Startup Weekend Spokane #6

    Friday, November 7 - 9, 2014

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Spokane #6

Friday, November 7 - 9, 2014

Friday, November 7 - 9, 2014
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Gonzaga University Jepson Center
502 E Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99202

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Start A Business in 54 Hours at Startup Weekend Spokane

Startup Weekend Spokane is a competition for entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas and collaborate with developers and designers to create a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) within a 54-hour period. This event supplies entrepreneurs with the experience, resources and contacts to start a business. The weekend is centered on action, innovation and education. Friday night, attendees have 60 seconds to pitch their ideas. Teams form around these ideas, and proceed to work all weekend to develop a business model and a basic prototype. Sunday night, teams present to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs. 

This year we are pleased to announce that our main sponsor, Limelyte Technology Group, Inc., will be donating 40 hours of development/consultation time to the winner to validate their idea and further their proof of concept/prototype. This prize is in addition to the opportunity to pitch in front of the Spokane Angel Alliance.

This year the winning team will also receive 500 business cards designed and printed by Rainmaker and RainPress, for 5 team members as well as 500 slim-card pamphlets to promote their business. 

Our hope is that by providing these resources to the winner, they will be in a position to be successful with their startup long after the weekend is over.

Want to attend Startup Weekend Spokane but are a little too "entrepoorneurial"? This year we'll be giving away 10 tickets to people who express an interest in them. You can apply here:


How far along should I be on my idea in order to pitch at Startup Weekend Spokane? 
Your idea doesn't need to be any more than that, an idea, to pitch it on Friday night.

What happens if the idea I pitch doesn't win the Friday night vote? 
If your idea isn't one of the 10-12 winners on Friday you may join another team, or if you have significant interest or a pre-formed team, you may continue working on your idea over the weekend and pitch it again on Sunday night. 

Can I attend Startup Weekend Spokane if I don't have an idea or team? 
Yes, you can attend if you don't have an idea or team. On Friday night ideas will be pitched and you will be able to join the team that interests you most. 

Can I attend Startup Weekend Spokane with a team? 
Yes, you can attend as a team. 

What do I need to bring to Startup Weekend Spokane? 
You'll want to bring anything you may need to work on developing a business over the weekend, i.e. your computer, camera and any other tools of your trade. 

Did we miss something here? 
Email with any additional questions.

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Friday November 7th

5:30 pm
Doors open
We welcome you to arrive and begin to network with the other participants.

6:00 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 November 8th

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 November 9th

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!

Event Judges

Dennis Magner

Dennis has 24 years of experience as an agency creative director, brand planner, and entrepreneur. He’s the founding partner of Magner Sanborn, a Spokane-based full-service advertising agency and brand consultancy whose clients range from Netflix to Yahoo and many others. In 2012, the agency was selected as one of Advertising Age’s Small Agency of the Year. Dennis was also one of the original five organizers of Spokane Hoopfest and is a cofounder of Crowdswell—a community project crowd-solving platform.

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.

Billie Gaura
Principal @ Rainmaker Creative

Billie Gaura is the driving and creative force behind Spokane’s highly successful Rainmaker Creative. Her vision is all about being dedicated to supporting micro businesses, which allows the company to work with companies, organizations and entrepreneurs who are very small in size. 

Billie brings a positive attitude and creative mind to every project she and her team tackle, and the results have included multiple awards for design and innovation. Never one to rest on her laurels, Billie constantly strives to learn all she can about the industry and uses this insight to make her clients smile and their businesses shine.

She's the most approachable marketing brain you'll ever meet. She tempers the whirling storm of ideas that continually converge in her brain with a borderline obsession on customer service. With over ten years of experience in one of the most daunting customer service jobs in the world at Southwest Airlines, Billie knows exactly how to treat her customers – and yours – in a way that gets results. With an eye for the perfect design, a head for solid marketing, and a heart for every person she meets, Billie really is the backbone of Rainmaker Creative.

Chip Overstreet
Head of Business Development, Affirm, Inc.

Chip 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.

Rob Martinson
President, Limelyte Technology Group

Rob has 20 years of entrepreneurial I.T. development and problem solving skills in the NorthWest. He is a partner and visionary in the renovation and updating of the historic Buchanan Building in downtown Spokane along with the Spokane Entrepreneurial Center, a provider of low-cost facilities for startups. He currently heads Limelyte, a growing software development and consulting firm in Spokane.

Norm Leatha

Mr. Leatha is the Entrepreneur in Residence for the Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Gonzaga University.  He is responsible for the Program’s co-curricular activities including student internships and mentorships, the annual Business Plan Competition, and the New Venture Lab (a student-run idea incubator).  He also teaches a senior business incubation class.  Norm has been a founder, officer, or director of several startup companies in software, system services and biotech over the past 25 years.  He is on the boards of directors for Inland Empire Oilseed, a biodiesel refinery in Odessa, WA, Pacific Research Associates, and the Spokane Angel Alliance.

Coaches and Mentors

Ed Reese
Principal & Owner of Sixth Man Marketing, Co-Founder & CEO of Rebooked (Winner of Startup Weekend #5)

Michael Williams
Intellectual Property Attorney

Michael Williams represents clients in a broad range of civil litigation matters, including product liability litigation, mass tort litigation, and employment litigation in both state and federal court. In addition to handling various general litigation matters, Michael also serves clients' intellectual property needs by assisting in the protection and use of their intellectual property rights.
Michael joined the firm's Jackson office in the summer of 2015. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University in Biological Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering and earned his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law. In law school, Michael served as an associate notes and comments editor on the Mississippi Law Journal, vice president of the Black Law Student Association, was a member of the University of Mississippi Moot Court Board, and was voted as the Member of the Year for his accomplishments as a member of the University of Mississippi Trial Advocacy Board. 

Victor Yefremov
CEO of OBLOCO (Second Place at Startup Weekend #5)

Victor is a natural born leader with a passion for innovation and a penchant for motivation. The people I choose to work with share one common feature: a growth mindset. Anything can be made better. Anyone can grow stronger. He builds teams with high aspirations and unparalleled work ethic to achieve what is thought to be unachievable. He is dedicated to professionalism, driven by growth, and charged by competition. He works hard and motivates his team to do the same.

Alicia Levy
Attorney, Lukins

Kahlan Salina
Associate Attorney at Law Office of Paul B. Mack

Sophie Sylvia
Creative Director of Rainmaker Creative

Darin Herleikson
Project Manager at Sixth Man Marketing, Co-Founder & VP of Sales at Rebooked

Elliot Stoll
Director of Operations & Co-founder at Uxiliary

 Director of Operations and a co-founder at Uxiliary, a Washington-based interactive development studio whose focus is taking progressive ideas and translating them into amazing digital experiences. 

I enjoy solving problems, planning, and strategy. With Uxiliary I have the joy of working with local and national companies to help creative teams realize their designs.

Marsh Sutherland
Co-Founder & CEO of Charity Checkin

Rhett Barney
IP Attorney at Lee & Hayes

Daniel Wadkins
Corporate and Intellectual Property Attorney at Lee & Hayes

Dan advises a wide variety of businesses, from startups to well-established companies, in the areas of corporate, securities and financing, mergers and acquisitions, trademark and brand protection, intellectual property protection and commercialization, wine and alcohol beverage law, and commercial transactions. Dan has a passion for helping startups and emerging companies navigate the complex business and legal landscape and is able to assist clients in every stage of the business lifecycle, from formation and financing to a successful exit. Dan also has considerable experience drafting and negotiating complex commercial transactions in the areas of manufacturing, services and technology development. In addition, Dan regularly counsels and assists clients with the strategic acquisition, protection, registration, commercialization and enforcement of all types of intellectual property assets.

Craig Meredith
Senior Engineer at EnSave, Inc.

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.

Zach Shallbetter
President at Uxiliary

Zach is the president of Uxiliary, a Washington-based web development studio whose focus is taking client ideas and translating them into engaging digital sites and applications.
Zach also is Organizer for the Spokane Frontend Developers Meetup group and is widely-regarded in Spokane as a technology thought leader.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Spokane #6 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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