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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! Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend.  It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Las Vegas and launch your next startup!

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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Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Ernesto Paiz

Investment Manager at Ecosystem Ventures   |   LinkedIn

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 Moncrief

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.

Tim Fong

Mentor at 500 Startups   |   LinkedIn

Tim Fong is a startup advisor and angel investor. Tim is a mentor at 500 Startups, VegasTechFund and Orange Fab. He mentors on topics such
as fundraising, pitch decks and product strategy. Tim is a board member for Las Vegas based JusCollege and he also serves on the angel panel for FundersClub.

Michael Terpin

Partner at BitAngels   |   LinkedIn

Michael Terpin is founder and CEO of Social Radius, one of the nation’s first social media marketing firms. Success stories include the viral outreach for recording artist’s Yes We Can video during the Obama campaign (which won an Emmy, Webby and Clio Gold Lion), as well as social media event marketing for Live8 and LiveEarth, and blogger outreach for Participant Media (“The Cove”) and several divisions of Philips. SocialRadius is headquartered in Las Vegas, with offices in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco, and is a division of Terpin Communications, a leading international high-tech PR firm, which launched some of the biggest success stories of the consumer Internet era, including America Online, Earthlink, and The Motley Fool.

Terpin also founded Marketwire, one of the world’s largest and most technologically sophisticated company newswires. Most recently, Terpin co-founded BitAngels, the world’s first angel network for digital currency startups.


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

BC 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

Software Engineer at Fortis Digital   |   LinkedIn

Software Engineer that strives to build beautiful things but limited by his “programmer art”. Fascinated watching designers making pretty things. Former Adobe user group manager. Built technology acquired by Expedia. Proud to be a UNLV Computer Science alumnus.

Enthusiastic supporter and participant of Startup Weekend and hackathons. Smart enough to realize teamwork is the foundation of success. Lucky enough to work with talented friends. Happy to share what he's learned from winning teams.

Loves AngularJS, C#, iOS, and Android. Misses C/C++. Enjoys solving challenging problems.

Henry Liu

CEO of Full Spectrum Laser (FSL)   |   LinkedIn

FSL is a Las Vegas engineering firm that makes laser engravers and 3D printers. FSL has raised over $1m over two successful Kickstarter projects and has 25 employees. Dr. Liu received his Bachelors of Applied Science in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto and his Masters/PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Crystal Ann Mitchell, M.S.

Design Director at the Art Institute of Las Vegas   |   LinkedIn

Crystal Ann Mitchell is a creative visual/graphic design executive with 15+ years of solid experience in areas of development and management of design across multiple mediums and platforms. A thorough understanding of branding and marketing with a high-degree of knowledge on how to reach, engage and target consumers through the use of strategic design for Web, mobile and interactive media technologies. Strong team leadership, collaboration and vision for driving innovative product development. Proven ability to develop strategic plans, programs and curriculum integrating artistic quality in support of business goals, mission and objectives.

Mary Bacon

Associate at Fennemore Craig

Ms. Bacon focuses her practice in the areas of Emerging Companies and Government Affairs. Prior to starting at Fennemore Craig, Mary worked on DOJ cases for a government contractor, and interned with both the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. She earned her J.D. at the USC, Gould School of Law, and graduated at the top of her class. She also holds an LL.M. in Foreign Relations Law from George Washington University Law School. Mary's B.A. is in Political Science, from UCLA, where she was the student commencement speaker at graduation.

Mark Hawkins

Director at Fennemore Craig

Mr. Hawkins practices in the areas of commercial real estate and corporate transactions, including business and entity planning, formation and governance. His practice includes negotiation and preparation of purchases and sales of commercial real estate agreements, leasing, business acquisitions and general business contracts. He regularly appears in front of local licensing agencies on behalf of an international convenient store chain for various land use and licensing issues.

Mr. Hawkins has worked on various multi-million dollar commercial developments, real estate purchase and sales and financing transactions. He also has experience representing local and regional banking institutions in all stages of lending, from loan origination through workout resolutions.

River Jangda

Marketing Director at   |   LinkedIn

River started a retail ecommerce business in college specializing in costumes, apparel, and accessories. The business was bootstrapped with over $25k in prize money from various business plan competitions. He also has over three years of experience working for the Nevada Small Business Development Center where he helped hundreds of startups and small businesses with consulting on business development, marketing strategies, and funding.

Christian MacLean

Senior Product Manager at Zappos   |   LinkedIn

Christian MacLean is an experienced IT consultant and entrepreneur. He is founder of BeauCoo, co-founder of (acquired in 2012 - now Decoder), and co-founder of Cardinal.

Victoria MacLean

Founder & CMO of BeauCoo   |   LinkedIn

Victoria MacLean is a founder of BeauCoo. She has experience of more than 13 yrs in the Tech/HR industry, 12 years specifically within IT Recruiting in the Calgary market. This led her to the tech startup community and becoming a co-founder for Cardinal and most recently Beaucoo. Her previous business, - a mobile product services business was previously acquired in early 2012.

Kathleen Taylor


Kathleen Taylor is a certified Instructor for business development courses at Small Business Development Centers in Nevada and California. As an Entrepreneur, she is the Founder of two companies, business inquiry solutions and cadence voice over services. She has 15 years of experience in business & partnership development, program management, corporate training, and curriculum design.

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