You’ve got your Million Dollar Idea,
but you’re going to need help developing it.
Vanessa Van Edwards is a published author and behavioral investigator. Her specialty is human lie detection and body language for entrepreneurs; she used her skills to win Portland Startup Weekend in 2012.
The unique approach of her company, the ScienceofPeople.com has reached audiences on CNN, Forbes, Business Week, and the Wall Street Journal, and she is a sought after consultant and speaker. Vanessa is a published Penguin author and a Huffington Post columnist. She regularly gives keynotes and appears in the media to talk about her research.
Vanessa will be giving her online class Body Language for Entrepreneurs to all the winners. The class helps entrepreneurs master body language and nonverbal communication to be more effective in their business dealings with clients, investors or at networking.
Thank you Vanessa for sponsoring Portland Startup Weekend!
Portland Startup Weekend is thrilled to have Paige Hendrix Buckner, a Portland Startup Weekend Alumni and winner of Startup PDX Challenge, as our keynote speaker.
Paige Hendrix Buckner is the co-founder and CEO of Tique Box, a company that features Portland artisans through a monthly subscription and gift box service. Paige is passionate about the intersection of entrepreneurship, education and technology.
A native of Missouri, Paige studied international relations and geography at the University of Missouri and co-founded Stop Traffic, a student organization dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking. After graduation, she moved to Las Vegas to teach fourth and fifth grade as a Teach For America Corps Member. When she wasn’t teaching, she worked as the Co-Director of Not For Sale Nevada, a state chapter of a global anti-human trafficking organization. Paige relocated to Portland in 2011 to be closer to her husband Darren Buckner.
While working as a policy advisor at Multnomah County, she attended her first Startup Weekend and was eager to pursue the startup path. In 2013, she launched Tique Box and decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship full time in April 2014. When she isn’t working, Paige loves practicing jiu jitsu, crocheting and adventures with friends.
We are proud to announce that PrestoBox is now a sponsor of Startup Weekend!
PrestoBox is the world’s first automated branding agency. Their research-backed Brand Genie guides you to a recommended brand and then you can instantly build your website, logo, and business cards.
Mixing top tier design with a patent-pending technology – and just a sprinkling of magic – PrestoBox helps small businesses quickly build their own personalized brand toolkits in a way that’s simple, engaging, and incredibly cost-effective. What used to cost thousands of dollars and take months of time now can happen at the snap of your fingers.
Presto! You’re branded.
And, for our lucky winners,
PrestoBox is donating branding packages to the winners of Startup Weekend. One winner will receive a deluxe branding package. Two winning teams will receive a brand kit and one hour consultation with one-on-one help from your personal Brand Genie expert. Each package includes a logo, business cards, a website and a brand guide to tie it all together.