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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

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.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

The Seattle Weekend brings together people with different skill sets – primarily software developers, graphic 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!



Apr 11
  • 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 12
  • 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 13
  • 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
  • Tech check - practice, practice, practive!
  • Demoes Begin
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors

Avi Golan

VP, Intuit’s Partner Platform

Avi Golan is Vice President and General Manager of Intuit’s Partner Platform business unit. In this role he leads the platform strategy to grow the QuickBooks ecosystem, enabling small businesses to seamlessly connect more solutions to solve their unique business needs. This platform serves approximately 5 million small businesses as well as a diverse set of partners and developers.

Gold Sponsors

Avi Golan

VP, Intuit’s Partner Platform

Avi Golan is Vice President and General Manager of Intuit’s Partner Platform business unit. In this role he leads the platform strategy to grow the QuickBooks ecosystem, enabling small businesses to seamlessly connect more solutions to solve their unique business needs. This platform serves approximately 5 million small businesses as well as a diverse set of partners and developers.

Before joining Intuit, Avi spent the last 5+ years with Google after being a product and engineering leader in a few late stage startups and large cooperations such as Siemens and KNS. At Google Avi lead organizations that helped large partners and external developers using AdWords API by building internal and external programs and open sourcing capabilities. More recently at Nook Media, Avi managed the operation of a newly created business running the self-publishing platform, a multi-millions business, with direct competition to Amazon’s KDP and Apple iBook initiatives.

Rebecca Lovell

Startup Liaison, City of Seattle   |   LinkedIn

Rebecca Lovell is the City of Seattle's Startup Liaison, working to connect startups to resources, expand opportunities in entrepreneurship , and measure and promote our success. She also serves as a mentor for Techstars, 9 Mile Labs,  and Founder Institute, and is an instructor on venture capital investing in the UW Foster MBA Program. She is on the advisory board of LikeBright as well as the UW Foster Employer Advisory board, and has coached, screened and mentored hundreds of startups in Seattle. Prior roles include Program Director, Alliance of Angels, Executive Director, Northwest Entrepreneur Network, Chief Business Officer, GeekWire and interim CEO for Vittana. She brings 20 years of operating and management experience to her leadership roles in both for-profit and non-profit sectors. Recognized as of the top 100 women in Tech from the Puget Sound Business Journal (2009), was Tech Flash's "Do Gooder of the Year" in 2010, she is endlessly devoted to entrepreneurship and karaoke.

Margaret Dawson

Vice President of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist, HP Cloud   |  

For more than 20 years, Margaret has held global leadership roles with start-ups and Fortune 500 technology companies, including Microsoft and As Vice President of Product Marketing & Cloud Evangelist for HP Cloud, she is part of the executive team driving HP’s cloud strategy.  Margaret is a frequent author and sought-after speaker on subjects such as cloud computing, Big Data, network security, and the convergence of technology and business, and is ranked one of the Top Ten Women in Cloud Computing (2013). Margaret is an advisor to Cloud Connect and the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW) as well as multiple early-stage companies and CEOs. Based in Seattle, Washington, Margaret has worked and traveled extensively in Asia, Europe and North America, including four years as a foreign correspondent for BusinessWeek magazine in Greater China.

T.A. McCann

Founder, Rival IQ   |   LinkedIn

Founder of Rival IQ - the best way to analyze and monitor your competitive landscape. Focused on active online marketers who want to get ahead, Rival IQ saves you time and delivers key insights about your competitors across their key marketing channels (web, search, social…). Previously VP of Product Strategy at Blackberry (formally Research in Motion), focused on BBM (Blackberry Messenger), social applications (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Foursquare…) as well as the native Contacts apps after Blackberry bought my last company, Gist. The founder of, a social address book sold to Blackberry in February 2011, as well as Jump2Go and 3 other web based companies. He is on the board of Full Contact and Guidant. He is an active advisor to startup companies including Creative Live, Zooppa and EveryMove. He also spent 4 years at Microsoft in various roles on Exchange and Mobile Service Delivery Platforms. He is an active angel investor and has made investments in Creative Live, Inside Social, Everpath, Heapsylon, Skedadle as well as Founders Co-op, FG Angels and SKV. He likes sharing his experience and ideas, so he spends lots of time at Startup Weekend (on the board) and Techstars (active mentor) as well as Lake Washington Girls Middle School (on the board).

Silver Sponsors

Matt Gamboa

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Tech savvy, early adopter of gadgetry, entrepreneur, and startup enthusiast. Matt has traveled many paths during life and has been happy with every decision he's made on the way. He co-founded QThru, a mobile self checkout solution that was disrupting retail, and also founded ModBox, a personal styling service in a box. He is an active member of the Seattle tech and entrepreneurial community and loves just getting great things done.

Ram Valliyappan

Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft   |   LinkedIn

Ram Valliyappan is a Jack of All product developer who has played many different roles in his career. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and strongly believe every problem has an opportunity within itself. He has co-founded a social enterprise, done angle investing, and launched mobile apps. He currently works for Microsoft as a Senior Program Manager and has shipped many different features part of Windows & Office.

Vishav Vir Singh

IPP Developer Relations, Intuit

Vishav Singh is currently Senior Software Engineer with the Intuit Partner Platform team at Intuit. He contributes to all things that delight developers and partners and that keep them developing tons of apps. Driving architectures, hacking out code, SDK development, SaaS integrations and partner enablement atop the legendary Quickbooks platform keep him buzzing.

Prior to Intuit, Vishav was a part of the Web Service Engineering team at Intel Media which was Intel's first foray into web-based TV streaming space (a service later sold to Verizon). He is an enthusiast of asynchronous, concurrent and distributed application architectures and implementations. He is also a prolific writer and communicator with 2 co-authored books in the service-oriented architecture(SOA) and web service space. Besides the industry, he is an active aficionado of the academia and has contributed to Stanford University's Persuasive Technology Lab which researches how technology can alter people's beliefs and behaviors. 

Hakon Verespej

Growth Hacker at Madrona Venture Group   |   LinkedIn

Hakon works at Madrona Venture Group, a Seattle-based venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage, tech startups. He previously worked on several incubation projects at Microsoft and before that at startup that built network and security software. He's a strong believer in the mission of Startup Weekend and has been involved in over 20 Startup Weekend events. You can read some of his thoughts at his blog at

Srinivasan Rengasamy

Service Architect, Intuit   |   LinkedIn

Architected SaaS QuickBooks Online Developer platform serving 100s of applications including mobile applications altogether making 10M calls a day. QuickBooks Online Platform includes small business financial data models, REST service - batch, CDC, orchestration, CRUD APIs

Dwight Battle

Art Director & Creative Consultant, Studio Battle Creative   |   LinkedIn

Dwight Battle is an award-winning independent art director and creative consultant specializing in user interface design, user experience design, creative direction, mobile design, and large-screen interactive experiences. 

Dwight has been an designer and art director for fifteen years, and he is passionate about creating awesome product design and engaging interactive experiences. He has worked on complex, multi-platform products for some of the world's premier brands, including Princess Cruises, Disney, and Microsoft. Currently, he is a Senior Product Designer at Microsoft. You can see his work at

DJ Schwend

Interaction Designer, Rival IQ   |   LinkedIn

DJ loves finding ways to use technology to simplify and make our lives better. She has worked as an advocate for user-centered design in many capacities in the Seattle area. From large global companies like Microsoft, frog design and BlackBerry, to local startups Evri, Gist and Rival IQ, she has contributed design solutions to large-scale web applications, mobile operating systems and specialized mobile apps used by millions of consumers.  

Paige Pauli

Designer, Simply Measured   |   LinkedIn

Paige Pauli is a UX/UI designer and front-end developer at Simply Measured where she designs both customer-facing and in-house software. In addition to Simply Measured, she teaches UX design and front-end development to high school students at Seattle Academy every morning. Prior to joining the Simply Measured team, Paige worked for zulily and consulted for various Seattle startups, including RelocationOnline, QThru, Evri, Ador (with Design Commission), and Founder's Co-op, and worked on the eHarmony redesign with software design boutique Jackson Fish Market.

Paige is an instructor for the Seattle chapter of Girl Develop It, serves as a member on the Seattle Academy Alumni Board, and serves on the Board of Directors for Thrive Through Cancer, providing support for the young adult cancer community in Seattle.

Bryce Counts

Associate, Cairncross & Hempelmann’s Corporate practice group   |   LinkedIn

Bryce is an associate in Cairncross & Hempelmann’s Corporate practice group. He focuses on counseling software and clean technology startups in a variety of complex strategic transactions, including private debt and equity financing, mergers and acquisitions, licensing transactions, joint ventures, and strategic partnerships.

Jason Wilbur

Senior Product Manager, Amazon Payments   |   LinkedIn

Jason is a Senior Product Manager on the Amazon Payments team. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. Jason has consulted with a variety of early-stage startups, non-profits and founded his own company that launched a suite of mobile apps for military soldiers and government employees. Prior to joining Amazon he also worked as a Program Manager for the US Air Force, specializing in airborne communications systems.

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