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The Portland Startup Weekend brings together people with different skill sets – 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 Portland Startup Weekend (Check schedule below for details):

  • Date:    April 25th-27th
  • Time:   Friday: 6 -10pm, Saturday: 9 -11pm, Sunday 9 -9pm
  • Place:   Puppet Labs: 926 NW 13th Ave, Suite 210, 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 19th
  • Date:    Nedspace Third Floor, 1400 SW 5th Ave, Portland, OR 97201
  • Time:   12pm-5pm



Apr 25
  • 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 26
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 27
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Welcome & Speaker
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Nat Parker

Co-founded & CEO, GlobeSherpa   |   LinkedIn

Nat Parker co-founded GlobeSherpa after graduating from Portland State University's Masters in International Management program in 2010. As CEO, Nat is responsible for overseeing all staff, product development, and partner relationships. Prior to GlobeSherpa Nat worked for Element Power and Pacific Crest Securities. Nat was recently named one of Portland Region's "Forty Under 40" by the Portland Business Journal - an award recognizing the top young business professionals in the city. When he is not evangelizing GlobeSherpa's technology, he enjoys pursuing the perfect telemark turn in Mt. Hood's backcountry or floating one of Oregon's world-class rivers.

Mara Zepeda

Co-founder & CEO, Switchboard   |   LinkedIn

Mara Zepeda is the co-founder and CEO of Switchboard. Switchboard is like a private, non-creepy Craigslist. People ask for what they need and offer what they have to give within a community they trust. Anyone can start their own Switchboard. (Check out the one for Portland Startups: Switchboard was part of Portland Incubator Experiment 2013 class. Prior to co-founding Switchboard, Mara worked in higher-ed and organizations 15 years. She was also a radio reporter for National Public Radio. She has designed hundreds of calligraphy tattoos for clients through her studio, Neither Snow, the proceeds from which bootstrapped Switchboard.

Gold Sponsors

Rick Turoczy

Co-founder, PIE (Portland Incubator Experiment)   |   LinkedIn

Rick Turoczy (@turoczy) has been working in high-tech marketing communications in the Portland area for nearly 20 years. As founder and editor of Silicon Florist, he has blogged about the Portland startup scene for more than six years, even though numerous people have begged him to stop. That side project led Rick to cofound PIE (the Portland Incubator Experiment), a startup accelerator formed in partnership with global communications firm Wieden+Kennedy, creators of "Just Do It," the Old Spice Guy, and the agency of record for Facebook. Those efforts led him to cofound TechFestNW, a tech event run in collaboration with Willamette Week and MusicFestNW, which has been dubbed "the next SXSW" by Fortune magazine. His latest project is Oregon Story Board which he cofounded with Oregon Film. It's an accelerator designed to help digital storytellers like film makers and video game creators build scalable and sustainable business.

He currently mentors for the Portland Seed Fund, Nike+ Accelerator, Straight Shot, and 9Mile Labs

Adam Erlebacher

COO, Simple   |   LinkedIn

Adam is COO at Simple where he is responsible for marketing, business development, communications, analytics, and customer relations. Previously, Adam co-founded PlaceVine, a web-based advertising marketplace that was acquired in January 2011. Prior to PlaceVine, Adam served as the Director of Business Development at Colloquis, a developer of natural language software systems, which was then acquired by Microsoft. Before Colloquis, Adam was a Senior Analyst at JPMorgan in the Leveraged Finance Group where he focused on technology, media, and telecom transactions. He received his B.A. from Tufts University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Angela Jackson

Managing Director, Portland Seed Fund   |   LinkedIn

Angela brings a decade’s experience placing 30+ angel investments (multiple sectors) and a serial entrepreneur family history to Portland Seed Fund. She has advised hundreds of entrepreneurs and seed‐stage companies across a broad spectrum of industries at AB Jackson Group, and also oversees the Portland State University Business Accelerator, with 25+ resident bio-tech, technology and clean-tech companies. She is current President of the Portland chapter of Keiretsu Forum, the largest angel network in the world, and was Chair of the state’s premier angel investment event, Angel Oregon, in 2010.

Prior, she served as a principal at Emergent, an incubator/investment fund for emerging technology and consumer products. Earlier in her career, she started and operated several small companies and drove key partner relationships and sales channels at Auctionpay (acquired by Global Payments: GPN) during a period of explosive growth. Very early, she trained for a career in ballet and spent three years sailing globally as a professional tall ships sailor. She holds a B.A. in English and History (Boston University) and a M.A. in Environmental Studies (University of Oregon).

Bill Lynch

Software Entrepreneur and Advisor   |   LinkedIn

Bill Lynch is a software entrepreneur and advisor. He is one of the co-founders of Jive Software, a company he started in 2001. Bill led product development efforts for 6 years and then transitioned to Product Management at Jive until his retirement from the company in 2013. Jive grew from two co-founders to a team of more than 700 globally and a successful IPO in December 2011. Today, Bill is an advisor to local startups Snapflow, organizes networking events for area Product Managers Pints with PDX Product Managers, and acts as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Portland Development Commission. Bill has a BS in computer science from the University of Iowa.

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.

Silver Sponsors

Chris Sells

CTO, Snapflow   |   LinkedIn

Chris Sells is the CTO of Snapflow, an enterprise SaaS vendor focused on helping you build gorgeous, cloud-scale apps. Chris has been a contributing member of the developer community for the last 20 years by blogging, speaking and writing, including the books "Building Windows 8 Apps in JavaScript," "Programming WPF" and "ATL Internals." You can follow Chris on Twitter: @csells.

Jena Nesbitt

Co-Founder at Sit Stay Share   |   LinkedIn

Jena is a creative entrepreneur with an education in fashion design and professional experience as a product developer and trend forecaster. Jena led team FreezePup at PDXSW in April 2013, winning two judging categories. She went on to found Sit Stay Share LLC in May 2013, and is working on a cookbook of vegan gluten-free desserts for people and their dogs. Inspired by the Lean Canvas for startups she designed the Creative Canvas, a visual business model for artisans, makers, and creatives. Jena recently founded Time Being Creative, specializing in handmade items from repurposed and vintage materials.

Kate Niedermeyer

Strategic Business Development Manager, Intel   |   LinkedIn

Kate works business development and marketing in Intel’s New Business Initiatives, a group tasked with incubating new ventures to spur company growth. Her passions include lean methodologies, business model innovation, and Disruption. Prior to NBI, she held a variety of roles in finance and the arts. She has a BA from Reed College and an MBA from University of Oregon and is still thawing out from a childhood spent in Alaska.

Leigh Gill

Attorney, Immix Law Group   |   LinkedIn

Leigh Gill is an intellectual property and technology attorney at Immix Law Group, and a supporter of creativity and innovation. Recovering from a first career in software, Leigh is privileged to work with growing companies to develop and refine strategies which foster innovation, protect companies and founders, and enable collaboration. A fan of good beer (tending towards English-style ales these days, but fond also of the NW-style IPA) and food, Leigh loves this thing that people do in Portland where they get together, enjoy food and beverage, and find solutions to problems.

Ryan Lowe

Attorney, Immix Law Group   |   LinkedIn

Ryan Lowe is a business attorney at Immix Law Group PC who has a passion for helping individuals and businesses succeed. At Immix, Ryan works with businesses of all sizes, including startup and growth stage companies, in a variety of industries. Ryan’s areas of specialization include securities, employment, and information privacy and data security law. Immix Law Group PC is a Portland law firm that focuses on all aspects of business law, providing its clients a unique blend of legal expertise and practical business experience.

Jim Snowden

Software Architect, Peer Labs   |   LinkedIn

Jim has been helping build technology companies in the Portland area since 1992 when he moved here to help form a startup ProTools. He's been hooked on start ups ever since... though he has done projects for big companies like IBM, Microsoft, Intel and Getty Images. He recently lead mobile app development for CBC and Claro Sports (with deltatre) for the Sochi Winter Olympics and his work has been showcased in the Library of Congress, ACTD and he thrives on the bleeding edge and loves to bring new technology to market.

Steve Morris

Executive Director, Oregon Technology Business Center   |   LinkedIn

Entrepreneur, mentor, startup incubator manager, recovering startup CEO, PHP/Javascript hack.

Jim Hensel

Multiple board and CEO roles- brewing, aluminum smelting in Iceland, medical device, telecom, startups and turnarounds. Classic attributes: M&A, negotiations, running companies, motivating people, avoiding the confusion between hard work and results. Unique attributes: Not afraid to start with whole cloth and no pattern. Finding the balance between 'been there, done that' cynicism and 'It’s not rocket science -- it's all about execution' optimism. Recovering lawyer. Recently completed a CNC router from plans, Arduino with Eagle created breakout board running an electro- pneumatic-hydraulic chicken plucker. About to plunge into 3DP and lurking around UAV.

Luke Sontag

Co-founder & CEO, WAI - The Social Call   |   LinkedIn

Luke Sontag is the cofounder and CEO of Wai - The Social Call. Wai is an app (iOS, with Android on the way) that calls you every day and connects you with a friend in a short, video chat session. Prior to founding Wai, Luke was a cofounder of WhatSpotNow, a restaurant and bar app that utilized cameras to determine occupancy and offer specials when things were slow. Luke moved his first startup, Vidoop, to Portland in 2008. The authentication security firm, subsequently acquired by Confident Technologies, employed over 30 professionals, several of whom have launched successful companies and careers in Portland. A resident of Southeast Portland, Luke is an avid yogi and snowboarder.

Rebecca Campbell

Software Engineering Manager, Avinode   |   LinkedIn

Rebecca Campbell said "hello world" to web development in the heady days of the .com boom and has been building increasingly complex web applications ever since. For the last several years, she has been a key player in building a web-based aircraft & crew scheduling system, SchedAero, from the ground up. Rebecca especially enjoys the puzzle-solving aspects of software development, whether she's optimizing SQL queries or identifying improvements to smooth out the development process. Outside of the office, Rebecca enjoys writing short stories and renovating her SE Portland home.

Blanka Vlasak

Innovation and Incubation Specialist, Intel   |   LinkedIn

Blanka Vlasak is Innovation and Incubation Specialist at Intel’s New Business Initiatives group, an internal incubator chartered with identifying and seeding growth options for the company. Blanka has held various finance and marketing roles at Intel over the last 12 years, and has experience with long-term planning, go-to-market strategies, venture valuation, wearables, P&L forecasting, machine learning, and new product introductions, among others.

Abhijeet Kunte

Abhi Kunte is the Founder of MatterCompilers, LLC, a 3D printing company that focuses on 3D printers Sales, Service and Education. Before starting MatterCompilers, Abhi was Director of Product Management at a Bay Area startup called MentorCloud where he led Product Management and Business Development. 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. at the Apr 2011 PDXSW. Abhi earned his MS in EE from Michigan State and his MBA from Babson College, the #1 school for Entrepreneurship.

Akili King

Managing Director, Oregon State Athletics' Leadership Institute   |  

Akili's mission involves asking the question What If we could use business and entrepreneurship to help NCAA Athletes and Soldiers master their transitions? As Managing Director at Oregon State Athletics' Leadership Institute Akili organized and hosted the first Startup Weekend that connected NCAA Athletes and the University Community. He works as the Senior Advisor at the Leadership Institute advising the winning team for Oregon State's Startup Weekend, Biz Model Athlete. Akili formed Aquadrop with a West Point Classmate and OSU Alum. Aquadrop's mission is to end world thirst by copying nature's natural processes. Akili was invited by Turners Sports to the Final Four Innovation Summit, in order to develop a platform that creates a culture that allows athletes to understand the business of being an athlete.

Akili serves as the lead organizer for Cochise County Military Community Startup Weekend which is the first Startup Weekend experienced organized by Active Duty Military Personnel. Akili will represent Biz Model Athlete at the Techstars Patriot Bootcamp in New York City at Goldman Sachs.

Shashi Jain

Corporate Accounts Manager at UP Global   |   LinkedIn

Accomplished product manager and design integration specialist with over 15 years experience. I've worked with global brands such as Intel as well as early stage startups as advisor and founder. I'm also passionate about giving back to the startup community.

Jimmy Douglas

Alliances and Regulator Relations at Smarsh   |   LinkedIn

Jimmy Douglas serves as Director of Alliances and Industry Relations at Smarsh, where he drives growth and innovation across the company’s expanding partner ecosystem.

Previously, Douglas directed the company’s customer experience initiatives. Prior to that, he led a team of account executives responsible for customer retention and upgrade revenue.

In 2011 he cofounded where he is responsible for growing revenue through partnerships and premium users. is a bootstrapped startup that powers an ecosystem of nearly five-hundred thousand media enthusiasts.

The Morgan Hill, Calif. native is a graduate of Portland State University with a degree in Management Information Systems.

Jillian Downing

Principle UX Designer at ShiftWise   |   LinkedIn

Currently at ShiftWise, as their lead UI Designer, I have launched 4 new products with a focus on intuitive user experience. While at HP, I worked with products such as Marvel, Disney and Nickelodeon. I am passionate about user experience and that includes intuitive user flows, top notch design and knowing that every pixel counts. I have enjoy the challenges of designing for mobile, creating app designs and responsive designs. I have experience working with directly with the developers and have learned the value of great working relationships with different teams this position requires.

Kelly White

President at Silvertail Software, Windows Phone Development MVP   |   LinkedIn

Kelly White is the President of Silvertail Software, a software consultancy specializing in XAML solutions for the Windows Phone and Windows 8 App Stores. He has over 13 years of industry experience building web applications, and has a passion for startups as a serial entrepreneur. Kelly is a Microsoft MVP in Windows Phone Development, and a Nokia Developer Champion. He speaks regularly at user groups, code camps, and other developer-related events throughout the Pacific Northwest on Windows Phone and Windows 8 App Development.

Tyler Phillipi

Co-Founder at Telemotiv   |   LinkedIn

Tyler Phillipi has been running or working for startups since his Junior year of college. His passion lies at the nexus between community and technology. With his most recent adventure as Co-Founder of OnTheGo Platforms his focus is to fundamentally change and improve the human-computer interface.

Claire Brown

Associate at Tonkon Torp   |   LinkedIn

Claire Brown is a lawyer in Tonkon Torp's Entrepreneurial Services group and Business Law department. She represents startup clients as well as established companies, with a particular focus on finance and securities issues. Claire is a regular speaker on crowdfunding regulations, general solicitation rules, and SEC requirements for companies seeking public or private financing. She is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University, where she earned both a degree in law and an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance. Conversant in French and Swahili, Claire worked in Tanzania prior to graduate school. She enjoys skiing, scuba diving, running, and being outdoors.

Jeffrey Woodcox

Attorney at Tonkon Torp   |   LinkedIn

Jeff is the co-chair of Tonkon Torp's Entrepreneurial Services Practice Group. He regularly advises established and start-up companies on corporate governance and general business issues. He has experience advising clients on entity formation, acquiring and disposing of businesses and assets, securities compliance, contract matters, and raising capital through private placements of equity and debt. Jeff is currently serving as the Corporate Secretary of Oregon Entrepreneurs Network.

Matt Heitzenroder

Co-founder & COO, Orchestrate   |   LinkedIn

Matt Heitzenroder is the co-founder and the COO of Orchestrate (, which unifies multiple types of databases into a single, simple REST API. He has launched several start-ups and has been apart of several open source companies over the past decade. In 2010, he launched Basho Technologies European operations, where he served as General Manager, EMEA. In 2005, he joined SugarCRM as an early employee, where he helped build the client service team and served as a Professional Services engineer. In his spare time, you can find him hacking, sailing, or skiing.

Jennifer Lankford

Communications Director, Orchestrate   |   LinkedIn

Jennifer is the Communications Director at Orchestrate, a NoSQL data service for application development that unifies multiple database queries in a single, simple REST API. She has nearly a decade of experience running strategic communications and PR programs for early stage tech startups, including Portland’s own Cloudability, Geoloqi, Shop Ignitor, Upstart Labs, and Orchestrate. Her industry expertise spans a variety of markets including cloud computing, mobile, social, gaming, adtech, eCommerce and much more.

Gabe Markus

Art Director, State of Oregon, Publication and Design Section   |   LinkedIn

My experience comes from working in the design industry for 15 years. For the last 6 years of this I have been employed by the State of Oregon in the Publication and Design Section, as an Art Director. As a freelance designer and business owner, I have had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects as well as learn the business aspects of the industry. I gained experience working with a range of clients such as advertising agencies, universities, various small businesses, and art galleries.

Community Sponsors
Sheri Dover
Ed Allen
Travis Cannon
Kait Carter
Jehn Glynn
Sarah Nanbu
Josh Bailey
Locke Bielfeldt
Wayne Pritzker
Dave Weidner
Kate Cornelius
Ariane Holzhauer
Ami Mehta
Sara Morrow
Bryan Wasetis
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