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The Innevation Center

The 8th Edition of #SWLV Is Here!
You’ve been to Startup Weekend before, now grab your friends and join us again!!

Come start a company, learn something new, test your developer skills, maybe meet your future co-founder – either way you’ll have the most fun you’ve ever had! Entrants can sign up as developers, designers and non-technical professionals.
Las Vegas Startup Weekend (SWLV) follows a basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch a startup idea and receive feedback from peers. Teams organically form around top ideas, as determined by popular vote. Each team has 54 hours to create a business model, code, design, and determine market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations of top ideas to entrepreneurial leaders and venture capitalists.

Date: November 21th, 22nd, and 23th.
Venue: InNEVation Center

See you there!
– Startup Weekend Las Vegas Team



Nov 21
  • 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 22
  • 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 23
  • 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!
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Ernesto Paiz


Ernesto joins us via Ecosystem Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm. Ernesto is the firm’s Investment Manager where he has successfully doubled the size of the firm’s portfolio. Ernesto’s investments have led to multiple successful early stage exits for Ecosystem Ventures. Ernesto has led early stage investments across the U.S. and multiple foreign countries. He enjoys working with entrepreneurs on refining and executing their marketing strategies.

Ernesto also has hands on experience in holding multiple roles in various startups across industries such as cloud security, e-publishing and consumer goods. Ernesto holds an MBA from Santa Clara University, is a published author and played collegiate baseball.

George Moncrie

Entrepreneur in Residence at VegasTechFund   |   LinkedIn

George Moncrief is a member of the VegasTechFund, a seed-stage investment fund and community catalyst focused on downtown Las Vegas, and co-founder of Raster Media, a Vegas software development firm that builds mobile apps, websites and other custom software projects. At VTF, Moncrief helps with prospecting for new investments and advising founders in the firm’s current portfolio. At Raster, he led the development team and oversaw technology architecture for client projects. Prior to VTF and Raster, Moncrief developed mission-critical apps for Citibank Cards’ North and Latin Amercia divisions.


Jacqueline Jensen

Growth Hacker at Originate   |  

Jacqueline Jensen is a Growth Hacker at, tech startup founder, 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.

Dr. Janet Runge

Enrichment Coordinator, Entrepreneurial Programs at UNLV   |   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

Loraine Phelps

General Manager at Equiinet   |   LinkedIn

Loraine Phelps is General Manager for EQUIINET. Loraine is responsible for establishing and executing marketing and communications strategies, plans, and tactics that drive corporate objectives and support brand proposition. Loraine brings over twenty years of experience in the sales and marketing field, with an emphasis on start-up and high profile venture companies. Loraine is also a graduate of the prestigious Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce Leadership Las Vegas.

Dan Hugo

Software Architect/Technical Liaison at Intel Corporation   |   LinkedIn

Software Eng from Silicon Valley, working on @FoodTruckYP, only Intel employee based in Nevada. With previous roles in quality assurance, test automation, firmware design and development, system bring-up, back-end database design and development, web application development, and extra-curricular work in marketing and non-profit business league formation, Dan have a broad range of skills and interests and an accumulation of experience to bring to new and interesting undertakings.

BC LeDoux

B.C. LeDoux, President/Creative Director/Partner, The Glenn Group   |  

A graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Journalism (with a focus on advertising), B.C. actually began his career with The Glenn Group as a fresh-faced copywriting intern. After more than a decade working in and heading up their creative department, B.C. now helps guide not only The Glenn Group's creative product but the overall vision of the agency, leading their evolution in the marketing space . Over the years, B.C. has directed and collaborated on a long list of effective, award-winning campaigns and initiatives for accounts such as The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, The Mob Museum, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, THEhotel, Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tahoe Stand Up Paddleboards, Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, the Food Banks of Nevada, The National Championship Air Races, Renown Medical Center, EMPLOYERS Insurance, the Nevada Commission on Tourism and many more. B.C. sits on the board of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada, was the recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award in 2011 from In Business Las Vegas, is a graduate of Leadership LV (2012), was named 2013 Ad Person of the Year by AAF Reno and is a member of YPO International.

Ann Diab

Tech Cocktail Editor   |  

Ann Diab is the Editor of Tech Cocktail. She is proud to call Las Vegas home, and has been involved in the launching and nurturing of startups and tech companies in Vegas for over 15 years.

Terence Carroll

Solutions Architect at SourceVM   |   LinkedIn

Experienced software and systems engineer with 15 years of industry experience. Worked for several startups including a dot-com acquired by Expedia. Past experience includes software development in C/C++, Java, .NET, SQL Server, Oracle, and ColdFusion along with Windows, Linux, and VMware systems engineering.

C# software development using Microsoft .NET
Microsoft SQL Server
VMware Certified Professional (VCP4)
HP / Lefthand Networks Certified SAN Engineer

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