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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:    November 22nd-24th
  • 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, Nobember 16th
  • Time:   12pm-5pm
  • Place:   NedSpace: 1400 SW 5th Avenue (between Columbia St and Clay St), 3rd Floor, Portland, Oregon



Nov 22
  • 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


Nov 23
  • 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


Nov 24
  • 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
  • Wrap up
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Eric Winquist

CEO & Co-founder @ Jama   |   LinkedIn

CEO Eric Winquist sets the strategic vision for Jama, a company he founded in 2007 after witnessing first-hand the common frustrations companies face in delivering products to market. With 20 years experience in product development and entrepreneurship, he is passionate about reinventing product delivery in the enterprise by bringing people into the process. Eric’s interest and background in the psychology of work and motivation has informed many of the innovations in Jama’s collaboration software.
Jama is one of the fastest-growing enterprise software companies in the United States, having exceeded 100% growth in each of the past four years, during which time it has been repeatedly recognized by Inc. and Forbes as a model of growth and innovation.
Eric is frequently invited to present on the topics of entrepreneurship, innovation and business-process change. You can reach him on LinkedIn.

Mat Ellis

CEO & Founder @ Cloudability

Mat Ellis is CEO and Founder of Cloudability, a cloud management company that helps businesses save money on their cloud costs by reducing unintentional spending and eliminate waste. As a hands-on executive with over 20 years experience scaling and growing technology platforms, Ellis spent the nineties overseeing IT operations for global companies like Goldman Sachs, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola. He has held executive positions with four startups since 2000, including three with successful exits. The fourth, Adknowledge, is the largest privately held ad network in the world. He also served as VP of Technology for Connexus Corp. More recently, he founded the cloud computing consultancy Tecnh in 2009, where his main focus was to help move companies onto the cloud. Originally hailing from the UK, Ellis now resides in Portland, Oregon.

Gold Sponsors

Kanth Gopalpur

Kanth Gopalpur has been involved in several entrepreneurial ventures over the past two decades. From 1995-2000 he led the online operations of Powell’s Books and was responsible for building one of the earliest ecommerce websites. From 2000-2002 he served as the VP of ecommerce for Djangos, a venture backed retailer of music and movies. In 2002 Kanth founded and was the CEO of Monsoon Inc., a software provider of ecommerce solutions for small to mid-size companies. The company was customer funded from its inception until 2005 when it raised a small amount of capital from angel investors to fund its rapid growth. Over the next few years Monsoon emerged as one of the leaders in its space, was placed on several lists - including Inc. 500 and Portland Business Journal’s Top 100 companies - and was the recipient of several awards such as eBay’s Star Developer Award and OEN’s Working Capital Company of the Year.

Monsoon was acquired by a private equity firm in Feb.2010 and merged with Alibris Inc, an Emeryville, CA company to form Monsoon Commerce. Kanth served as President of the combined $100M company, with over 120 employees in 3 locations, from 2010 till 2012 and then as CEO until May 2013.

Kanth is actively involved in mentoring and working with early stage companies in Oregon. He currently serves on the Board of the Oregon Growth Account and was previously on the Board of the Portland Intermediary Fund, the Oregon Chapter of TIE and several private companies in and outside Oregon.

Rick Turoczy


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

Jeff Martens

Jeff Martens is the Co-Founder & CEO of CPUsage, a Portland based, venture backed startup 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, judge 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.

Angela Jackson

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

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 almost 700 globally and a successful IPO in December 2011. Today, Bill is an advisor to local startups, organizes networking events for area 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.

Silver Sponsors

Andy Beach

With more than 15 years of experience, Andy Beach is a respected industry voice in online video and streaming media. Founder and Principal at Techgeist, Inc., Andy consults with companies that touch every part of the Over The Top distribution ecosystem, from encoding and compression to delivery and playback. Andy is a contributing analyst at The Diffusion Group, recently published the report, “Live Linear Streaming: The Role of Encoding,” the author of Real World Video Compression, a frequent voice in popular industry media, such as FierceOnlineVideo and NewTeeVee and a previous speaker at industry events, including NAB, the Streaming Media conferences and TelcoTV. In 2011, Andy was named to Streaming Media’s All Star List.

Kelly White

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.

Chris Sells

Chris Sells has had a varied career in the Windows developer space, including VP of the Developer Tools Division at Telerik and Principal Program Manager for Visual Studio at Microsoft. He's written several books, including "Building Windows 8 Apps in JavaScript," "Programming WPF, "Windows Forms 2.0 Programming" and "ATL Internals." In his free time, Chris learns new programming languages and techniques. More information about Chris, and his various projects, is available on twitter: @csells.

Tyler Phillipi

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.

Thubten Comerford

Co-Organizer and Facilitator of Startup Weekend PDX #3 & #4, Thubten has been acknowledged by Business Insider as one of the best connected entrepreneurs in the world. He is a seasoned business builder who actively mentors startup founders in Portland, and across North America.
Thubten has interviewed hundreds of startup founders for Startup Weekly, which he has published since 2010. Thubten also co-hosts The Startup Show.
The founder and organizer of the Portland Tech Meetup. Thubten's primary business is his social marketing agency, WePost Media Social Marketing, which provides full-service online marketing for businesses of any size. With more than 1/4 million followers on his personal and business Twitter profiles, he is a demonstrated master of audience building.

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.

Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards is a published author and behavioral investigator, Vanessa’s background is in human lie detection and body language. Her company the and unique approach have been featured in CNN, Forbes, Business Week and the Wall Street Journal and she is a sought after consultant and speaker for HR and Sales Departments. After winning Portland Start Up Weekend in 2012, Vanessa also co-founded Dream Up Labs to use her knowledge of human behavior to tap into the latest technology trends. She now works with entrepreneurs on body language.

Soren Knudsen

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.

Ian Scrymgeour

Ian is currently a Strategic Investment Manager of Intel’s New Business Initiatives group, an internal business incubator. In this role, he focuses on fostering business model innovation in order to create tangible growth options for Intel. Prior to this, Ian has worked in a wide variety of roles and has a broad experience in the high-tech field covering SW development to global supply chain. Ian received his BS in Materials Science from Penn State University and his MBA from University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Gregory Peek

Greg is a hardware engineer working at Intel in the New Business Initiatives organization. He has a diverse background from chip design to embedded system architecture. He is also a Maker with a workshop at home that includes a 3D printer, laser etcher, SMT soldering equipment, and a variety of Arduino boards.

Mark Pontarelli

Mark Pontarelli is an Investment Director in Intel’s New Business Initiatives group, an internal incubator chartered with identifying and seeding growth options for the company. Mark has held various engineering, architecture, strategy, and business roles at Intel over the last 13 years. He has experienced the launch of market transforming products not only at Intel but as an engineering director at General Instrument (Motorola Broadband) and at Apple Computer. Entrepreneurship is central to Mark’s role at Intel where he serves as a coach and advisor to new business ventures, primarily in the mobile and embedded computing domains.

Leigh Gill

Leigh is an attorney at Immix Law and is proud to practice startup law. After beginning his career in finance, Leigh gravitated towards software and worked as a project manager, business analyst and consultant for a decade with software companies before settling down to practice law. Of course, in hindsight it was an inevitable career: the name is Leigh Gill (pronounced ‘lee-gil,’ like ‘legal’).
Combining business reality with the practice of law, Leigh is focused on innovation, creativity, and helping to get powerful, transformative ideas set loose into the world, while allowing the creative forces behind them to be rewarded and protected.

Ryan Lowe

Ryan Lowe is an attorney at Immix Law Group PC who has a passion for business law and a commitment to the Portland community. At Immix, Ryan works with businesses and owners on a variety of matters, including legal planning, entity formation, contracting, finance, growth, compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. Ryan also provides pro bono legal counseling to entrepreneurs through Mercy Corps Northwest on a monthly basis. 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.

Melea Seward

Melea Seward is a teacher, writer, consultant, and speaker. She does strategy consulting and speaking for nonprofits, start-ups, foundations, television networks, old-school magazines, new-school digital publishers, authors, and more. Melea created Board of Us, a playful Board of Directors where the agenda is you. And you. And you. And she teaches classes and leads groups about what building meaningful lifework can mean. She has spoken at TedX, Fordham University, Kings College, the SUNY Levin Institute, The Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, Sarah Lawrence College, and more. Follow her on twitter @boardofus.

Kate Niedermeyer

Kate Niedermeyer works for Intel’s internal venture group, New Business Initiatives, where she focuses on creating viable new business options. She brings 7 years of corporate venturing and finance experience and has incubated ventures in cloud services, internet of things, mobile commerce, and wearable computing, among others. She has an MBA in finance and entrepreneurship from University of Oregon and a BA in art from Reed College.

Michael Gray

Michael co-founded GlobeSherpa in 2010 and oversees the technical development and implementation of GlobeSherpa’s mobile ticketing platform. He works closely with customer IT teams and GlobeSherpa’s technical partners. Prior to GlobeSherpa Michael worked as a Software Consultant for Huron Consulting, providing custom applications for the healthcare sector, as well as for NPower, where he integrated several complex back-end management systems for Fortune 500 clients. Michael also worked as an engineer for Bank of America and as a consultant for Accenture, where he led the design and coding of Michael holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information Systems from Winthrop University and a Masters Degree in International Management from Portland State University. When not deep in code, Michael enjoys running and exploring Oregon’s great outdoors.

Community Sponsors
Travis Cannon
Josh Bailey
Shashi Jain
Sheri Dover
Dave Weidner
Ami Mehta
Ariane Holzhauer
Locke Bielefeldt
Jeffrey Whissen
Ed Allen
Josh Gartenbaum
Chris Schuermyer
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