Pairing Entrepreneurs with Students from Oregon Colleges and High Schools


Redmond, Oregon – October 6, 2015 – The first annual Oregon All-State Education + Entrepreneurship Startup Weekend is seeking student sponsors for the October 23-25 event at the COCC Redmond Technology Education Center. This first of its kind Startup Weekend event will combine Oregon college students, Central Oregon High School students and local entrepreneurs. Businesses can participate by sponsoring a student for $99. This will allow students who may not otherwise be able to take part in the event to participate. The event organizers would like to open the event up to as many students as possible.

“We want to reach as many young people as possible, especially in Central Oregon,” says Larry Jacobsen, lead organizer of the event. “Bringing together students, both high school and college with other entrepreneurs will be an exciting mix of talent and energy.”

In addition, anyone with an idea is encouraged to participate. Participants will have a chance to take an idea and run with it hard for 54 hours. Entrepreneurs will create a working business plan along with a winning pitch for a new product or service, all within one long weekend. Up to 75 students and entrepreneurs will form teams and build innovative new businesses focused on the athletic and outdoor industry! This event is the first of its kind in the nation. The title sponsor for this years event will be BendBroadband Business Services.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event, with teams working on the best ideas pitched Friday night and presented Sunday evening to a panel of judges. Startup Weekends span the globe, bringing together creative, innovative and motivated people to learn new skills, network and mingle with top industry leaders. For more event details, go to Interested participants can register on Eventbrite at

Startup Weekend Redmond
October 23rd, 2015



Code of Conduct

Like the Startup community as a whole, the Portland Startup Weekend Latino team and community is made up of a mixture of professionals and volunteers working on every aspect of the mission – including mentorship, teaching and connecting people.

Diversity is one of our huge strengths, but it can also lead to communication issues and unhappiness. To that end, we have a few ground rules that we ask people to adhere to. This code applies equally to all those participating in our events (organizers, mentors, judges, sponsors, facilitators and attendees).

This isn’t an exhaustive list of things that you can’t do. Rather, take it in the spirit in which it’s intended – a guide to make it easier to enrich all of us and the technical communities in which we participate.

This code of conduct applies to all events managed by the Portland Startup Weekend Latino team (pre and post Startup Weekend events included). In addition, violations of this code outside these spaces may affect a person’s ability to participate within them.

If you believe someone is violating the code of conduct, we ask that you report it by emailing or directly, by engaging with the organizers.

Be friendly and patient.

Be welcoming. We strive to be a community that welcomes and supports people of all backgrounds and identities. This includes, but is not limited to members of any race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, colour, immigration status, social and economic class, educational level, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, size, family status, political belief, religion, and mental and physical ability.

Be considerate. Your work will be used by other people, and you in turn will depend on the work of others. Any decision you take will affect colleagues and you should take those consequences into account when making decisions. Remember that we’re a world-wide community, so you might not be communicating in someone else’s primary language.

Be respectful. Not all of us will agree all the time, but disagreement is no excuse for poor behavior and poor manners. We might all experience some frustration now and then, but we cannot allow that frustration to turn into a personal attack. It’s important to remember that a community where people feel uncomfortable or threatened is not a productive one. Members of the Startup Weekend community should be respectful when dealing with other members as well as with people outside the Startup Weekend community.

Be careful in the words that you choose. We are a community of professionals, and we conduct ourselves professionally. Be kind to others. Do not insult or put down other participants. Harassment and other exclusionary behavior aren’t acceptable. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Violent threats or language directed against another person.
  • Discriminatory jokes and language.
  • Posting sexually explicit or violent material.
  • Posting (or threatening to post) other people’s personally identifying information (“doxing”).
  • Personal insults, especially those using racist or sexist terms.
  • Unwelcome sexual attention.
  • Advocating for, or encouraging, any of the above behavior.
  • Repeated harassment of others. In general, if someone asks you to stop, then stop.

When we disagree, try to understand why. Disagreements, both social and technical, happen all the time and Startup Weekend is no exception. It is important that we resolve disagreements and differing views constructively. Remember that we’re different. The strength of SW comes from its varied community, people from a wide range of backgrounds. Different people have different perspectives on issues. Being unable to understand why someone holds a viewpoint doesn’t mean that they’re wrong. Don’t forget that it is human to err and blaming each other doesn’t get us anywhere, rather offer to help resolving issues and to help learn from mistakes.

Original text courtesy of the Speak Up! project.

Prizes Pack for PDX Startup Weekend Latino 2015!

Startup Weekend is an action packed weekend of entrepreneurial learning, execution, and fun. With such a short timeframe for teams to build a new idea, it’s amazing to see what they come out with.

That said, Startup Weekend is still a competition to see who can create the best idea, MVP, and present the viable business in the short 54-hour period – and competitions aren’t competition without an awesome basket of prizes to be won. So let’s take a look at what’s up for grabs!

Prizes for the Overall Winner

  • Presto Box Brand Kits : Logo, Website template and Biz card files plus an hour of consulting.
  • Oregon Entrepreneur Network: One year OEN individual membership, Registration for three OEN PubTalks, Startup 411 workshop, Registration for one education workshop, Private concept review.
  • TiE Oregon: Four One year TiE Oregon Individual memberships.
  • Starveups: 90 days flex desk at Starveups garage and tickets for Starveups Launch Pad VII.
  • ADX: 2 months of desk space in ADX co-working office.

Prizes for the Best Business Model

  • Presto Box Brand Kits : Logo, Website template and Biz card files plus an hour of consulting.
  • Oregon Entrepreneur Network: One year OEN individual membership, Registration for three OEN PubTalks, Startup 411 workshop, Registration for one education workshop, Private concept review.
  • TiE Oregon: Two One year TiE Oregon Individual memberships.

Prizes for the Best Customer Validation

  • Presto Box Brand Kits : Logo, Website template and Biz card files plus an hour of consulting.
  • Oregon Entrepreneur Network: One year OEN individual membership, Registration for three OEN PubTalks, Startup 411 workshop, Registration for one education workshop, Private concept review.
  • TiE Oregon: Two One year TiE Oregon Individual memberships.

Prizes for the Best Execution & Design

  • Oregon Entrepreneur Network: One year OEN individual membership, Registration for three OEN PubTalks, Startup 411 workshop, Registration for one education workshop, Private concept review.
  • TiE Oregon: Two One year TiE Oregon Individual memberships.

While it’s true that this is a competition, the real prize is the experience, the learning, and the connections that you’ve made. Those things are priceless.

Let’s build some Startups!


Startup Douglas County

The time is now!
The time is now!


This event has taken over my life!  Seriously I am so passionate about the all-consuming experience of Startup Weekend Douglas County that there is no place I won’t present or promote this event.  Please call me at 541-440-7824 and I will tell you all you’ll want to know and more!



Startup Weekend gathers entrepreneurs in Roseburg on April 24

Startup Weekend Roseburg Banner

Startup Weekend Roseburg
April 24th, 2015

Participate in a global grassroots movement of entrepreneurs as Startup Weekend comes to Roseburg.

Become a part of the entrepreneurial process as attendees pitch ideas, form teams and submit a business plan for judgement. Work with six coaches to infuse life into your idea.

The event includes seven meals, and the winning idea receives a grand prize.

Visit to learn more and to purchase tickets. Early birds get tickets at a reduced price. Call 541-440-7824 if you have any questions.



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Get Your StartUP On in Corvallis

Corvallis Oregon Home of The Willamette Startup Weekend
Benton County (where Corvallis is located) is where startups thrive!  From creative enterprises, to software start ups to technology spin offs from OSU, Hewlett-Packard, and other research centers, Corvallis has a strong entrepreneurial community.

Resources abound for helping Corvallis Startups. Some of these include…

  • OSU Venture Accelerator –  The Oregon State University Venture Accelerator helps create successful businesses, drive economic growth and expands education and job opportunities for students, graduates and other Oregonians
  • BEC –  The Business Enterprise Center offers Mentoring, connections and low cost space.  They also run “Will it Fly”, a business plan review and support process.
  • SBDC  The Small Business Development Center at LBCC” Free Consulting on what you’re most concerned about- sponsored by US Small Business Administration.
  • WIN – The Willamette Innovators Network presents an opportunity for the region’s  Innovators to come together to share, learn, and connect. They conduct monthly panel talks and host the famous Annual Willamette River Shark Tank event. Be sure to join, membership is free.

Be sure to register and attend the Willamette StartUP weekend in February.

You’ll find more information here.



$25K in Development Services to Startup Weekend winner from PDX Code Guild

You’ve got your Million Dollar Idea,
but you’re going to need help developing it.  

This is where PDX Code Guild comes in.
PDX Code Guild is – in and of itself – a startup. Providing hands on experience to developers of all skill levels in their 12-week Bootcamp. This hands-on, real world developer program ensures small class sizes, individualized and intensive instruction, providing maximum results for success.
As a Founder, and potential winner of Portland Startup Weekend, you’ve gotten past your pitch, and you’ve got the framework for your startup, but after the dust settles, how do you see it to fruition without spending an exorbitant amount of money?
PDX Code Guild will be providing $25,000 in development services to the winner of Startup Weekend. This gives the founder/winner of the Startup Weekend a little breathing room when it comes to the development side of their startup.

Vanessa Van Edwards Returns as Portland Startup Weekend Sponsor


We are excited to announce that Vanessa Van Edwards has returned as a sponsor of Portland Startup Weekend November 2014.

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 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!

Announcing Paige Hendrix Buckner as Portland Startup Weekend 2014 Keynote


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.