Startup Weekend Vancouver

    Friday, June 2 - 4, 2017

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  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 5:00 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. 

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Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend


Friday June 2nd

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Great Vancouver Company Showcase
To kick off Startup Weekend Vancouver 2018 we will host some of the leaders and founders that make Vancouver companies great. Companies that have started here, moved here and grown here.

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 and 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.

11:00 pm
Wrap Up
Close up for the night and get ready for a fresh start Saturday morning.

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. 

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. 

Phil Fraser

I love building businesses and human capital. I started my first business at 15 years old and after working in corporate arenas for 7 years, I quit my job and transitioned into a full time entrepreneur, opening my first restaurant in 2013 and my 2nd in 2014, building it to over $1m in revenue in the first year. 

Co-founded Innovative Dental Technologies as CEO in early 2015 to take their patented hands free suction system for dentistry to the market. Since 2015 the team at IDT has created 5 additional products for dentistry. All of which are either nearing completion or are market ready. 2017 will be a very exciting year for IDT.

In 2016, I co-founded a mobile technology company (Gathrly) to deeply enhance the business to event organizer connection for increased collaboration and branding awareness at live events. We are currently in late stage development of our platform and will be bringing it to market in early 2017.

Eric Preisz

Eric is the CEO of GG Interactive/Garage Games, a technology middleware provider and game development solutions provider working on themed-entertainment projects, game-based learning, and next generation curriculum for game development for high schools. Prior to GG, Eric founded C2C Simulation, a company that provided simulation and training to NASA, the Department of Defense, Disney, and others. He also has a background in Education, having served as a Department Chair at Full Sail University. Eric coauthored the book, Video Game Optimization and has presented at the GDC with NVIDIA, at Microsoft Research, and to the US House of Representatives at the first Congressional Caucus for MS&T. He graduated with a bachelors in Computer Science from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Specialties: Education, 3D Game Optimization, Serious Games, Simulation, Training, Game Engines

Coaches and Mentors

Marty Nelson
CEO / Owner

Rob Bart

Scott Swenson
Adjunct Professor & Consultant

Scott Swenson returns a second time to Startup Weekend Vancouver as a mentor. Scott is a supply chain strategy consultant helping companies with their end-to-end supply chain design, global supply chain development, marketing and operations collaboration, and inventory-revenue optimization.

Mathew Pierce
Firmware Engineer

I've been an embedded firmware engineer off and on since 1993. My first 6 were with HP doing motor control, thermal control, and various memory management tasks. My next 9 were with Agilent Technologies in Spokane doing engineering support and tool/process work.I'm currently back at HP since 2011 doing embedded firmware again.

Robert Gallup
Founder at XOBXOB

Robert Gallup (@robertgallup) is the founder of XOBXOB, an internet of things company developing technology that enables personal experiences in a connected world. Spawned from a Startup Weekend in 2013, XOBXOB is currently part of the PIE 2014 incubator class. Prior to founding XOBXOB, Robert spent many years working at the intersection of People, Design, and Technology on projects ranging from computer games to in-car mobile computing to online education.

Amey Laud

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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Organizing Team

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

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  • Jerrod
  • Serena
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  • Danny
  • Josie
    Jamison Sanders
  • Steven
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  • Michael
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Host MC

Event Staff

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Tom Timmel

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