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Rebooked, the idea that won the last Startup Weekend, is moving forward

Edited 9:33 a.m. July 8 to reflect the correct name of the business. Rebooked, not Rebook.

We wanted to call a little attention to Rebooked, a Spokane start-up that includes on its team Dan Gayle, a Spokesman-Review web developer.

Dan took part during April's Startup Weekend Spokane, and that team won best of show for their idea for a notification startup called Rebooked.

The idea behind Rebooked is a notification system for businesses who face customer cancellations. Using notifications, companies can convert the cancelled appointments into customer appointments. The potential market includes health care service providers, salons and eventually restaurants.


The three winning ideas from last weekend’s #StartupWeekend Spokane

Katie Neal and Paige Bernier are getting set to earn their Gonzaga engineering degrees this spring.

But they found time last weekend to be one of three winning teams during the Startup Weekend Spokane competition.

Thirty three ideas were pitched and 11 teams moved on to final presentation on Sunday.

The winning three were;

• Rebooked, a marketing notification app that businesses would use to convert canceled reservations or appointments into contacts with customers able to fill those slots. The idea came out of a collaboration of team members Ed Reese, Dan Gayle, Philip Glenn, Darin Herleikson, Connor Simpson, Tuan Nguyen, Georges Pons and Nathan Drechsel.

• Obloco, an improved retail point-of-sale system to eliminate paper receipts. The idea came from Victor Yefremov, and team members included Tim Aton, Adam Parish, Malachi Riedl, Jeff McGee, Max Delsid and Jason Shepherd.

• Forge Ahead, a company sponsoring creative competitions for engineering students looking to address real-world technical or business problems. It was pitched by Gonzaga students Paige Bernier and Katie Neal, with members Craig Meredith, Jacob Voegele, Jonny Wang, Rebecca Writz, Eric Norman and Josh Villars.

As top finisher, the Rebooked team gets to make a funding pitch to Spokane Angel Alliance, a venture fund.

The Forge Ahead business plan was the first-time Startup Weekend effort by Bernier and Neal. Bernier said she and Neal lost their zeal for engineering in their second year at GU, wondering if their work would create any lasting value for others.

Then last year they competed in an engineering competition sponsored by

“The light bulb went on then, and we’ve been on a mission ever since,” Bernier said. “We want to bring that same excitement to other students.”

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

iCPooch launches dog kiosk idea and gets noticed by the New York Times

The next Startup Weekend Spokane will begin on April 11.  In preparation, let's take a moment to see what's happened to iCPooch, one of the entrants in a 2012 Startup Weekend. Though it didn't win on that occasion, its founders, young Brooke Martin and her father, Chris Martin, have moved the company forward.

Last week they formally announced the company during the Global Pet Expo in Orlando.

A New York Times story mentioned the company and talked to the Martins at the event, which featured thousands of new products and hundreds of displays related to pet products.

The iCPooch goal is the produce a kiosk used by dog owners to communicate remotely with their pet, with the added option to reward the dog with a treat with press of a button.

Our first story on iCPooch ran in August 2013, when the company was still not sure it had enough financing to get off the drawing boards. It did, in fact, gain a nice infusion recently through a Kickstarter campaign.


Startup Weekend Spokane nears highest registration ever; final judging on Sunday

Tonight's Startup Weekend Spokane may well be the best-attended so far in our little town.

As of 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 15, 114 people have signed up. The previous highest was 116, for the second #SpoSW. Organizer Brett Noyes said it's likely four to 10 more people will sign up at the door, at the McKinstry Innovation Center.

The event runs through Sunday afternoon. Judging occurs on Sunday, starting more or less at 4 p.m.


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