Startup Weekend Corvallis

    Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend Corvallis

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015

Friday, November 13 - 15, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Austin Hall
2751 SW Jefferson Way
Corvallis, Oregon 97331

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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Thank you for participating in Willamette Startup Weekend! 
Congratulations to our teams and to the winners!

Grand Prize: The Perfect Fin @ThePerfectFin
Runners Up: dEATS
2nd Runners Up: uTutor @OSU2TR
Awesome job!

Swift Cycle
- A Rental network for bikes, using quick, easy and dry rental station strategically placed around campus (or around a city)
SMART Sustainable Material Smart textile (self-controlled temperature under variable environments and surroudings)
2TR - A service to connect struggling student with tutors
Oregon Aquaculture Company - Selling bacon-flavored seaweed
dEATS - A service similar to Groupon but for flash deals with restaurants or x
The Perfect Fin - A business model that will be based around creating cost effective surfboard fins so that surfers can try out and determine which fin is the best for them without spending a lot of money
eThought - The birthplace of new idea and inventions (website)
Prequel - Allow people to make their own stories - story telling game engine


Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

Corvallis, Benton County, and the surrounding Mid-Willamette Valley is prime startup country
This region is where startups thrive!  From creative enterprises, to software startups, to technology spin-offs from OSU, Hewlett-Packard, and other research centers, the Mid-Willamette Valley has a strong entrepreneurial community.  Resources abound for helping Corvallis startups grow and thrive.
  • Build your team
  • Develop your product/service
  • Find funding for operations
  • Build your marketing and sales
  • Choose a business location
  • Get advice and mentoring
The Best parking options to reach Austin Hall are off 30th street. If you are driving, please use Harrison or Western to turn onto 30th and locate any of open lots along that street. There is also the parking garage on 36th and Washington. Parking on campus after 5PM on Weekdays and over the Weekend is free, provided you are parking in a student or staff spot and not a special reserved spot like a service vehicle or loading zone space.
Please refer to the OSU parking map:

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Friday November 13th

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

6:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
This is where your idea gets told to the world.....

8:30 pm
Time to vote on the ideas and the pitches.

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams form, ideas get tossed about, strategy evolves...

9:30 pm
Work for 15 min
Teams 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. Be sure to assign responsibilities and delegate tasks before you break for the night.

Saturday November 14th

8:00 am
Building Opens

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

10:00 am
Coaches Mentors Available
Coaches will be available 10 AM to Noon. Schedule time with them on the signup sheet.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches will be available 2 PM to 4 PM. Schedule time with them on the signup sheet.

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

9:45 pm
Wrap-Up - out by 10pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 15th

8:00 am
Building Opens

9:00 am
Food and coffee....

10:00 am
Coaches will be available 10 AM to Noon. Schedule time with them on the signup sheet.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Pitch Coach Meetings
Pitch Coaches arrive… You will have been assigned a time and location to review your pitch.

4:00 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

5:30 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm
Wrap Up and then Go Home!


Allan Vermeulen

Al Vermeulen was previously the Chief Technology officer of, where he is still active today, and was involved with the development of Amazon's cloud based systems including AWS and S3. Prior to Amazon he was CTO of Rogue Wave Software which had a successful public offering on NASDAQ in 1996. Al also co-wrote the book "The Elements of Java Style" and helped pioneer C++.

Event Judges

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.

Dan Whitaker
Southern Willamette Valley Regional Catalyst Manager at Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

Dan is an experienced executive with start-ups and early stage companies. His experience includes financing, mergers and acquisitions, marketing and business strategy. He has been involved in raising many rounds of angel, VC, and major debt financing. He was involved in an IPO at Rogue Wave Software.  With many years of experience as an entrepreneur, his administrative skills in setting up process and managing people have led to successful companies that make money.  He is passionate about helping companies succeed, grow, make money and have fun!  He is active with the Oregon Entrepreneur Network (OEN), the Willamette Angel Conference, and the Willamette Innovators Network (WiN).  Dan is the Lead Mentor for the OSU Advantage Accelerator, and is well skilled in customer development and helping teams use the Business Model Canvas.

Biff Traber
Mayor - City of Corvallis

Biff is the current mayor of Corvallis, Oregon. He serves in a number of leadership roles with local and state organizations and has a strong background in growing software businesses.

Mitzi Montoya
Dean of the College of Business at OSU

Mitzi Montoya is new the Dean of the College of Business at Oregon State University.

She previously served Vice President and University Dean of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Arizona State University.  

In her position at Arizona State, Dr. Montoya has been responsible for advancing entrepreneurship and innovative collaborative initiatives across the ASU campuses. She also has served as dean of the College of Technology & Innovation at that campus, and vice provost of the ASU Polytechnic campus.

Coaches and Mentors

Sanjai Tripathi
Startup Zealot

Sanjai is the CFO of Bauer Labs and the founder of Exposure Monitoring Solutions.  He also works as a general management consultant for startups and small businesses. 

Dale McCauley

Mat Ellis

Founder and CEO of Cloudability, Serial Software Entrepreneur as well as Senior Executive at PepsiCo, Goldman Sachs and UBS Warburg.

Surj Patel

Founder and CEO of Smart Mocha and Senior Project Planning Manager IoT - Sharp Electronics

Mark Lieberman (PC)
Chief Startup Officer at OSU Advantage

Mark Lieberman is Chief Startup Officer at OSU and Co-Director of the OSU Advantage Accelerator. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the Business Technology Center of Los Angeles County (BTC), one of the largest technology incubators in the United States. Mark is a founder of Los Angeles County Technology Week, a prestigious series of events celebrating and promoting innovation and disruptive entrepreneurship in Los Angeles County. 

Violetta Gerasymenko (PC)
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, OSU College of Business

Violetta teaches Entrepreneurship at the OSU College of Business.  Her research focuses in part on business model change processes and implications for entrepreneurial ventures. Prior to joining academia, Violetta worked as an analyst in one of the major venture capital firms in Paris, France.  She is regularly invited to be part of start-up competition juries and is a passionate coach of entrepreneurial ventures.  In her classes she teaches use of the Business Model Canvas.

Frank Hall (PC)

President of EntreDigm Consulting. Former Software R&R Manager for HP. Venture acceleration consultant for startups and mid-sized firms that are based on intangible products or services.

Marc Manley (PC)
Co Director Oregon SBDC

Marc is a well-respected Wall Street financial expert, technologist, business turnaround specialist and real estate investment guru.  He has managed organizations with over 100 staff, 100s of indirect staff members, and $12 million annual budgets and is now the co-director of the SBDC.

Charles Murnieks
Assistant Professor

Charles Murnieks is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Oregon State University. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force and as an instructor at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.  His research interests surround entrepreneurs and their passion, emotions and cognitive processes with respect to opportunity discovery and evaluation.

Tom Brookes

Mr. Brookes is an attorney with Evashevski, Elliott, Cihak & Hediger, P.C. in Corvallis,  His practice includes business law.  Previously he was general counsel and then vice president of Rogue Wave Software, Inc. of Corvallis, which grew into a multi national corporation and went public in 1996.  Mr. Brookes also was the Executive Vice President of Timberhill Corporation.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Ed
  • Karl
  • Mark
    Lieberman (PC)
  • Anna
  • Annisa
  • Patrick
  • Alan
  • Frank
    Hall (PC)
  • Todd
  • Preston
  • Brandi
  • Tom
  • Brad


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