Tri-Cities Startup Weekend Press Release



Press Release: For Immediate Release

First Tri-Cities Startup Weekend Set for September 20-22

September 20-22, 2013

Contact: Erik Ralston,, 509-312-9058


You’re a “wantrepreneur”. You have big ideas and passion, but you don’t think you have what it takes to make a business. Maybe you think you need more time, more talent, or more money to make it happen. Maybe you think we’re too far out of the way for anything amazing to happen here.

Tri-Cities Startup Weekend is your opportunity to go from “wantrepreneur” to “entrepreneur”. It’s about taking the time and finding the people who can help turn your big idea into a small reality. You’ll come away having met the challenge of starting a business, along with finding a cofounder, meeting someone new, or learning a skill far outside your 9-to-5.

The first Tri-Cities Startup Weekend will be held September 20-22 at the Consolidated Information Center (CIC) at Washington State University, Tri-Cities. Startup Weekends are for everyone with passion and a desire to apply their skills toward entrepreneurship and benefit from some local successful business owner advice. They’re familiar events in larger citites like Seattle or Portland, but for the first time, Tri-Citizens will be able to assemble for a weekend of entrepreneurial action.

Startup Weekend events follow a basic model for the weekend: anyone can pitch their idea for a startup on Friday night and receive feedback from their peers. Teams then form organically arund top ideas that have been selected by the vote of attendees. Teams have until Sunday afternoon to work on business model creation, coding, design and market validation for the new idea. Sunday evening, teams pitch their product to a panel of local and regional entrepreneurial leaders and have the opportunity for critical feedback and a chance to win an entrepreneurial toolkit to help their business grow over the next six months.

The mission of the non-profit, volunteer-organized Startup Weekend is to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams, and communities. It is being organized by volunteers from various local businesses: Ty Mulholland from elevate in Kennewick, Erik Ralston from Addisolv in Richland, LoAnn Ayers from Washington State Univerity Tri-Cities, and Gary Spanner from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Coaches and speakers range in background from law to finance, accounting to retail, and are ready to fill in the missing knowledge and experience a young startup needs to take flight.

Please visit to register or learn more. Registration is $75 and includes dinner Friday night and all meals Saturday and Sunday. Follow @TriCitiesWASW on Twitter or Like Tri-Cities Startup Weekend on Facebook for updates. Please contact Erik Ralston at or 509-312-9058 for more information, clarification, or interview.

Startup Weekend, founded in Seattle, is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching ventures. Globally, over 400 startup weekend events have been held in over 100 countries. For more information, visit