One of the reasons that Startup Weekend model is so accessible to the community is the generosity of businesses and organizations, ones that see the value in encouraging and fostering a culture of innovation in their areas of operation.
The University of Washington was our first sponsor. Through the efforts of the university’s Assistant Vice Chancellor, Kelly Snyder, we were provided an excellent event venue, including a lecture hall perfect for pitches and final demos, a “Collaboratory” which is ideal for working teams to hammer out ideas, and other rooms, including the Commons. With wi-fi, ample room, and security for teams to leave equipment overnight, this magnanimous arrangement couldn’t have been better for our needs. UW Bothell’s impressive academic programs are breaking new ground in STEM fields among many others. We’re excited to have the involvement of faculty and advisory board members as well.
Our first cash sponsor at the Gold level was Product Creation Studios. Located in the bustling south Lake Union area on Westlake and sitting above the space-age TESLA Motors dealership, the creative professional team at PCS engineers and designs products, both for startup entrepreneurs and for large enterprise. Their facility is an inventor’s wonderland, with machine tools and every design capability imaginable. Dave Szakelyhidi took a special interest in Health Startup Weekend and not only arranged for sponsorship, but also joined our team as an organizer, which represents an impressive commitment to our goals. Later, PCS heard about our need for a logo design and moved forward with it, producing an excellent design. Really, I think it’s one of the best logos I’ve seen for a Startup Weekend, and perfectly blends the uniqueness of our event with the worldwide UP Global design:
Our most recent Silver sponsor was the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. With long-standing roots in Silicon Valley and fourteen offices in technology, business, and regulatory hubs worldwide (including Seattle) WSGR has a national presence with a global reach. They’ve helped many entrepreneurs navigate the legal processes of launching, funding, and growing companies.
Without these sponsors, the organizers and I wouldn’t be able to make this event happen. Thanks again to all of them for their support.