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
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.
- Pitch your startup idea and receive feedback from your peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote)
- Then, it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
- 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?).
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!
Checkout our infographic and amazing video, both of which explain how the weekend works; or, ask us anything at Spokane@StartupWeekend.org!
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.
Still aren’t sure if Startup Weekend is for you?
Ask us anything at Spokane@StartupWeekend.org.
Friday November 13th
Saturday November 14th
Sunday November 15th
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.
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.
Coaches and Mentors
Zach also is Organizer for the Spokane Frontend Developers Meetup group and is widely-regarded in Spokane as a technology thought leader.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Regional Entrepreneurial Strategy, North Idaho College
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.
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 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.
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.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Spokane 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
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.
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