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

Each edition of Startup Weekend Las Vegas has to top the last and this time around, we’ve got some really exciting stuff lined up:

This event takes place right before the start of SXSW V2V! If you know someone coming to town, let them know! Tweet.
Everyone gets $450 discount codes to V2V! If you don’t know what V2V is, trust us, you want to be there!
Steve Case, founder of AOL and UP Global Chairman of the Board will be judging! Come get amazing feedback on your ideas/teams from all the judges this weekend.
**The first place team will receive co-working space for 6 months at the InNEVation Center.
Join members of the .CO and UP Global teams as they hang out to mentor, coach, and help teams!

Come start a company, learn something new, maybe even meet a life-long friend or future founder – either way you’ll have the most fun you’ve ever had!

Date: August 9th, 10th, and 11th.
Venue: InNEVation Center

See you there!
– Startup Weekend Las Vegas Team

**This was an error in the email we had sent out on the morning of July 31st. It should have read “The first place team will receive co-working space for 6 months at the InNEVation Center.” It is not included in the cost of your ticket. We would like to apologize for any inconvenience.



Aug 9
  • 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


Aug 10
  • 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


Aug 11
  • 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

Kate Rutter

Co-Founder, Luxr

Kate is an entrepreneur & designer with a talent for inspiring startups to better serve their customers together through lean strategies, awesome design and participatory practices.

At Luxr, Kate creates innovative ways for startup entrepreneurs to envision, experiment and deliver amazing products. She believes that every person has a product idea that can be made great and drive a sustaining livelihood.

Her 20+ years of experience spans UX design & research, UI & technology development and organizational culture design. She's worked with startup founders, big corporations, and nonprofits to help them rapidly grow, change and successfully chart new paths in ambiguous times and shifting markets.

She’s a rampant sketcher and wouldn’t be caught dead without a deck of stickynotes.

Gold Sponsors

Steve Case

Chairman and CEO, Revolution

Chairman and CEO, Revolution
Co-Founder, America Online
Chairman, The Case Foundation Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life.

Steve co-founded America Online (AOL) in 1985, when the Internet was in its infancy. Under Steve’s leadership, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company, and helped drive the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society. AOL’s early focus on ease of use and social media set the stage for its rapid growth, and at its peak nearly half of Internet users in the United States used AOL. In 1992, AOL became the first Internet company to go public, and was the best performing stock of the 1990s, with a 11,616% return. Steve then negotiated what remains the largest merger in business history, bringing together AOL and Time Warner in a transaction that gave AOL shareholders a majority stake in the combined company. To facilitate the merger, Steve agreed to step down as CEO when the merger closed.

Steve then went back to his entrepreneurial roots andfounded Revolution, an investment firm that has backed more than two dozen companies, including LivingSocial, Zipcar, AddThis, Everyday Health and

Steve is also Chairman of the Case Foundation, which he established with his wife Jean. The Case Foundation has invested in hundreds of organizations, initiatives and partnerships over the past 15 years. Steve and Jean joined The Giving Pledge, started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, and publicly reaffirmed their commitment to give away the majority of their wealth.

Steve was born and raised in Hawaii and retains active ties to his home state, but has lived in the Washington D.C. area for more than 25 years. He was a leading voice in shaping government policy regarding the Internet, and more recently, has been actively involved in a variety of efforts to promote entrepreneurship. Steve is Chairman of UP Global (formerly the Startup America Partnership), co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and was a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, where he chaired the efforts related to entrepreneurship.

CNBC recently called Steve "one of the nation's greatest entrepreneurs."

Lori Anne Wardi

Vice President of .CO

Lori Anne Wardi is Vice President of .CO. Responsible for all matters involving brand strategy, business development and global communications, Lori Anne spends her time traveling the world and preaching the bible of .CO.

A part of the .CO team from the very start, Lori Anne has helped to inspire
many of the world’s coolest big brands (like Twitter, Google, Cisco, Overstock and Amazon) to innovate online with their .CO web addresses.

She’s also helping to introduce many of Silicon Valley’s biggest influencers and hottest startups to the growing world of .CO -- one URL at a time, including: 500 Startups (, Angel List (, The Founder Institute (, Launch Conference (, and The Startup America Partnership ( And she’s just getting started!

Jason Mendenhall

Executive Vice President of Switch C.U.B.E

Jason Mendenhall is the master of all things cloud and big data technologies in his role as executive vice president of cloud. He oversees Switch C.U.B.E (Cloud Ubiquitous Business Exchange), which delivers the most comprehensive technology and cloud ecosystem in the market to Switch clients and partners. In this role, he also acts as the creator and chief evangelist of new products and services into the Switch ecosystem.

Prior to becoming a partner at Switch, Jason was the co-founder of Verde Communications, which was grown and sold to Sparkplug, Inc. Jason has 15 years of experience serving as an executive for global enterprise-level companies in the telecommunications, software, and technology consulting industries.

Jason's depth and breadth of experience in working where technology and business intersect provides him a unique perspective on the issues impacting entrepreneurs, enterprise executives, and technology practitioners. He is president of the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada, sits on the UNLV College of Engineering advisory board, acts as a mentor to the start-up community and is a steadfast and strong advocate for the role technology ecosystems play in economic diversification.

Based on his depth of knowledge in the technology space, Jason also serves as one of the primary company representatives, and is a willing participant in global discussions surrounding current and future technology issues impacting today’s business leaders.

Silver Sponsors

Gina Bongiovi

Attorney, MBA   |   LinkedIn

As one of the few native Las Vegans left in town, Gina is proud to still call Las Vegas home. She's also proud to call herself a Rebel, having graduated magna cum laude from the UNLV Honors College with a B.S.B.A. in marketing and minor in business law in 2001. In 2007, Gina was one of the first students to earn a dual law degree/MBA from the William S. Boyd School of Law and College of Business at UNLV.

In 2005, Gina started a marketing company and couldn't find a lawyer that was willing or able to help a startup like hers. After hearing similar stories from other entrepreneurs, she decided to dedicate her practice to serving startups and small businesses. With business education paired with real-world experience, she provides her clients with business-minded legal advice that addresses all facets of business ownership. She serves as a “consigliere”, much like Robert Duvall's character in “The Godfather,” except with considerably less violence.

Gina has helped found two nonprofits – Dress for Success Southern Nevada and Vegas Shepherd Rescue – and is working on a dog-related third. She currently serves as pro bono counsel for the Vegas Shepherd Rescue, Xemplar Advisory Board Member, LexisNexis Firm Manager Advisory Board Member, Board Member for the Nevada Bar's Solo and Small Practice Section, and Advisory Council Chair of Vegas Young Professionals.

Personally, she's an animal-loving, wine-drinking, shoe-addicted yogi and dog mom who loves to cook, hike, and spend time by the ocean.

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.

Thomas Knoll

clippPR, Founder and CEO   |  

Thomas is founder & CEO of, a startup advisor, and a
connector for the #VegasTech community.

He has been a community architect, community cultivator, product designer, social marketer, customer developer, and startup advisor for
companies including 500Startups, LaunchRock, Zappos, UserVoice, and

While he has a technical background, he prefers to speak in gardening and architecture metaphors. He is inspired by storytelling, psychology, evangelism, architectural theory, social economics, game mechanics, cultural anthropology, compassion, and ants.

He was studying to become a missionary, but left that path because he grew tired of the business of religion. Now, he helps businesses
convert customers into communities of evangelists.

Oh, and he falls in love with almost everyone he meets.

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.

Dr. Janet Runge

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

Devin Egan

Co-founder and CTO at LaunchKey   |  

Devin is a Co-founder and CTO at LaunchKey,, a startup founded last year at Startup Weekend Las Vegas #3. After many years in the corporate world he decided to return to his entrepreneurial roots. He is a developer with a Business degree and specializes in architecture, system administration and security.

Linda Koritkoski

Director of Marketing for .CO

Linda Koritkoski is the Director of Marketing for .CO. In simple terms, she is responsible for building .CO into a global brand that is synonymous with opportunity and innovation. Yeah. In simple terms.

Prior to joining the .CO team, Linda honed her skills in Account Management and Operations at various advertising agencies, helping to build brands such as Clarks England, FedEx, Harvard Business Review, Network Solutions, and .CO - of course! Linda has a dual Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University in Advertising and Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture.

Media Sponsors
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