Startup Weekend Vancouver

    Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017

  1. Overview
  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
  8. Blog
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Startup Weekend Vancouver

Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017

Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Colab Coworking
915 Broadway
Suite #100
Vancouver, WA 98660

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Build a business in a weekend.

Have you ever wondered if your idea is worth turning into a business?

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that's designed to help you help you launch your idea. The weekend is all about getting the right people together who have ideas, or expertise or ability to help make it happen. 

You bring the ideas, skills, and talent and we bring the expertise and structure. It's an open structure that lets anyone pitch a business idea and build a team to help you make it a reality. It can be an application, a service, a food, or even a device or tool. Anything you can think of we've seen it and we can help.

Vancouver has become a growing, vibrant town turning into a city with great new opportunities. That means we need entrepreneurial and innovative people like you. 


Friday June 2nd

6:30 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

11:00 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 June 3rd

8:00 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

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday June 4th

8:00 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

1:00 pm
Pitch Coaching

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!


Mat Ellis

Mat is the founder & CEO of Cloudability, the leading provider of cloud cost analytics to enterprises. Originally from the UK, and now based in Portland, Ore., He is also known as an advisor to startups across the US.

Michael Wallace

Event Judges

Kevin Getch

Kevin Getch is the Founder and Director of Digital Strategy at Webfor, a full-service digital marketing agency providing search engine optimization, social media marketing, website and logo design. His claim to fame is that his team won the Vancouver Business Journal's Fastest Growing Business Award in 2013 and he was nominated earlier this year for the small business person of the year award for the state of Washington. 

George DeCarlo

George is a local entrepreneur and Angel Investor. He first company Dotster was a huge success and his second company, Woobox is well on the ay to repeating that success.

John Freiss
Co-Founder & CEO of Journey Gym, Executive Director & Board Member

John is focused on the process of founding and building the marketability, viability and exit ability of idea and emerging stage companies.  The current company that he and his team are building towards a positive exit is journey gym (  journey gym was founded in 2008 and has invented the world’s first truly portable universal gym, which is a part of a full suite known as "The Health & Fitness System For The Rest Of Us".Before co-founding journey gym, he co-founded wired.MD (www.wired.MD) in 2000 with his brother Mark Friess, which is a leading health education company.  wired.MD creates and delivers patient and consumer health education videos and was taken from concept to completion through being acquired and fully integrated in 2008 into the industry leading patient education company, MediMedia Corporation (now Krames StayWell), for $7.4M or 2.5 times the funds invested in the company. Also in 2000 John co-founded, sits on the board of, and is the Executive Director of Starve Ups (, which was Oregon's first accelerator supporting solely founders of innovative and disruptive startups. Starve Ups, in the last 15 years, has an 82% survival/success rate amongst its 110 membership companies, collectively have raised over $410M in funding amongst membership companies, has had 12 membership companies positively acquired, including 1 membership company who went IPO, and 4 Inc. 500/5000 companies within it.Founders, and their startups, in Starve Ups are 6 times more likely to stay in business, 5 times more likely to raise funding, and 2.5 times more likely to get positively acquired than the national average.  Today, Starve Ups and its "proven peer mentoring for founders" model has been argued in international news as the most successful accelerator in the world. A graduate of the University of Oregon, John received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. 

Coaches and Mentors

Marty Nelson

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Vancouver 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.

Community Sponsor

Organizing Team

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

  • Dave
  • Pete
  • Jerrod
  • Serena
  • murray
  • Danny
  • Josie
    Jamison Sanders
  • Steven
  • Tom
  • Michael


Luke Bayard
President of Cal Poly Entrepreneurs

Luke grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. His dad is a private lawyer and his mother owned a floral shop. Seeing his parents’ work sparked a passion inside of Luke. For him, entrepreneurship, the idea that “this is something I created and it means something to me,” captivated him at a young age. And like many entrepreneurs, the idea of choosing your own agenda and defining your own rules only further solidified his path. Today he runs the multi-media brand Cult Of Startup, to help inspire entrepreneurs, startup founders and anyone who is looking to go into business for themselves.

On Cult of Startup, Luke Bayard, invites special guests to recall the early days of starting there business before reaching their success. Listen as they share stories and advice based on their horrible, embarrassing or awesome experiences. In each episode, Luke takes a nothing-off-limits approach to discovering why entrepreneurs found success. This hour will feel like you’re hanging with your startup buddies. The format is informative, loose and most of all entertaining.

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