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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 events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.

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!

Portland, Maine is a lovable coastal city of 60,000 people 90 minutes northeast of Boston.

Portland figures prominently in many city lists, including:
Forbes 2012: 11th Hippest Hipster Neighborhood
Travel & Leisure 2013: 4th City with Most Attractive People
The Huffington Post 2013: 8th Best Restaurant City
Women’s Health Magazine 2010: 10th 100 healthiest U.S. cities for women 2010; 8th Fun City
Forbes 2009: 1st Most Liveable City
Biz Journals 2009: 10th Best Place to Start a Small Business
Who’s Your City 2008: 2nd Best City (in mid-sized regions) for Mid-Career Professionals (30-44), Empty-Nesters (ages 45-64) and Gays and Lesbians



Jun 13
  • Registration Starts at PelotonLabs
  • 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


Jun 14
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee at PelotonLabs
  • 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. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Jun 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee at PelotonLabs
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Draft Presentations
  • Head out to Portland Public Library
  • Dinner & tech check at Portland Public Library
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS at Portland Public Library
  • Judging & awards
  • Go to Startup & Create Week Kickoff Gala at Port City Music Hall
Platinum Sponsors

Sean Sullivan

A Kickoff Speaker

One of the founders of Buoy Local ( from a past Portland Startup Weekend.

Gold Sponsors

Shauna Causey

Startup Advisor and Vice President of Marketing/Community at UP Global

Shauna has managed innovation, communications, research, community relations and social/digital media strategies for companies, non-profits and
elected officials. She has 15 years of experience, starting her career with the Seattle Mariners Baseball Team when she was in high school.
She's had leadership roles at Fox Sports Net, WB, Comcast, Nordstrom, Google (via PwC) and After working on the sale of
to eBay in late 2013, Shauna joined UP Global (Startup Weekend, Startup America), a company she’d been volunteering with for four years, as VP of Marketing.
Shauna has appeared on ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, Bloomberg West and Marie Claire Magazine as an ecommerce and startup analyst.
Shauna serves on several nonprofit boards: Seattle’s NPR (KUOW), Leadership Tomorrow, and Social Media Club Seattle. She’s a competitive cyclist and
beach volleyball player.

Frank Nouyrigat

Co-founder Startup Weekend

Robert Neveu

President, Certify LLC


Fred Abaroa


Fred has been delighting audiences for over 20 years. He has done user research projects for such companies as Pepsi, ABC News, Philips Lighting, General Mills, Nabisco, State Of Maine, Georgia, Minnesota, Michigan, California and Wisconsin, Disney, Yahoo, Yamaha, Hilton Hotels, Oakhurst, Hannaford, Kraft Foods, Lego, BankNorth and Idexx. Fred received a patent for Web browser detection and default home page modification device and was instrumental in winning two EXPLOR Awards.

Chelsea Callanan

Founder at Complete Prosperity, LLC   |   LinkedIn

Chelsea’s passion for supporting entrepreneurs coupled with her own entrepreneurial spirit drives her enthusiasm for helping her trademark clients. She has forged a strong connection between her law practice and the local creative business community in Maine. Chelsea focuses on providing creative and efficient solutions for her clients in trademark law and general corporate law.

Jim Casey


Jim is a marketing strategist focused on creating and rehabilitating brands through strategic planning, product positioning, new products and tactical communications. His experience includes working for companies from start ups to global brands in diverse industries, from cosmetics to genetic analyzers to mutual funds. Prior to starting Casey Communications, Jim held senior positions at Boston-based communications and consulting firms. His enthusiasm for marketing stems from a keen interest in human behavior, and the ever-present challenges of a dynamic business. Jim has been a Top Gun mentor for several years. He is also a Director of the Association for Consulting Expertise, which is based in Portland, ME.

Pam Cowan


Pamela is a serial entrepreneur whose primary focus is building value in the entrepreneurial community, with the goal of creating jobs, finding capital for worthy projects and building a vibrant startup ecosystem in Vermont. Having started and exited two businesses of her own, she now works with startups as a CFO for hire in addition to her work mentoring the startup community. When not immersed in business, Pamela is an avid racquetball player and enjoys rollerblading through the Vermont countryside.

Ron Dillon

Ron Dillon has over 25 years experience in manufacturing & logistic operations and management consulting. His core competencies are in the areas of system implementation, project management, lean and agile management process design, manufacturing analysis, distribution, material planning & control, and customer service.

Sonya Durney

Sonya is the business reference librarian at Portland Public Library. Using her ninja-like librarian skills (and PPL databases), she is expert at helping library patrons and entrepreneurs access sample business plans, demographics. competitive intelligence, market research and more!​
Sonya holds an MLS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, graduated with Honors from Framingham State College with a BA in Political Science and has earned a Certificate in Grant Writing from the University of Southern Maine. Previous to library school, she worked closely with small business owners in the hospitality management field.
She is a member of the Special Library Association and the Maine Library Association

Bill Foster


Bill spent his career, spanning more than 20 years, in the hi-tech industry, primarily in the functions of Business Development and Marketing. Since leaving corporate America in 2004, he has started and sold two companies and now offers counseling services to small businesses both on a professional basis through GPS Management Associates and on a volunteer basis through SCORE. Bill grew up in Canada, moved to the Atlanta area in 1996, spent a couple of years working in Europe and has now settled in Kennebunk.

Betty Gensel

Lauren Guite


Lauren has been a marketer - whether it was knocking on doors to sell an ideal or managing a digital ad buy - for the past 10 years. After spending some time in Washington, D.C., she was eager to move back to her home state of Maine largely due to the vibrant start-up scene. She now strives to give back to her favorite community by mentoring at SCORE. At her current job, Lauren considers social sharing strategies and audience needs while implementing a content marketing strategy. Lauren’s specialties include how to use social media effectively, blogger/online publications outreach, audience research, and defining and measuring the ROI of social media, online campaigns, and content marketing.

Carol Mahoney


Carole Mahoney is currently writing her first book on her 13 years of experience working with clients to create and implement sales and marketing strategies
that have helped them to grow their business or sell their companies.
She is passionate about the customer experience and the strategies and programs that align sales, marketing and service to create the delighted buyers that grow businesses.

Sam Mateosian

Joe Michaud


Joe Michaud was part of the startup team of in 1995 and served as its president until 2008. During his tenure, MaineToday was recognized nationally as a pioneer in original online content, community engagement and successful online business models, while also creating new approaches for cross-media collaboration. Since 2008, Joe been working with media companies and entrepreneurs as a business coach and consultant. He is on the faculty of the Community Journalism Executive Training (CJET) program that trains startup journalists in business sustainability, funded by the Knight and Patterson foundations. Joe has been a mentor in Maine's Top Gun entrepreneur training program for three years, and has his own startup,

Michelle Neujahr


Michelle Neujahr, MBA Director of the SMCC Entrepreneurial Center, Business Coach, Motivational Speaker. As the director of the Entrepreneurial Center at Southern Maine Community College, Michelle Neujahr, oversees the business incubator, teaches entrepreneurship and works with students and faculty to build a stronger entrepreneurial community on campus. In addition, Michelle owns the Business Renovation Company where she provides transformational, strategic business coaching services and dynamic presentations to entrepreneurs who are serious about growth. As an entrepreneur Michelle owned a seven-figure, Minnesota-based renovation firm, built a large direct sales team and spent time in the corporate world as Director of Sales & Marketing. Michelle is an author, social media junkie and avid networker. Michelle holds a BA in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota and an MBA from the University of Southern Maine.

Nathan O’Leary


Nathan O’Leary is the Founder of Mainely SEO, a digital marketing firm specializing in SEO, social media and website design for small businesses. With over 12 years of experience as an Inbound Marketing specialist,
Nathan leads his all-star team with creativity and enthusiasm. As an
engaging speaker and consultant, Nathan is actively involved in several organizations, vital to Maine
entrepreneurs and the local business community. He is the Authorized
Local Expert for Constant Contact, and a valued mentor of the Portland, Maine SCORE chapter, where he holds regular
educational workshops and presentations. Nathan also owns and manages
the Portland Old Port Facebook page, dedicated to keeping residents and tourists up to speed on local news and events.
When he's not working Nathan enjoys mountain biking, skiing, and registering new domain names for his next big idea.

Chris Speh

Chris Speh is a Certified SCORE Mentor in the Portland chapter where he also manages chapter workshops and leads several workshops on entrepreneurship. Chris also Chairs the board of Common Good Ventures, a nonprofit based in Portland. Chris previously helped build 2 pharmaceutical product development companies in North Carolina over the course of 15 years to highly successful exits, the second as co-founder and majority owner. Chris is a successful angel investor of 25 years, recently serving as Chair, Maine Angels. He is a veteran, holds an MA and an MBA and is an inveterate traveler, having worked in or visited just under 40 countries with his wife, Ellie.

Jennifer Sporzynski


Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) Director, Microenterprise Resource and Policy Development. Aside from a brief stint in a corporate job, Jennifer has devoted her career to community economic development, working with small business owners in the United States, Guatemala (as a Peace Corps Volunteer) and Paraguay. At CEI, she oversees the Women’s Business Center and StartSmart business counseling programs and coordinates the delivery of the microloan program. Jennifer serves on the board of the Portland Development Corporation and the CA$H Coalition of Greater Portland, volunteers as a tax preparer for CA$H and is a coach for her daughter’s soccer team. In 2008 she was named co-recipient of the SBA Minority Small Business Champion in Maine. She has a BS in Business Administration, Finance, from the University of Vermont and an EdM from Harvard University. She is part of the Upsilon Class of Leadership Maine and an Aspen Institute Fellow in the first class of Emerging Leaders in Microenterprise (ELM2).

Kate Stoodley


As Comment Ground Cofounder and Social Media Strategist, I work with B2B and B2C brands on social media strategy, execution and integration with overall marketing and communications plans.

Comment Ground's client list spans across multiple industries. We partner with growing brands and entrepreneurs - from local financial institutions to Silicon Valley companies like VMware, SAP and

Kate leads regular social media marketing workshops (locally, check her out at SCORE Portland!) In addition to her social media work with nonprofits and brands, Kate brings to the table years of experience in digital, print and mobile advertising sales with

Bob White


Bob White is a Ventures Consultant with Telequity LLC, a Vermont based consultancy that provides businesses with strategic capabilities to supplement their expertise and assist their growth. He assists partner companies with the formulation and implementation of growth and transformation strategies that expand the options they have to make an impact in their industries resulting in the creation of wealth for employees, owners and the communities in which they operate. Bob has been doing business internationally since 1983, has 34 years of organizational leadership experience and been working with small businesses undergoing development since 1996. As a volunteer, he is very interested in helping young professionals with the progression of their career and improving the effectiveness of the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Media Sponsors
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Gigi Guyton
Abbie McGilvery
Mamie Anthoine Ney
Hazel Onsrud
Liz Trice
Mike Macdonald
Justin Nadeau
Sarah Hines

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