April 2015 Startup Weekend Spokane #7
Friday, April 24 - 26, 2015
Friday, April 24 - 26, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm
Spokane Community College
The Lair Student Center
1810 North Greene Street
Start A Business in 54 Hours at Startup Weekend Spokane
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 Spokane@StartupWeekend.org with any additional questions.
Friday April 24th
Saturday April 25th
Sunday April 26th
Tom is co-founder and Chairman of etailz, a rapidly growing eCommerce company. The business was listed as the 313th fastest growing company in the country, and the 3rd fastest growing company in Washington State, by INC. Magazine in 2013. He also manages three angel funds focused on emerging companies in the Inland Northwest and is President of the Spokane Angel Alliance, a 100 + member group that invests in early stage companies in the region.
Previously, he had been Managing Partner of NWVA. Between 1996 and 2008, NWVA invested over $125 million in emerging companies throughout the Northwest. Prior to NWVA, Tom was a Managing Director in Dain Bosworth's Seattle-based investment banking group and managed public offerings, private placements and mergers and acquisitions for multiple companies in the region. He began his career as a CPA for Deloitte, Haskins + Sells.
Tom is on the board of directors of etailz, Berg Manufacturing, GenPrime, Nuvodia and Telect. He also serves on the Board of the Mobius Science Center, on the Board of Trustees of Greater Spokane Incorporated and on the Advisory Board of University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.
He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Washington, and an MBA from The Wharton School and has served as an adjunct professor in Gonzaga University’s Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program.
Tom has three children, is a private pilot and has participated in numerous triathlons.
In 2014, Benji and his business partner Luke Baumgarten started Fellow Coworking – a coworking space in downtown Spokane. Over the last few months, Benji made his commitments to Spokane quite official by purchasing a home and starting yet another business, a creative services agency.
President & CEO at Greater Spokane Incorporated
Stevens began his chamber work in 1991 at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce when he was hired to develop a small business division. He was later promoted to Director of Government Affairs and Small Business and was a lobbyist for the organization. Stevens is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management and the Center for Creative Leadership and Leadership Kentucky. He has served as the president of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives and is an active member of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. He is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Committee of 100” and national Accreditation Committee. He serves as a trustee on the Association of Chambers of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Benefits Trust, overseeing the association’s 401K and benefits plans for its members.
Prior to his chamber work, Stevens worked for nearly seven years at his family’s mechanical contracting firm in Cincinnati, Ohio where he served as Vice President. He earned a Master Plumber’s license during that time.
Stevens is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He has volunteered for a number of organizations, including the Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council where he was honored with the Silver Beaver award – the highest award bestowed on a volunteer. He served as national president of Alpha Delta Gamma men’s collegiate fraternity and is the co-founder of Legacy, a young persons’ leadership training organization in Northern KY where he served as its first president.
Stevens is an avid runner and cyclist. He has completed nine marathons in eight states and taught a weekly spin class for 12 years in Kentucky. He is a musician and was a member of ‘Suits that Rock’ – a rock and roll band made up of current and former business executives in Northern Kentucky.
Stevens and his wife Marilyn have two sons – Stewart, a graduate student at the University of Kentucky, and Logan, a member of the ACC Champion diving team at Virginia Tech University.
Recently Andy founded The Toolbox, a company that works with young entrepreneurs to develop innovative product-based companies. So far, Inov8 started Sportscope, Inc. which manufactures an end zone camera system for filming athletic games and Vestis Systems which manufactures Solar and Design Solutions for regional businesses.
Andy has been married to Liz Barrett for 22 years. They have three children, Madeline, Luke and Jack, 2 in college and 1 in high school. The Barrett family is very actively involved with the Boys and Girls Club, Mobius Science Center, CASA, The Children's Village, and enjoys an active lifestyle in Coeur d’Alene.
Head of Business Development, Affirm, Inc.
Coaches and Mentors
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.
Zach also is Organizer for the Spokane Frontend Developers Meetup group and is widely-regarded in Spokane as a technology thought leader.
Lead Developer at Weckey
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The April 2015 Startup Weekend Spokane #7 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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Spokane is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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