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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.


WSU will pay for up to 70 students to attend the next Startup Weekend

Starting Friday, March 1, is the third Spokane Startup Weekend. We described it in a Spokesman.com story last week.

Here's the notable update. Washington State University is backing the idea for its students. The school will pay the total entry fee for up to 70 WSU students from across the state.

The general student fee is $55. For others, it's $85 (and includes meals over the Friday-Saturday period). Any other student from area schools is also invited to register.

The WSU "scholarship" plan comes from a grant from the WSU CougParents Program made to the WSU Spokane student government. Students can take advantage of that registration option at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A0C4BAAA929AA8-startup.

Notably, that link says only 25 slots have been taken. That means 45 remain to be filled at no cost.

Startup Weekend, a video primer

Spokane's next Startup Weekend goes live March 1 to March 3, at the WSU Health Sciences Building. Today's SR had a story covering the event, plus highlighting three firms that have sprung to life from prior weekend boot camps.

The term Startup Weekend is trademarked, created by partners who launched the idea on the East Coast several years ago. It's since turned into a national and international for-profit effort. There have been hundreds of Startup Weekends in the past two years, from St. Louis to Lithuania.

Check out the video to get an overview. The link above also gives information on how to register.

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 Startupweekend.org 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 Spokane.StartupWeekend.org.  Registration before April 1 is $55. After April 1 it wil be $75.