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UNLV Startup Center

Startup Weekend Winning Team…


Icetrey the icebreaker app for events connects hackers, hipsters and hustlers.#SWLV alum team consisting of Melissa Volkman, Mike Cao, Dan Ebel and UNLV Marketing student Drea Lung showed the judges and crowd what a top notch presentation looked and sounded like and took home the gold. Congrats team!


Second Place



Taunts! what started as the humorous Rock Paper Scissors game perviously known as SlapStick, morphed into a fun game of challenging your friends to complete random mini games. The student run team captured the crowds imagination as they acted out the gameplay sound effects and all.


Third Place


Neighborhood Conquest  is an all developer team that created a strategy checkin game to claim, defend and attack territories based off of the FourSquare API. We can’t wait to get our full completed copy.



Nov 22
  • 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
  • Finished for the day.


Nov 23
  • 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.


Nov 24
  • 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!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors

Scott Purcell

Founder, CEO Arctic Island   |   LinkedIn

In 2011 Mr. Purcell founded the securities based crowdfunding platform Arctic Island, which will operate pursuant to Title II and Title III of the JOBS Act. He is an active Board member of the Crowdfunding Intermediary Regulatory Association (CFIRA), a founding member of the Crowdfunding Professionals Association, and the author of the “Best Practices for Funding Portals”, which sets policies for operations, fraud and security. He is also the author of CFIRA’s position on “BD and Registered Portal Regulatory Mechanics” and has been an active editor of numerous other industry positions.

As the nascent crowdfunding industry takes shape, Mr. Purcell brings considerable experience in both securities and internet technology. In 1988 he founded a trust company that managed fixed income instruments for institutional investors, which he sold to a regional bank. Mr. Purcell also started a bond trading desk, a clearing firm for institutional investors, and published a book "The Guide to Fixed Income Investing". In 1994 he founded Epoch Networks, one of the world's first ISP's, and raised over $60 million in venture capital. As an initial Board member of the Commercial Internet eXchange (CIX), he often represented the nascent industry before Congress and the FCC.

In 1999 Mr. Purcell founded OnAir Networks, raised over $40 million in venture capital and built the first music storage, streaming and downloading services for Sony and Universal. During this time he was retained by the Recording Industry Association of America to advise them on internet technology issues and copyright matters, and to represent the industry before Congress. Since selling OnAir in 2001, Mr. Purcell has started several ventures, including a search engine wholesale business, a family tree and journaling website, and a niche social network.

Janet B. Runge, Ph.D.

Global Entrepreneurship Experience Coordinator   |   LinkedIn

Dr. Janet Runge focuses on entrepreneurship at UNLV. She completed an M.BA. at the University of New Orleans and her Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. She works with start-ups, small businesses, family firms, and not for profits and is a frequent speaker and consultant. Dr. Runge has put entrepreneurship on the map at UNLV, specifically she:

• Designed and directs the signature UNLV College of Business scholarship
program, the Global Entrepreneurship Experience, including program structure, course delivery, and student recruitment
• Founded the UNLV Center for Entrepreneurship
• Developed a major and minor in Entrepreneurship
• Delivered the first entrepreneurship course ever offered at UNLV
• Developed and delivered the first programming for Entrepreneurship Week in southern Nevada in 2007 and supported programming for subsequent E-Week celebrations for UNLV and the community.
• Mentored and advised 70 teams in the Nevada Governor’s Cup Business Plan
Competition, including 18 finalists and 5 Governor’s Cup Winners. Received the inaugural Outstanding Advisor Award
• Established a Business Plan Competition for high school students in 2002 and continues to judge for the statewide competition.
• Continues to mentor former students throughout the start and growth of their businesses and careers

Brady Dehn

Vice President of Strategy for Originate

Brady is the Vice President of Strategy for Originate and has primary responsibility for business development and sales as well as development of the Las Vegas office. He has fifteen years’ experience building and leading teams in many different functional areas including product and project management for large enterprises, startups and government agencies. Brady’s skillset includes expertise in agile product development and also in working with partners to develop and implement a product vision. Brady also has experience implementing a solution set across development teams and excels at communication.

Prior to working at Originate, Brady worked for fifteen years in municipal government including leading large teams and managing multiple program areas and projects. He has experience in leading teams of over 300 individuals, and also working in both operational and financial management. He holds a masters’ degree in Public Administration is also actively involved in the Las Vegas community, including volunteer and leadership service with a number of nonprofit organizations.

Silver Sponsors

Patrik Balint

Managing Director at Rebel Venture Fund, Research Assistant at Harrah's Hotel College (UNLV)   |   LinkedIn

Patrik is from Budapest, Hungary currently pursuing a dual degree Master of Business Administration / Master of Science in Hospitality Administration at University of Nevada Las Vegas. A Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant for the past two years. Prior to attending Graduate School, Patrik spent two years in the United Kingdom as Managing Director of a hotel, golf and country club where he was exposed to executive level management and the responsibilities that go with it. Before arriving in the UK, Patrik spent eighteen months in Lima, Peru and Budapest, Hungary, where he was writing feasibility studies as a consultant. Patrik earned his BSc from Old Dominion University in Tourism Management.

Specializing in: Marketing, Business, Finance, Strategy

Taylor Barnett

Founder, RockStar Guitar Lessons   |   LinkedIn

Taylor Barnett is a Sin City native, born and raised in Las Vegas Nevada. He discovered his first passion at the age of 12 when picked up the guitar for the first time. Ever since he’s had love for music. He enjoys playing and performing in bands, and as a volunteer for his church worship group. It is this love for music that led him to start his own guitar instruction company, RockStar Guitar Lessons. Specializing in private one-on-one guitar lessons, RockStar Guitar was able to expand to 5 different cities in its first year of operations and assemble a team of veteran instructors who love to share their knowledge with the students they teach everyday.

However, music is not Taylor’s only endeavor, his love of entrepreneurship and his belief in giving back to the community led him develop a start-up called Unite Me. Unite Me is a cause marketing platform that allows people to easily raise money for local non-
profits by letting them donate a portion of what they spend at local restaurants and stores back to the charity of their choice. Unite Me was the first place winner of Startup Weekend in May 2013 and is currently in development set to launch early 2014. Taylor’s vision for the company is that it will help bridge the gap between the for profit and non profit sectors and help change the way people think about giving back. As a UNLV alumni with a bachelor’s in business marketing, Taylor is able to work closely with the UNLV start-up center to help launch Unite Me.

Taylor is happy to be part of the startup community here in Las Vegas and hopes to continue to work closely with fellow entrepreneurs as he works toward growing
and expanding his business ventures.

Coaching Areas:

• Business Development
• Marketing
• Strategy
• Lean Canvas
• Business Plan

Jacqueline Jensen

TicketCake COO   |  

Jacqueline is a Founder and the COO of, a natural born doer, and an enthusiastic member of the #VegasTech community. She has been a relationship builder, problem solver, social marketer, project manager, and finance nerd. She was on the path to becoming a standout in the business banking world, but left to take a shot at following her own entrepreneurial ambitions. Today, she is inspired by serendipity and other entrepreneurs she meets.

Justin McVay

Director, UNLV Startup Center   |  

Justin L. McVay is the Director of the UNLV Startup Center and a startup advisor. He counsels entrepreneurs, small business owners and startups from napkin to execution through the hurdles of business planning, strategy development, market research, customer development, product launching, financial forecasting, capital access, investor relations and much more.

Prior to his current role, Justin was the Technology Industry Specialist for the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development where he developed economic & business development strategies for growing the tech industry statewide and ultimately creating tech jobs in Nevada. Before GOED, he worked in the travel, tourism and hospitality industry in Las Vegas, providing communication, public relations and public affairs direction for some of the city's leading gaming and convention institutions.

Prior to that, he served as a Public Affairs Officer and Captain in the U.S. Air Force. Justin holds a BA in Communications & Information Sciences from the University of Alabama, an MBA with honors from the John Sperling School of Business, and a graduate certification in Public Disputes Resolution from the M.I.T.-Harvard Public Disputes Program at Harvard Law.

Jeffrey Lee

Jeff is currently focused on Living [ CRISP ] a DIY startup accelerator and personal development course for solo-preneurs. He has spent over a decade in Marketing, Branding, Design, Sales, and has been expanding his skills by studying Neural Associative Conditioning NAC). Like Co-Founder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman, Jeff sees entrepreneurship as a life idea and believes more people need to wake up, understand, and embrace the lifestyle. Jeff has counseled and encouraged many different individuals ranging in disciplines such as high school students to C-level professionals in regards to Design, Marketing, and Personal Development.


Coaching Areas:

• Creative Team Management
• Ideation
- troubleshooting underperforming teams!
• Product / Graphic
- Design!
• Branding / Re-branding!
- Event Coordinator
- Pop up
- Fashion Shows
- Art & Music Concerts!
• Guerrilla marketing campaigns
- Subversive Street Art!
- Promotions
• Web UI design and consulting
- Design only
- Meta-Programs
- Reconditioning
- Accessing Flow State

Scott Allison

CEO Teamly

Scott is an experienced former co-founder and CEO of award-winning B2B telecoms virtual network operator, abica. It was during his time at the head of this company Scott began experimenting with different ways of managing people which led him to start working on his current startup, Teamly backed by 500 Startups and VegasTechFund. He is also a regular contributor for Before moving to the US in 2011 Scott was living in London where he was a founder member at the coworking space, TechHub, and was curator of the London Startup Digest.

Coaching Areas:

• Product
• Distribution
• Branding
• Marketing
• Fundraising

Jay Maharjan

Founder of Venture Loft   |  

Jay Maharjan is the author of the new book 'Winning Lessons for Entrepreneurs in the Conceptual Economy'. He started the @4entrepreneur initiative in 2007, and is also the founder of Venture Loft.

Coaching Areas:

• Business strategy

Bradley Potterbaum

Co-Founder Fluencr   |   LinkedIn

Co Founder and Chef Creative of Fluencr a Zappos family company. I am passionate about user experience, interaction and engagement. I studied gamification and design in England. I just moved here to Las vegas a few weeks ago with my wife Emily and pup Pepper.

Coaching Areas:

• Anything design related online offline whatever
• Web development/programing
• User interaction/retention
• Idea/concept refinement
• Gamification
• Brainstorming games
• Art direction

James Wallace

CEO Scorpio Media   |   LinkedIn

James owns and operates several established companies and startups in the online technology and online media spaces. The core business is a century old media company that fuels, financially and with it's existing audiences, the steady stream of media and tech startups that come out of the core operations. The group of companies practice lean methodology in everything they do, applying it to both enterprise level operations and startup initiatives. James believes that lean principles can be applied to everything from sales and accounting to IT and product development.

Coaching Areas:

- offline marketing
- online marketing
- product creation/development/management
- IT scenarios
- managing global and/or virtual teams / team management
- general corporate/product strategy
- customer development
- finance management

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