GeekWire Calendar: Startups

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Raj Singh, CEO of Accolade, Speaking at Seattle University

January 22 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Accolade CEO Rajeev Singh is the featured speaker for January's Albers Executive Speaker Series at Seattle University. His topic's title is 'Wanted: Contrarians, Disruptors, and Do-gooders'. Singh is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most successful entrepreneurs, from co-founding and co-leading Concur for more than two decades to designing and managing a strategic growth plan for healthcare advocacy company Accolade beginning in early 2016. Singh is energized by the unique talent shaping our region -- across business and technology, social and…

New Tech’s Diversity & Women in Tech

January 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In response to your popular demand of our womxn in tech and diversity in tech events, we’re launching monthly Diversity & Women in Tech events! You’ll have deeper experiences with monthly opportunities to connect to your peers, mentors, and influencers leading the way on building a more inclusive Seattle tech community. Join us to celebrate the cool tech being created in your backyard. Come enjoy fun, light appetizers, beer, wine, great people and fantastic presentations of innovative new tech created…

Nomics Capital Pitch Night

January 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Nomics Capital, a new angel group out of Bellevue, Wa, is hosting 4 awesome startups to pitch to investors. We also have Neal Mody, managing director at Zoic Capital discussing the future of venture capital and some of the trends to look out for in the next 10 years. There will be a speaker, 4 pitches, and a happy hour afterwards.

Investment Outlook Panel 2020

January 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Annual Investment Outlook Panel - TiE Seattle Will 2020 be the year of Seattle Startups? So far so good. The Seattle market has seen steady investments in the billion-dollar range by VC’s in a number of startups in this region. Join us at TiE Seattle as we bring together a distinguished panel of industry experts from Madrona, Pioneer Square Labs, Huntington Hill Ventures and TiE’s own Z5 Catalyst Fund at our Annual Investment Outlook Panel. Our panelists will share their…

Fundamentals for Startups: Building Your Culture As You Scale Your Business

January 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Building a company of the future does not happen by accident. No matter how early you are in your business, you want to build a strong culture from the beginning. Join La’Kita Williams, founder of CoCreate Work, who will share the steps you can take to build strong team communication, collaboration, and stay connected as you scale. While there is no single strategy for creating a successful culture, there are concrete steps you can take to build a better company…

FOUNDER FRIDAY with Madeline Haydon, CEO of nutpods: Raising Capital at Every Stage – from Crowdfunding to Private Capital

January 24 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Need experienced, practical advice on how to raise money for your startup? Join Founder Friday on January 24th, an event organized by Seattle University’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center, to learn how the different ways of raising funds. Madeline Haydon, founder, and CEO of nutpods -- a plant-based creamer -- will share her insights on finding investors and convincing them to invest in your company. Haydon has successfully raised $33 million by July 2019 after nutpods became the top-selling alternative creamer…

Lunch & Learn: Market Trends

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us to learn about investment market trends. Where is capital flowing and what types of health care innovations have received funding? What are the projections for 2020? This Lunch & Learn will include a conversation between Dr. Will Canestaro from the Washington Research Foundation and Matt Parmett from Echo Health Ventures. An informal Q&A will follow.

New Tech Job Fair

January 29 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

If you’ve ever been to a New Tech Northwest event and experienced our vibrant community, then you already know that this is going to be a great job fair. Grab an early ticket! You’ll benefit from meeting companies of all sizes hiring IT professionals, UX + UI designers, data scientists, front end developers, back end developers, graphic designers, database administrators, product managers, project managers, full stack engineers, mobile developers, Python programmers, JavaScript programmers, Ruby programmers, Java programmers, social media professionals,…


January 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

TiE Entrepreneur Institute for Small Business Entrepreneur is a program by TiE Seattle to help aspiring entrepreneurs understand the fundamentals of building a successful small business from successful entrepreneurs, seasoned executives and domain experts in interactive sessions. TiE EISB Prog is for those entrepreneurs who are looking to build a small, community-based business i.e. not venture scale. Very often, aspiring entrepreneurs have expertise in their particular area of business but lack knowledge of the other domains also necessary for building…

Investor Roundtable with Matt Parmett

January 30 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Q&A roundtable discussions are conducted by members of the community to provide opportunities for a small group discussion with subject matter experts. There are 8 seats at the table for the 90-minute discussion. A few days prior, we will send out "Confirmation Required" emails to registrants. You must email back to confirm your spot or we will have to release your ticket. Join Matt Parmett with Echo Health Ventures and a small group of peers for the opportunity to ask questions and…

DeviceConnect: Bringing Healthcare into the Home

January 30 @ 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Life Science Washington and Product Creation Studio Present: DeviceConnect Series Bringing Healthcare into the Home The global smart home healthcare market is exploding as more medical devices are designed for use wherever the patient is, including at home. A report by Research and Markets predicts sales of these devices to reach $30 billion by 2023, up from $4.5 billion in 2017. In many ways, the medtech industry is playing catch-up with consumer technology. The stakes are high, and getting the…

How to Increase Signal with Effective Candidate and Interviewer Communication

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The promise of an interview is simple: it should identify the right candidate for the right job. But all too often, software engineers are often unsure how to put their best foot forward and hiring managers are equally unsure how to get the most signal out each technical interview. If you are interviewing for a role as a software engineer or hiring software engineers, join Karat Director of Developer Relations Lusen Mendel and Interview R&D Engineer Kasey Champion for an…

Founders Live Seattle

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

Join us for an incredible winter evening at Hard Rock Cafe 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…

Fundamentals for Startups: How to Build a Deep Tech Enterprise Software Company as a Technical Founder

January 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Technology has been driving innovation and changing the landscape in the enterprise space over the last decade, and founders with deep technical backgrounds are in a unique position to create products and teams that bring unique differentiation to the market. Tim Chen sees a set of common errors that first-time founders often make. In this talk, Tim will discuss these mistakes and how to navigate them while sharing his journey as a founder, investor and mentor. Timothy Chen: Tim is…

Taco Tuesday

February 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. Thanks to UPS for your sponsorship.

AoA Pitch Clinic @ Galvanize

February 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Are you fundraising for your startup? Learn how to pitch like a pro to investors at this interactive workshop hosted by veteran angel investor Gregg Bennett and K&L Gates Fellow Ravi Kumar.

Fundamentals for Startups: Modern Mentorship and the Art of Storytelling

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

All great mentorships start with a spark of connection. Our personal stories hold the power to inspire others and create meaningful connections. Join Sarah Haggard, Tribute Founder and CEO to learn how to use your personal stories and life experiences to mentor others. In this session, you’ll learn why storytelling is so essential for effective mentoring, how to tell your story and how to set the stage for meaningful connections in your mentoring relationships. You’ll walk away with practical tips…

Drop In Business Coaching

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Are you thinking of starting a business? Do you already have a business but want it to grow? Are you facing a business puzzle that you’d like help with? Join us for free drop-in Business Coaching Days on the second Tuesday of each month from 10am to 2pm. Reserved times are available, but not required. To reserve a time, visit our website.

Founders Live PDX

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us for another amazing night of networking, fast-paced startup pitches, and good food and drink. HALF-PRICED tickets available through Friday, 1/24. Get yours now... NICK HUGHES (Founder and CEO of Founders Live) WILL BE JOINING US, MAKING THIS A NO-MISS EVENT!! Register here: And remember: You can always watch the event online at

Fundamentals for Startups: Building a Compelling Investor Pitch

February 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

In this talk, Shirish Nadkarni will outline how to go about building a compelling investor pitch that significantly improves your chances of raising funding. He will first discuss how to go about researching which VCs you should target for your fund raise. He will then suggest a specific outline for your presentation that you can use to build your investor pitch and the key components that you should go into each slide. Finally, he will discuss some key dos &…

AoA Workshop – How Startup Valuation Works

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Many entrepreneurs struggle with having the “valuation” discussion with investors. Given that many startups have no revenue, much less profits, well established quantitative methods simply do not work well. All too often, it feels to the entrepreneur that valuations are just being pulled out of thin air. Join Yi-Jian Ngo from the Alliance of Angels for an interactive workshop on startup valuation. We will walk thru some practical guidelines and three specific methods that entrepreneurs can use to guide their…

Geeks on Floats

February 27 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Geeks on Floats is a series of unique one-day excursions for business leaders in the Pacific Northwest US & Canada to build relevant connections across the region. A small group of applicants is selected based on existing business interests and future goals in the destination city. We then work with a local partner to curate a relevant set of private meetings and tours designed to produce meaningful connections and actionable insights.

Taco Tuesday

March 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 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. Thanks to UPS for your sponsorship.

Angel Investing: How to Get Started

March 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Come hear two experienced angels speak about getting started investing in technology start-ups. They will cover: 1. How to think about the different stages of start-ups and build a portfolio. 2. How many deals you need to be in, liquidity of your investments, timing, and deal flow. 3. Due diligence: the basics of evaluating start-ups. 4. How deals are structured and legal basics. Whether you are ready to start now or planning for the future this interactive session is designed…

Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit Seattle

April 6 - April 8

Aerospace & Defense Supplier Summit Seattle is a supply chain event that brings together aerospace and defense primes, tier suppliers and contract-manufacturers. With over 800 companies from the US and overseas, A&DSS Seattle is the venue where requirements meet technologies and capabilities without the distractions found at traditional exhibitions. Aerospace supply chain offers countless opportunities to suppliers developing artificial intelligence technologies. This will be an outstanding venue for innovators, start-ups and other tech-companies involved in the topics below to target…

AoA Workshop – Hiring Stars for your Startup

April 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join Shannon Swift, a startup HR veteran, for an interactive session on how angel investors can help startup founders augment their core team and provide effective mentorship to help them succeed. She will share best practices for CEO coaching, performance reviews, structuring compensation plans and managing leadership transitions, as well as review a recruiting framework for identifying, screening and developing senior bench talent. Shannon Swift is the CEO of Swift HR Solutions, Inc., a provider of strategic HR services and…

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