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Why Should I Attend Tri-Cities Startup Weekend?

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 be a entrepreneur. It's about taking the time and finding the people who can help turn your big idea into a small reality, ready to grow into the future. 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.

Register now to make yourself the amazing thing happening in the Tri-Cities.

What Will Happen at Tri-Cities Startup Weekend?

On Friday, Tri-Citizens with diverse backgrounds in business, development, and design will descend on one place. Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. Mentors with diverse backgrounds will be there to help guide your business. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback and the top three teams being named.

This is a Competition? Are There Prizes?

We believe each attendee will leave with the overwhelming sense that the Tri-Cities is a place of opportunity, where there is enough drive and ability to launch any venture. Each team will depart with enough direction and new connections to take their business beyond the weekend. Three outstanding teams will depart with a toolkit of entrepreneurial resources to help them build a real business.

There Are Teams? Do I Have to Sign-Up With a Team?

Yes, this is a team-based event. No, you don't need to bring one with you.

All tickets are sold to individuals. If you and a friend (or many friends) want to sign-up with a plan of forming a team during the weekend, then go right ahead. Your team's idea does not even have to be voted on during the Friday night, any group of two or more people who work on an idea during the weekend will receive mentorship and will be able to pitch on Sunday evening.

Is My Idea Really a "Startup"?

YES. Almost any concept for a product or service, for-profit or non-profit is a "Startup" ready for "Startup Weekend".

While most teams will involve software in their product, it does not need to be a "tech startup" to participate. It does not need to be something that's only at home in Silicon Valley looking for a million dollars in venture capital to be successful. It also does not need to to revolutionary, it could be just a small improvement on an existing idea that no one's made and everyone wants. Examples of previous startup weekend participants include: a hawaiian food truck, a video game, a distillery, a local travel web app, a mobile app for elderly learning, and many others.

The only real restriction is: Your pitch must be for a new business that does not currently exist, since Startup Weekend is about building something new, not getting free design and development work. If you're in doubt, please use the "Contact Us" action at the top of the page to talk about your idea.


Does the Event Cost Money?

Yes, the event fee is $80 for regular attendees, $60 for early registraints, with $20 off either price for students. Primarily, that cost helps cover the 7 meals received over the weekend. Everyone organizing is a volunteer.

Where and When is Tri-Cities Startup Weekend?

The first Tri-Cites Startup Weekend in 2014 will be from March 14th-16th, at the Consolidated Information Center (or CIC) at Washington State University, Tri-Cities.


Register now for the weekend of your life!



Mar 14
  • Doors Open
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Venue Closes


Mar 15
  • Doors Open
  • 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
  • Venue Closes


Mar 16
  • Doors Open
  • 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

Kathy Craig

Owner, Castle Event Catering

Kathy has been orchestrating complex productions for nearly 20 years. She is renovating a historic building into the Anthology Event Center and is a passionate supporter of the regional Field to Fork initiative.

Albert Torres

CEO Cyberbackups

Albert leveraged his first career in R&D to launch his own IT firm and to start what has become the largest Hispanic newspaper in the State.

Larry Willey

Vice President, Energy/Business Services Energy Northwest

Larry Willey, vice president of Energy/Business Services, joined Energy Northwest in 2013. In this role he is responsible for the development of new business opportunities and the operation and maintenance of all non-nuclear generation assets.

J.D. Sitton

Managing Partner, Profera International

J.D. has a strong track record of turning ideas and innovations into attractive businesses.

Silver Sponsors

Adam Brault

I don't work at &yet. You call this work?

I just want to make things better.

That starts with you and me.

I think business can be a tool to help create the kind of world you'd like to live in. There aren't rules against that, as far as I know. Besides: why would anyone make a rule against that? It would be silly.

Christina Lethlean

Co-Founder of RV There Yet? & CEO Emeritus of Gesa

Christina is an experienced top executive with a deep background in finance who values community involvement. She is also the co-founder of RV There Yet? in Richland, an RV rental company, that she runs with her husband Bob.

Reggie Lal

A Student of this Game called LIfe...

I specialize in High Yield Alternative Investments such as: Real Estate, Mortgages, Small Business and Start-UPs. I like to teach others how to become successful Investors as well, without all the Hype, BS, or Up-Sell.

Gene Holand

Chief Learning Officer at Center for Innovation and Design CBC

Eric Hsu

Lawyer   |  

Eric Hsu is a small business lawyer who loves to help entrepreneurs build and protect successful businesses and ventures.

Gus Sako

Founder of Octopus Garden

Gus Sako has a background in small-scale marketing and retail. Most days he can be found running his businesses at the Uptown in Richland: Octopus Garden & Luna Fish.

Bronze Sponsors
Erik Ralston
Becca Lingley
Ty Mulholland
LoAnn Ayers
Kris Lapp
Brett Spooner

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