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.

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

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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
Voice of the Customer Workshop
Learn how to capture all of what a customer is saying about your business, product, or service

9:30 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

9:30 am
Work Session
Teams reconvene and begin work

12:00 pm
Coaches will be available to help with business & product development from Noon - 7pm

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

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

7:00 pm

8:00 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

10:00 am
Coaches will be available to help with pitch development from 10am - 2pm

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

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

Event Judges

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.

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.

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!”

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.

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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