Startup Weekend typically draws an interesting cast of characters. After all, you’ve got to be a little nutty (or at least a startup junky) to try to build a new company in 54 hours. And, as it happens, age doesn’t matter so much when it comes to the entrepreneurial fever.

One of the more impressive pitches Sunday night came from the dynamic duo of Will Mittenthal and Cole Calhoun, juniors at Eastlake High School in Sammamish who built a social networking site called Student Navigator. Watch their pitch below, which I’ve got to say was better than some of the presentations from (older) and more accomplished entrepreneurs in the room.


I was hoping to catch up with the two budding entrepreneurs following their presentation. But they had to leave early for … basketball practice.

Student Navigator was my favorite pitch of the night. But I’ve got to say Shakeup Call — which actually got a cease and desist order from a competitor — was a very close second. Hilarious concept, as you’ll see in this video:


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Comments

  • Craig

    I wanted to listen to it, but I could not understand what the guy on the right was saying at any point during the presentation. The left guy was very easy to hear but was still unbearable as half the presentation is an entire blank to me. 

    • Anonymous

      If we can have these teams upload their presentations video+slides on http://www.9Slides.com , they can be much effective connecting with online audience. 

    • Ballerman101

      turn your computer up! the microphone system in the room was really weird and hard to hear at times…if u turn ur computer up, it works…i had the same problem!

  • Eric

    basically this website has no content. is this really the best thing to come out of the weekend? 

    • Guest1

      they said at start-up weekend that this was a rough beta version of the site…i talked to them and they said that they got that site up and running in only 24 hrs due to a complete pivot from their teams original idea. just because ur jealous and cant accept the fact that two high school kids are better than u will ever be, doesnt mean u have to be a downer on a brilliant idea. accept it and move on with your life.

    • Guest1

      they said at start-up weekend that this was a rough beta version of the site…i talked to them and they said that they got that site up and running in only 24 hrs due to a complete pivot from their teams original idea. just because ur jealous and cant accept the fact that two high school kids are better than u will ever be, doesnt mean u have to be a downer on a brilliant idea. accept it and move on with your life.

    • Studentnavfan

      I agree with guest1…eric has no idea what he is talking about…he is a loser that is probably sitting at home with no friends. these kids have a very bright future and he is just trying to shut them down.

  • http://EZ2Inspect.com FarrenWest

    Startup Weekend was great fun. Thanks for everyone’s insight and thanks for Judging John. These boys did a great job and were definitely inspiring. They are on their way I am glad you wrote about them. We did a end of life startup…which quickly became Death Startup ;-) If you get the chance to attend the next one, I highly recommend it ;-) The team, coaches, and judges were fantastic…

  • gseattle

    Geekwire rocks.  Startup Weekend, wow.  I dropped in last night to see the 14 teams present their results, all very good.  Now where are the results?  There’s like no follow-thru at http://seattleedu.startupweekend.org/2010/11/10/startup-weekend-new-event/ for example.  Maybe Adam Stelle is still sleeping off a hangover or something.

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