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The InNEVation Center: 6795 Edmond Street, Third Floor, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89118


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Jul 13
  • 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


Jul 14
  • 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


Jul 15
  • 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

Chance Barnett

Co-Founder and CEO of CrowdFunder   |  


Chance Barnett is the Co-Founder and CEO of CrowdFunder, the leading collaborative funding platform in the U.S. for businesses to raise equity, revenue and contribution-based financing.

Chance is a respected entrepreneur in the field of startups, product development, internet marketing, technology product and early stage growth. Highlights of his accomplishments include: bootstrapping businesses that sell over $25 million in products annually

Alexis Oakland

Creative Lead, Originate   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Topic: Brand = Identity: Your Brand is your company's complete identity, and is oftentimes more important than the product you are building

Alexis is the Creative Lead at Originate, a Venture Innovation firm based in Silicon Valley that partners with individual entrepreneurs, budding ventures, and large enterprises alike, with the common goal of creating wildly successful innovation for mobile and web applications.

Alexis has worked in a variety of industries, as well as owned and operated two companies prior to joining Originate

Garth Braithwaite

Senior Experience Designer at Adobe XD   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Topic: Iterating Design

Garth is a Senior Experience Designer at Adobe XD, working on Web Development tooling


Jason Mendenhall

Executive Vice President of Cloud   |   LinkedIn

Jason Mendenhall currently serves as the Executive Vice President of Cloud for Switch. He oversees the United States InterCloud Exchange (I.C.E.) and is responsible for the development and market introduction of new products and services into the Switch Ecosystem. Previously, he was the co-founder of Verde Communications where he built the company from the ground up to its eventual sale to Sparkplug, Inc. For over 15 years, Jason has served as an executive for global-enterprise level companies in the telecommunications, software, and technology consulting industries. His depth and breadth of experience in working where technology and business intersect give him a unique perspective on the issues impacting entrepreneurs, enterprise executives, and technology practitioners. He holds a B.S. in chemical and fuels engineering from the University of Utah, is member of the UNLV College of Engineering Advisory Board and serves on the board of the Technology Business Alliance of Nevada.

Zach Ware

No Title   |  

Zach Ware oversees development of’s new Downtown Las Vegas Campus, is a partner at VegasTechFund and leads development of coworking and urban connectivity projects at Downtown Project.

Along with a network of passionate urban community advocates, he is working to create a vibrant, connected urban core through intelligent, organic development of physical spaces and creative communities.

Zach began his career at in 2010 as the Head of Product Management where he led the development roadmap of the site. Prior to joining, Zach led the Web and Retail Management Team at The Republic of Tea, overseeing online and consumer business operations. He studied Economics at Vanderbilt University.


Gina Bongiovi

Attorney   |  

Bongiovi Law
As one of the few native Las Vegans left in town, I'm proud to still call Las Vegas home. I'm also proud to call myself 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, I 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, I started a marketing company and couldn't find a lawyer that was willing or able to help a startup like me. After hearing similar stories from other entrepreneurs, I decided I would dedicate my practice to serving small businesses. With my education and real-world experience, I provide my clients with business-minded legal advice that addresses all facets of business ownership.

Currently I serve in the following roles: pro bono counsel for the Vegas Shepherd Rescue, Xemplar Advisory Board Member, LexisNexis Firm Manager Advisory Board Member, Nevada Bar Solo/Small Firm Section Executive Committee Member, and Vegas Young Professionals 2012 Chair.

As a passionate animal lover, I have rescued several homeless animals, reunited numerous stray dogs with their owners, and I provide ongoing support to Heaven Can Wait Animal Sanctuary and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.
I am a member of the State Bar of Nevada, and the American Bar Association including the Young Lawyers Section, Solo and Small Firm Division, and Business Law Division.

Gerry Shear

Managing Partner - GENCO Realty Group

Gerry brings over 20 years of management, executive and ownership experience in finance, asset management and acquisitions. This experience spans the railroad, industrial real estate, e-commerce, power-sports and logistics industries. Gerry is the Managing Partner - GENCO Realty Group, Owner - Strategic Realty Services and Executive Chairman & Interim CEO - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada. Also through his entity GSA Management he is currently involved in 3 angel investments.

Gerry earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Psychology from Western State College of Colorado, MBA from University of Nevada Las Vegas and holds the “CCIM” designation. Corporate and Non Profit Board positions include GENCO ATC, GENCO Market Place, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada and The Western State College Foundation.

Douglas (Doug) T. Geinzer

CEO of Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition   |   LinkedInGoogle+

CEO of Southern Nevada Medical Industry Coalition
Doug Geinzer is a skilled and successful entrepreneur who was built and sold several businesses throughout his career. Most of his success has been found in the healthcare, technology and employment space. Today, Doug considers himself more of a social entrepreneur spending a significant amount of his time improving Southern Nevada’s health care infrastructure and positioning Las Vegas to become the most globally recognized medical tourism destination. Doug has bee the recipient of many awards including Entrepreneur of the Year, Healthcare Hero, Innovative Business Leader, Top 40 under 40, “most influential” in employment and a ‘who’s who’ in healthcare. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Doug relocated to Las Vegas in 1993 to build a media company he later sold to Cox and Landmark Communications. He is married with a young daughter. As an avid water sports fanatic, you will find Doug stand-up paddling on Lake Sahara most mornings.

John Osborn

Vice President of Marketing and Events

John Osborn is the Vice President of Marketing and Events for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. He oversees all marketing and communications, as well as Leadership Las Vegas.

Before joining the Chamber, John gained extensive marketing, advertising, new product development and classical brand management experience on iconic brands such as Dial, Healthy Choice, Ocean Spray, Ore-Ida and Weight Watchers, including several new product launches. He was the chief marketing officer for Exhibitor Magazine Group and vice president of marketing for GES, a leading tradeshow and event company.

John holds an MBA in marketing and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in communications from Brigham Young University. He is a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas Class of 2008.

B.C. LeDoux

President, Creative Director and Partner at The Glenn Group

B.C. is President, Creative Director and Partner at The Glenn Group, a full-service advertising, digital and public relations agency with offices in Las Vegas and Reno and a 40-plus-year history in marketing communications for a variety of industries. B.C. is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Journalism (with a focus on advertising), and he actually began his career in Reno with The Glenn Group as a fresh-faced copywriting intern.

After more than a decade working in and heading The Glenn Group’s creative department, B.C. now helps guide not only the agency’s creative product but their overall vision. 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, 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 the Leadership LV class of 2012 and is a member of YPO International.

Bill McCarthy

Partner, McCarthy Kaster CPA
Mr. McCarthy has been practicing in public accounting since 1982. A graduate of San Diego State University, he obtained his CPA certification in California and is currently licensed in both Nevada and California. Becoming a Partner in 1994, Mr. McCarthy is the Supervising Partner for the firm’s accounting and auditing services.

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