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Wed., Feb. 8, 2012, 4:34 p.m.

Startup Weekend coming to Spokane: the perfect time to pitch your ideas

Spokane resident Brett Noyes, in the course of trying to start a business, came upon the Startup Weekend idea. Based in Seattle, the organization encourages communities to host these three-day weekends to encourage and foster people trying to start a new business.

Noyes liked the idea enough to agree to be the sponsor and presenter of Spokane's first stab at a Startup Weekend.  It will run April 20-22 at Gonzaga University.

The event formula is to start with a series of one-minute pitches by would-be local entrpreneurs.

A panel will select a number of the best pitches to move to the next level. The attendees then are grouped into teams to work together during the next two days creating a viable business idea and brainstorming how to make the idea succeed.

A weekend facilitator will be provided by the StartupWeekend group, Noyes said. A number of other guest presenters will serve as coaches through the three days of sessions.

The goal, he added,is bringing together the Spokane area's well-qualified, dedicated business managers, developers, IT specialists and consultants.  said many people starting a business struggle to find the right colleagues and partners who can make a business concept strong enough to succeed.

Information is at  Registration before April 1 is $55. After April 1 it wil be $75.

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The Spokesman-Review business team follows economic development in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.