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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!



Apr 19
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Apr 21
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Jake Weatherly

Co-Founder, SheerID   |   LinkedIn

Jake Weatherly co-founded SheerID, an innovative technology company that makes it possible for for retailers to offer truly exclusive, compelling discounts to qualified members of special interest groups. SheerID’s technology forms a bridge between the point-of-sale and any database, allowing commercial enterprises to verify that customers qualify for special offers like student discounts or military discounts. SheerID’s verification solution works within any existing e-commerce website, mobile app, or at POS.
For more than 15 years, Jake has focused his career on entrepreneurship and small business growth. Prior to his work at SheerID, he traveled the world to teach business and marketing planning to small businesses, consultants, large enterprises, universities, and government organizations. He co-authored the province of Alberta, Canada’s Tourism Marketing education program, developed Pearson Education’s Business Feasibility Analysis software and Integrated Marketing Communications program. While serving in an executive level position for a leading software manufacturer he worked with companies including Intel, Avaya, and SAP to achieve explosive growth in their reseller and partner sales channels.


Rene Toman

Executive Director, Umpqua Business Center   |   LinkedIn

Rene Toman is currently serving as Interim Executive Director for the Umpqua Business Center (business incubator). Rene relocated back to Oregon in 2010 from Central Idaho where she served as a Regional Economic Development Specialist for the Idaho Department of Commerce and was Executive Director for a county-wide economic development 501(c)3 corporation where she managed a 14,000 sq.ft. business incubator. She previously served in Arizona as the Economic Development Director for the Yavapai-Apache Nation and as Board Chair for the Northern Arizona Technology and Business Incubator in Flagstaff. She is an educator, certified instructor and co-author, assisting as part of the Development Team for Business Development Curriculum with Western Entrepreneurial Network (WEN), University of Colorado and is a nationally certified Business Incubator Manager from the National Business Incubation Association.

Rick Coen

Senior Vice President at D. A. Davidson & Co.

Rick grew up in Roseburg and graduated from Roseburg High School in 1973. Rick participated in football, basketball, and baseball. While attending Linfield College to receive his Bachelor of Science, he participated in football and coached women’s basketball. That same year he graduated, he married his wife Renee. She has been employed for 26 years as a RN for Mercy Hospital. They have been married over 35 years. Together, they have three children

Paul Utz

Technology Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Paul Utz, a University of Michigan engineering graduate, has worked for over 35 years as a technologist and small business owner/CEO specializing in emerging technologies in the field of scientific instrumentation, lasers and electro-optics. He has lived in Roseburg with his wife Lory on the Umpqua River for over 13 years after having camped, hiked and fished on the North Umpqua for more than 40 years. With a lifelong love of outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking, gardening and all things related to rivers and wild/scenic places, he is currently enrolled in Portland State University’s River Restoration Program with emphasis on applied fluvial geomorphology, river restoration and watershed stewardship. Paul is currently involved with United States Forest Service, BLM Roseburg District Resource Advisory Committees, Spring Rivers Foundation (Cassel, CA), Linus Oakes Retirement Center Board, Umpqua Community College Engineering Advisory Committee, and sponsor of the Marion J. Utz Memorial Nursing and Engineering Excellence Scholarship Funds at Umpqua Community College.

Toni Clough

Business Instructor at Umpqua Community College   |   LinkedIn

Toni Clough is a Business Instructor for Umpqua Community College. She teaches business, entrepreneurship and medical billing courses. Toni is the lead member for UCC of NACCE (National Association Community College Entrepreneurship). She has small business ownership experience in the medical billing, restaurant and small farm industries. In her spare time, she volunteers with entrepreneur groups, the Glide High School’s Site Council and Glide Booster Club.

Toby Luther

CEO, Lone Rock Resources   |   LinkedIn

Toby Luther is the Chief Executive Officer for Lone Rock Resources, a 60-year old diversified real estate and resource company based in Roseburg, Oregon. Lone Rock’s ownership includes 125,000 acres of timberland in Southern Oregon and commercial real estate direct and partnership holdings throughout the United States. In addition, Mr. Luther serves on the Advisory Board to Rosemont Realty and the Board of Managers for Rosemont Real Estate.
Mr. Luther has also served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for Lone Rock. Prior to joining Lone Rock in 2001, Mr. Luther served as the Corporate Controller for a publicly traded timber company and was a licensed Certified Public Accountant having worked at Coopers & Lybrand and PricewaterhouseCoopers LP. Toby serves on the boards of Wildlife Safari, Roseburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Umpqua Valley Cal Ripken and Umpqua Training & Employment. In addition, he coaches youth athletics and has served on the boards of the Riverside Center and Umpqua Community Health Center. Mr. Luther was a Ford Scholar was the 2004 recipient of the Gerald E. Bruce Community Service Award. Toby is married to his wife Christina and has three children


Trevor Mauch

Co-Founder and CMO, Automize LLC   |   LinkedIn

Trevor Mauch is the Chief Entrepreneurial Officer (CEO) of Mach One Media an online media and publishing company and Co-Founder of Automize a software development venture focused on helping entrepreneurs Automate, Systemize, and Optimize their businesses and lifestyles and who’s clients include Zappos, multiple New York Times best selling authors, and Inc. 500 companies. Maverick Entrepreneurs, the outlet of his passion, which is focused on changing the way entrepreneurship is taught in colleges and high schools with an overall mission to directly inspire and assist young entrepreneurs start new
companies that create $25 billion in new revenue over 30 years and give back $100 million to budding entrepreneurs around the world. Financially free by 28, Mauch is passionate about his family, golf, traveling, marketing, beer (not really a passion, but he always makes it a point to visit the best local breweries on his travels :-) and helping the younger generation grab hold of their lives and follow their passions through entrepreneurship.

Mark Bilton-Smith

President, Rio Networks   |   LinkedIn

A 25-year veteran professional in the telecommunications industry, Mark Bilton-Smith is president of Rio Networks, a competitive local exchange company (CLEC) offering state-of-the-art business services including voice, data, colocation, hosted, and cloud solutions. Bilton-Smith has founded four successful businesses and recently designed and implemented a very successful business restructuring. As president of Rio Networks, Bilton-Smith has developed a winning culture, fulfilling a solid and successful business solutions presence throughout the State of Oregon. These services include the latest in high speed Ethernet Over Copper, QOS enabled Hosted IPBX, On-Site IPBX, enhanced network monitoring, SIP Trunks, VoIP, and the myriad of legacy voice and data solutions that include ADSL, VDSL, HSDSL, T-1, POTS, and others. Mark Bilton-Smith’s vision, in part created by his ground floor entry to telecommunications, continues to meet and transcend current technology demands as he, time and time again, responds to needs with solution.

Sam Gross

Founder, Daily Gathering   |   LinkedIn

Sam Gross was an officer in the U.S. Army. He served for a total of 14 years, one of which was in Afghanistan helping to rebuild to provinces. He has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and a Masters of Business Administration in Babson College, the #1 school for entrepreneurship. He is the owner/operator of the only local pizzeria in Roseburg. Sam is also the founder and CEO of a startup web business called, a national “buy local” website. Sam is also a Small Business Development Center Advisor. His areas of advising include general business counseling, business plan development, marketing, business valuation, operations planning, social media and technology.

Charlotte Herbert

Advisor, UCC Small Business Development Center

Charlotte Herbert has a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Oregon, has been a licensed tax preparer in Oregon, and has worked with start up businesses as an adviser for the Small Business Development Center. She has seen many start up businesses mature into viable and stable businesses. She was an assistant director for the Case Clearing House at Harvard University, and held management positions for Bell of Pennsylvania as part of the management development program. She is a retired UCC business instructor with personal experience as a business owner in addition to corporate experience. She focuses on business start-up, finance, and business planning. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors of local nonprofit organizations and has written grants. She enjoys working with a variety of business owners.

Greg Henderson

Founder, Ignite Your Potential   |   LinkedIn

In January of 2012, Greg Henderson turned over thirty years of professional experience into a company assisting business owners in accelerating business growth. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Greg concentrated his learning in areas related to urban geography, city planning and business. Having served as a Bank Vice President and Manager, Greg dealt with a variety of client needs from single owner small businesses to multi-million dollar organizations stretching across several continents. He has served on numerous boards as chairman and president that include schools, non-profits and professional business organizations. His leadership has been recognized through awards for sales success, professional development and public speaking. He is a Small Business Development Center Adviser. Multiple talents gained through years of hands-on experience give him the skills and qualifications to assist individuals, businesses and communities in their desire to thrive in the new century.

Bill Armstrong

Entrepreneurship Instructor, Umpqua Community College

Bill Armstrong is a business instructor at Umpqua Community College with over thirty years of business experience. Bill earned a BS in accounting/finance from Oregon State University and an MBA from the University of Washington. He has small business experience as the owner/operator of a photography shop that specialized in computer imaging services. He was an auditor for Standard Oil of California, an accounting manager for Westinghouse, and has taught accounting, management, marketing, and computer classes at UCC for the last sixteen years.

Nancy Howe

Attorney at Law

Nancy Howe practices law throughout the state of Oregon, focusing her practice in southern Oregon, with a preference for the counties of Douglas, Deschutes, Jackson and Lane.
Recently Attorney Howe relocated her offices to the Umpqua Business Center in order to expand her practice further into the area of business law. She assists new and small businesses with advice and guidance on the importance of properly forming their business structures while complying with local, state and federal laws and protecting both personal and business assets. By doing this, litigation can often be avoided. If cases do result in litigation, Attorney Howe incorporates creative approaches to resolutions that benefit her clients by providing them with options while minimizing the expense of litigation. Attorney Howe often encourages her clients to consider mediation or arbitration as a quicker, less expensive alternative to court room litigation. However, she also recognizes that there are disputes which cannot be resolved through the use of alternative dispute resolution, and sometimes trial is necessary. In those cases, Attorney Howe brings twenty-five years of trial experience to the table. Attorney Howe was raised here in Douglas County. She began her practice of law in Seattle, Washington, returning to Douglas County in 2000 to raise her family. She opened her own practice in 2004, and has been in private practice ever since.

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