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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 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.

Got an idea? Join us for Startup Weekend at PSU!

Don't have an idea? Join us for Startup Weekend at PSU!

Whether you have an idea or not, Startup Weekend is an experience for anyone who wants to be part of creating a new business or developing a technology. In teams and with the help of coaches and advisors from the Portland business community, you'll do everything from refining the concept to validating the market, contacting customers, building the business model, forecasting revenues and expenses, developing a prototype, to creating your pitch.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: everyone gathers Friday evening to hear pitches made by anyone with a startup idea (Remember! You don't need to have an idea to participate!). We've seen a variety of ideas from the most creative apps to flame-retardant racing suits to nonprofit organizations. The diversity in backgrounds and talents makes for the collaboration and innovation extremely high quality. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, market validation and team execution. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders, awards, and 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!

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Oct 5
  • Pre-Event Session for Students and first-time SUWE participants
  • Registration, Dinner, Networking - All Participants
  • Welcome & Startup Weekend PSU Overview
  • Pitches Begin
  • Attendees vote for top ideas
  • Ideas discussed & teams begin forming
  • Begin formalizing teams and take skills inventory. Be honest and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend
  • Break for the evening


Oct 6
  • Check-in, Light Breakfast/Coffee
  • Teams formed and working in assigned spaces. Phase 1 coaches make rounds.
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Phase 2 coaches make rounds. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid-weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. Break for the evening.


Oct 7
  • Check-in, Light Breakfast/Coffee
  • Gather in Auditorium
  • Phase 3 coaches make rounds
  • Calls for help
  • Lunch
  • Coaches available to answer questions, help
  • Check in, status report. Start preparing presentations
  • Dinner
  • Final Presentations
  • Judging and Awards
  • Wrap Up
  • Head home!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Michael Gray

CTO GlobeSherpa & PSU Alumni

Michael is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of GlobeSherpa, Inc. GlobeSherpa provides provides a secure, mobile ticketing platform for transit systems interested in moving to open payments, open data, and mobile fare collection with minimal infrastructure investment.

Michael has over 15 years in the software industry as developer, enterprise architect and hands-on consultant delivering large scale projects, mission critical applications and N-tier architectures for customers across industries (including non-profit). Prior to founding GlobeSherpa, Michael worked for companies such as NASA, Bank of America, Accenture and NPower Charlotte Region.

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration - Computer Information Systems concentration
Masters of International Management - Portland State University


Angela Jackson

Portland Seed Fund & PSU Business Accelerator

Gina Atwood

Immix Law Group

Scott Dawson

Dean, School of Business Administration, PSU

Rick Turoczy

Portland Incubator Experiment

Joe Janda

Director, Innovation & Intellectual Property, PSU


Gina Atwood

Immix Law Group

Tom Sperry

Rogue Venture Partners

Brenda Eichelberger

School of Business Administration, PSU

Eric Doeble

Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

Steve Morris

Oregon Technology Business Center

Angela Jackson

Portland Seed Fund & PSU Business Accelerator

Cliff Allen

Entrepreneur & School of Business Administration, PSU

Mark Grimes

Nedspace & Entrepreneur

Dave Brown

West Coast Bank

George DeCarlo


Michael Reed


Jon Carder

Angel Investor, Melvin Mark Companies

Leslie Nielsen

Angel Investor & Entrepreneur

Soren Knudsen


Jon Maroney


Sanjay Vankudre

Entrepreneur & Angel Investor

James McNames

Entrepreneur & MCECS Faculty, PSU

Charla Mathwick

School of Business Administration, PSU

Antonie Jetter

Engineering Technology Management, PSU

Shelley Gunton
Ryan M. Jenson
Nick Simms
Zeb Grice
Dr. James McNames
Dr. Charla Mathwick
Dr. Antonie Jetter
Don Mueller
Kate Bingaman-Burt
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