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beaver_logo 2013Oregon State Athletics is taking a new approach to student-athlete development by hosting its first Startup Weekend, an entrepreneurship event in which participants will collaborate to build potential business ventures.

The Oregon State Startup Weekend, May 10 – 12 at the Club Level of Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore., will be the first hosted by a collegiate athletics department. Registration is open and tickets are $40 for students and $75 for non-students. There is also a donation/sponsor a student option for anyone who wishes to send a student to Startup Weekend. Tickets include seven meals.

Startup Weekend, a nonprofit based in Seattle, Wash., is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.

Each event is a 54-hour blast of problem solving. Participants pitch ideas for possible ventures and break into teams on Friday. Teams consist of whoever has the necessary skills to bring the idea to life. Everyone with any background participates.

Teams work on their idea until Sunday, when leadership and business professionals judge their work. Coaches are available to assist the participants throughout the weekend.

“This was too good to pass up,” said Akili King, managing director of the OSU Athletics Leadership Institute. “We’re trying to provide our student-athletes with more chances to hone the skills that make them well-rounded people. Hosting an open, non-athletic event that brings people together to collaborate seemed like a good place to start.”

The Leadership Institute, most notable for its Beavers Without Borders program, is advocating a collaborative approach to student-athlete development. Doing this means establishing programming and events that incorporate the entire OSU community – sports, academia and the vast pool of innovation residing in Corvallis.

“Yes, we definitely want student-athletes to jump into this,” said King. “But this is open to everyone. The university hadn’t hosted a Startup Weekend before, so we’re taking our mission and trying to get the wider community involved. It’s just as useful for everyone else as it is for anyone involved with athletics.”

Mike Riley, OSU’s head football coach, will be the opening speaker at Startup Weekend.

“This sounds like a really great opportunity for our athletes,” Riley said. “It’s so much about setting goals and executing, which everyone in athletics understands,” Riley said. “And getting them involved with the whole community to work together makes this even better. I’m looking forward to this.”

The Leadership Institute will consider future Startup Weekends both in Corvallis and in Portland following its inaugural event in May.

Registration closes May 10 at 5pm.



May 10
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Coach Locey
  • Half Baked
  • 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


May 11
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Check in and tips
  • Coaches arrive
  • Lunch and check in
  • 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


May 12
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coach Robinson
  • Coaches arrive
  • Lunch
  • Last coaches to arrive
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Taylor Cavanaugh
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Craig Robinson

Head Basketball Coach (Oregon State)

In his fourth season as the head coach of the Oregon State men's basketball team, Craig Robinson led the Beavers to their best season in more than two decades in which they won 20 games for the first time since 1989-90 and had a winning record for just the second time since that same season.

After graduating from Princeton with a degree in sociology, Robinson was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the fourth round of the 1983 NBA draft. He played two seasons with the Manchester (England) Giants of the European Basketball League. He also served as the assistant to the general manager and public relations officer for Manchester.

Robinson began his coaching career as an assistant coach at the Illinois Institute of Technology from 1988-90. He was responsible for offense implementation, game strategy, recruiting and advance scouting. He was also the head coach at the University of Chicago High School in 1999-2000.

Robinson, who also has a MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (1992), took a hiatus from coaching and went into private business in 1990. He was Vice President for Continental Bank from 1990-92, Vice President for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter from 1992-99 and then Managing Director for Loop Capital Markets before he made his move to Northwestern.

Robinson and his wife, Kelly, have three sons, Avery, Austin and Aaron, and a daughter, Leslie.

Taylor C Kavanaugh

Founder (Quarter4 Sports)

Oregon State Startup Weekend is really an extension of the foundation laid by Taylor Kavanaugh and his work with Beavers Without Borders. As you may know, a team of 14 Oregon State student-athletes embarked on an extraordinary trip to rural Alotenango, Guatemala March 2010. The goal was simple — to use the energy of sport, and build a new home for a struggling family. Taylor produced and directed a never before seen perspective of Oregon State Athletics and its stand-out athletes.

Since founding the Beavers Without Borders Experience, Taylor and his business partners have grown their company Quarter For Sports at an exponential rate. Taylor and his business partners have worked with the PAC-12 Network as well as various projects with Nike as well. It is an honor to have Taylor speak prior to the final pitches for Oregon State Startup Weekend.

Jay Locey

Chief Of Staff (Oregon State)

Locey began his Linfield career in 1983 when he accepted the position of defensive coordinator, replacing current Oregon State head coach Mike Riley, who moved on to the Canadian Football League.

The 57-year-old native of Corvallis served as an assistant under a number of Northwest coaching legends, including Ad Rutschman, Bud Riley, Dee Andros, Tom Smythe and Chuck Solberg. His grandfather, Percy Locey, was a college football coach at the University of Denver and the athletic director at Oregon State (1937-47).

Locey earned a football scholarship to Oregon State. After starting just one game as a sophomore, he went on to receive Pacific-8 Conference First Team honors as a defensive back in 1976 and second team in 1975. Twice he was singled out as OSU's top student-athlete and received the outstanding senior award his final year. After an attempt at playing professional football in Canada, Locey returned to Oregon and embarked on a career in coaching. He served as a graduate assistant for one season at OSU before being hired by Smythe as a secondary coach at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Ore.

After four successful years at Lakeridge, Locey returned to his alma mater to coach with Beck while completing his master's degree at the University of Oregon (1983). Locey honed his coaching skills under Rutschman, and was a part of two NAIA national title teams in 1984 and 1986 before leading the Wildcats to the 2004 NCAA crown.

His family includes wife, Susan, and daughters Danika, Braelyn and Rachelle.

Chris Gueits


I'm a highly educated yet resourceful overachiever that is purpose-driven, thorough, and intensely competitive. A humble visionary and servant leader, I leverage strong communication skills and an authentic approach to motivate teams to achieve audacious goals.

The overlap of social impact with the for-profit sector is where I seek to build a legacy. Over 15 years, I've leveraged the power of communities - virtual and physical - to drive my impact.


Brian Phelan

Brian is a performance driven healthcare executive with a proven record of success. He has extensive experience in turning around unprofitable companies and growing small businesses by developing aggressive growth strategies and developing new product lines. Most recently Brian started a new division for a public company and within one year completed three acquisitions across the U.S. building a company that has 24/7 operations in 16 states, Europe and the Middle East. He has invested in companies and held leadership roles at all levels.

He earned a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters Certificate in Executive Management & Strategic Thinking from Cornell University.

Dino Vendetti

Dino Vendetti is an entrepreneur, mentor, and early stage investor in software, web, and mobile start-ups. He’s currently Managing Director Formative Ventures in Menlo Park and founder of Bend based tech accelerator Founders Pad.

He is an experienced operating executive who spent the majority of his career in Marketing, Business Development, and
Engineering roles at start up’s including Qualcomm. Prior to joining Formative, Dino was a General Partner at Bay Partners, and at Vulcan Ventures. His current investments include Vungle, InboundWriter, Adept Cloud, Manzama, Capella, Rally Cause, and Sonivate.

Dino earned his MSEE and MBA degrees from the University of Washington and a bachelor of science in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.

Ravi Sinha

President (Bluebell Advisory Group)

Ravi is founder and CEO of a pharmaceutical company birthed out of Oregon State University School of Pharmacy.

He has also been President of Bluebell Advisory Group since 1990. The firm accelerates business growth via advisory, board member, interim CEO, and professional consulting engagements.

Ravi has been at the forefront of new business development, entrepreneurial team and funding execution, major strategic alliance development, spin-offs, licensing IP and very successful turnaround execution. He is actively engaged as a coach, advisor and mentor for Startup Weekend, Cleantech Open, Oregon Entrepreneur Network, SIFE (OSU Business Team of the Austin Entrepreneurship Program), and supporter of economic development activity. Ravi founded Choice Solar India Pvt. Ltd. in 2008, a company that sourced and distributed simple solar solutions in India and is now undergoing an exit.

In 2006 Ravi co-founded Solar Ki, LLC, a Solar Electric Design and Installation business in Corvallis. He has served in marketing executive and CEO roles for various technology companies. Mr. Sinha is the founding Chair of Oregon’s TiE Clean Energy Special Interest Group and is a coach to entrepreneurs seeking to start businesses and raise capital. He received an M.S.E.E. from the University of Minnesota and lives in Corvallis, Oregon.

Marianne Berglund

Marianne Berglund has served as the director of the Oregon Leadership Institute. As a lead facilitator, she supports multiple experiential leadership and organization development programs. In addition, Marianne designs and delivers leadership workshops, serves as an instructor in leadership and group dynamics.

Marianne graduated with honors from the Woodbury University (M.S. Organizational Leadership) and is currently working on her PhD in Organizational Leadership.

Prior to her career in leadership and organizational development, Marianne was an Olympic athlete and a World-Champion bicycle racer. Marianne also founded NGU Cycling Inc, an award winning organization that produced more gold medals and record-holders than any other female cycling team in the US.

After her athletic career, Marianne joined the JM Perry Corporation, a team and executive leadership-consulting firm. Marianne designed and delivered leadership and team programs to executives in companies such as Ernst & Young, Universal Studios, Hewlett-Packard, YMCA, VISA, Genencor International QRS, MySpace, Stina’s Consulting, Exxon’s Risk Management Project team, Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC) and Andersen Consulting. Later, Marianne joined the City of Pasadena where she specialized in organization performance, change management, and managerial development for over 2000 employees.

Mike Caldwell

Brigadier General (R)

Brigadier General Caldwell was born and raised in La Grande, Oregon, where he also earned his Bachelors Degree from Eastern Oregon University in Community Service. General Caldwell began his military career in La Grande as a Private in 1971. He held numerous command and staff positions in the Oregon Army National Guard and was promoted to Brigadier General in March of 2006.

General Caldwell owned and operated a construction company and cattle operation in La Grande until 1988, when he moved to Salem. He has held a variety of civic positions throughout his career: he was elected to the La Grande City Council in 1978 and to the Union County Court as County Commissioner in 1980. He was re-elected in 1984 where he served until his resignation in May of 1988 to accept the Public Affairs Officer position with the Oregon Military Department. He serves presently as the Deputy Director of the Oregon Military Department and Commander of the Oregon State Defense Force.

General Caldwell has served on numerous boards and commissions during his 30 plus years of public service, to include the Association of Oregon Counties, Oregon Military Council, State Youth Committee for the Work Force Investment Board, Governors Veterans Advisory Council and the Marion County Budget committee.

Mark Lieberman

Chief Startup Officer, Co-Director (Oregon State Venture Accelerator)

In March 2013, Oregon State hired Mark to fill the position of Chief Startup Officer and Co-Director at the Oregon State Venture Accelerator. Mark’s personal experience includes expertise in: Technology Commercialization, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Entrepreneurship, Technical Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Strategic Planning, Strategy Coaching for Senior Executives, Organization Assessments and Change Programs, Business Planning, and Performance Improvement.
Oregon State is among the nation's leading research institutions in a range of fields: marine sciences, forestry, climate change, wave energy, sustainable food systems, nuclear engineering and public health.
Oregon State University
Chief Startup Officer and Co-Director, OSU Accelerator
Oregon State University
March 2013 – Present (3 months)


Len Holmes

Managing Director (The Lakewood Group)

Len Holmes came to the Pacific Northwest from California on a football athletic scholarship to Oregon State University. Len was an All Pac-10 performer both his junior and senior years, All West Coast, and participant in the Hula Bowl All-Star Football Classic his senior year. He graduated in 4 years, double majoring International Business and Marketing.

To pursue his entrepreneurial dream, he founded executive search firm The Lakewood Group, Inc., where he and his team recruit top talent for medium to large medical device manufacturers, medical IT companies, along with medical distribution corporations throughout the United States.

Len is the creator of Interview 2 Win, which is the complete 1-hour audio interview guide.

He also has served on the board of directors for the OSUPA- Oregon State Players Association, YMCA, Lake City Community Church, Young Life, and The Northwest Network Foundation.

Sean Scorvo

CEO (Middlegate, Inc.)   |   LinkedIn

Sean Scorvo, MD is an OSU graduate/Crew team alumnus, class of 1993. He is an emergency medicine physician turned entrepreneur with five business startups, two patents, and three patents pending to his name. Dr. Scorvo is currently the CEO of MiddleGate Inc., a Protected Health Information monitoring/healthcare cyber-security company based in Lake Oswego, OR.

Chris Taylor

Founder/Editor in Chief (Actionable Books)

Chris Taylor is the founder of As editor-in-chief of Actionable Books, Chris Taylor reads, writes and speaks. A lot. To date he has published over 130 articles, speaks regularly at both public and private events across North America, and has read more business books than he cares to count.

In 2010, Chris launched "Actionable Interviews" a video interview series with best selling business book authors and leading thinkers in the business space. To date he's conducted 31 interviews for the series, with highlights including Seth Godin, Dan Pink, Sir Ken Robinson and Gary Vaynerchuk. It's through these conversations that Chris developed The Salaried Entrepreneur™

Kyle Morrow

Founder (ThirstTees)/Nike+ Accelerator

Kyle Morrow is the founder of ThirstTees, an apparel company that helps to raise funds to build wells and biosand filters in Africa, India and South America. Every item purchased provides one person with access to clean water for 25 years. ThirstTees has partnered with Thirst Relief International to help people in need around the world. He is currently working for TechStars at the Nike+ Accelerator. Kyle graduated magna cum laude from Oregon State University where he studied Finance and Entrepreneurship. He is interested in social entrepreneurship and tech startups.

Dave Chin

Business Coach/Owner (ActionCoach)

Dave is a business coach and owner of ActionCoach of Portland. His passion is to help fellow business owners grow their businesses and achieve their personal goals through it. He teaches through workshops and coaches in both group and individual settings. In the corporate world, he helped Intel grow for over 20 years with contributions in engineering, manufacturing, finance, sales and marketing. His education includes an Oregon Executive MBA and BS degrees in chemical engineering and biochemistry/biophysics from Oregon State University. Dave serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon State Alumni Association, past president of the Oregon State University Business Roundtable and a former Chair of the Beaverton Chamber Business Matters.

Brian Shields

Founder (UpTempo Group)

Brian is a West Point Graduate from Staten Island, New York. He has a passion for improving our healthcare system with the use of low cost and effective technologies. Brian served our nation as an Aviation Officer in the U.S. Army and National Guard. For the past 14 years has served as a marketing and sales professional in the healthcare industry. Brian enjoys applying new and innovative startup technologies to old and inefficient healthcare delivery models. Brian believes we are living in an amazing time and is doing his best to help us take a step forward.

Matthew Slaughter

President & Lab Director (Earthfort)

At his core, Matt is a philosopher, poet and musician. He applies this creativity to improving agricultural systems. Matt consults with farmers around the world to manage the biology in their soil. He has invented several remediation products which are used to improve soil health.

D. Scott Smith

CEO (Earthfort)

Scott has described the four practical traits of a leader as Communicate Vision, Inspire Greatness, Build Trust, and Move to Action.
He understands the leader must provide Purpose — each organization, business, department, program, or project must start with a Purpose. How do you answer the question, “What would the world be missing if my organization did not exist?” At the same time, we must understand the Culture of an organization. Culture is Habitat: Any particular Habitat will attract certain inhabitants and be repulsive to others — be intentional about the Culture you build.

Shashi Jain


Shashi Jain is a seasoned technology professional and entrepreneur, with over 14 years in Technical Marketing and Product Management and Software Development. He has bootstrapped several small businesses, the latest of which, DongleKong, builds custom kits that connect MacBooks or UltraBooks to projectors. Shashi serves as lead organizer for Portland Startup Weekend has helped spread the entrepreneurial experience to many additional Oregon cities, including Corvallis and Eugene.

Craig Spiegelberg

Founder (Location Sentry Corporation)

Craig Spiegelberg is currently in the process of launching Location Sentry Corporation. He is a senior executive with a history of building shareholder value, developing organizations, and turning around failing operations. Craig has 25+ years in executive and consulting positions in the Telecommunication industry.

Prior to founding Location Sentry he held a variety of executive and operations positions at TruePosition Corp, founded Logitel Corporation and worked at Sprint where he held both operational and executive positions in Strategic Planning, Sales, Operations, and Network Services. Prior to joining Sprint Craig had a successful consulting career with Ernst & Young.

Jeff Martens

Co-Founder & CEO (CPUsage)   |   LinkedIn

Jeff Martens is the Co-Founder & CEO of CPUsage, a Portland based, venture backed company that enables cloud computing at massive scale.

Before co-founding CPUsage, Jeff spent a decade in corporate finance and strategy at industry leading companies such as Nike and Synopsys.

Jeff is a Startup Weekend veteran with more than 10 events under his belt as a participant, organizer, and facilitator. Jeff has a Bachelors degree from the University of Oregon's Lundquist College of Business and was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2000.

Frank Hall

Development Consultant

Frank is a business development and corporate development consultant, and an occasional angel investor, for web based businesses. He is the founder of EntreDigm Consulting, co-founder of Perpetual Online Film Festival, and is the former CEO of In 2003 he helped start the marketing research services firm, which was ranked among the 100 fastest- growing Oregon companies for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Frank has taken part in seven startup weekends as mentor or participant, or most recently, as lead organizer for the Willamette Startup Weekend held in Corvallis in January 2013.

Jennifer Bouman-Steagall

Founder/Attorney (Employment Law Outsourcing)   |   LinkedIn

Employment Law Outsourcing ( founder Jennifer Bouman-Steagall is a management-side employment law defense attorney with over 14 years of experience representing Oregon and Washington employers in state and federal court. Using an integrated approach to employment law and human resource management, Jennifer helps employers balance the legal nuances of employment law with positive workplace practices. Jennifer’s clients consider her to be a responsible business partner and trusted advisor who provides cost-effective legal services to employers of all sizes.

The scope of Jennifer’s practice is broad. She has extensive litigation experience with claims relating to discrimination, harassment, wages, disability, leave laws, restrictive covenants, business torts, unfair business practices, and much more. She also provides employers with prevention-focused legal solutions and strategies like general advice, policy review, employee handbooks, compliance audits, and executive coaching. Perhaps best known for her dynamic seminars and workplace training workshops, Jennifer brings the law together with positive workplace practices in an informative, memorable, and captivating way. Her interactive trainings cover topics like supervisor skill development, performance management, employee engagement, team dynamics, corporate culture, and employment law.

Jennifer helps employers grow and move forward in a legally compliant way that positively impacts workplace morale, productivity, and bottom line results.

Matt Andresen

Senior Account Manager (brass MEDIA Inc.

Matt, a Corvallis native, is a senior account manager at Corvallis-based brassMEDIA Inc., a media and technology company founded to improve how young adults understand money.

In 2009, following five years as a financial advisor, he co-founded Tandew Software, a web-package company for small businesses. He also became a licensed business banker during this time and accepted an advisor role for the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College.

He has been heavily involved with the Corvallis community, holding board positions at organizations such as Corvallis Young Professionals, Corvallis-Benton Chamber Coalition and Corvallis Montessori School.

Matt attended local Crescent Valley High School but left Corvallis to attend Washington State University, where he was Butch – the mascot that is. He now satisfies his sports fixation by supporting Oregon State University Athletics.

Jack Schifferdecker

Attorney (Schifferdecker Law, PC)

Jack has served the legal needs of entrepreneurs and high-growth companies, chiefly in the technology and biotech arenas, for nearly 30 years, first as a long-time partner at Ater Wynne, LLP in Portland, where he served as Chair of the firm’s High Growth Company practice, and since 2004 in his own private practice. Jack specializes in entity formation, business development, capital formation, and mergers and acquisitions.

From 2002 to 2003, he also served as President and General Counsel of KnowledgePoints, Inc., a nationwide child tutoring company, tripling its size during his short tenure and successfully selling it to Capistar, Inc. Jack has served on the Executive Committees of the Business Section and the Securities Regulation Section (also as its Chair) of the Oregon State Bar and has been a frequent speaker at legal and business-related seminars. Jack is a graduate of Oregon State University (’77 Political Science and Religious Studies) and Willamette University College of Law (’82).

Bill Dean

Co-Founder / Managing Director (OilExTech, LLC)

OilExTech, LLC is a 2012 spinout from Oregon State University which has commercialized a technology developed at OSU. Bill is one of the inventors of this technology. He is also Vice-President of The Business Enterprise Center in Corvallis and a long time Board member. In this role, part of Bill’s responsibility is to advise startups in early stage of development.

After a combat tour of duty in Vietnam and 3 years in the US Army, Bill spent a 30 year career with Hewlett-Packard where he was actively involved in the Management and Engineering of Quality Measurement of Hand Held Calculator components, computers and InkJet print cartridges. In this role he and his team developed precision measurement tools, contributed to overall quality standards and were actively involved in development of statistical process control systems and performed extensive supplier audits at many international component suppliers.

Supporting high volume world-wide production lines required a unique ability to quickly troubleshoot problems and resolve supply chain issues. Bill is well connected within the community and enjoys assisting entrepreneurs in solving problems and sharing his contacts. Bill feels it is extremely important to develop a capable team which can attack the technology being developed.

Victoria Duff

CEO (Bold Ventures/

Victoria Duff, founder of Beaverton, Oregon-based Bold Ventures /, is a widely acclaimed start-up consultant, enterprise analyst, strategic advisor, venture finance catalyst, investor liaison, author, and speaker.

Ms. Duff applies her years of experience as an institutional bond broker in top-tier Wall Street, and nearly two decades working with startups, to efficiently provide solutions to her many happy clients.

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