Startup Weekend Spokane 2018

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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Startup Weekend Spokane 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Spokane Valley Tech
115 S University Rd
Spokane Valley, WA 99206

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Bringing Ideas to Life in 54 hours

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?

Startup Weekend Spokane 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.

Startup Weekend Spokane 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.

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Friday November 16th

5:00 pm
Doors open, check-in, dinner, networking

6:15 pm
Welcome, ice breakers, and introductions

7:00 pm
Individuals pitch business/product ideas

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Team Formation
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Team Planning
Get to know your team, skill inventory

10:00 pm
Wrap Up
***Come back well rested and ready to work hard!

Saturday November 17th

8:30 am
Doors Open
Doors open, breakfast, networking

9:00 am
Coaches will be available to help with business & product development from 9am - 7pm

9:00 am
Work Session
Teams reconvene and begin work

11:30 am
Voice of the Customer Training
Startup expert Jason Carver will share how to capture all of what a customer is saying about your business, product, or service.

12:00 pm
Validation Station
Get help with the validation of your idea from guest speaker, Jason Carver.

1:00 pm
Check-in, status reports, and calls for help

2:00 pm
Work Session
Keep up the good work!

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

8:30 pm
Work Session
Keep up the good work!

10:00 pm
Wrap Up
***Come back well rested and ready to work hard!

Sunday November 18th

8:30 am
Doors Open
Doors open, breakfast, networking

9:00 am
Work Session
Teams reconvene and continue work

12:00 pm
Check-in, status reports, and calls for help

1:00 pm
Coaches will be available to help with pitch development from 1pm - 3pm

1:00 pm
Pitch Practice
Practice your pitch & tech check

3:30 pm
Tech Check
Tech check - last call, clean up and set up for final pitches

4:30 pm
Guests Arrive
Guests arrive for final pitch ceremony

5:00 pm
Final Presentations
Speaker & final presentations

6:30 pm
Judges Deliberate

7:30 pm
Presentation of awards

8:30 pm


Jason Carver
Senior Project Manager

Jason has been involved in all phases and roles in technology startups. Yet his favorite is the pre-traction stage where establishing a purposeful learning culture provides the ultimate startup rocket fuel.

He also specializes in High Performance Product-Development Organizations, Cloud Native DevOps, and Digital Transformation.

Event Judges

Ryan Arnold
Director of Regional Entrepreneurial Strategy, North Idaho College

Ryan Arnold is the Director of Regional Entrepreneurial Strategy at North Idaho College where he oversees the direction and development of innovation and entrepreneurship focused initiatives and partnerships for the institution. He was previously the Entrepreneurship Director at Startup Spokane and has held positions and run firms focused on economic development and the built environment over his career.

Pat Atwal
Manager of Sales and Business Development at Intrinium

Pat is an experienced attorney and business development professional. Her technology industry experience was as In-house counsel for Concur Technologies where she established and managed software, licensing, marketing and technology contracts and partnerships. She eventually transitioned to the role of Director of Business Development at Concur. In this role, she launched and managed partnerships with national banks to promote Concur solutions to their customers leading to revenue generation for Concur.  This included cultivating relationships at the executive level with the banks and other technology companies, negotiating the terms of the agreements, and managing sales people to ensure revenue generation through the partnerships. As an attorney she has diverse, legal experience in litigation, case management, public education and influencing local policy. She is currently the Manager of Sales and Business Development at Intrinium, an information technology solutions provider headquartered in Spokane.

Nadine Burgess
Owner of Spokane Gymnastics

Nadine has lived in Spokane since 2006 and now considers it her forever home. She loves the people, opportunity, outdoors and community of the Intermountain Northwest.   She enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, literature, travel, field trips and “behind the scene” tours, critters large and small, and positively impacting the lives of children.    Nadine started coaching gymnastics at 14 years old, and it remained her passion as a “fun, side gig” prior to becoming a manager, then owner of Spokane Gymnastics in 2010.    Nadine is a proud Rotarian, and currently serves as a board member of Embrace Washington, Children FIRST and Greater Spokane Incorporated.   Nadine is most famous for her “Handstands around the World!”

Chip Overstreet
Vice President, Business Development at Affirm, Inc.

Chip Overstreet is a serial entrepreneur with 25+ years experience in the software business. He has been CEO of 3 startups, raised over $40 million in venture capital, and sold his first company to Sony back in 2000 -- enabling the Playstation 2 with multi-player gaming support. Chip currently is the head of business development for Affirm Inc in SF, but he lives in Spokane and is deeply involved in the startup community.

Steve Trabun
Regional Business Manager, Avista

Steve Trabun has over 35 years of multi-functional and executive-level experience in large organizations and start-up environments, providing strategic and tactical business planning and leadership across all functional areas of the organization. Steve is a member of the Energy Solutions team at Avista Corporation, where he has led several strategic economic development initiatives including the creation of the Avista Business Entrepreneurship Network and Startup Spokane, a region-wide entrepreneurial support ecosystem for entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses.  As part of his work, Trabun has led the creation of Mind to Market, a unique startup accelerator program, which includes a pre-seed investment fund to help launch viable and scalable ideas through intensive coaching and mentorship.  Trabun’s entrepreneurial expertise is leveraged within Avista, where he participates in innovating new product and services ideas for Avista’s customers.

Coaches and Mentors

Clay Cerna
Owner, Accountant, Baker, Delivery Driver, HR Director, and Janitor for Sweetbox Delivery


Jennifer Davis
Owner of The Scoop

Jennifer began her career in a Technical Recruiting firm in Atlanta, GA in the mid nineties. Initially hired as an administrative assistant, within 2 years she was managing over 200 technical consultants around the country as a Prime Vendor for MCI/WorldCom. When the Dot-Com bubble burst and MCI/WorldCom started to crumble, Jennifer moved to the Outer Banks of North Carolina to start a family and eventually a new career. 

In 2002, Jennifer was hired to manage a group of several small businesses, one being a BBQ restaurant. Once again, within a year she was promoted to general manager of the restaurant and was instrumental in opening 3 more locations in the next 2 years. She handled the daily operations, hiring and firing, placing orders, bookkeeping, marketing, and monitoring the food and labor costs for all 4 locations. Loving the creativity and the energy of the restaurant industry, but hating the 70 hour work weeks, Jennifer left to start her own business. 

After 12 years of working with small businesses that used QuickBooks, Jennifer got certified in QuickBooks Financial Software. She started a consulting business and became a Quickbooks ProAdvisor. Over the course of 5 years she assisted over a hundred small businesses from coast to coast on how to implement the financial software and make it work for their specific business.  

In 2011, Jennifer purchased The Scoop. Since then the business has seen exponential growth on the catering side and in shop sales as well. In 2014, Jennifer changed from their original ice cream supplier and started making it all from scratch using liquid nitrogen. With very little space to work with, she had to research and figure out all she could about cream and liquid nitrogen on the internet. The results were phenomenal and their already super loyal base loved the new flavors. In 2016, Jennifer was named a Woman of Innovation, by Catalyst Magazine. The Scoop has also won several awards from various local publications. 

This is the third year Jennifer has been involved with Start Up Weekend. In 2016 she pitched an idea for an App, called Daily Crave, that let you know what flavors were currently being scooped in your favorite ice cream shop. Although she did not make the top 10, the App did get created and is currently being used on a daily basis in her shop. It is available on both the Apple Store and Google Play store, with plans to expand to other specialty shops once out of the testing phase. 

Shawn Davis
Creative Director / Principal at Zipline Interactive

Over the past 20 years Shawn has had the opportunity to work in all facets of the design world. From production artist to creative director, his experience has given him the tools to solve any design situation.

Joshua Grandinetti
Patent Attorney at Lee & Hayes

Josh is an associate with Lee & Hayes’ Corporate and IP Transactions Practice Group. He advises clients in a variety of corporate and intellectual property areas including entity formation, IP ownership and transactions, trademark and unfair competition law, securities and fundraising, and best practices for web-based services. During law school, Josh had the opportunity to lead the Gonzaga Law Review as Editor-in-Chief, compete in the Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court competition and work with a London-based startup during its participation in the Techstars® program. Josh also was a member of the Gonzaga Intellectual Property Law Association and interned with the Unemployment Law Project, a local non-profit law firm. Outside of work, Josh is an avid musician and web developer.

Rance Hughes
Manager - R&D Tax Incentives at Eide Bailly

Rance has over 6 years’ experience in providing tax and accounting services to businesses in a variety of industries, including precision machining, manufacturing, molding and casting, electronics, software and technology, and more. He is passionate about helping companies calculate and claim federal and state R&D tax credits, and has experience in providing support for companies who are defending their R&D tax credit claims to the IRS and state taxing authorities.

Cris Hylton
Marketing Director for KNCA & UI Design for 212 Connect

Cris currently serves on the board of directors for KuroNeko Cultural Association spearheading the branding, marketing, and merchandising departments of the nonprofit organization. He also works actively in UX and UI design for corporate software. With a user-value oriented design philosophy, Cris aims with every project to not stop at carefully crafting a product that looks appealing, but to fully delve into creating an experience users will remember.

Matthew Kaufler
President of Core Consulting & Investment

Matt is currently the President of Core Consulting & Investment where he mentors and advises start up companies on financial analysis and strategy, valuation, investor relations, and governance. Matt also actively manages a proprietary small and micro cap investment fund focused on underappreciated or overlooked growth companies. Matt worked in the investment management industry for over 25 years and spent his last 9 years as a co-Portfolio Manger for the Large Cap Strategy sponsored by Federated Investors. Matt was responsible for the Fund’s investments in the Consumer and Technology sectors. Earlier in his career, Matt also made investment contributions into the Energy, Telecommunications, and Industrials sectors. Matt is a member of the Gonzaga University Entrepreneurship and Innovation Advisory Board and has been a guest lecturer in finance at Gonzaga University and Whitworth University.Matt has an MBA in Finance from the William E. Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester and is also a CFA charter holder. Matt completed his Bachelors in Marketing at the New York Institute of Technology.

Christal Lam
Managing Attorney and Owner at Spokane Business Attorneys

Christal loves helping clients find solutions to their legal problems. She approaches the law and her clients with the heart of a teacher. She takes the time to sit down with clients, help them understand their situation, and craft a plan to with creative solutions.Instead of overwhelming clients with legal terms and concepts, Christal breaks it down to explain what it actually means, why it matters, and how it affects them. This is part of why she has been successful as an attorney. She makes sure her clients understand the law and are involved in and informed about their cases. Her desire to find answers, solve problems, and get results makes her an attorney who gets things done.While in law school, she was a Rule 9 Law Clerk with the Washington State Attorney General. As a result of her commitment to give back and serve the community, she was awarded the inaugural Dean’s Platinum Pro Bono Award. She was also an associate editor and the Technical Editor of the Gonzaga Journal of International Law.Christal has experience in licensing and administrative law, education law, personal injury, criminal law, labor and personnel law, and business law.Christal was born in Malaysia, so she loves the heat. For her, there’s nothing better than a hot day with a spicy curry. She was raised in Seattle, so she’s used to the rain and lack of sun. Depending on the season, you can find her playing basketball, cheering on the Zags, or skiing or snowboarding. 

Peter Nelson
Founder/CEO of Threshold

Peter is the founder / CEO of Threshold– a web-based platform that helps artists find their fans anywhere around the world and perform in their fan's homes and businesses. Before launching his startup, Peter worked as a graphic designer / creative director where he helped organizations as diverse as Amazon, Deloitte Digital, AT&T, and the Microsoft solve their marketing challenges. His schizophrenic employment history also involves stints as a childcare director at a homeless shelter, a high school English teacher, an unemployed house cleaner, a real estate agent, and a copywriter.

Nicholas Rossolillo
Founder/President/Investment Advisor at Concinnus Financial

Nicholas’ investing experience began when he opened up a retirement account shortly after finishing high school. His work experience in financial services began in 2007 in an internship position with a national brokerage firm in Arizona. While his career path led him into civil engineering and related fields, he stayed personally involved and active in the investment realm. He eventually returned to a career in investments and financial services in 2012, running a branch office for the same national brokerage firm, this time just outside of Spokane, WA.During the Great Recession, he began developing a flexible and global investing approach that could evolve with a tumultuous and ever-changing world. Wanting to offer that approach to investing to his clients paired with a financial coaching and consulting business, he founded Concinnus Financial in 2014. He is also a contributing writer for the Motley Fool.

Daniel Schwartz
Owner/Founder of Design IT Solutions

Daniel Schwartz started Design I.T. Solutions in 2005. Over the last 13 years, Design I.T. Solutions grew from supporting  a single customer out of a basement office to one of the premier I.T. support companies in region. In addition to his startup company, Daniel taught college courses in network security for 8 years. Daniel also presents on security yearly at a national conference. He is regarded as a top security expert in the healthcare field. Daniel graduated with a B.S. degree in Computer Science and a minor in math from Washington State University. He has a wife and two kids, whom he loves to spend time with.

Steven Tabacek
Co-Founder and President of RiskLens

Steve Tabacek is a serial entrepreneur, co-founder, and President of RiskLens. RiskLens is a cyber and technology risk analysis software-as-a-service company headquartered in Spokane employing 65 high-tech jobs between Spokane, WA and Reston, VA. Steve raised the initial equity funding to start RiskLens, hired an experienced management team and commercialized the industry’s first cyber risk quantification SaaS application. Today RiskLens services the enterprise market space and has 30 of the top Fortune 100 companies as customers.
Prior to RiskLens, Steve was the founder and CEO of IT-Lifeline, the largest data backup and business continuity services company in the Northwest which sold to Rentsys Recovery Services. Steve is an Eastern Washington University graduate and U.S. Airforce veteran.

Jordan Tampien
Co-Founder of 4 Degrees Real Estate

Jordan Tampien has taken the Inland NW real estate market by storm with over $100 million in career sales, multiple flipped homes, managed properties, and rental investments. His experience working with other real estate firms in the area sparked a conviction that he should build something different: a firm where clients could trust that their realtor was held to the highest standard. Holding a wealth of accumulated experience in virtually every aspect of the real estate industry, along with an MA in Business Administration and a Law Degree from Gonzaga, Jordan set out to leverage his unique set of skills to gain an edge on the competition. He knew the right person to partner with in this venture would be a man he trusted completely, his younger brother Joel. Jordan lives in Spokane with his wife Whitney and their daughter Logan.

Pete Taylor
Founder of Spiceology

Pete Taylor is the CEO & Founder of which he pitched at Spokane's very first Startup Weekend. Spiceology is disrupting the spice industry with its direct-ship foodservice model and is currently the #1 fastest growing spice company in the country

Johnny Warren
Chief Operating Officer at Free Birthday Fun

Johnny Warren is a true member of the Xennial generation. Recognized and trusted as a consumer technology expert Johnny has been featured over 100 times to viewers throughout the Inland Northwest on local ABC and Fox affiliated channels. Johnny is currently leading a Spokane startup "Free Birthday Fun, Inc" to market as the Chief Operating Officer.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Spokane 2018 team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Spokane is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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