April 2015 Startup Weekend Spokane #7

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2015

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
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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
Spokane, WA 99217

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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. 


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.

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Friday April 24th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 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 April 25th

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 April 26th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Tom Simpson
Investor & Advisor

Tom Simpson has over 25 years of experience as an investment banker, venture capitalist, angel investor and entrepreneur.  Currently, he focuses on working closely with emerging companies in the Spokane region to achieve growth and profitability. 

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.

Benji Wade

Benji’s personal and professional endeavors draw from experiences across several industries: retail, marketing, media production, and telecommunications. He began building web experiences at (almost) the dawn of the world wide web for the NSF-funded Arctic Research Consortium while splitting duties as the owner of a retail store, Atomic Video Games. In recent years, Benji was a sales engineer for Ookla Net Metrics (makers of Speedtest.net, recently acquired by Ziff Davis) and a producer at NXNW. At the 2014 Spokane ADDYs, Benji’s team at NXNW was awarded with the Best of Show: Digital ADDY for its integrated campaign for Pearson Packaging Systems. 

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. 

Stephanie Regalado
Editor of Inland Business Catalyst magazine

Stephanie Regalado has worked on all sides of business and lives comfortably within the insanity of a creative, entrepreneurial spirit. She is the editor of three Bozzi Media publications (Inland Business Catalyst, Spokane CDA Woman, and Prime Magazine), as well as the business editor for Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living. Starting out in the media industry as a business writer more than 15 years ago, she has dug deep into the heart and soul of companies of every size—and the professionals that create and drive them—and has earned a reputation for truly capturing the essence of what makes successful leaders tick and what separates successful ventures from less successful ventures. As a believer in the saying “The truth will set you free,” she is passionate about sharing experiences and stories as a method to build stronger, smarter businesses and professionals. Stephanie has an intrinsic knack when it comes to deciphering the potential viability and success of business ideas and isn’t shy about exerting a bit of sass into everything she does.

Steve Stevens
President & CEO at Greater Spokane Incorporated

Steve Stevens took over as the President and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated on July 1, 2014. In that role, Stevens oversees a 1,200-member chamber of commerce and economic development organization. Stevens was previously the President and CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, where he helped the organization to achieve a five-star accreditation rating by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Stevens was named Chamber Executive of the Year by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives in 2011.

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.

Andy Barrett
Executive Director at Berg Company and Co Founder and Managing Partner at Toolbox NW

Andy Barrett graduated from WSU in 1990 and in 1994 purchased the F.O. Berg Company, a company founded in Spokane in 1883.  In 2006, Berg refocused on government contracting and renamed the business The Berg Companies.  From 2006 until 2010, Andy was President and CEO of The Berg Companies.  In 2010 he became Executive Director and is the majority owner of the company.  Berg Companies is a rapidly growing company in Spokane that generated over $50,000,000 in revenue in 2014 with forecasts on pace for 2015.

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.

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.

Coaches and Mentors

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Lucas Hutyler
Lead Developer at Weckey

Lucas Hutyler has been a developer since 2012 and has done work on Android, iOS, and full stack web development. He loves the startup scene and has attended several Startup Wekeends in Spokane. Spokane has been home to Lucas his whole life and he would love to see the tech scene in thrive in the coming years.

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.

Doyle Wheeler

Jeremy McGee

Grew up as a Air force kid living across the untied states one stop for a few years early on at Fairchild AFB and has always called Wa home. He served a 2-year LDS mission.  Skiped collage and started up the 3rd zerorez franchise to open in the Spokane market at age 23.   Married at age 24 to Spokane native Rachel Bunnell and currently have 2 girls Teagan(9) and Paige (6) and one boy Thayne (3yr) Zerorez franchises owned over the PNW employs over 30 positions.  Based on the Growth and success of the zerorez Spokane market In 2012 Jeremy took a consulting position for Zerorez Franchising Systems coaching and consulting individual zerorez franchisees for 3 years. Jeremy formed a relationship with Lindsey Reinders and Eric Bandholz at start up weekend that formed into a founding Beardbrand a local Spokane start up making waves in fostering style for the urban beadsman.  Beardbrand has seen major growth and exposure in local and national publications as well as a pitch on shark tank in November of 2014.

Michael Miner

Michael is an entrepreneur with extensive international business experience.  Fluent in three foreign languages and conversant in another two, the NW native has started 2 businesses overseas and lived abroad over 10 years.  His industry expertise is in athletic apparel, frozen foods, real estate gift items and sustainable green products.  Currently, he spends most of his time managing real estate investments and construction projects. Outside work, he love to hike and run (2:22 marathon PR).

John Nelson

Dan Gayle
Online Developer at The Spokesman-Review

Dan Gayle is a developer for the Spokesman-Review newspaper and a two-time winner of Startup Weekend on the Busta Booty (2012) and Rebooked (2014) teams.

Richard Denenny
Attorney at Lee & Hayes, PLLC

Richard has been counseling entrepreneurs and companies throughout his career, in both internal and external roles.  Throughout his career, Richard has helped companies in a wide array of transactions, from formation through to exit.  Richard’s practice focuses on general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, financings, and commercial transactions. Richard’s experience includes practicing at a large international law firm, working as CFO/COO and General Counsel at a market-leading software company, and leading all customer-facing aspects of an established, larger network solutions provider.  As both a business executive and outside counsel, Richard has successfully identified, negotiated, and structured various strategic partnerships and financings.  His unique combination of legal expertise and extensive operational experience provides a unique perspective and the ability to apply practical business judgment in counseling businesses.

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.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Courtney
  • Michael
  • Andy
  • Marsh
  • Steve
  • Clay
  • Doyle
  • Brittany
  • Tim
  • Max
  • Adam
  • Victor


Brett Noyes
Director of Partnerships at Hero City at Draper

Brett Noyes started his startup journey in Eastern Washington when he put on his first Startup Weekend 5 years ago.  Following the success of his first event Brett went on to put on the region's first hackathon and run 2 angel investment groups.

Brett relocated to the Bay 2 years ago.  In his time in the Bay, he has worked for the #1 angel on Angel List, Jason Calacanis and worked for world famous venture capitalist Tim Draper at Draper University.  In addition, he has managed the NEXT pre-accelerated, LAUNCH Accelerator and Draper FinTech Incubator.  Brett has a passion for helping early stage entrepreneurs find the resources they need to grow and scale their companies.

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