business Officer, Executive Director of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network, and Program Director of the Alliance of Angels.  Having received her MBA from the UW Foster school of business in 2006, she has served on their Employer Advisory Board since 2008, and is currently an instructor in entrepreneurship for their Technology Management MBA Program.  She has been a committed Techstars mentor since their Seattle launch in 2010, is the Board Chair for the national Center of American Entrepreneurship, and was recognized by the Puget Sound Business Journal as one of the top 100 women in tech and as "Do Gooder of the Year." 



David Gandara
Founder & CEO

Dave Gandara is a Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, CEO, and C Level Advisor.  He works with companies in all phases, from start-up through exit, with a focus on emerging technologies. An agile leader in an ever-evolving market, he elucidates company vision and objectives, facilitates growth with identification of new revenue opportunities, and strategic partnerships, achieving extraordinary outcomes. Dave’s expertise includes: increasing sales and developing new revenue opportunities, developing strategic partnerships, and assisting in raising capital.  He has worked with sole proprietors as well as Global 100 companies.
Dave is a performance-focused executive who makes sound decisions to reflect positively on billion-dollar global business operations in alignment with a company’s vision, value, and goals, and who rises above challenges to achieve winning outcomes. He is known to be an integral leader who offers a record of establishing and delivering measurable results within hyper-growth companies, including quickly adapting to evolving marketplace scenarios to optimize success. He is a creative professional who drives lucrative acquisitions and associated integrations to strengthen and grow current and adjacent total addressable market. Dave is an excellent communicator who develops synergistic relationships with C-level decision-makers, business teams, and customers; who exhibits skill in autonomous and collaborative situations; and who leads peers by example and with integrity.


Coaches and Mentors


Michelle Zeiser
Leadership Change Strategist | Advisor | Facilitator | Coach

My client’s experience design, creation, and execution accountability techniques to reboot or rewire past habits that do not serve the progress of self or business.  By using design theory and ideation techniques, my clients expand their approach to consider another lens or perspective toward resolution.
I motivate clients to engage critical thinking through imagination expansion exercises and increased levels of self-awareness to achieve greater personal and professional accomplishment. I support the client journey by expanding their creative confidence and logic toward overcoming challenges by leveraging the strengths of the team or individual, core value identification, goal setting, and goal achievement.


Bryan D'Souza
Making products (that) spark joy.

Bryan is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager with the Azure Data & AI marketing team. He develops product strategy and go-to-market motions for Azure's Data & AI products that focuses on end developers, consumers, and enterprise customers. He also counsels and mentors startup founders on product strategy and GTM motions in the technology space, advising on how to scale and develop a strong value proposition. in his free time, he enjoys basketball and trying new cuisines with his family.


Kevin Ye
Product Manager

Kevin is currently a product manager at Axon. He's developing a new product within the Axon product line aimed at reinventing the 911 computer aided dispatch experience.  Kevin is an entrepreneur, designer and product person at heart. Kevin has previously co-founded his own angel-funded startup, owning the product, design and go-to-market. He's also worked at other startups and advises and consults startups and founders. In his free time, Kevin likes to play poker, cook, and exploring restaurants from all over the world.


Kevin Lin
Founder

Started cloud.thence, a consulting company focused on helping companies scale and prevail on AWS. Before this, worked 5+ years at AWS as a developer working on scaling and monitoring large scale distributed system. When not engaged with technology, likely running, (salsa) dancing or listening to a podcast.


Roy Hsu
Financial Advisor

I am a former creative director in advertising having worked on Fortune 500 companies and having pitched business worldwide. Currently I am a financial advisor and also an angel investor and can provide feedback on pitch decks for both consumers and investors.


Shivaas Gulati
Co-Founder, Head of Engg for New Products

I love building products. At Remitly, we've built a global payments platform that processes over $4B+ annually and serves hundreds and thousands of customers globally across mobile and desktop platforms. I've worked on all parts of the tech stack as well as marketing (digital mostly), customer support, fraud prevention and compliance.


David Gandara
Founder & CEO

Dave Gandara is a Serial Entrepreneur, Investor, CEO, and C Level Advisor.  He works with companies in all phases, from start-up through exit, with a focus on emerging technologies. An agile leader in an ever-evolving market, he elucidates company vision and objectives, facilitates growth with identification of new revenue opportunities, and strategic partnerships, achieving extraordinary outcomes. Dave’s expertise includes: increasing sales and developing new revenue opportunities, developing strategic partnerships, and assisting in raising capital.  He has worked with sole proprietors as well as Global 100 companies.
Dave is a performance-focused executive who makes sound decisions to reflect positively on billion-dollar global business operations in alignment with a company’s vision, value, and goals, and who rises above challenges to achieve winning outcomes. He is known to be an integral leader who offers a record of establishing and delivering measurable results within hyper-growth companies, including quickly adapting to evolving marketplace scenarios to optimize success. He is a creative professional who drives lucrative acquisitions and associated integrations to strengthen and grow current and adjacent total addressable market. Dave is an excellent communicator who develops synergistic relationships with C-level decision-makers, business teams, and customers; who exhibits skill in autonomous and collaborative situations; and who leads peers by example and with integrity.


Lisa Stewart
Inventor Mentor

Lisa helps inventors transform into confident creators so they can change the world from their workbench. As an inventor and a professional designer, Lisa attributes much of her success to perseverance and persistence -with a dash of spit and savvy.  She understands how to create a product and build a business. With a formal design education, her sales and marketing acumen stems from 30 years experience in Fortune 100 companies and startups. Lisa’s background includes being a co-founder of a retail app, constructing a line of fashion and beverage accessories, licensing product ideas, and designing retail customer experiences. For Lisa, it’s just as important knowing how to fail as it is to succeed.


Jenefeness Tucker
Professional Development Coach

Jenefeness Tucker, MBA has been coaching, educating and training entrepreneurs for more than 16 years. She joins the Washington SBDC by way of Columbus, Ohio and served clients at the Connecticut SBDC as well. In 2017, she was named Microentrepreneur of the Year by Increase Community Development Corporation, a faith-based lending organization in Columbus, Ohio, and was nominated for Advisor of the Year for her work at Financial Comfort Consulting, a financial services firm she started in 2009. In 2016, she was named to the 100 Growth List of Middle Market CEOs by Axial, a private online platform for middle market investors. Jenefeness is the author of several books including “21 Day FI$CAL Bootcamp Workbook: Basic Training for Financial Fitness,” and “Finesse My Time Management System.” She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and global organizational management from Wilberforce University (HBCU), and an MBA with a concentration in finance from Ohio Dominican University. She has earned additional certifications in GrowthWheel, IBISWorld, Ice House Entrepreneurship and Profit Mastery. Over the course of her career, Jenefeness has worked in the private sector, the public sector, for start-ups, for large corporations and small businesses, always seeking opportunities to educate and empower herself and those around her. With each SBDC client she works with, Jenefeness is committed to: • building and sustaining strong professional relationships • demonstrating respect and empathy for emerging entrepreneurs of diverse background • helping clients set and reach aspirational goals • providing exceptional customer service She moved to the PNW in September 2018 and looks forward to getting acclimated here in the state of Washington although she will always be cheering for The Ohio State University Buckeyes football team. You can connect with her on LINKEDIN or schedule an appointment to meet with her at the Tukwila office at 13925 Interurban Avenue S.


Michelle MacKenzie
Founder

Having spent 20+ years building enterprise and worldwide consumer facing products for global high-tech companies, I'm following my own quest to help other entrepreneurs and small business owners make a difference in their world.


Daniel Petz
CEO & Co-Founder

Daniel is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Feastfox Inc., a VC-backed tech startup out of Stanford University, with the mission to transform the restaurant industry using dynamic pricing. Previously, Daniel has worked as a Strategy Manager at Groupon, primarily focusing on the venture's European markets. He holds an MBA and an MA in Education from Stanford University.


Stuart Murless
Co-founder and Head of Operations

Stuart is the Head of Operations and a Co-Founder of Feastfox Inc., a VC-backed tech startup out of Stanford University, with a mission to transform the restaurant industry using dynamic pricing. He previously worked in Corporate Finance and Investment Banking and holds a Chartered Accountant designation. The funny accent is because he's from Cape Town, South Africa.


Suchit Ligade
Senior Product Manager - Technical

Suchit is a Senior Product Manager at Amazon, working on the Amazon Silk Browser for Fire TV, Tablets and Echo Show. Prior to Silk, Suchit worked in the Kindle mobile app platform, enabling readers to enjoy ebooks better than print books. He is also a co-founder of the InSITE Fellowship non-profit chapter in Seattle. Suchit started his career in hardware engineering in the Internet of Things space, developing sensors and firmware to smartly communicate with each other. While working at startups, he began enjoying product management and operations role, and eventually focused on startup product management. He holds an MBA in entrepreneurship from the Georgetown University and has consulted for several startups on the east coast.


George Roe
Research Professor

George Roe is a member of the research faculty at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, affiliated with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP). His work focuses on development, adaptation and integration of energy grid technologies, working in conjunction with industry, utilities, federal agencies and communities. He is the program manager at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks for the Arctic Remote Energy Networks Academy (ARENA). Prior to joining UAF in 2013, George served in various engineering and management roles at Boeing for 35 years in research and development of aerospace-related energy subsystem technologies. George holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.


Hemant Verma
CTO - Goodly

I am currently a CTO at Goodly (YC/Norwest).


Bill Kahn
Associate Director, Technology Institute

I am an engineer and ethnographer who has consulted, taught, and researched tech entrepreneurship in the Pacific Northwest.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Seattle team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Signature Sponsors

As the largest health plan in the Pacific Northwest, Premera provides comprehensive, tailored services to customers in Washington and Alaska that include innovative programs focused on wellness and prevention, disease management, and patient safety.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Wyatt
    Kirby
  • Yashar
    Fakhari
  • Claire
    Dillow
  • Jessica
    Zou
  • Timothy
    Stienstraw
  • Noah
    Callaway
  • Nicole
    Myers

Facilitators


Nigel Sharp

Nigel is a leader in technology integration, product development, marketing approaches and entrepreneurship. Mentor to numerous acceleration programs, Techstars Alumni and current Global Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Nigel has widespread IT hardware and software experience with added professional knowledge of Humanities computing, EdTech and Infrastructure IT systems as well as current project management techniques, alongside practical experience of metalworking, hardware and electronics, HCI and NUI technologies.

Focused on helping with:
Innovating new solutions / Idea generation
Expanding entrepreneurial aims and culture
System implementation / Product development
Connecting people worldwide for collaborative success


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