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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?)



Nov 15
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Finished for the day, but groups can continue to work on their businesses


Nov 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • 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.


Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches around if you want to ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations. Testing of presentations
  • Everyone at the Copper PIG for light dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Pat Bell

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Pat Bell is most well known as a longtime MLA, cabinet minister and champion for Northern BC. However, as a previous owner of a trucking company, co-owner of a logging company, current owner of two Wendy's Restaurants and recent co-owner of Northern Lights Estate Winery in Prince George we have him on our judging panel for Startup Weekend for his entrepreneurial experience and expertise.

Sean Simmons

Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Sean Simmons is Founder and President of Goldstream Publishing Inc., His company has been publishing recreational maps since 1999 through the website and as print products. The company has recently expanded the scope of its business with the development of a new mobile mapping technology, called Map Jungle. Sean is also the Chair of Innovation Central Society. We are excited to have him share his experience in growing a technology company as one of our judges.

Zelda Craig

CNC Industry Liaison, Applied Research & Innovatio   |   LinkedIn

Zelda has over 12 years experience facilitating groups and delivering workshops, including public consultations, needs assessments, strategic planning sessions, and workshops on emotional intelligence, personal responsibility, leadership, and teamwork. She teaches the Management Skills for Supervisors program at the College of New Caledonia, as well as courses in the college's Human Resources Advanced Diploma Program.

Steve Botham

IT Manager RDFFG   |   LinkedIn

Steve is the IT Manager at the Regional District of Fraser Fort George. His department manages all IT systems within the regional district including GIS, 911 Fire Dispatch and Networking.  Steve is also a director of the Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICIS)

Geoffery Clarke

Technology Advisor NRC

Geoff works for Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) as a technology advisor within the Industrial Research Assistance Program ( IRAP helps Canadian small and medium sized technology based companies develop innovative products and grow their businesses. He is involved in many initiatives that impact Prince George and northern BC with a focus on growing and diversifying our economy.


Will Cadell

Owner at SparkGeo, Entrepreneur, Technologist   |   LinkedIn

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.

Renata King

NDIT, Director of Business Development   |   LinkedIn

Renata King is the director of business development at NDIT. She also serves on the board of ICS and DBIA. In her capacity as Director, Business Development she brings over 20 years of business and economic development experience to the North. Renata will bring her years of expertise as one of the coaches during the Weekend.

Kevin Pederson

Co-owner of Firepar, Entrepreneur   |   LinkedIn

Kevin is a serial entrepreneur who currently runs three separate businesses in the city of Prince George. Being able to combine technology, with a collaborative mindset and know how to build a solid team are all reasons why we have Kevin coaching this weekend.

He has been an integral part in motivating our startup community to see possibilities in this Prince George.

He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance & Accounting from UNBC.

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