Startup Weekend Phoenix-Tempe

    Friday, March 11 - 13, 2016

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Phoenix-Tempe

Friday, March 11 - 13, 2016

Friday, March 11 - 13, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Mill Avenue Plaza
4700 S Mille Ave
Tempe, AZ 85282

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Startup Weekend Phoenix-Tempe

We're bringing Startup Weekend to Phoenix-Tempe with a purpose!  This fast, fun 54-hour weekend startup event has a grand prize for the right startup: potential investments funds, sales support to get the product launched, and other incubation services.  We welcome ALL startup ideas and teams, whether you're building a new form of personal transportation or creating the newest communications app.  But those that create a B2B communications technology have the opportunity to join the M2 Group incubator, right here in Phoenix.


Friday March 11th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 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 March 12th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm
Sponsored by

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 March 13th

9:00 am
Day Begins
Arrive to start the home stretch!

10:00 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

Shon Burton
CEO & Founder, HiringSolved

Stephen Viramontes
Founder of AssureVote & Chief Organizer at Startup Week Phoenix

Stephen Viramontes is 3-time entrepreneur. He built his first multi-million dollar company in his hometown of Fresno, CA at the age of twenty-one prior to exiting and moving to AZ in 2006.   

After arriving in AZ, Stephen joined the Royal Bank of Scotland as an Investment Banker managing assets for entrepreneurs of small-medium size businesses for 5 years.
Stephen, goes by “V”. (He was given the abbreviated nickname by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.)  After spending several years in politics “V” founded AssureVote, a vertical SaaS (software-as-a-service) company that makes elections more secure and voting simple.
Even though “V” is an AZ transplant, he’s committed to growing the startup and tech community throughout the State. As a volunteer, he serves as: the Chief Organizer of PHX Startup Week, (AZ’s largest entrepreneurial event); Cofounder of StreetPitch, (a new way to pitch your company and earn an investment); and, a member of the Arizona Technology Council’s Startup and Entrepreneurship Committee, (focusing on the collaboration of local startups and AZ-based Fortune 1000 companies).

Lastly, “V” is a certified Apple and Agile developer who can ship code. He has a decade of experience as Product/Project Manager.  He is ASU, Harvard and M.I.T educated. He loves baseball, reading and cooking. He and his wife Rachel live in Mesa with their three children Elijah (11), Sydney (9) and Joshua (7).

Jeff Abbott

Jeff Abbott is a Venture Partner at Wasabi Ventures, an early-stage VC with offices in Silicon Valley, Boston and Scottsdale. Jeff has been actively involved in building the startup ecosystem in Arizona and other leading 2nd and 3rd tier markets. He helps educate aspiring startup founders through the Wasabi Ventures Academy, and advises startup companies through the Wasabi Ventures incubator program.  Jeff also leads the firm's business development and technology transfer practice, partnering with corporations, universities and federal research labs to assist them in creating startups or spinouts, based around their licensed IP. Prior to joining Wasabi Ventures, Jeff ran acceleration programs at ASU, served as a C Level executive at 2 VC or  PE backed Arizona startups, served as CEO of a $10M manufacturing company with 120 employees, and enjoyed a successful corporate career in product and digital marketing and corporate strategy with companies including GE. Jeff is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is the co-author of 2 management books. He is currently working on a book, to be published in 2016, on startup ecosystem development.  This is Jeff's seventh startup weekend in Arizona.  He has been a participant at 3, a mentor at 2, a judge at 2 and was also the organizer of Startup Weekend Phoenix in 2012.  Jeff lives in Paradise Valley with his wife Giulia.

Coaches and Mentors

Marc Scarpelli

Humberto Valle
Strategic Marketing Consulting

Domonic Patrick

Michael Rolland

Trevor Olson
CTO, HiringSolved

Trevor is an astrophysicist, data miner, and co-founder of HiringSolved. He has extensive experience working on projects that deal with numbers on an astronomical scale. He is an adept programmer/ mathematician and a skilled businessman.  

Greg Rodriquez

Carlos Urreta

Ken M. Motolenich-Salas

Vindicate clients' intellectual property (IP) rights, secure IP rights for clients, and defend clients from claims of IP infringement.

Justin Clark

Nathan A.Prince

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Phoenix-Tempe 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.



Organizing Team

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

  • Nick
  • Corey
  • Stuart


Jessica Falkenthal
Education Community & Growth Marketing Strategist

Jessica Falkenthal leads growth marketing, community building and experience design for education startups, schools and nonprofits. She serves on the SXSW EDU Launch Advisory Board and CUE SF Board.
Jessica loves creating engaging education experiences and  previously managed a dozen online learning communities, coached early-stage education entrepreneurs, grew the Startup Weekend Education program worldwide, founded her own education startup, led professional development workshops for hundreds of educators, and designed and taught technology classes for the Boys and Girls Club and 4-H Youth Development programs. She is also a community organizer for the SF Edtech Happy Hour, 4-H, Startup Weekend Education, and Education Startup Digest.

Event Staff

David Cruz

Laney Kobler

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