Siskiyou Startup Weekend

    Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Organizing Team
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Siskiyou Startup Weekend

Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017

Friday, October 6 - 8, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Mt. Shasta High School
624 Everitt Memorial Highway
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067

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An engaging high paced weekend - of consulting and hands on experience - designed to catapult your idea of a product or service into a business plan of action! In this 54 hour workshop you will:
  • Gain new skills and insights to launch a new business.
  • Find a new found confidence.
  • Acquire tools and resources to launch your great business idea. 
  • Meet and network with mentors and business owners in your community.

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Friday October 6th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 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

9:00 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 October 7th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

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 October 8th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Chad McCall
Co-founder, Chief Executive Officer

Chad grew up in Alaska at the base of the Talkeetna Mountains and generally spent his free time backcountry snowboarding, mountain biking and fishing. He relocated to Northern California in 1998 to teach environmental education.  After settling in Mount Shasta Chad started working for the local ambulance service as an EMT and became involved in ski patrol, mountain guiding, and search and rescue. After obtaining his paramedic certification, his first exposure to disaster medicine was triaging at the Astrodome after Hurricane Katrina. In 2004 he traveled to Pakistan after a major earthquake to set up and help staff several urgent care clinics. He has gone on to work throughout the states as a fire line paramedic and as a disaster paramedic with the National Guard and FEMA.  Chad sought additional training and became a registered nurse in 2013. He divides his time between running Mountain Medics and working as a RN-MICN in a local emergency department and ICU.

Event Judges

Elizabeth Mitchell-Collord
Executive Director, Klamath Health Services, Inc.

Elizabeth Mitchell-Collord, MHA, is a health and wellness services enthusiast/professional with 35 years in the industry. With 3 successful start-up experiences, she has logged 20 years in California healthcare senior management positions, 5 of which focused in eldercare/assisted living administration. Currently, she is involved with rural community-based health service design, redesign, promotion and implementation. Rounding 11 years in health insurance services administration, Elizabeth relies on entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial skills to respond to ever-changing regulatory requirements as well as marketplace needs, wants and opportunities.    A mother of two busy Mt. Shasta students, Elizabeth is the Executive Director of Klamath Health Services, Inc., a 501(c)(3) local nonprofit and Owner/Agent of Elizabeth V. Mitchell-Collord Insurance Agency. In addition, community service engagements include Finance Committee of the Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Chair of the Legislative Committee of the North Valley Association of Health Underwriters, and Charter Member of Mount Shasta Kiwanis Club.   "We need entrepreneurial talent and enlightened investors to build new economies that will allow individuals, families and communities to thrive."   

Lexi Meadows

"I am a past Mt Shasta High School Student, born and raised in Mt Shasta. My entrepreneurship started in High School when I won the YEP Business Concept Competition with my prize winning business plan for a cupcake bakery. I then used the recourses and skills learned from the business competition and applied them to an actual business concept for a gift shop highlighting local products. I opened my business in 2012 just before graduating from High School. Owning a business was an eye opener with many valuable life experiences and challenges. After two years, I made the difficult decision to change paths. I sold my business and searched for a new venture. I took the opportunity to work at Shasta Summit Properties, where I managed over 100 Rentals. Shortly after dipping my toes into real estate, I knew I wanted to start my career in the real estate industry. In 2014, I went to school, took the state test, and became a licensed Realtor for Doris Moss Realty. I love meeting new people and helping fellow community members, friends and family achieve the “American Dream”. It is such a rewarding job and I am so fortunate to work for a wonderful company that is family oriented and gives back to our community. I am currently going back to school for my Broker’s license and I am looking forward to a great future in real estate." 

shon bollock

Shon Bollock is an award winning filmmaker and professional whitewater kayaker from Mt. Shasta, CA.  After graduating from MSHS he attended University of California Santa Cruz where he earned a BA in  Film Production and Digital Media.  After film school Shon joined forces with GoPro becoming the Creative Director of their Brand Partnerships division leading productions for brands such as Tour de France, Wimbleton, Ford and Red Bull.

Geoff Harkness
Financial Advisor

Professionally, Mr Harkness is a partner with Pacific Private Wealth Services, offices in Sacramento and Yreka, California.  In this role, he provides consulting services related to personal finance, wealth management, and investment management.  Prior to Pacific Private Wealth Services, Mr Harkness spent fifteen years as a healthcare consultant, orchestrating financial and quality improvement projects at acute care hospitals.  Within the community of Mount Shasta, he is a member of the Mount Shasta Rotary, Siskiyou Young Professionals, and Mount Shasta Youth Soccer.  He is also a former city councilmember (2012-16) and mayor (2015) of the City of Mt Shasta, where he was appointed to the Community Economic Development Activities Committee and the Library Advisory Committee.  He also represented the City on the Upper Sacramento Regional Water Management Group, an affiliation of three municipalities, nine non-profits, and four tribes charged with addressing critical water issues within the Upper Sacramento watershed.  Mr. Harkness spends leisure time with family floating rivers, skiing local mountains, and biking Siskiyou’s roads and trails.  Mr. Harkness earned a Master of Health Administration degree from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of California at Davis.

Nancy Swift
Founding Director of the Jefferson Economic Development Industry Host of Women's Business Center at JEDI

As a founder of JEDI, Nancy is profoundly committed to developing prosperity for all. She currently manages the JEDI team, develops programs and funding streams, and ensures regulatory compliance. She has built the organization to be responsive to community needs, meet its promises, and perform at a level that gains it the respect of its peers. Ms. Swift helped design the Women’s Business Center at JEDI.  Nancy is a former small business owner.

Coaches and Mentors

Cassandra Novak-Tobey
Business Start-up Specialist

Cassandra Novak-Tobey is a serial entrepreneur at heart, starting her first business at the age of twelve. She became involved in non-profit work 17 years ago. She designed, launched and managed a micro-enterprise program for people with disabilities at Goodwill of Orange County. In 2012, she founded The Prosperity Center to continue her work with entrepreneurs. In 2016, she moved to Mount Shasta and this year began consulting with clients of JEDI, assuming the role of Business Start-up Specialist for the Women’s Business Center at JEDI in July. In addition, she recently launched two craft-based businesses, Tobey Totes and Lani’s Locker. Cassandra has a B.S. in Business Marketing and an MBA in Organizational Leadership and Non-profit Management. Her passion is helping individuals realize their dreams through the creation of microbusiness.

Lorinda Meyer
Program Grant Manager, Basic Skills & Student Transformation at College of the Siskiyous

Specializing in small business and entrepreneurship for 25+ years, Lorinda now works at College of the Siskiyous as the Basic Skills Student Outcomes Transformation grant manager. In this role, much like in a start-up, Lorinda is tasked with managing a remodel and transforming the Academic Success Center on both the Weed and Yreka College of the Siskiyous campus, in addition to revamping a variety of student academic success programs.

Seata Madison
Business Development Program Manager

E. Seata Madison is a native of Siskiyou County, with over 40 years’ experience in the legal and business administration field. Since 2010 she has been the Business/Economic Development Manager at Great Northern Services (GNS) in Weed, California. She oversees the administration of federal, state  and private grant funding programs that are designed to  support existing and startup businesses. In 2013 Seata co-founded the Blakely Scholarship Foundation. The Foundation provides scholarship funding to graduating students in Siskiyou County. Seata, on behalf of GNS, is currently in the early stages of developing and implementing two additional programs in Siskiyou County. One is a language access program for limited English proficient persons and the second is a training-mentoring program for young entrepreneurs.

Dori Mondon
Content Creator, Social Media Manager and Coach

After a career in Internet 1.0, Dori Mondon left her New York life behind for adventures in backpacking, permaculture, sustainability and parenting. While she never returned to New York, she recently returned to her career "roots" and started Abundant Content, a social media and content business with a focus on guiding ethical enterprise and non-profits through the online content realm efficiently and effectively. As both coach and creator, she encourages small businesses and non-profits to present a personal and authentic presence. Aim for the heart!

Marie Josée-Wells
Development Director

Marie-Josée Wells has lived in Siskiyou County for the past 20 years. She owned an Advertising Agency, Marie-Josée STUDIO until she was hired as the Executive Director of the Mount Shasta Chamber of Commerce in 2006. In 2014 Marie joined the Great Northern Services’ team. She is currently the Development Director.

Angela Cordell
Deputy Sector Navigator – Business & Entrepreneurship

With 11 years of small business, non-profit and economic development experience, Ms. Cordell’s focus is equipping the workforce and entrepreneurs in rural California to realize and define their global vision and goals. Ms. Cordell holds a BA in Public Relations and a minor in Women’s Studies from CSU, Chico and is currently a candidate for an MBA in International Business from Northcentral University. She began her career in Sacramento in 2005 and has since worked with clients throughout the state, helping them develop and strategize new programs, products and services. In 2016, she became the Far North Deputy Sector Navigator of Global Trade and Logistics and the Director of The Far North Center for International Trade Development, based at Feather River College. In January of 2018, Ms. Cordell joined Shasta College as the Deputy Sector Navigator of Business & Entrepreneurship and offers a variety of education tools, business development projects and global entrepreneurship efforts that foster economic sustainability and growth.

Sean Smith
Program Manager

Sean works as the Program Manager for the Small Business Development Center for Siskiyou County. He values the ability to fully immerse himself in the growth and success of the county and its residents. The SBDC is the catalyst for his desire to promote and cultivate the economic development of Siskiyou County. His experience in business consulting, insurance consulting and adjusting, marketing, sales and education allow him to aid in the evolution of economic development in the region and to provide measurable vitality in the community. 

Organizing Team

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

  • Bright
  • Tim
  • Nancy
  • Geoff
  • Dori
  • Marie-Josée


Josh Miller

Josh David Miller is the CEO of Mindbox Studios, a custom software development shop and innovation lab, where he works with a diverse group of creatives, strategists, investors, and engineers to help startup founders turn their ideas into winning products and get them to market.

Leveraging a background in large-scale marketing analytics initiatives and an intense passion for science and education, JDM has helped dozens of startup achieve product-market fit by focusing on hypothesis testing, measurement, and rapid iteration. He believes creating memorable, delightful user experience is paramount. He also believes creating great products means embracing failure. If one has never had a bad idea, how would she know if it was a good one?

Oh, and JDM only uses his powers for good.

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