Startup Weekend Vancouver

    Friday, April 6 - 8, 2018

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Vancouver

Friday, April 6 - 8, 2018

Friday, April 6 - 8, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Colab Coworking
915 Broadway St.
Vancouver, WA 98660

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday April 6th

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
Kickoff with Vancouver Leaders
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.

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams and work begins
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. We work until the venue closes.

11:00 pm
Wrap Up
Close up shop and get some rest to start again on Saturday morning.

Saturday April 7th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for 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 April 8th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Pitch Practice and coaching
Teams will send the primary presenter to do a run through with an expert coaching team.

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!


Shawn Parker

Shawn started Fuel Medical Group in 2009.  Since it's inception, Fuel has established itself as one of the top "100 Fastest Growing Private Companies" in Oregon and SW Washington and was recently honored with the prestigious Lighthouse Award for being in that group five years in a row.  Fuel currently employs over 90 staff members with revenues of approximately $20 Million.  Prior to establishing Fuel Medical, Shawn was Vice President of Operations for Audigy Group, LLC where he facilitated operations for over 400 locations representing $150 Million in revenue. Shawn got his start as the Sales Manager for Sonus USA, Inc. where he managed the Inside Sales Force and assisted in growing the Sonus Network from just 76 members to over 1,500 locations across the country. He went on to become the Senior Director of Operations at Amplifon, Inc. During this time Shawn was responsible for the day-to-day operations of three corporate divisions and managed a combined budget of $60 Million in revenue from 200 locations and 350+ employees. Later as Director of Operations for Sonic Innovations, Inc. Shawn developed the US Hearing Life Division from conception to reality and oversaw 40 retail locations with over 100 employees and $20 Million in revenue.  Shawn's most recent venture is the opening of Grains of Wrath Brewing in Camas, WA.  The brand new brewery will provide over 20 craft beers, a full kitchen, and is projected to open in March of 2018.   

Andy Lowery

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer hardware industry. Skilled in Communication, Management, Networking, Start-ups, and Leadership. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Event Judges

Stan Hanks
Chief Technologist

Entrepreneur. Pivot Artist. Evangelist. Webscale Tech Maven.

That expression "the best way to predict the future is to invent it"? That's the story of my career.

I'm an experienced technologist and executive, fluent in legal and financial arcana. A "big picture" guy who thinks strategically and long term, but is perfectly willing to go to the mat over obscure technical details or arcane financial and tax consequences of an immediate action.

I've been doing "webscale" since we only had about 300 hosts on the ARPAnet, and I've built out global networks, including data centers, three times. I have been a user of distributed systems since the 80s, where I had to invent the technology that made it possible to treat networks of CPUs a single system. I live in the cloud, and have, since way before people called it "the cloud".

Danielle Alexander
Incubator Manager at Jaguar Land Rover

Charles Swatzell
Chief Strategy Officer

Charles specializes in forming and driving key teams to develop and implement strategies and technology to produce business success. A graduate of both the University of La Verne, and Amberton University holding a BS degree in Organizational Management as well as a MS degree in Human Resources, Training and Development. Charles has worked for many years driving teams to both build business strategies as well as products for the consumer and B2B markets. As a C level leader in the tech space he has led his teams to numerous awards including top honors at 1776 World Challenge Cup (People Choice, Most Promising Global Tech Start Up. DC 2016). 

Andy Lowery

Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer hardware industry. Skilled in Communication, Management, Networking, Start-ups, and Leadership. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a Bachelor’s Degree focused in Electrical Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Coaches and Mentors

Alex Kier
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship

Alex Kier is an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Management, Information Systems, and Entrepreneurship Department at the Carson College of Business at Washington State University Vancouver.  He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. His research which focuses on entrepreneurial imaginativeness, entrepreneurial cognition, and entrepreneurial escalation of commitment has been published in the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Business Venturing, Academy of Management Perspectives, and Business Horizons. Prior to joining WSU, Alex’s professional experience includes work as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Grant Thornton.

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.

Scott Fish
Founder & CEO

During the past two decades I have had the great opportunity to work with hotels, resorts and tourism organizations around the world to help them drive more business and connect better with their customers.

In addition to working within the tourism industry I also work with Wineries promoting their club membership and event space, Sports associations and athletes to connect better with players and fans, and museums and cultural organizations/non-profits to further their mission and drive more donations and revenue from attendance. 

David Gast
Program Manager

Program Manager for the HP PageWide business printer family. Leader of a cross functional program team responsible for all aspects of program delivery.

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. 

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.

Signature Sponsors

The Bridge is a non profit advisory for early stage startups in Southwest Washington.

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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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