Startup Weekend Spokane

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Spokane

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
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

Join us for the eighth Startup Weekend Spokane event at Gonzaga University's Jepson Center!  Bring all of your ideas, big or small, because this is your chance to:
  • Create a business plan and see your idea come to life.
  • Network with like-minded creative and passionate people.
  • Learn valuable skills from one on one mentorship with professionals in the region.
  • Have a chance to compete in Global Startup Battle, against startups all over the world.
What is Startup Weekend? 

Startup Weekend is a worldwide movement of ambitious entrepreneurial minds who are looking to practice and learn the basics of founding and launching a startup venture successfully. It is a unique opportunity to get your startup off the ground, risk free. 

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs of various skill sets who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1,800 past events in 120 countries around the world… just in 2014! 

What’s special about this event?

This event coincides with Global Startup Battle, the largest startup battle in the universe (it’s true!). This means that participants at Startup Weekend Sacramento: Elk Grove Edition will have a chance to present their startup ideas to the whole world

An initiative created by Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle aims to generate a stronger global community of entrepreneurs through the largest startup competition in the world. During the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week, hundreds of Startup Weekend and other Techstars Community Programs programs are hosted around the world and winning teams from each event move forward to compete with one another via a global video competition. Global Startup Battle enriches the global entrepreneurial community by creating a sense of inclusion between startup teams around the world.

How does it work? 

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: 

  1. Pitch your startup idea and receive feedback from your peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote)
  2. Then, it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
  3. The last part of the weekend is the most intense, teams present their ideas to a panel of judges and after a palm sweating Q & A, the judges pick the top 3 startups (did we mention, the winners get prizes to help launch their startup?). 
Who should participate?

We welcome anyone and everyone who has a passion for.. well.. anything! This event is open to anyone who wants to hone their skills in business planning, developing, marketing and design.

Why should I participate?

Startup Weekends are the ultimate learning and networking opportunity. Participants not only practice valuable entrepreneurial leadership and teamwork abilities, they get to learn helpful business techniques from qualified coaches and compete for a chance to win prizes that will take their startup beyond the weekend. 

Meet a co-founder, receive invaluable one on one mentorship, or learn a skill outside your usual 9-to-5. This is a once in a lifetime chance to meet and interact with many successful entrepreneurs some of whom may turn out to be your promoters.

Get your ticket for Startup Weekend Spokane today!

Still got questions about the weekend? 

Checkout our infographic and amazing video, both of which explain how the weekend works; or, ask us anything at!


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. 

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Friday November 13th

5:30 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 14th

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!

6:00 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 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:00 am

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

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Tony Rubleski
Owner, Mind Capture Group

Our motivational speaker Tony Rubleski worked in telecom sales for nine years where many of the early 'Mind Capture' strategies were tested, refined and set into motion. 

He left telecom in late 2001 to begin a new chapter in media sales with a Michigan based Advertising agency as VP of Sales. Worked with a wide range of firms from startups, sales teams to large banks, insurance companies, and casinos. A very dynamic and diverse period of time. 

Released his first self-published book in mid-2004 titled, "Mind Capture" which received great reviews from many of the top minds in the sales and marketing arenas. He was quite surprised by the fanfare and reaction to the book and decided by year end to go solo after successful tours-of-sales-combat in two highly competitive industries.

Exited the ad agency business in early 2005 to launch Mind Capture Group...10-years later, we are releasing the 4th book in May of 2015 titled: Mind Capture: Leadership Lessons from Ten Trailblazers Who Beat the Odds and Influenced Millions. Foreword by Dave Liniger, Co-founder, of RE/MAX, LLC.

Event Judges

Robin Bishop
Editor of Inland Business Catalyst Magazine/Bozzi Media

Robin is Editor of the Inland Business Catalyst magazine published by Bozzi Media. She has been a long-time resident of Spokane and is passionate about supporting entrepreneurship in the Inland Empire to help grow our local economy!

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.

Todd Finkle
Pigott Professor of Entrepreneurship at Gonzaga University

Dr. Todd A. Finkle became the inaugural Pigott Professor of Entrepreneurship at Gonzaga University in 2010 and has been an entrepreneur, author, consultant and speaker. Dr. Finkle’s  academic experience includes teaching entrepreneurship & strategy for 20+ years at 4 different universities. He has consulted with hundreds of start-ups, governments from all over the world, small businesses, Fortune 500 corporations and built two entrepreneurship programs. One became a nationally ranked program where he was the Director of the Entrepreneurship Center. His industry experience includes growing up in a family business, working for a variety of small businesses and a Fortune 500 Corporation. He has been an entrepreneur of four businesses and co-founded a non-profit with six other universities that provided free entrepreneurship education for students. This venture won a national teaching award. He has published and/or presented over 190+ articles and grants on entrepreneurship. Warren Buffett invited Dr. Finkle to visit him twice. The first time Finkle wrote an in-depth case study on Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway over two years and received a letter from Buffett within 10 days. The second time, with Dr. Paul Buller, they assigned a project to entrepreneurship students to create new products, which eventually led Buffett to invite Gonzaga University to visit him. This visit led to an article on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. As a result of these activities 47 students were able to spend a day with arguably the smartest business mind in the world, Warren Buffett, where they learned lessons about life and business. Other honors include: runner-up for the most innovative entrepreneurship educator in the world by the Academy of Management & a MOOT CORP® Fellow through the IC² Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

Jim Fowler

Jim Fowler is Founder and CEO of  Prior to Owler Jim founded Jigsaw in 2003 and was CEO until it was acquired by Salesforce in 2010.  Jigsaw is best known for pioneering Crowdsourcing in the BtoB information industry and for creating the business category of Data-as-a-Service (DaaS).  Before his career in technology Jim was owner and operator of Lookout Pass, a ski resort in Idaho, and served in the US Navy as a Diving and Salvage Officer.  Jim is a graduate of the University of Colorado.

Coaches and Mentors

Chad Cleveland

Born and raised in Spokane Valley, WA I graduated from Washington State University in 2006. I enjoyed a 5 year career managing Golf Clubs and Resorts across the US, and moved back home in 2011. When it comes to work, I always ask myself "How I can Work Smarter; Not Harder?" I've realized that effective Systems are how. So I've spent my career focused on creating repeatable processes, or systems, at various sales and management positions across the country, making lasting improvements ranging from sales workflows to integrated pest management, from order fulfillment systems to team coordination. Now, this same philosophy has spurred ezIQ, an innovative, “Think Easy” solution to Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

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.

Josh Neblett
CEO & Co-founder at etailz

Josh Neblett is a co-founder and CEO of etailz ( Josh’s passionate leadership at etailz has inspired a fun and dynamic work culture, and his relentless focus on innovation has served as a catalyst for etailz continuous year over year growth. Before co-founding etailz, Josh earned his Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and MBA in entrepreneurship, both from Gonzaga University. This college experience became the first stepping stones to lead him to the direction and vision of etailz. Josh has since been recognized for numerous nominations and awards for his entrepreneurial efforts both locally and nationally. When Josh is not at etailz, he enjoys working with emerging entrepreneurs and local students. Josh also takes great pleasure in spending time with his family and friends, traveling, poker and all things sports.

Mike Werner
President at OmniPark

Versatile high-energy executive with a diverse blend of successful leadership experiences. Executive leadership experiences involved transitioning new and under performing organizations toward higher levels of performance. Proven ability to adapt quickly and make strategic decisions that enhance performance, eliminate in-efficiency, increase revenues and maximize opportunity.

Sarah Wollnick
Co-Founder and VP of Supplier Relations at etailz

Sarah Wollnick co-founded etailz, Inc. in 2008 and also serves as its Vice President of Supplier Relations. Ms. Wollnick has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in human resource management, and an MBA with a concentration in ethics, both from Gonzaga University.

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.

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.

Jordan Allen
President at Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals and Corporate Housing

Allen's expertise in leadership and entrepreneurship has grown the Stay Alfred model from the first nationwide urban vacation rental company to the best nationwide urban vacation rental company--offering the space, privacy and value of vacation rental with the convenience of online booking.
Allen's vision and experience promise to make Stay Alfred one of the top brands to watch in the hospitality industry.
Prior to his work at Stay Alfred, Jordan was a Captain in the US Army and founder of a vacation rental listing company.

Skyler Reep
Marketing Director at Stay Alfred Vacation Rentals

Skyler is a driven marketing strategist with a Whitworth international business degree, a knack for creative solutions, and over 8 years of advanced hospitality management experience backed up by professional certifications from AHLEI and TAI.
His specialty is turning consumer behavioral data into actionable tactics to maximize the performance of perishable inventory. Interpreting complex data and recognizing meaningful patterns to increase total profit are skills that come naturally to him.

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. 

Hannah Camacho
Digital Strategist Lead (Sales Manager) at Gravity Jack

Much of what I do for a living I learned in preschool, but I am still working on mastering the following skills: how to listen, how to tell stories, how to read a room, how to make friends and how to color inside the lines.

Michael Ebinger
Director, WSU University Center for Innovation

Michael Ebinger is currently the Director of the WSU University Center for Innovation, which is funded by a 5-year grant from the US Economic Development Administration.  His efforts and interests include commercializing technical research and evaluating the economic feasibility of new ideas and products through marketing research, business strategies, and operations.  In addition, Ebinger currently teaches courses in the WSU Online MBA program.
Ebinger graduated from the University of Arizona in 1980 (BA with Honors, Anthropology) and 1984 (MS, Soils, Water, and Engineering); from Purdue University in 1988 (Ph. D. in Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy); and from Washington State University in 2010 (MBA).  He joined the research staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1988 and served as staff scientist until 2003.  He became Ecosystems Team Lead in 2003 then interim Group Leader and Deputy Division Leader at different times for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division through 2005.  In 2005 he was named Group Leader of the Atmosphere, Climate, and Ecosystems Dynamics Group, a position he held until 2008 when he moved into program development efforts.  He left the Laboratory officially in 2013.  
As an R&D scientist at Los Alamos National Lab, Ebinger helped to develop a novel spectroscopic analysis of soil elements (carbon, metals, and radionuclides) that employed laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and assisted in climate change measurements. The soil methodology was granted a US patent in 2010 (US 7,692,789); a derivative of this technology is at work on Mars aboard NASA’s Curiosity Rover.  He leveraged his climate change research into pivotal policy development that was part of the foundation for greenhouse gas verification efforts during the Bush and Obama administrations.  This information also formed the initial stages of key national security interests in climate change verification in denied-access territories.  
Ebinger remains an active classical musician as a student of viola and as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.  As an academic, he is developing course material for Professional Science Masters programs on the Spokane and Pullman campuses. 

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.

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.

Shawn Poindexter
CTO at Gravity Jack and CharityCheckin

Shawn is a dreamer, creator, entrepreneur, engineer, scientist, and lifelong learner. Life is exciting and he enthusiastically charges toward new challenges. He wants to build a more efficient world by enabling people to be more productive so they can do things that they feel are more important.

Software is his tool of choice for making change. He's led and created products ranging from mobile applications to high performance scientific computing. He's energized by finding elegant solutions to complex problems, focused on perfecting algorithms, and always seeking challenges with new technologies.

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.

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.

Dan McGee
General Manager at Vestis Systems and Chairman of SpokaneCreate!

Dan's unique set of skills in information technology and education provides an excellent base to apply technical skill acquired through experience as well as understand and outline complex projects without all of the answers provided. He prides himself on his analysis and research skills. There are not problems, just questions waiting for the right answer to be found. 

Jeremy Anglin
Assistant Branch Manager

Jeremy is responsible for co-managing the branch while demonstrating positive leadership behaviors through team motivation, team development and leading by example. 

Rebecca Writz
Designer at Hagadone Digital

I am Rebecca Writz, or That Red Head. While my titles have included graphic designer, web designer, and front-end developer, my true title is problem solver.
My skills experience ranges from branding to packaging, app design concept to digital illustration, even a little movie makeup. User interface, experience, and design psychology, round out some of the "soft" sides of my interests, while typography and responsive design are two of my hard skills that I am particularly passionate about.
I’ve been involved in Startup Weekend here in Spokane since almost the beginning. Along the way I’ve created branding and packaging for winning and runner up teams. I’ll help you see the whole of your idea, poke holes where holes are needed, prompt you to ask the hard questions, and do some quick branding while I’m at it. 

Joe Snodgrass

Joe Snodgrass is co-founder of the Geodesic Workshop of Communication Design, a design collective that works with organizations, start-up and small businesses, among other clients. He was the graphic designer for the Start-Up Weekend Spokane 6 and 7 teams Go-Kefi (winner SWS 6), Safety Click (winner SWS 7) and Dossier (third place winner SWS 7). He holds a BFA in Visual Communication Design and a degree in Public History, both from Eastern Washington University. MEMBER AIGA.

Melissa Murphy
Owner and Designated Broker of Prime Real Estate Group

With a strong understanding of the Spokane community and a vision for its future, Melissa Murphy has emerged as a shining star in the Inland Northwest real estate community.

With the exception of a year studying abroad and a stint as a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. and Olympia, Melissa has lived in Spokane since her parents moved to the Lilac City from Southern California when she was 1 year old. She served as a Lilac Princess before graduating with honors from Gonzaga Preparatory School.

Melissa graduated from Gonzaga University with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2003 and attended for her masters of business administration degree a couple years later completing the coursework in 2012.

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.

Ken Farr

Ken has diverse experience in designing and implementing embedded microprocessor systems on a variety of architectures. He can be thought of as a software developer with an emphasis in hardware design and programming with thorough experience in agile and waterfall methodologies. Being self-managed in single and co-op projects and multitasking between different customers and project priorities makes him a highly motivated team-player with leadership qualities. 

Working as a consultant has provided Ken with a wide range of customer service skills that are extremely beneficial in the engineering community. This provides him with the ability to explain technical details to non-technical people and develop exemplary verbal and written communication skills with strong documentation and research capabilities. His embedded development experience includes automotive, medical, security, entertainment and networking applications, just to name a few. Attention to user interface design and secure coding standards are of top priority when human interaction is required with his software. 

Ken's specialities include embedded system design, user applications and network servers. His experience ranges from HTML/JavaScript using AJAX and CSS technologies to include C# user applications and C and Assembly embedded microprocessor systems.

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The Startup Weekend Spokane 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

  • Michael
  • Andy
  • Marsh
  • Clay
  • Ryan
  • Doug
  • Connor
  • June
  • Kevin
  • Brittany
  • Zach
  • Doyle


Jen Newell
Marketing and Communications Professional

I am part of the original organizing team of Startup Weekend San Diego and saw SW grow from toddler-hood to adulthood as early as 2007 in Boulder when it began.

I have recently worked at two Techstars companies, Carbon Robotics and CleverPet. I recently changed gears to do social media marketing at a large scientific instrument company.

Event Staff

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.

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