GeekWire Calendar: Startups

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New Tech Eastside (Women in Tech & Allies)

May 21 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Our theme for this month is Women In Tech. It’s no secret, companies with more women and more gender diversity perform better than those with less. We’re excited to invite you to learn about the difficulties, successes, and benefits of women in the tech industry, and what we can all do to ensure women aren’t just fully represented but thrive.

Pitch Deck Karaoke

May 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

RSVP TO THE EVENT FOR FREE HERE: Agenda: 6pm: Drinks, food, and networking 7pm: Pitches start 8pm: Networking Pitch Deck Karaoke is an unforgettable happy hour improv game where you pitch an audience without knowing the contents of your deck. It's a game that tests your skills, gets people laughing, and keeps everyone wondering what will happen next. After the pitches the crowd and judges will vote on winners and prizes will be handed out. Bring your friends and…

Creating a Healthy Inclusive Startup Culture – May ’19 (WTIA Sponsored)

May 22 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Description: In order to recruit and retain top talent, organizational culture is a key factor for success. This course will explore how culture is defined and expressed, through artifacts, behaviors and underlying assumptions. Organizational values, workforce diversity and inclusion strategies will be discussed and evaluated. Through an exploration of the core tensions inherent in any organization, participants will assess the strengths and potential downside of their own organizational culture. Specific action plans will be generated to maximize transfer of learning…

Creating a Customer-Centric Product

May 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

As a startup, creating products that customers want is important! Join Amit Taylor, Principal Product Manager at Amazon Web Services for an engaging conversation around building customer-centric products including tactics, strategies, and feedback loops. Who will benefit most from this session? Startup leaders focused on product development and customer engagement. About Amit Taylor Amit Taylor is a Principal Product Manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS) where he leads product for the AWS Startups team. His team is working to build…

ACTIVATE NOW! Pitch Party: Impact

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

ACTIVATE NOW! is a series of pitch parties that source the best talent in Seattle for a short-form pitch competition. We help find exceptional companies that are looking for the resources they need to succeed. Our May 23rd event focuses on startup companies looking to promote the work they do to impact our world in a better way. 6 mission-driven companies will be featured in a pitch competition 5:00pm Socialize 6:00pm Pitches Begin 7:30pm Panel Awards 7:45pm Socialize

Alliance of Angels Pitch Clinic @ ExtraSlice

May 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Alliance of Angels Pitch Clinic is an educational event tailored specifically to entrepreneurs on how to effectively pitch a startup business plan to angel investors.

Celebrate Women Founders: Learn what it takes to start and run a company

May 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

We will have a great panel discussion with true leaders, Alisha Valavanis, CEO Seattle Storm, Sarah Daniels, CEO Blue Canoe (recently raised $2.5M), and a surprise guest. These women have started and grown their companies, their careers and the people around them. The discussion will be focusing on team culture and growing your business. There will also be some free giveaways for the first 50 people that buy tickets.

How To Not Get Sued: Ten Tips to Avoid Getting Sued as a Startup

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

As a startup, getting sued is a possibility, whether it is from competitors, customers, or even employees. This session is for startup leaders to gain the insights and strategies they need to avoid lawsuits so they can keep their energy focused on building their business. Come learn how NOT to get sued!

Founders Live Seattle

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for an incredible spring evening at Thinkspace as you hang with other entrepreneurs and hear from 5 awesome Seattle startups. Founders Live is an unforgettable happy hour competition sweeping the globe where up to five handpicked companies take the hot seat, with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience. After the pitches and audience Q&A, the crowd will vote on a winner who will not only receive…

Celebrating Dreams

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Attend Celebrating Dreams, a Washington Women Business Center premier event showcasing women-owned business on May 30! Celebrating Dreams empowers women to follow their entrepreneurial dreams. Connect with other female entrepreneurs, mentors, community partners, resources and leaders in the field, and celebrate female entrepreneurship with the community.

Startup Happy Hour at Jobscan

May 31 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Jobscan and other local startups for happy hour, where you can learn about what other entrepreneurial minds are working on and network with other founders, engineers and creatives! Any local startups are welcome to come. Attendance is free and snacks and drinks will be provided, but we ask that you register on Eventbrite to confirm attendance. The event will be held at Jobscan’s headquarters in the heart of Pioneer Square. Jobscan is a local Seattle startup that helps jobseekers…

Digital Supply Chain Hackathon

June 1

Level-up your supply chain game... in 1 day! You bring excitement, creativity and energy. We bring structure, data, tools and expert mentors. Infinite potential to inspire and ignite innovation! The focus of this hackathon is supply chain tech. Learn and build solutions from ocean to trucking and parcel with prepared data, Google Cloud environments, and relevant tools like R, Python and Tableau. For more information see the event website at: Who it's for... Supply chain analysts & planners: Have…

CoMotion’s Taco Tuesday

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join CoMotion for lunch and the opportunity to connect with the brightest minds of the Seattle entrepreneurial community! Taco Tuesday only comes around once a month, so don't miss out on an opportunity to enjoy tacos while getting to know the startups in your area. This event is free and the official registration can be found here. Thanks to UPS for your sponsorship.

Fireside Chat with Fran Dunaway of TomboyX

June 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

WeWork Labs, GSBA, TomboyX, and Flying Fish are proud to bring you our Fireside Chat with Fran Dunaway, CEO of TomboyX, interviewed by Geoff Harris, Partner at Flying Fish VC. Come and hear from Fran on her startup adventure going from idea stage to scale up, including the challenges, the joys and the overwhelming impact. Fran Dunaway is a media executive-turned-fashion entrepreneur and co-founder of TomboyX, a Seattle-based gender neutral underwear and loungewear brand launched in 2013. The brand started…

Founders Live PDX

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Founders Live PDX is an unforgettable happy hour competition sweeping the world, where up to five handpicked companies take the hot seat, with only 99 seconds to pitch their company and describe their value proposition in front of an eager audience. After the pitches and audience Q&A, the crowd will vote on a winner who will not only receive an award, but recognition from the crowd and also the opportunity to talk more about their product or service. So bring…

Fireside Chat with Hope Cochran

June 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for an interactive workshop with Hope Cochran, Managing Director of Madrona Venture Group. Hope will discuss trends in startup financing, angel investing and venture capital, as well as answer any questions you may have. Hope became a Managing Director in early 2019, following two years as a Venture Partner. As Managing Director, Hope identifies and leads new investments, provides strategic and operational advice to Madrona portfolio companies, and fosters corporate and strategic business development relationships with larger companies…

CoMotion’s Carbs & Coffee

June 19 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Start your morning off right by attending CoMotion's infamous breakfast event--Carbs & Coffee! Each Carbs & Coffee event rotates breakfast items anywhere from waffles, to bagels, to donuts, to breakfast burritos. Come enjoy a free breakfast while relishing in Seattle's entrepreneurial and startup community. We look forward to seeing you there for food, coffee, and networking! The official registration page can be found here. Thanks to UPS for sponsoring this event.

CoMotion Labs Public Tour

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Interested in learning more about our CoMotion Labs spaces? Come and visit our multi-industry spaces and learn all about how we’re driving innovation in Seattle. We are now offering public tours on the second Wednesday of every month in the afternoon. Join us for the entire afternoon or just come for a specific lab tour. Our tour schedule starts at 1:00pm at Fluke Hall. Transportation to and from each location will not be provided. We have left ample time for…

CleanTech Innovation Showcase

June 24

The CleanTech Alliance is announcing the sixth annual 2019 CleanTech Innovation Showcase at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle on June 24—this year with more participation from outside North America. For the first time ever, in partnership with the Western Interstate Energy Board, the Showcase will feature a second day innovation workshop dedicated to advancing cooperative energy projects across the west and with the federal government. The Showcase will be especially important this year in light of proposed legislation…

Women’s Pitch Night Seattle

July 10 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Volition Events has hosted 58 pitch events across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and are excited to be back in Seattle. This event provides a comfortable space for entrepreneurs to gain practical experience and valuable feedback on their 3-minute pitch and presentation, in front of an industry panel and live audience (all genders welcome).

Ready Set Raise Demo Night

October 17 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Ready Set Raise is a national startup accelerator, consciously created by and for women and non-binary founders. Through a six-week pitching and fundraising program, founders will work with fundraising coaches and champion mentors to perfect their pitch and get ready to raise. Join us on Demo Night to hear Ready Set Raise Cohort 2 Founders pitch their companies to the Seattle startup community.

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