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Startup Day 2015 300x250We’ve got a huge crowd and a great lineup in store for the sixth annual Startup Day event, taking place Friday Jan. 30 at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highlights include talks by entrepreneurial vets such as Ben Huh of Cheezburger; Kristen Hamilton of Koru and Rahul Sood of newly-formed game company Unikrn. We’re also excited to welcome Concur co-founders Mike Hilton and Raj Singh for a fireside chat, talking about their 22-year entrepreneurial journey — a voyage that resulted in last month’s $8.3 billion sale to SAP. It also happens to be their last day of work at the Bellevue enterprise software giant.

An informative and inspirational day for sure at this one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial bootcamp.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re coming to the big event, presented by our great partners at EY. Unfortunately, we are sold out, and can’t comfortably cram any more entrepreneurs in the building.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 30th.

Showbox Sodo is located just south of Safeco Field at 1700 1st Ave. South. Click on map for detailed view.

Location: Showbox Sodo, 1700 1st Ave. S. Seattle, WA. The Showbox Sodo is located just south of Safeco Field.

Parking: All-day parking at $10 is available at the Safeco Field Garage at Occidental and S Massachusetts. The garage is located just behind the Showbox Sodo. Map here.

Tickets: No need to bring your printed tickets. If you’re signed up, we will have your badge ready to go.

Can I still buy tickets?: Unfortunately, we’re completely sold out. Make sure to grab early-bird tickets for our next event — the GeekWire Anniversary Bash & Ping Pong Tournament on March 26th. This event also sells out, so get your tickets here.

Registration and coffee: We will open the doors at 8 a.m. After picking up your name badge, our friendly events team will help you get situated. Check in, get yourself caffeinated, and fasten your seatbelts — as the main attraction starts at 8:55 a.m. with a startup welcome from Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

Agenda: Check out the full schedule here under the agenda tab. We have a fantastic lineup of startup veterans delivering a series of talks aimed at mastering key steps of the startup process, plus panels and more special surprises.

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A Demo Zone startup pitches to the VC panel at the 2013 Startup Day

Internet: We will have free WiFi, presented by our friends at Atlas Networks. No password required.

Startup Demo Zone: Back by popular demand, check out the 15 companies in the Startup Demo Zone, listening to their ideas and presentations. The Demo Zone will be located in the upper bar area on the north portion of the venue. Demo Zone companies receive a one-on-one meeting with a top VC or angel investor, and three of the companies will earn the chance to go on stage after lunch and pitch to our all-star VC panel. See a list of Demo Zone companies here.

Each Startup Day attendee will receive an OfferUP Buck, which they can use to  "invest" in their favorite Demo Zone startup.
Each Startup Day attendee will receive an OfferUP Buck, which they can use to “invest” in their favorite Demo Zone startup.

OfferUp Buck: All attendees will receive an “OfferUp Buck” in their registration badge. Present this paper dollar to your favorite Demo Zone company, and they may be crowned later in the day as the “People’s Choice” award winner, earning two tickets to the GeekWire Gala Anniversary Bash & Ping Pong Tourney on March 26th, as well as a GoPro Prize package from sponsor OfferUp.

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Expert Advice in the Resource Center: Good news for all attendees: Everyone is welcome to meet with an expert in the Startup Resource Room, located in the upper bar area on the north side of the venue. Come with your burning questions in business, financing, sales, marketing, legal and design. Morning sessions will focus on leadership; development and design; sales/marketing/PR and finance;, while afternoon sessions with focus on legal/partnerships/deals; HR/hiring and leadership. This is a great chance to get one-on-one advice from the likes of Rival IQ co-founder T.A. McCann; Lighter Capital CEO BJ Lackland; former T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Cole Brodman; and Zillow director of communications Katie Curnutte. The Resource Room will be open from 11 a.m. to 1:05 p.m. and 2:10 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.

Refreshments: We’ll have plenty of breaks and refreshments throughout the day; breakfast, lunch, two breaks and the afternoon reception all included with your registration. We will keep you fueled up and provide plenty of time to connect with your fellow entrepreneurs and techies.

startupdaysprylyunnamedStartup Day App: Get all of the Startup Day information at your fingertips with the Spryly app, available for iOS and Android. Just install the Spryly app and search for GeekWire, and you’ll be able to access speaker bios; sponsor information and the full agenda.

Questions? Post them below or email me at and we’ll get them answered.

See everyone tomorrow for Startup Day.

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