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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 successes?

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 events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Organizers and Facilitators can be found on every corner of the globe. 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!




Sep 4
  • 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


Sep 5
  • 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


Sep 6
  • 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
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Sunny Washington

President, Ardusat

Sunny began her career as bank manager for US Bank. She then moved to Certiport where she launched their digital literacy program in over 80 countries. In 2009 she was introduced to the co-founders at Instructure. After seeing a demo of their LMS, she was convinced that this would be a game-changer in the market. In January 2010, she joined Instructure as employee 7. During her time at Instructure she assisted in building the sales, business development, account management, and marketing teams.

In April 2014, Sunny was hired by Spire, a space satellite company out of San Francisco, to build Ardusat, an ed tech company focused on delivering STEM resources to spark student innovation. They just launched their program where students will be able to run experiments on the satellites that Spire builds and launches into space.

Stan Bassett

CEO, Alliance Health Networks

Stan thrives on the challenge and pressure of growing businesses. Whether hitting financial targets, helping colleagues see their potential, raising venture capital, sales and business development from the C suite and on down, setting and executing strategy...he is calm under fire and have consistently delivered results.

Most recently he was the CEO of Alliance Health. Alliance Health is the online leader in patient to patient engagement around chronic conditions. With a tremendous effort the Alliance team came together and had a terrific 2013. Earlier this year the team wrapped up a successful sale of the company and Alliance is poised to be a top tier player in the space.

Prior to that, Stan was the President of TechMediaNetwork (now Purch). Working with a great team, they grew TechMediaNetwork into the largest online publisher of technology and science content. With over 30 million monthly visitors, TechMedia is second only to CNET (CBS Interactive) in reach. Partnering with Village Ventures, Highway 12 and ABS Capital, we raised $40 million and have positioned the company for ongoing growth on a global basis.

Stan is now looking forward to his next gig.

Alex Lawrence
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