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AREA48 Formation Space, 699 S. Mill Ave, #201, Tempe, AZ 85281

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Join us for the Tempe Startup Weekend hosted at the new AREA48 Formation Space at 7th and Mill in downtown Tempe.



Sep 6
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner Starts
  • Welcome Address
  • Councilman Valenzuela Address
  • 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


Sep 7
  • 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


Sep 8
  • 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
Silver Sponsors
Contributing Sponsors

Daniel Valenzuela

Phoenix City Councilman

Councilman Daniel Valenzuela began his four-year term of office for the Phoenix City Council on Jan. 3, 2012. He proudly represents District 5, which includes west and central Phoenix. Daniel is committed to working with community leaders and his colleagues on the Council to make Phoenix an even better place to live.

He currently chairs the Neighborhoods, Planning and Development, Housing and Homeless City Council Subcommittee. He serves as a member of the following subcommittees: Downtown, Aviation, Economy and Education


Brandon Clarke

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Brandon's diverse professional career spans hospitality, consumer marketing, and brand management. Entrepreneurial endeavors include real estate acquisition and development, outdoor mobile media with DrivenMedia, and consumer focused web applications like CommunityRaise and Localble. Brandon is also the regional instigator for Startup Arizona and co-founder of CRADL, a local R&D lab launching in the fall.

Sidnee Peck

Educator & Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Director of Entrepreneurial Initiatives at ASU W.P. Carey School of Business and partner in a "wed-tech" startup, Obsessed with entrepreneurship education and with teaching others how to innovate, fail fast, and build something valuable.

David L. Blackledge

Associate Attorney   |   LinkedIn

David Blackledge is a member of the firm’s Corporate Services Practice Group.

David Blackledge is a 30 year veteran in the technology world focusing on sales and operations management with start-up ventures and emerging businesses. He has extensive experience assisting businesses in government contracting, working with government agencies at all levels. His work includes several areas of business operations including program management, operations, sales, marketing, business development and contracts, with particular expertise in tactical and strategic sales and revenue planning. These roles include program management, operations, and officer roles in startup and emerging businesses. His government practice area focuses on pre and post-award contracting issues, contract compliance, renewal, and expansion.

While in law school, Mr. Blackledge served as a judicial extern for the Maricopa County Superior Court, Civil Division.

He also served two semesters as a student lawyer and senior associate in the Arizona State University College of Law Innovation Advancement Program (IAP).

Professional and Civic Activities
- Arizona Technology Investors Forum (Member).
- MIT Enterprise Forum (Member).
- Desert Angels (Member).

Kyle S. Hufford

Associate at Dinan & Company   |   LinkedIn

Investment Banking Associate, Deal Origination Group

Daniel Schulz

COO Spotlight Software Partner & Managing Director - Convergent EDM Member\Investor - ATIF   |   LinkedIn

Robert S. Green

Founder & CEO   |   LinkedIn

I am an accomplished entrepreneur and attorney with a unique perspective gained practicing law at a major New York law firm, founding and operating six successful companies and leading a non-profit bioscience trade group. My ventures focused on biotechnology

David Wachtel

COO at GameTruck Licensing, LLC   |   LinkedIn

John T. Kukowski

Program Management & Healthcare Sales   |   LinkedIn

Progressive responsibility and leadership experience in the military, healthcare and aerospace in the following roles: program management, medical sales, and operations management. Broad breadth of experience selling and leading complex multimillion dollar high end customized products and services within a matrix organization in the healthcare and aerospace industries. Self-motivated, articulate and technically astute team player with a can-do attitude. Proven team builder & skilled problem solver. Previously held Secret & Top Secret military clearances.

• Capital Medical Equipment Sales
• Biomedical Service Sales
• Service contract sales
• Consultative Selling
• Strategic Account Management
• Proposal Development
• Program Management
• Risk Management
• Operational Efficiencies
• P & L Responsibility
• Skilled Negotiator
• 6 Sigma Green Belt


Carl V. Nablo

Consulting Practice Managing Partner   |   LinkedIn

Senior Executive with significant experience as a change agent producing strategic vision and direction. Long-term track record of sustained financial results in technology and industrial ventures that maximizes the deployment of resources and develops world-class practices.

Specialties:Leadership, Vision, Innovation & Execution, Value Creation.

Chuck Warshaver

Executive Director   |   LinkedIn

Thirty year track record of building and managing customer centric manufacturing and distribution businesses with clear focus of creating "raving fans" and loyal engaged employees.

Founded and successfully built a manufacturing company with sales reaching $30 million competing against major brands and sold the business to a national consolidator at a significant profit.

Entrepreneurial experience spans the development and design of multiple unique product lines and product patents. Expertise includes marketing, merchandising and brand development with vendors and major customers like Bloomingdale's, Jordan's Furniture and Raymour& Flanigan where highlights include the successfully negotiated sale of the company’s QVC private label brand in 2007 and sale of the company in July 2010.

Jay Connor

Cross-Sector Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Joseph “Jay” Connor, JD/MBA, is the Founder/CEO of Learning Ovations, Inc. Their featured product is A2i - Assessment to Instruction. A2i is the commercialization/technology transfer resulting from his role as the Managing Partner of Rubicon Partners, LLP which, in partnership with the US Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, Florida Center for Reading Research, and Florida State University, has developed A2i, a research-based tool available to school districts across North America that uses student assessment to recommend individualized instruction activities to achieve significant improvement in reading achievement across the economic and ethnic spectrum.

This recognition of the need to develop evidence-based tools in order to achieve transformative outcomes in our community systems – most notably education – was a driving consideration in his founding of The Collaboratory for Community Solutions. The research findings from over 75 communities are found in his book, published spring 2003 (second edition 2005) by Wilder Press, Community Visions, Community Solutions: Grantmaking for Comprehensive Impact. It is the most extensive discussion available on the leadership art of linking sectors, initiatives, technologies and systems in achieving community solutions.

Jay has 20+ years of experience in senior business management at the multi-billion dollar corporate level. He was a Regional President of ADT Security Systems, where he oversaw a $150 million unit with 1100 employees and offices in 35 communities. During this period, he also commuted from California to NYC where he served ADT as Senior VP, Marketing and Field Support. He has also been a Group Vice President for Johnson Controls, a $10 billion company.

Tishin Donkersley

Editor In Chief AZ Tech Beat   |   LinkedIn

I am the Founder of Elements Communication and Editor In Chief for AZ Tech Beat - Arizona's online news source for the high-tech industry. Around town I'm better known as a branding & messaging specialist, community developer, creative rain maker, connector of good people, energizer, educator, balancer of zen, and has a high EQ with a flip flop vibe. Appreciate each day, continue to learn, and laugh often and out loud.

CJ Cornell

Managing Director at Propel Ventures, LLC.   |   LinkedIn

Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation
New York Institute of Technology
School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Executive Director
Entrepreneurship Technology Innovation Center
New York Institute of Technology

Professor of Digital Media & Entrepreneurship
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication
Arizona State University

Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship

Venture Partner and EIR to Venture Capital Investment firm Silicom Ventures, LLC.

Sr. Vice President of Programming & Product Management for Ruckus Networks - the music and movie network for college campuses.

CEO of Chaos Media Networks since 2001-2005: A Video on Demand Cable Television Network. Prior: Business Development Executive at Canal+/Vivendi - focusing Television Programming & Technology. Former CEO of Sagesse Interactive/Wisdom TV - one of the early interactive television services in the US.

Held management positions at Sun Microsystems in advanced television and consumer entertainment technologies, and with Americast (Digital Cable TV venture between Disney, GTE, SBC, Ameritech, BellSouth and SNET). Was on the founding board of ATVEF.

BS double-major in electrical and mechanical engineering

Geoff Ossias

Partner, Quarles & Brady, LLP   |   LinkedIn

Geoff Ossias co-chairs the Emerging Growth Companies practice for Quarles & Brady, a national law firm with more than 450 attorneys, including offices in Phoenix and Tucson. He has more than 15 years of experience working with early stage tech companies in a wide variety of sectors. He has represented issuers and institutional investors in connection with numerous private placements and registered offerings raising well in excess of $1 billion and routinely assists his clients in negotiating and documenting strategic transactions, including debt and equity financings, M&A and restructurings. Geoff also brings to his clients significant practical business experience as the senior executive responsible for corporate development and investor relations for, a publicly-traded (Nasdaq: MYPT) database marketing firm acquired by an affiliate of United Airlines in 2001. Geoff also sits on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Technology Investor Forum, the leading angel investor group serving startups in the Phoenix area.

Hamid Shojaee

Founder at & Owner Axosoft, LLC   |   LinkedIn

Hamid is founder of Axosoft, a software company in Scottsdale Arizona that provides software development tools to thousands of companies worldwide. Hamid has been an active member of Arizona’s entrepreneur community, helping create AZ Disruptors, a software incubator, and AZ Tech Beat, Arizona’s tech news source. He is also an angel investor in several software startups and one of the recipients of Phoenix Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs in Arizona.

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