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Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. Why should you attend?

  • Build your network
  • Co-founder dating
  • Learn a new skill
  • Get face time with thought leaders
  • Join a global community
  • Actually launch a business!

Details for next Startup Weekend (Check schedule below for details):

  • Date:    April 26th-28th
  • Time:   Friday: 6 -10pm, Saturday: 9 -11pm, Sunday 9 -9pm
  • Place:   Portland State Business Accelerator: 2828 Corbett Avenue, Portland, OR

For those who want to know what Startup Weekend is all about, we offer a Bootcamp that will give you a better sense of what to expect at Startup Weekend, how to get the most out of it, and help you increase your chances of success during the weekend. Details for Bootcamp:

  • Date:    Saturday, April 20th
  • Time:   12pm-5pm
  • Place:   NedSpace: 1400 SW 5th Avenue (between Columbia St and Clay St), 3rd Floor, Portland, Oregon



Apr 26
  • Registration starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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


Apr 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams start working
  • Signup for mentor shifts
  • Team check-in
  • Lunch with mentors
  • Team check-in
  • Dinner
  • Finished for the day


Apr 28
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations.
  • Dinner
  • Judging & Awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Ryan Jenson

Serial Entrepeneur   |   LinkedIn

Ryan’s life has been anything but usual. He was born in Brazil, raised in Oregon, and a college graduate at age 19, and that’s just the beginning. He was awarded a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and subsequently enrolled in aeronautics and astronautics (i.e. rocket science) at Stanford University. Shortly thereafter he dropped out and returned to Portland where he finished his master’s degree working with NASA, training astronauts, and coordinating experiments aboard the International Space Station.

Following graduate school, he put his engineering skills to work in areas as diverse as advanced propulsion, biodiesel distillation, MEMs, microfluidics, and nanotechnology, to name a few. In his efforts to combine technology and business he’s worked with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, startups, NASA, DOD, DOE, NSF, and the Royal Navy.

He has co-founded companies specializing in the development of advanced hardware for spacecraft and the use of unmanned aircraft in precision agriculture. He might also have some deep insight into combining bits and coins…maybe.

As an engaged member of the startup community he routinely advises on strategy and technology development for a variety of companies and has been actively involved with SUWE, OEN, Angel Oregon 2012 & 2013, the PSU eClub, and the Portland State Business Accelerator.

Trent Peterson

Founder, AppThwack   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Trent spent seven years at Intel designing system-automation solutions trusted to test products used by millions of customers with an emphasis on simplicity and user experience. He left in early 2012 to co-found AppThwack, an app testing service that helps developers quickly and automatically make their apps better by rapidly testing on 100s of real devices.

Gold Sponsors

Joshua Blank

Co-Founder, OpenSesame   |   LinkedIn

As Senior Vice President and General Manager of OpenSesame, Josh manages general operations and oversees product development for the OpenSesame elearning marketplace. Josh works with everyone from the marketing team to the software engineers to instill a shared vision for effective products that meet consumers’ needs.

Victoria Duff

CEO, Bold Ventures/   |  

Victoria Duff, founder of Beaverton, Oregon-based Bold Ventures /, is a widely acclaimed start-up consultant, enterprise analyst, strategic advisor, venture finance catalyst, investor liaison, author, and speaker. Ms. Duff, applies her years of experience as an institutional bond broker in top-tier Wall Street, and nearly two decades working with startups, to efficiently providing solutions to her many happy clients.

Jeff Martens

Co-Founder & CEO, CPUsage

Jeff Martens is the Co-Founder & CEO of CPUsage, a Portland based, venture backed company that enables cloud computing at massive scale. Before co-founding CPUsage, Jeff spent a decade in corporate finance and strategy at industry leading companies such as Nike and Synopsys. Jeff is a Startup Weekend veteran with more than 10 events under his belt as a participant, organizer, and facilitator. Jeff has a Bachelors degree from the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000.

Todd Silverstein

CEO & Co-founder, Vizify

Todd's the co-founder and CEO of Vizify, a TechStars and Portland Seed Fund company. Their mission is to make you look awesome online with graphical bios, an uber-profile that summarizes and visualizes your social media profiles and content.

Learn more abou Todd via his bio:

Vidya Spandana

Founder, Neppalli Strategy

Vidya make big things happen with small teams. As a college undergrad she co-founded a govtech startup ( and turned it into a multi-million dollar business before turning 21. With a lean team of 5 individuals, she built the first web platform that continues to help over 110 Million Americans annually find DMV related information, products, and services they need, across all fifty states.

Having created a successful govtech business that scaled, Vidya and her team then built a large portfolio of high-growth, high-impact govtech businesses and launched a successful online publishing company that manages a suite of businesses within a portfolio of 3000+ domains. Under her strategic guidance, the company made the Inc.5000 list reporting 391% growth in three years.

Most recently, Vidya founded Neppalli Strategy ( to push this philosophy and mission to a greater magnitude: create a support system for a group of organizations, each managing a portfolio of high-potential startups. These organizations include accelerators, VC funds, and angel portfolios.

Silver Sponsors

Catherine Azzarello

Azzcat Design, owner, designer, developer   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Catherine, with a BFA in drawing & painting, began her career in graphic design. From small design studios to corporate in-house, her design experience includes identity, print collateral, packaging and audio visual communications. As technology has evolved, Catherine's design/production focus has changed from print to web.

Today Catherine runs Azzcat Design, a one-person design & development studio in Tualatin, OR. Her specialty is responsive front-end development (HTML5 & CSS3).
She's currently busy working remotely with a Palo Alto startup. Projects include: web site, mobile app, social plug-in, Facebook interface and web app. The new web app utilizes their api to link user video 'watchlists' with Facebook OAuth. The web app will be fully responsive, working on phones, tablets, desktop and TV set-top boxes.

In addition, Catherine works with small business clients across the US. Projects include identity & brand design through website design & development. Although the web is her passion, she does still provide print design services to long-standing clients.

Jason Blackheart

Creative Director, Vizify   |   LinkedIn

Jason is currently Creative Director for Vizify, overseeing UX/UI design, brand and product development. He has over 15 years experience designing for digital and print, having been a Studio Manager for Wieden+Kennedy, Design Director for Portland Monthly magazine, and a freelance design consultant. He is a hands-on creative who excels in team leadership, lean creative process, and creating great experiences.

Mark Francis

Strategic Planner, Intel   |   LinkedIn

Venture Lead, Intel's New Business Initiatives (NBI) Group. Accomplished and results-orientated technology, service and business leader - with a particular expertise in the business implications and opportunities emerging from the intersection of technical innovation, mobile communications, and the rise of the smart consumer. I also have a passion for entrepreneurship, fitness, and the business of aging.

Jon French

Partner, Immix Law Group PC   |   LinkedIn

Jon’s practice focuses on assisting new and established businesses, from idea stage to exit. Specific practice areas include business practices and formation, corporate growth & governance, mergers & acquisitions, intellectual property and securities compliance. Drawing on his background as a business litigator and real-world business experience, Jon provides sound advice designed to help his clients grow their companies and avoid potential pitfalls along the way, while keeping their legal costs down and delivering responsive, personal service.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Gonzaga University School of Law, Jon honed his sense of loyalty and commitment as a U.S. Navy Lieutenant (JAG Corps) from 2004 to 2009. While on active duty as a Navy lawyer, he served on the ground in Iraq and at sea as part of the crew of an aircraft carrier, both during wartime.

Leigh Gill

Attorney, Immix Law Group PC   |   Google+

Leigh is a business attorney at Immix Law who is passionate about the startup scene in Portland. Leigh’s business experience started in the dot-com days of the late Nineties in finance, which lead him to software, and then law. With a deep desire to help small companies succeed, grow, and change the world, Leigh is an advocate for sharing great ideas and creativity. His practice focuses on intellectual property, business transactions, design and marketing, with an emphasis on design, software and technology companies. Leigh has an abiding love of craft beer and, but for the Delirium Café in Brussels, thinks Portland is the most magical place on Earth.

Doug Gould

Business Development, Cloudability   |   LinkedIn

Doug is currently leading up business development for the Portland-based startup Cloudability. Doug spends his time finding and working with the most innovative companies in the cloud space. Before this, Doug was working for some very large and very small companies in marketing, finance, and in some cases a little of everything. He studied Business at the University of Oregon and is a mentor with both the Portland Incubator Experiment and Techstars Nike+ Accelerator.

Tim Haskins

Chief Creative Officer, COPIOUS   |   LinkedIn

Tim Haskins is a leader and creative thinker with a rich history in visual and technical. His superpowers include empathy and vision. He finds fulfillment in making the complex simple, beautiful and engaging. Founding COPIOUS in 2001, he continues to shepherd the creation and launch of numerous startups, digital products, and brands.

Eugene Hill

CEO, Rescue Datum, Inc.   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Executive Vice President of Finance/ Treasurer
P&L Responsibilities / Growth Strategies / Operational Responsibilities / Financial Operations
Start-ups / Turnarounds / High Growth / Capital Markets/ International Operations

Fortune 500 Experiences — Acquired a strong foundation in operational and financial management through companies like JP Morgan Chase (Manufacture Hanover Bank acquired by JP Morgan), Bain Capital, and Cisco Systems. Career Track: Professional growth through positions like

Joseph Jaramillo

Digital Product Lead, COPIOUS   |   LinkedIn

Joseph brings experience in both back and front-end development, with a focus on mobile application development in iOS and custom application development in Ruby on Rails. An excellent communicator, Joseph is unique in his ability to translate ideas seamlessly between the development and client sides of a project. At COPIOUS, he helps define the needs of client stakeholders and craft technical solutions.

With a passion for user experience and a deep understanding of business needs, Joseph serves as an advocate ensuring client needs are met or exceeded at every step of the project.

Jason King

Director of User Experience, COPIOUS

Jason has been designing user-centered experiences for nearly a decade. He's provided solutions for clients large and small across a wide range of industries, including HBO, BBC, NBC, Kawasaki, Toyota, Scion, Angry Birds, Adidas, Xbox, Verizon and HP. Regardless of the project, he always searches for the point of intersection between user needs and business requirements. He's driven by the belief that every experience can be made more elegant, and is passionate about using design, technology and human empathy for that purpose.

Soren Knudsen

Strategic Development Planner, Intel   |   LinkedIn

From concept to launch, Soren has been there, done that, then marketed and sold the T-shirt to commemorate. He is a clear, crisp communicator in getting ideas to the next round of consideration. From his first independent ventures in college, to now full time Intrepreneurship at Intel, he is proficient at connecting the dots and quickly evaluating business models. If you’re looking for Business Plan feedback, presentation sharpening, or outside of the circle thinking (that's way outside the box) don't hesitate to ping Soren.

Abhi Kunte

Director, Product Management, MentorCloud   |   LinkedIn

Abhi Kunte is a Director at MentorCloud focused on Product Management and Business Development and leads the planning, development and delivery of the MentorCloud platform. Before MentorCloud, Abhi spent 12 years working in multiple leadership roles at Intel Corporation driving product strategy, business development, product development, deployment and sustaining, customer relationships and program management. Abhi also co-founded a company called Grepic Inc. in 2011 at PDXSW. Abhi earned his MS in EE from Michigan State and his MBA from Babson College, the #1 school for Entrepreneurship.

Paola Moretto

CEO, CloudyDays   |   LinkedIn

Paola Moretto is a proven technology executive with more than 20 years of experience in leading organizations towards outstanding achievements both at startups and established companies. Paola is the founder and CEO of CloudyDays, a Portland-based startup developing a scalability platform for cloud deployed applications.

Prior to that, she was the Director of Software for the Data Center Group at Intel, and before that she ran the software organization for the WiMAX and the Wi-Fi product line at Intel. She led the development of the first ever Intel WiMAX product and led the software effort for Intel Wi-Fi Centrino. Paola was previously the co-founder of a venture within the Intel incubator, which developed the first Intel SaaS platform. Prior to that, she was a senior director at Mobilian, a startup developing co-existent Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solutions. She previously held leadership roles at Atmel and at TCSI in Silicon Valley.

Paola holds a MS in Computer Science from Politecnico of Turin, Italy and a MS in Physics from the University of Genoa, Italy. Besides her high-tech career, Paola is a proud mom of two small boys, she is an avid runner and enjoys the pacific northwest great outdoors.

Greg Peek

Hardware Engineer, Intel   |   Google+

Experienced hardware designer with expertise in networking technologies, wireless systems, FPGAs, microcontrollers, and embedded systems. Technical lead for small, product focused engineering teams. My responsibilities often span the entire development cycle from product definition through release to manufacturing.

Melea Seward

Owner, Board of Us   |   LinkedIn

Melea Seward is a communications strategy consultant, business advisor, and public speaker. Her specialties include web content strategy, storytelling, creative facilitation. She works with nonprofits, start-ups, foundations, television networks, old-school magazines, and new-school digital publishers. She has guest lectured at Fordham University, Sarah Lawrence College, King's College, The Levin Institute, NYU, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the American Association of Writers and Journalists.

Before her tenure as a content-strategist, Melea was in traditional book publishing and business development. She was an Editor at W. W. Norton, where she acquired and developed the Sociology list. She also was the Director of Business Development for Performance of a Lifetime, (POAL) a global consulting firm that uses tools of the theater within organizations. POAL was recently featured in Dan Pink's recent best-seller To Sell is Human.

Melea is currently a Fellow at The Attic Institute's Atheneum program in Portland, Oregon, where she is writing a book.

Ian Scrymgeour

New Business Initiatives, Intel Corporation   |   LinkedIn

Ian Scrymgeour is the Finance Controller for Intel’s New Business Initiatives group – an internal business incubator. He is passionate about technology and innovation and spends his days figuring out how to bring ideas to market and scale them profitably. For more info, find him on Linkedin.

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Sara Morrow
Josh Bailey
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Ami Mehta
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