Startup Weekend Vancouver

    Friday, January 29 - 31, 2016

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

Friday, January 29 - 31, 2016

Friday, January 29 - 31, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Clark College - Foster Hall
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
Vancouver, WA 98686

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We're energizing the startup community in Vancouver.

Vancouver, WA is an amazing town with vast hidden talents and entrepreneurial energy. It has an incredible history of pioneering and forging ahead into the future. Startup Weekend is a great weekend-long event to celebrate and foster that spirit. It has the potential to help individuals change their future as well as spark incredible vital startup scene in the city. Come out and flex your entrepreneurial muscles. For 54 hours starting on Friday January 29th we will imagine, dream, prove out and create business concepts and friendships that can change our lives and the future of the North Bank. 


Friday January 29th

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

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 January 30th

10:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:30 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
Mentor Meetings
Mentor 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

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday January 31st

10:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:30 am
Mentors arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Mentor Meetings
Mentors 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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
After Party! at The Thirsty Sasquatch
2110 Main St, Vancouver, WA 98660 Phone:(360) 450-0821

Event Judges

Stephen Green
Vice President, Market Manager at Albina Community Bank

Stephen Green is part entrepreneur, economist & numbers guy with a penchant for always seeing the glass half full and is a firm believer that done beats perfect. With 20 years in entrepreneurship (starting his first  business while in college) and an established career in finance and lending, he hopes to continue to support entrepreneurs.

Stephen’s current entrepreneurial roles include a c co-founder of the nation’s first nonprofit brewpub & brewery (Oregon Public House) which in its fourth year in operation is poised to break the $1M revenue mark and will be opening its second location in 2017.He currently sits on the board of directors for six area nonprofits that are all based in N/NE Portland that support economic development, community development & education. He is the past board-chair for the Black United Fund of Oregon is the current Treasurer at the Oregon Public House. He is a Portland area native and graduated with a BS degree in economics from Western Oregon University.

Nitin Rai
President TIE ORegon

Nitin Rai has over 28 years of experience in the technology industry. He is currently President and CEO of First Insight Corporation.   Nitin is a visionary and an entrepreneurial leader. His broad range of experience includes technology development, capital raising, sales, marketing, finance and operations management.   Nitin is a founding charter and board member of TiE Oregon since 2007.  He is currently president of TiE and Chair of TiE Oregon Angels and will be joining TiE’s Global Board in January 206.   Nitin helped launch TiE Angels Oregon in 2011 and serves as its Chair. Since then, Nitin has personally invested over $300,000 in 13 Oregon-based startups. He has personally led or co-led several angel investments and currently serves on the board of GlobeSherpa, EdCalibur, MobileRQ and CloundEngage and board observer at Chirpify.    He plays an active role as a mentor, advisor to CEOs and founders of many of his portfolio companies and actively participates in pitch meetings and mentoring activities at TiE and other local organizations.   Under Nitin’s leadership TIE Oregon Angels has invested over $5 Million in 25 startups to-date. Nitin recently received $250,000 from Oregon Growth Board as an investment in to a side car fund called TAP-I where Nitin along with Vera Sell, will manage a $300,000 co-investment with TIE Angels Oregon.   Nitin has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.

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

Monica Borell

Monica Borrell is CEO and co-founder of Cardsmith (  Monica is a serial entrepreneur who has been self-employed or running her own business for the past 23 years. She is a generalist with experience in product management, market research, sales, software development and just about every other aspect of starting and growing a software or services company. Monica loves helping other startup founders in any way that she can.  

Darren Buckner
Founder & CEO at Workfrom

Darren Buckner is currently the founder and CEO of Workfrom, Inc ( Darren has been a software developer, UI designer/engineer and business development professional for most of his career. He is passionate about building great things with a focus on simplicity, clean design and usability. His typical day includes writing software, developing business partnerships, crunching numbers and of course dreaming big. Darren has participated in 10+ Startup Weekends around the country and has been lucky enough to be on 5 winning teams. He is happy to help with anything and everything!

Ronda Closner
Business Development

Ronda is big believer in the benefits of an entrepreneurial community. She recently returned to PDX from Research Triangle Park (RTP) where she was an Entepreneur-in-Residence at a tech incubator with over 40 companies. Ronda loves the pace and excitement of people driven by new ideas and lots of passion. In previous lives Ronda has helped run a few startups, a venture fund, an angel network and plenty of crazy startup contests, weekends and pitch slams.

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.
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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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  • Matthew
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