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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?

Seattle will be hosting truly a unique event kicking off on May 16th. Startup Weekend and 9Mile Labs are coming together to host one of the world's first B2B Startup Weekend! B2B (business-to-business) implies that your primary customer and source of revenue is another business. The objective of this event is to encourage and empower entrepreneurs to build their B2B idea. To help the B2B entrepreneurs, 9Mile Labs and Startup Weekend will be bringing great people and resources to this event to educate and coach participants on the key considerations for building a viable B2B business.

This Startup Weekend will be kicked off by Milestone9, the Demo Day event that celebrates the graduation of the nine B2B startup companies from the 9Mile Labs program. Milestone9 is expected to draw 400-500 attendees from a cross-section of the Pacific Northwest business community, including investors, entrepreneurs, executives, service providers, mentors, and friends.

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!

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 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.

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 co-founder, 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!

Schedule

Friday

Apr 5
  • 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

Saturday

Apr 6
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch & Keynote by Phil Kimmey and Scott Porad of Rover.com:
  • 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

Sunday

Apr 7
  • 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
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers

Scott Porad

SVP Product Development

Scott leads Product Development at Rover.com. Previously, Scott was the CTO at Cheezburger, the company behind I Can Has Cheezburger? Failblog.org, Memebase.com, TheDailyWh.at and KnowYourMeme.com.

Since 1995, Scott has been building industry leading web sites including launching drugstore.com, working on ESPN.com at Paul Allen's Starwave Corporation and for Seth Godin at Yoyodyne Entertainment. Scott lives online at http://scottporad.com.

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Emily Jennerich

Senior Product Manager- Strategy and Innovation at T-Mobile   |   LinkedIn

Emily Jennerich works at T-Mobile USA and is the chief scout for the Product Management organization. She scouts out interesting long-range technologies, and opportunities finding relevant technology and develops long-range tech strategy for the company. She works with industry partners and the Venture Capital community to scout out the right opportunities.

Prior to T-Mobile, she worked at Intellectual Ventures as a member of a cross-functional think tank group focusing on long range innovation and finding new business models for innovation. She started her career at The Boeing Company working in both the commercial and defense businesses developing business cases for new products. She's a proud alumna of Syracuse University.

Outside of the office, when not hitting the ski slopes, sailing, kayaking, or traveling, she’s currently restoring a beautiful 1950’s wooden sailboat to its original glory (in spite of the fact that it hasn’t seen the water in ~20 years).

Richard Lerz

CEO at Nytec, Inc.   |   LinkedIn

Richard Lerz is the CEO of Nytec, Inc a full service engineering company providing end-to-end product design and development.

Richard’s 20 years as an entrepreneur has helped transform Nytec’s 35 years as a professional services engineering company into one of the fastest growing innovation development companies in the United States, working with clients ranging from startups to Fortune 100.

For decades, Nytec has been focused on the consumer electronics industry, helping to bring to market many common household products in the home today.

As an entrepreneurial technologist, Richard’s career exploded alongside the internet, having founded one of Seattle’s first internet service providers (ISP), Dataform Corporation. In 2006, Richard founded CentralPoint Corporation, a global secure collaboration framework for the medical, education, and federally funded research markets.

In 2010, Richard co-founded Pixsy Corporation, a leading syndication platform for image and video content powering some of the highest traffic destination sites on the web.

Richard is an avid sailor and spends most of his downtime on the water. Richard received his BA from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Rebecca Lovell

Interim CEO at Vittana Foundation   |   LinkedIn

Rebecca is serving an interim post as the CEO of Vittana. She loves doing good work with great people who are making a difference in the world. She brings 20 years of operating, development and executive experience to the role, and was delighted to return to her native Seattle a decade ago.

Here, she has served as the Director of the Alliance of Angels program, Executive Director of the Northwest Entrepreneur Network (NWEN), and most recently Chief Business Officer of GeekWire. She teaches a class on Venture Capital in the UW MBA program, and is a a mentor at Tech Stars, 9 Mile Labs and the Founder Institute.

She is on the employer advisory board for the UW Foster School of Business and the board of directors of NWEN. She also sits on the advisory boards for LikeBright and Fresh Consulting, is a phi beta kappa graduate of Carleton College and a Dean's Scholar, UW Foster MBA program. She is endlessly devoted to education, entrepreneurship, and karaoke.

Chris DeVore

Seed-stage investor at Founders Co-op   |   LinkedIn

Chris DeVore is a founder and General Partner at Founders’ Co-op, the Pacific Northwest's leading seed-stage venture capital fund. Previously a co-founder of Adjacency (acquired by Sapient, NASDAQ SAPE) and Judy's Book (backed by Mobius VC and Ignition Partners),

Chris also created outdoor retailer Patagonia's online retailing channel and led product and business strategy teams at AT&T and McCaw Cellular Communications. Chris holds a BA from Yale and attended the MBA program at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Gabe Pelegrin

Designer at Startup Weekend

Gabe packs a lot of punch in a small frame. With a background in marketing and design, it's no wonder he has a penchant for building cool things in the physical world and online. He can tell you how to position your brand, how to implement your message strategy, and possibly build your site.

Gabe previously used his powers for good at the Ablola Group online agency launching SEO client’s strategies and helping InternMatch launch a westcoast rollout. These days, he can be found at Startup Weekend HQ designing cool tools for organizers and attendees and helping make Startup Weekend a house hold name for anyone with an idea.

Mark Butler

Seattle-based consultant

Mark Butler specializes in strategic planning and idea development, helping entrepreneurs transform inspiration into reality while navigating the myriad challenges ahead.

He pairs strategic brainstorming with detailed, measureable implementation plans – and brings years of experience in product and content development to help create compelling, easily communicated offerings to customers.

His clients have included entrepreneurs, growing businesses, and organizations like the Kauffman and Lowe Foundations. At IDG Books, he oversaw many of the best-selling …For Dummies business titles. A graduate of Kansas State University’s business school, Mark can be found at www.butlerbeyondbooks.com.

Ryan Rosensweig

Nordstrom Innovation Lab   |  

Ryan R. Rosensweig is the first business-design hybrid from the University of Cincinnati’s college of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. He earned his master’s degree in design after completing his bachelor’s degree in marketing, sustainable urban engineering, and interdisciplinary design innovation.

As the graduate assistant for Associate Dean Craig M. Vogel, of DAAP’s Center for Design Research and Innovation, Rosensweig researched educational models for interdisciplinary innovation, the interaction between design methodologies and business strategy, as well as product and service innovations for the over-age-50 population through work with the Live Well Collaborative.

As an undergraduate student, Rosensweig was a member of the Carl H. Lindner Honors-PLUS program and was awarded the University’s highest honor upon commencement, the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence. As a graduate student he received the Graduate School’s top honor and was recognized as the Outstanding Design Graduate Student.

Rosensweig is currently working for the Nordstrom Innovation Lab as a Designer and Open Innovation Coordinator.

Mark Mueller-Eberstein

Professor at Rutgers University Center for Management Development   |  

Prof. Mark Mueller-Eberstein is an internationally renowned business leader, entrepreneur, consultant, best-selling author, and a Professor at Rutgers University Center for Management Development.

He leads “The Knowledge Economy Research Institute” as well as Adgetec Corporation’s consulting business. Using a cross-functional and international approach, they help current and future leaders align their business and technology strategies, and leverage opportunities.

Mark is fascinated by the dynamic between the human and technical factors that positively impact business operations, and has advised business leaders from a variety of industries on these topics for over a decade.

Mark has become one of the world’s leading experts on how businesses can leverage key technology trends to drive a competitive advantage and his books have been translated into a dozen languages and been recommended by leading publications from the US over Russia and China to Germany.

Each year, Mark sets aside time to personally work with select clients around the world as a keynote speaker, workshop facilitator, and trainer. More information about Mark at: www.mueller-eberstein.com

Christopher Fryer

UI/UX Designer   |   LinkedIn

Christopher Fryer is a Seattle start-up junky. After living in Costa Rica with his wife and two sons he decided that reality is negotiable. He since dropped out of college to drop in on entrepreneurship and mobile UI/UX design.

Contributing Sponsors
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Amyr Haq
Hakon Verespej
David Henzel
Anupam Mishra
Ben Gilbert
Moya O'Grady
Jace Lieberman
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