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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

What’s in it for me?

  • Meet other startup enthusiasts such as designers, developers, engineers, artists, marketing peeps & change-makers
  • Build a startup or product in less than 54 hours
  • Learn how to collaborate and work creatively with a team
  • Build your network
  • 6-7 meals and drinks provided (Plus the Finale Dinner at the Copper Pig)
  • Prizes, swag, give-aways and more
  • Fun, fun, fun!

But I’m not a programmer, am I still welcome?

Startup Weekend isn’t just for developers! Teams, just like businesses need a diverse skill-set to succeed.  On average, half of Startup Weekend participants have technical backgrounds, while the other possess a business mindset. Whether you’re primarily software developers, graphics designers or business people such as marketers – if you have great ideas you’re dying to share with the world, love learning and meeting new people, it’s not too late to sign up for Startup Weekend Prince George and gain a real hands-on startup experience unlike any other.

Do I have to come with a business idea?

Not everyone has to have an idea. Come with an open mind and think about pitching a solution to a problem you think needs to be solved. It’s just a weekend… Just think about having fun. Perhaps your idea could be the next biggest thing!

(Tip: Northern BC is currently in a massive BOOM cycle in the industrial sector. Over $63million dollars are going to be invested in the North over the next 10 years through mining, LNG and other industrial projects. Ideas that help to solve industrial issues are in high demand. Do you see something that can help the industrial sector be more efficient? Save them time? Save them money? Make them cutting edge?)



Mar 13
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 14
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch & Learn with Will Cadell
  • 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
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaching available... ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Everyone at the Copper PIG for light dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup, Grab a drink, network and celebrate!
  • Go home!

Haig Armen

Instructor, Emily Carr

For over 15 years Haig Armen has been producing award-winning design. Haig was a key figure behind the concept, strategic and design development for CBC Radio 3, a project that earned over 20 international awards. Furthermore, his interactive design boutique, LiFT studios has become a prominent design force in the Vancouver industry over the past two years. As a designer, Haig has designed corporate identities, book covers, ads, promotional items and cd covers for prestigious clients like bmw, Chanel & Nokia. Haig has taught Design and Web Strategy courses at Emily Carr and Simon Fraser Universities & Langara College. Armen's background is as a professional musician and he continues to create music for film and art projects.

Don Zurowski

Prince George Airport Authority, Passenger Transportation Board, International Bioenergy Conference & Exhibition Society

I have enjoyed working in the field of people, business and community development, putting my mind and influence to advancing our region provincially, nationally and internationally. I have taken a practical approach to diversifying our region and repatriating social, intellectual and economic wealth. I am a pragmatic, strategic leader that communicates openly and is optimistic about the future.

Elissa Meiklem

Industrial Technology Advisor, NRC-IRAP at National Research Council Canada

Born in Prince George, Elissa Meiklem travelled the world– living in Ontario, New York and Texas– before returning in 2008.

Her passion for music drew her to the local arts community, where she volunteers as Producer for Coldsnap (#22), Prince George’s premier winter festival and one of the best cultural events in Canada!

Robert Quibell

Innovation Central Society, Vortex Social Marketing

Robert has a Masters in Business Administration in Operations and Finance, with over 11 years experience in public sector administration combined with an in depth knowledge of industry in Northern British Columbia. He has worked with numerous companies to create and manage their social media platforms to ensure their marketing programs create revenue, taught entrepreneurs how to use technology to market their business, and taught various courses at the College of New Caledonia.


Aaron Tschirhart

Problem Solver, Podcaster and Strategic Connector

I'm passionate about connecting people, implementing technology and building businesses.

I'm an organizer in the startup community with a specific focus on oil and gas technology.

I host a Bi-weekly Podcast called the "The Oil Sand Tech" podcast, interviewing people who are building products and services that can improve the oilsands.

I also host The Oil Sand Tech Meetup a networking group for people who are interested in building products and services focused on solving oilsands problems.

Will Cadell

Owner and CEO at SparkGeo, Entrepreneur, Technologist

Geospatial web developer & strategist and geosocial entrepreneur passionate about building technology with a global impact.

Will Cadell is the owner of SparkGeo in Prince George. He has experience working with both local organizations as well as Silicon Valley tech startups.

He was also the co-founder of Startup Drinks PG. For this Startup Weekend, he is taking off the hat of organizer, in order to share his knowledge on growing technology driven businesses in Prince George.

Shauna Harper

Live Work Communications, PIVOT Magazine, StartupPG

I am the the owner of Live Work Communications, a digital marketing company that helps organizations with the adoption of technology into their communication (and marketing) strategy. As a Prince George based entrepreneur, I am also passionate about community building and being the connector of like-minded people. As the lead for the PG startup community and an advisor of Startup Canada's national online magazine - PIVOT, I am able to connect our community to the national (and global) conversation around the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

I bring to the table 5 years in corporate management and 15 years as an entrepreneur. I have coached over 500+ businesses globally online and offline through courses, private and group coaching.

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