Startup Weekend Bellevue

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Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004 (Sunday Pitches are at Bellevue College- Carlson Theatre)

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!

What is Startup Weekend?

It’s a global, grassroots movement. It’s active and empowered entrepreneurs who learn the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It’s over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world. Wouldn’t you want to be part of the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs? Startup Weekend is a non-profit headquartered in Seattle, Washington but it really spans the globe. 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, just like you, who want to be entrepreneurs, who have dreams and ideas, from around the globe are coming together. They’re coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. Shouldn’t you join them in Bellevue and work on your Startup dream? Are you ready to register? Bellevue Startup Weekend follows the highly successful Startup Weekend Model. Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea. Yes, that’s right you get to pitch your idea. Then you get feedback from the other entrepreneurs. There’s a popular vote and then teams form around the top ideas. It’s a chance to see the marketplace model in action. It’s a chance to be part of the Startup action. Then comes the 54 hour frenzy. You’ll work on business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation and experience the high intensity environment. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of leading local entrepreneurs-people who have succeeded and who are out their everyday. You get a chance to hear their valuable feedback. It’s like gladiator school for entrepreneurs. Pick up your sword! Register and Join the Visionaries and the Victors! Bellevue Startup Weekend gives you the opportunities to:

  • Found Companies
  • Find a Cofounder
  • Meet Someone New
  • Learn a Skill
  • Experience an Environment Far Outside Your Usual 9-to-5

Everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. Work on your dream and experience the reality of Startups. This could be it. This could be YOUR chance. Put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur! Register Now for the best weekend of your life!



Oct 24
  • 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


Oct 25
  • 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


Oct 26
  • 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 (Buses leave to Bellevue College for final pitches at Carlson Theatre)
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Buses take you back to Bellevue City Hall
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Jody Laflen

Dean of the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Bellevue College   |  LinkedIn

Jody Laflen, Dean of the Institute for Business and Information Technology (iBIT), is working to advance this dynamic and technology-driven Division across the spectrum of innovative digital media arts, IT programs, baccalaureate degrees in high-demand industries and a full range of business curricula that will develop the next generation of technology-based and design-focused leadership in Washington and worldwide.

Haresh Ved

Founder & Managing General Partner at Cronus Ventures   |  LinkedIn

Haresh is the Founder and Managing General Partner of Cronus Ventures, LLC. He has 25+ year of experience in the IT industry. He is involved with the day to day operations, including screening and performing the necessary due diligence leading to investment decisions. He takes on an advisory and a mentorship role, and serves as a board member in companies Cronus invest in. Haresh is keenly interested in Mobility, Education & eLearning, and Healthcare products, services and solutions.

Jon Croy

Founder & VP Operations at Point Inside   |  LinkedIn

Mr. Croy has held a variety of senior management roles in high-technology and wireless companies, with responsibilities including executive management of sales, marketing, finance, engineering, information technology and operations. Mr. Croy’s career portfolio includes experience with Andersen Consulting, Telecom Italia Mobile, Time Warner Cable, McCaw Cellular, AT&T Wireless, and TeleCommunication Systems. Mr Croy is a graduate of the University of Dayton.


Michelle Hyde

Principal Consultant and Founder at Hyde NW dba Hyde Group   |  LinkedIn

Michelle Hyde, principal and owner of the Hyde Group, has worked for over 20 years with clients to navigate and transform network communication and data center challenges into positive results. With accomplished sales efforts and true advocacy for her executive-level clients, she is a valued and unique asset and business partner.

Richard Wang

Managing Partner at Village88 Ventures   |  LinkedIn

Richard is a corporate professional turned entrepreneur. Having worked in various management roles within Boeing, he possesses extensive experience in business strategy, ventures, and program management. He also has first-hand knowledge of the challenges involved in growing an entrepreneurial endeavor through two web-based start-ups he launched, and Mentor 2.0. With a deep understanding of organizational structure and complex program execution, he is passionate about finding creative and unique solutions to the most complex business issues.

Manon Buettner

Principal & CEO at Nuvalo (formerly Data Center Solutions)   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Manon Buettner is an accomplished data center and cloud analyst and practitioner with over fifteen years of experience designing, selling, and implementing cloud solutions, data center selection and migrations, and network enablement for mid-market and enterprise businesses, as well as for telecom and service providers.

Andrew Klein

Executive Vice President at Zino Society   |  LinkedIn

Andrew is a graduate of Seattle University where he is also currently completing his MBA. When he was 22 years old, he bootstrapped a crepe business to 3 locations and nearly $1m in revenue. He then worked in a finance capacity for a startup called Qliance, and performed due diligence working with Bezos Expeditions, MSD Capital, New Atlantic Ventures, 2nd Ave Partners and many other well-known angel investors. Later, he also created and scaled a coffee kiosk business to 300 units in a new venture group at Coinstar and most recently was a TechStars graduate of the MSFT Azure Accelerator class. His energy, passion, and experience for entrepreneurship will help energize and accelerate our ZINOpreneurs, connecting more investor members and sponsor members, with the ultimate goal to provide faster and larger returns to our investors.

Shannon Hulbert

CEO/President at Redbridge, Inc.   |  Google+

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Nilesh Londhe

Founder, Creator, Investor at Cloud Genius   |  LinkedInGoogle+

Nilesh Londhe is the founder of Cloud Genius, a Cloud Computing Training and Certification institution, led by industry experts. Since 2011, Cloud Genius has focused on imparting cutting edge cloud DevOps skills for career advancement via a hands-on flipped-class methodology.

Brayden Olson

CEO at Wilhelm Enterprises   |  LinkedIn

Brayden Olson, CEO of Wilhelm Enterprises, is a Seattle entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of gamification. Olson has been recognized by the city of Bellevue as Young Professional of the Year, by Fortune Magazine as one of five "Startup Idols", and was the youngest entrepreneur ever inducted into the Seattle Chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization. In gaming, Olson is currently the CEO of Recurrence and CSO of Real Estate Game Works. He is also the co-founder of the Young Entrepreneur Social, and co-author of an upcoming book with business writer Charles Herrick on Managing Millennials.

Sanjay Puri

Co-Founder, Partner at 9Mile Labs   |  LinkedIn

Sanjay started his career building database applications at Oracle. Sanjay co-founded in 1999 which exited successfully in 2001. As a products executive at startups (iConclude, Opsware, Edifecs) and large companies (Microsoft and HP), Sanjay has helped companies achieve successful exits and exceptional revenue growth. Sanjay holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.

Matt Dyor

Co-Founder and CEO at Payboard   |  LinkedIn

I’m CEO at Payboard, where we help SaaS companies convert first time visitors into happy, paying customers. Prior to Payboard, I was the Managing Director at the Microsoft Accelerator powered by Techstars. In that role, I helped 20 startups build and refine their businesses by focusing on their customers, resulting in millions of dollars of value creation. Previously, I served as a patent attorney for Microsoft and as an infantry officer for the US Army.

Colin Christianson

Founder & CEO at Tenacious Ventures   |  LinkedIn

Colin Christianson is the CEO & founder of Tenacious Ventures, which has driven online marketing programs and digital media creation for some of the largest brands in the world including Microsoft, The Gates Notes Foundation, ING Direct Sharebuilder, Clarisonic and more. By leveraging live video broadcasts, social media and online analytics he has revamped the way campaigns and events market themselves.

Brandon Bazemore

CEO at Persephone   |  LinkedIn

Brandon is a longtime Pacific Northwest native, growing up just outside of Seattle. While quickly becoming the “how can I make this work” person, his first major technology projects were in financial services where he deployed automated technology & process solutions for Accredited Home Loans that reduced the time to evaluate deals by over 75%. Leveraging this experience, he then developed a multi-tenanted pipeline solution that included 400+ salespeople closing more than $1.3 billion in financial products per year, resulting in in several Inc. 500 and Puget Sound Business Journal awards for business growth.

Eric Hulbert

CEO and Co-Owner at Opus Interactive, Inc   |  LinkedIn

Co-founded Opus Interactive, Inc. in 2008 and facilitated operations expansion from 1,000 square foot space in a single data center to 217,500 square feet of data center space in 5 locations throughout the US.

Marek Brejl

Founder of Coding with Kids   |  

Marek Brejl, PhD, founder of Coding with Kids, has spent over 15 years in the software industry - from pioneering automated 3D disease detections algorithms for radiology, to leading large multi-national software development teams at Microsoft. Marek now leads Coding with Kids full-time and is dedicated to building the best coding education program for children in the country. Marek has two elementary school age children who are becoming coders of their own. Marek is a climber and a hiker, and has travelled around the globe.

Josh Breeds

Founder at ServedBy the Net   |  LinkedIn

More than 14 years of experience working a variety of positions in the IT field.

Eric Grudzien

Founder at Webtellect, LLC   |  LinkedIn

Eric is a Sr. Software developer, and Founder of the company Webtellect.

Joseph M. Wallin

Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP   |  LinkedIn

Joe Wallin focuses his practice on emerging, high growth, and startup companies. Joe frequently represents companies in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions, and other significant business transactions. Joe also represents investors in and acquirors of businesses, and provides general counsel services for companies from startup to post-public. Joe is the founder and editor of

Ram Dutt

CEO & Co-Founder at Meylah   |  LinkedIn

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