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Got a million-dollar business idea? Spend $5 and go through the Startup bootcamp

Organizers of the next Startup Weekend Spokane are hosting a “how-to-pitch” workshop explaining how to present a one-minute business pitch.

The next Startup Weekend will be April 11-13. It’s a three-day competition that involves teams working on a startup business idea. It often draws more than 80 participants.

Organizers have scheduled a Startup Weekend bootcamp next Saturday, April 5, from 1-4 p.m. to teach people how to make a one-minute “elevator” pitch.

A week later, the actual business pitches will be presented during Startup Weekend’s first night. Those on hand vote for their 10 favorite pitches to decide which ideas will be developed during the weekend.

The bootcamp will be at Sixth Man Marketing’s office, 542 W. Cataldo Ave. It costs exactly $5 as a refreshments donation.

Organizer June Swatzell said she went through two Startup Weekends without being chosen entirely because her pitches were disorganized. After attending a pitch bootcamp, her last Startup Weekend business pitch was chosen for development, she said.

Facilitator for the bootcamp is Startup Weekend Spokane organizer Dan Gayle (in photo). Gayle is also a web developer for

To register, go to the Eventbrite link at

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