Startup Weekend Youth

    Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Youth

Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016

Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016
Event starts at 5:30 pm

French American School of Puget Sound
3795 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040

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We want YOU to come to the first ever FASPS Startup Weekend!

Are you a student who likes to come up with big ideas, invent things, work with others, and learn skills that will help you with school and a future job? 

Startup Weekend is an entrepreneurial education in 54 hours! 
All Startup Weekend events for adults and students follow the same basic model: participants pitch ideas and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it's a frenzy of work all weekend to develop those ideas into potential businesses and products! Ideas can be related to products, games, services, food, tech, social entrepreneurship, and much more (click here to see examples of projects developed at a student event last year)! With help from expert mentors and coaches to guide them in the process, students prepare for final presentations on Sunday of their business pitch. Everyone is guaranteed to leave the event energized and excited, with many new skills and ideas. 

If you have ever wanted to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, this is your chance! 
Over two and a half days, students in Grades 6-9 will learn through the act of creating. We provide the working space, brain fuel, food (5 meals included!), mentors, friends, and inspiring speakers and judges. You supply the energy and innovation to build something big over the weekend. 

Want to join us? Be ready for a full weekend: see the schedule below. 

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Friday April 15th

5:30 pm
Please be sure to bring your signed consent form when you check in.

6:00 pm
This opening segment is open to both students and their parents.Review the weekend's agenda, introduce speakers, coaches, and team leaders.

6:15 pm
We will provide dinner for all attendees.

6:30 pm
Get inspired! You'll hear from Claudia Mitchell, CEO at Universal Cell, and Peter Ham, Director of Software Development and Amazon. You will be energized and motivated to turn your ideas into reality!

7:00 pm
Pitch practice

8:00 pm
Go Home
Time to get some sleep before the excitement begins at 9am tomorrow!

Saturday April 16th

8:45 am
Doors Open
Students only today!

9:00 am
Welcome Back
Arrive, sign in, get settled. Breakfast will be served.

9:15 am
Line up to give your pitch!

10:00 am
Attendees vote for top pitches.

10:15 am
Group Session
Students will work with a coach while the teams are being formed.

11:00 am
Announce Teams
We will announce the top ideas pitched and the teams that will be working on them. Meet your Team Leaders and get to work!

12:00 pm
We'll provide lunch for all attendees. Enjoy a well-deserved break.

12:30 pm
Work Time!
Teams continue discussing ideas, prototyping, web design, brainstorming, etc. Coaches will rotate among teams.

2:30 pm
Snack and outdoor time!

4:45 pm
Wrap Up
Check-in, status reports, call for help

5:15 pm
Go Home!
All students should be picked up by this time. Rest up for Tomorrow!

Sunday April 17th

8:45 am
Doors Open
The morning session is for students only! Parents are invited to the Judgement Event.

9:00 am
Welcome Back!
Arrive, sign in, get settled. Breakfast will be served.

9:15 am
Work Time
Pick up where you left off yesterday. Coaches will rotate among teams.

12:00 pm
We will provide lunch for all participants. Teams can have a working lunch if necessary.

12:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:45 pm
Judgement Event
Present your business plan to the judges and the audience. This session is open to parents who have pre-registered.

4:15 pm
A celebration of the hard work of all our teams!

4:45 pm
Go Home!
Thank you for innovating and taking risks with us!


Claudia Mitchell
CEO Universal Cells

Peter Ham
Director, Software Development, Amazon

Event Judges

Brad Husick
CEO IdeaSense

- co-founded CMCD in 1992, sold the company to PhotoDisc then Getty Images - co-founded NetGravity in 1995, went public in 1998, then sold to DoubleClick, then Google - early entrant at Vignette in 1997, grew from 25 to 2200 employees in 4 years, went public in 1999 - co-founded Webaroo in 2006, left in 2009, company still operates in India - founded IdeaSense in 2000, continues to operate advising startups and growing companies

Anahit Hovhannisyan
Principal Solution Manager

Anahit Hovhannisyan has been with Microsoft for the past 18 years, currently specializing in software enablement and digital transformation efforts for enterprise services business.

Candi McCoy
Principal & Founder, Phase Plus Consulting

Brian Hall
General Manager, Microsoft

Coaches and Mentors

Jeanne Beauregard
Learning and Talent Development Executive

Eric Dillon
CTO at LiveStories

Sebastien Motte
Founder & Chief Business Enabler at Mintonic

Joel Espelien
Technology Strategist

Diane Najm
Founder at PhotoPad/ The Founder Institute/Olive Crest

A Serial Entrepreneur CEO & Founder Of PhotoPad for Business. A leader and passionate about the start-up community, Serves as Former  Director, Seattle Founder Institute, Mentor, Coach and organizer to Start up Weekend, Expert Panelist and speaker on Entrepreneurship,Invited to the White House Digital Tech summit and served on Delegation for Vancouver First Startup Week and panelist for Bridging the Gap between Seattle and Vancouver , as well as, seeks ways to help entrepreneurs  connect with one another and provides resources to assure success.   Thought leader and advocate for Women Entrepreneurs and empower them to pursue their startups serving as advisers to start-ups ,Board of Directors  to  Women In Wireless and Women in Tech.Passionate to give back to the community in the philanthropy sector, serving on the Board of Trustee for a non-profit  Olive Crest

Olivier Ropars
Sr.Director Global Internet Marketing, Ebay

Jean-Christophe Pitie
General Manager, WW Product Marketing, Microsoft

AG Lambert
VP, Product Management at Concur

Mauro Ottaviani
Principal Development Manager at Microsoft

Gregorie Clayes
Management Consultant

Elisabeth Araujo
President of L'Oreal Beauty Devices at L'Oréal

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Youth 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.


Organizing Team

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

  • Anne
  • Theresa
  • Jessica
  • French American School
    of Puget Sound


Kacey Wherley
Marketing Production Lead, Techstars


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