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A crash course for those curious about entrepreneurship! You’re invited to attend Startup Weekend Access, a Startup Weekend focused on making entrepreneurship more accessible to everyone. Our mission is to create an environment where anyone can innovate together. We're focusing on accessibility to provide better access for people with disabilities and fluid collaboration amongst every participant. An appropriate accessible environment with the necessary auxiliary aids support services will be provided!

Everyone is welcome, and we’d love you to join us!

What’s Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend’s a 54-hour event where aspiring entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and entrepreneurs of all abilities come together to share startup ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. Essentially, it’s a crash course in entrepreneurship that lets you experience what it’s really like to build and launch a startup.

Whether you have an idea for a new mobile app that will make your life easier or just want to learn more about entrepreneurship, we encourage you to attend.

Why? The statistics are clear, people with disabilities are not only less likely to be employed, but also less likely to pursue entrepreneurship. We hope that Startup Weekend Access will ignite your entrepreneurial spark!



Jun 20
  • 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


Jun 21
  • Doors open
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams have workspace set up, coaches begin to arrive
  • 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


Jun 22
  • Doors open
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy) Coaches begin to arrive
  • Lunch
  • Last group check-in: Status reports, call for help, ask coaches questions!
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Premier Sponsors

Michael Nesmith

Michael works in advertising as an Art Director at Wieden Kennedy's school of 12- an experiment disguised as a school disguised as an agency. He was born and raised in Chicago and went to Gallaudet University for his BA in Multimedia Design and then to School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he got his MFA in Visual Communication. He enjoys building Legos and is an avid comic book collector. His deafness, creativity, and a knack for emerging technology have led him to create problem-solving tools to keep himself afloat in the chaotic world of advertising.

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Angela Jackson

Angela brings a decade’s experience placing 30+ angel investments (multiple sectors) and a serial entrepreneur family history to Portland Seed Fund. She has advised hundreds of entrepreneurs and seed‐stage companies across a broad spectrum of industries at AB Jackson Group, and also oversees the Portland State University Business Accelerator, with 25+ resident bio-tech, technology and clean-tech companies. She is current President of the Portland chapter of Keiretsu Forum, the largest angel network in the world, and was Chair of the state’s premier angel investment event, Angel Oregon, in 2010.

Prior, she served as a principal at Emergent, an incubator/investment fund for emerging technology and consumer products. Earlier in her career, she started and operated several small companies and drove key partner relationships and sales channels at Auctionpay (acquired by Global Payments: GPN) during a period of explosive growth. Very early, she trained for a career in ballet and spent three years sailing globally as a professional tall ships sailor. She holds a B.A. in English and History (Boston University) and a M.A. in Environmental Studies (University of Oregon).

Kedma Ough

Kedma Ough, MBA, Director of AVITA, is a true powerhouse and definitely someone you want in your corner as a proven champion in the entrepreneurial community. The Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, and Wells Fargo Bank cited Ough for her work in fueling innovation and access to creative financing for small businesses. Her awards have included the SBA’s Women Champion, SBA Oregon Small Business Champion, and the National Small Business Influencer Award. She has served more than 5000 businesses as an advisor, consultant, and speaker and is driven to open doors for entrepreneurs with disabilities. AVITA also provides consulting and training to agencies that service people with disabilities including the Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation, Oregon Commission for the Blind, The Veterans Administration, Washington Services for the Blind, Washington Vocational Rehabilitation Services. Ough has a no-nonsense approach to business leaving little room for communication confusion. She is a fifth generation entrepreneur and the proud parent of child on the Autism Spectrum.

Paola Moretto

Paola Moretto is the co-founder and CEO of Nouvola, offering a scalable, cloud-based performance testing and performance analytics solution. Paola is a proven technology executive with more than 20 years of experience in leading organizations both at startups and established companies. She was the Director of Software for the Data Center Group at Intel, and before that she ran the software organization for the WiMAX and the Wi-Fi product line at Intel. She led the development of the first ever Intel WiMAX product and led the software effort for Intel Wi-Fi Centrino. Paola was previously the co-founder of a venture within the Intel incubator, which developed the first Intel SaaS platform. Prior to that, she was a senior director at Mobilian, a startup developing co-existent Wi-Fi and Bluetooth solutions. She previously held leadership roles at Atmel and at TCSI in Silicon Valley. Paola holds a MS in Computer Science from Politecnico of Turin, Italy and a MS in Physics from the University of Genoa, Italy.

Soren Knudsen

Soren Knudsen is a Strategic Planner for Intel’s New Business Initiatives Group. Think “startups within the walls of a Fortune 500 company.” The team envisions, validates, and establishes new business growth options for Intel. Soren is on the Business side, evaluating and implementing these new ideas. Prior to Intel Soren was a CIO at a 100 person online education company, and has numerous company launches under his belt. He has also led a successful SW development consulting team with a IBM solution reseller. After graduation he launched his career with IBM Global Services. Based in Beaverton, Oregon, he is excited to return to Startup Weekend helping provide feedback and insight for others.

Jeff Martens

Jeff Martens is an entrepreneur and technology executive with more than 14 years experience at both large and small companies. Jeff is a graduate of the University of Oregon with BS in Business Administration, a minor in economics, and awarded Entrepreneur of the Year. Jeff started his career at Nike where he served for 6 years in a variety of sales, operations, and strategic analyst roles. After Nike, Jeff joined Synopsys as a Sr. Strategic Planning Analyst where he spent 3 years responsible for long range forecasting of sales, revenue, and cash flow, helping the company grow into the market leader. In 2010, Jeff left Synopsys and founded CPUsage to deliver dead-simple, massive scale computing to scientists, engineers, and software developers. CPUsage raised nearly $1MM in venture capital from leading Silicon Valley investors and launched at TechCrunch Disrupt SF in front of more than 3,000 technology luminaries. After shutting down CPUsage in 2014, Jeff joined New Relic as the Product Manager for their newest product and most important initiative to date, a data analytics platform called Insights. Outside of work, Jeff is a passionate supporter of Startup Weekend, a fan of craft beer, an honored TechStars mentor, a lover of Oregon Duck football, and an avid non-fiction reader.


Ranjeewa Weerasinghe


Ranjeewa is an engineering lead at Jama Software. He has over 18 years of technical leadership experience in organizations ranging from not-for-profits to early stage start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. Ranjeewa has a Masters in Computer Science from Purdue University.

Phil Weaver

Phil is a software engineer on Google's Accessibility team. He also founded Switchamajig, which allows people with motor disabilities to control a variety of everyday items with an iPad. He has worked for several start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area in a variety of technical and management roles.

Johnathan Findlay

Partner, Halton Diversified   |   LinkedInGoogle+

In 2005, Portland native John co-founded the online community Uberguilds Network, a network of community sites dedicated primarily to MMOs, which was acquired by Guild Cafe Entertainment (later GamerDNA) in 2007. With the acquisition he moved to Boston, MA to continue driving the network's growth through 2009 where it served 12.5 million absolute unique visitors a month. During that time his emphasis was on social media, revenue building, and business development.
Starting in 2010, John has been working with investments in the Portland area through Halton Diversified. 

Most recently, he has been focused on creating the first sustainable post-demographic marketing model that can convert community "engagement" into sustaining revenue for everything from social media and startup enterprises to non-profits and Little League teams, through a platform called Patrons Media. The PM platform protects consumer privacy while delivering 100% cost-controlled advertising to small businesses with no up-front costs: advertisers pay only when their advertising works. Consumers, meanwhile, get to direct those advertising dollars to the communities they care about, through a platform that blends social media's ability to scale mobile communication, gaming mechanics and crowd-funding.

Mark Adreon

Mark Adreon has been employed with the Washington State Department of Services for the Blind for fourteen years and has served as Communications and Employer consultant, Public Relations and Outreach as well as project management roles with the department. Mark has work in a number of advocacy roles with a wide range of organizations throughout the state. He has served on the Puget Sound Diversity Employment Network board for ten years assisting in developing a membership list of over 8,500 employers and community based organizations throughout King County. Mark has served on the METRO Accessible Services Advisory Committee for seven years, has chaired the King County 504 ADA Committee and served as a Commissioner with the King County Human Rights Commission. Mark has developed and implemented many community forums including a forum on accessible technology, working with Microsoft, employers, consumers, and developers to strategize how to make consumer and employer based technologies accessible to blind and low vision users. Mark also worked in partnership with DSB, U of W School of Art and other community partners to create "Touching Art"

Jonathan Correa

Jonathan is the design direction for Selectron Technologies an interactive voice, web and mobile based Software Solution. He is a proud Portland product, who has over 17yrs of professional design experience. He has a degree in Visual Communication and has worked in various mediums throughout his career. This has allowed him to gain a strong understanding of differing design techniques and their role in product development. He has worked in UI/UX, Game Design, Advertising, Animation and everything in between. His focus is on effective communication within design.
As part of Jonathan’s desire to reach out to his community, he is currently a Digital Arts Advisory Member and resource for the Washington State school board. This allows him to help link technology and art to our younger generations.

Elliott Dale

An attorney and MBA, Elliott has significant experiences building and shaping growth-focused organizations as a manager, business developer, and recruiter. At Immix Law Group PC, Elliott works with startup and established businesses, and enjoys working as a generalist, taking the role of strategic business partner and general counsel for smaller and emerging businesses and of hands-on project manager for larger clients. Immix Law Group PC is a Portland law firm that focuses on all aspects of business law, providing its clients a unique blend of legal expertise and practical business experience.

Seamus Holley

Shopmaster ADX Portland   |  

Seamus Holley is one of our full-time polymaths. With experience enough to spare, he possesses a solid background in the industrial, art, and craft processes. He is our "go-to" around the shop when you have a question that needs a real answer. His resume is well stacked with one ideal, constant learning and constant teaching.

Ryan Lowe

Ryan Lowe is a business attorney at Immix Law Group PC who has a passion for helping individuals and businesses succeed. At Immix, Ryan works with businesses of all sizes, including startup and growth stage companies. In addition to providing legal advice to businesses operating in a variety of industries, Ryan advises health and wellness companies on legal matters specific to this growing industry. Immix Law Group PC is a Portland law firm that focuses on all aspects of business law, providing its clients a unique blend of legal expertise and practical business experience.

Jehn Glynn


Jehn Glynn has been running her Freelance Visual Design business, Jehnuine

Designs, for the past 7 years. She works with startups, small businesses & non-
profits, specializing in branding and UI/UX. She moved to Portland a year and a half ago and has fallen in love with the entrepreneurial energy in this town!

Adam Cabler

Adam is a software engineer at Mentor Graphics working in the System Level Engineering division. He has over 15 years of experience doing everything from embedded simulation technology to browser and mobile application development. He holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and a graduate degree from OHSU in Computer Science.
Currently his focus is compute intensive cloud based application architecture for as yet unannounced products at Mentor.

Tyler Phillipi

Tyler Phillipi - CEO and Co-Founder Cargo (
Tyler is a business focused entrepreneur from Portland who has been building and running startups his entire career. Before Cargo he has founded 2 companies, bootstrapped the first and raised venture funding for the second. He is very active in the startup community including hosting and speaking at events. interface.

Bruce Elgort

Bruce Elgort served as the Chairman of OpenNTF, the preeminent open source community for the IBM Collaboration Solutions development platform. He is also the co-creator of IdeaJam(TM), the multi-award winning idea management software from Elguji Software, where he serves as President and Chief Executive Officer. You can hear Bruce regularly as the co-host of the Taking Notes podcast. Additionally, Bruce is often asked to speak around the world at technology industry events about trends in the technology space as well as entrepreneurship. As part of his commitment to give back to his local community, he serves as a board member of the Clark County Skills Center, and is a technology and event volunteer for the Children's Cancer Society. Bruce also teaches computer technology classes at Clark College.

Community Sponsors
Todd Bachmann
Cory Klatik
Jared Wiener
John Swanson
Kait Carter
Sara Morrow
Arwa Jumkawala
Shashi Jain
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