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The Freight House District @ Ace's Ballpark (250 Evans Ave, Reno)


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Want to help organize? Join us Tuesdays at 9:00 am at Hub Coffee, Riverside, Reno.



Nov 22
  • Registration Starts
  • Networking & Dinner (Enchiladas, rice & black beans)
  • 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


Nov 23
  • 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 (Chicken Parm + Linguine)
  • 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


Nov 24
  • 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 (Taquitos, Guac & Chips)
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Legendary Sponsors

Tony DeVincenzi

Co-founder of Sold recently acquired by DropBox   |   LinkedIn

Tony is an accomplished creative director, product designer, and technology researcher whose work spans the range of application design, interactive installation, and advertisement. He is a recent alum of the MIT Media Lab, where his work was featured by FastCompany, FastCoDesign, The Atlantic, Wallpaper*, ID Magazine, BoingBoing, and Engadget, to name a few.

Heroic Sponsors

Eric Brown

Castle Peak Ventures, Managing Member   |   LinkedIn

Eric Brown is the Managing Member of Castle Peak Ventures and he resides in Truckee, CA with his wife and three children. Castle Peak Ventures LLC, headquartered in Truckee, CA, is a private investment fund focused on seed and early stage investments in technology, wellness/digital health, and outdoor product startups. In addition to Castle Peak Ventures, Eric co-founded Thrive Tahoe, a network of entrepreneurs, investors and mentors built to foster the growth of Tahoe based start-ups. Outside of his professional projects, Eric captures as many days on his bike and skis as possible.

Eric Jennings Co-founder, Technology   |   Google+

Eric is Co-Founder of Pinoccio, a complete ecosystem for building the Internet of Things. No other product provides a seamless, end-to-end hardware-to-software solution for building the Internet of Things. Pinoccio is robust enough for large-scale scientific and industrial usage, but so easy to use that hobbyists can quickly build their own DIY FitBits, home automation projects, or web-controlled quadcopters.

Eric’s background is in software, but he has a soft spot for open hardware. He is a TechStars NYC Winter 2011 alum, has worked for tech startups in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from UNR. He’s In love with the connection between software, hardware, people, and the environment in which they live, but has a crush on Erlang, analog synthesizers, and permaculture.

Wes Nelson

Co-Founder of Townr, Past Startup Weekend Winner   |  

Wes is Co-Founder of Towner, an event website application that won the first Startup Weekend in Reno. His background is in marketing, brand strategy, and design. Before moving from Nashville to Reno, Wes got his start working for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in college. Currently, Wes is in startup mode as he and his team continue to develop Towner. When Wes isn't doing design work or developing marketing plans, there's a good chance he's either playing pickup soccer or writing a song. It's a little known fact that Wes is a singer/songwriter in his spare time.

Hillary Schieve

City of Reno Councilmember, Owner of Platos Closet, Clothes Mentor and Biggest Little Fashion Truck   |  

Voters elected Hillary as an At-Large Council representative in 2012. This is the only At-Large Council seat and encompasses the entire City boundary. Hillary brings to the Council her entrepreneurial experience as an employer and local business owner, as well as her out-of-the-box thinking which helped her businesses prosper during the downturn in the economy.

Hillary’s business success landed her the Reno Gazette-Journal’s 2011 “Entrepreneur of the Year" award. Hillary was also named by the Nevada Young Professional Network and the Gazette-Journal as a “Top Twenty under Forty” recipient for her business expertise and her community service endeavors. Hillary is a founding member of the Midtown Merchants Association. She is also a board member of the Nevada Youth Empowerment Project for homeless teens.

Dusty Wunderlich

M&A Advisor and Private Equity Professional   |  

Dusty Wunderlich serves as a Principal of the DCA Capital Partner's Fund, and is specifically targeted on identifying promising investment opportunities in Nevada. A seasoned executive, formerly with Optimum Strategy Group and ARVCO Financial Ventures, Mr. Wunderlich has focused on delivering innovative financial and strategic solutions to his clients through a dynamic and creative approach to the capital markets including managing relationships with various institutional investors and asset management firms.

Valient Sponsors

Travis Schwieger

CTO, Data Architect, and Co-Founder of   |  

Travis is the CTO, Data Architect, and Co-Founder of He has spent his entire career working in data, from architecture to development, predictive analytics to data warehousing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and an MBA from University of Nevada - Reno.

At inqiri, we are working to create a solution at the intersection of state-of-the-art cognitive science and information technology. A solution that combines the insights of collective intelligence with the power of synthetic intelligence to overcome cognitive bias and improve rational decision-making.

Fernando Leal

Serial Entrepreneur

Fernando Leal a serial entrepreneur since the age of 19 is the Managing Partner of Extraprenuer LLC. Extrapreneur LLC invests, incubates and advises early stage technology companies. In 1996 as Founder and CEO of Contactos De Mexico Inc. (CDMEX), he launched a B2B website that featured the largest database of Mexican manufacturers and was one of the first known companies to utilize a reverse auction model. Clients included hundreds international blue chip companies.

In 1998 as Founder and CEO of WynWyn Inc., he oversaw the creation of a proprietary database that indexed millions of marketing terms used by small businesses in over 300 business categories. Initially extracted overseas from over 4,000 printed yellow page books the company then developed industry specific web crawlers to automate the aggregation process. The WynWyn database provided quantifiable insights into the frequency of marketing terms used by millions of small businesses across hundreds of different business categories.

In addition, for over 10 years he was Managing Partner of DRW Real Estate Ventures a Chicago based real estate development firm that specialized in the development of large scale adaptive reuse projects. Notable ground up restorations included the award winning Ambassador Residences in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood and The Montage Residences in downtown Reno, Nevada.

Peggy Ries

Business Consultant - Social Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Peggy has been helping businesses in the Reno area for more than 30 years. Her background in Business Consulting Services includes rich expertise in many different areas including Real Estate, Medical Technology, Healthcare Services and Gaming.

Peggy's clients include a wide arrange of both local Reno area companies as well as Multinational Companies that have their US operations based in Nevada. Before starting her Business Consulting Practice she was an Investigator and Securities Analyst for the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

Peggy holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from University of Nevada, Reno.

Eric Madison

Serial Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Eric is a serial entrepreneur formerly based in Washington DC and Silicon Valley but now resides in Reno. He has founded or been an early stage employee in 7 startups in the IP Networking, Software as a Service (Saas), Mobile Apps and Cloud Computing Services markets.

Eric started his career in IP Network Engineering for some of largest DC Area based ISPs including MCI/UUNet, AOL and USinternetworking.

In 2000, he was recruited to Silicon Valley and made a career change from Engineering to Marketing. His main focus since moving to Reno has been helping Silicon Valley and Northern Nevada based startups launch their company and capital fund raising.

Eric holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of North Carolina.

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Jay Johnson
Kowsar Kahn
Dan Langford
Eric Madison
Wes Nelson
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