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Vivint Hub - 246 East Fiddlers Canyon Drive

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What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend 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 1,000+ past events in 470+ cities across 100+ countries around the globe.

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!

Why Cedar City?

In Cedar not only does your registration include meals Thursday dinner through Saturday dinner, it also includes plenty of sugar and caffeine other food to keep you going through the weekend including midnight pancakes, the free flowing chocolate fountain and announcing a bottomless soda fountain. We also have an amazing venue that will be open around the clock so you are welcome to crash on-site or just keep working through the night. We will have great internet to keep the data flowing fast.

So for $99, or even better $60 with the support of our generous sponsors (promo code Custom40), you can join us for a great time of creating a business in 54 hours. What better place to have the Startup Weekend than beautiful Cedar City

So register today!

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Mid Event Company Update

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Things are progressing quite nicely at Startup Weekend Cedar City.  Programmers and designers in their well-equipped stations are building amazing […]

Startup Weekend Cedar City

Startup Weekend Recap

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Startup Weekend Cedar City was AWESOME. Here’s a recap: Event Metrics: 53 attendees, 23 ideas pitched, 8 teams formed, 19 […]

Media Coverage

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We had some great media coverage from The Spectrum and Fox 13 News for the event. The Spectrum- Concept to reality: […]

Tier 1 Sponsors
Tier 2 Sponsors

Robb Kunz

Robb Kunz is a Founder & CEO of several high-technology Companies, an Active Angel Investor and also the Founder & Managing Partner of ventureBlue Capital, an early-stage high technology investment firm and incubator

As an Entrepreneur, his expertise and track record revolves around starting, launching & funding emerging Companies. He is the Founder/CEO of KnowledgeBlue, an Open Source Systems Integrator and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) firm. KnowledgeBlue was recently acknowledge as the 37th fastest growing Company in the State of Utah as part of the elite Utah100 group for 2009.

As an Investor, he founded and created ventureBlue Capital an early-stage high technology investment firm and incubator. He is an active Angel Investor as a member of the Olympus Angels Investors based in Salt Lake City, Utah and recently was acknowledge as one of the top 15 Angel Investors in the State of Utah for 2009. He is an active Director / Board Member of RedSpan Inc and GuestSpan.

Eric Pedersen

Professor, Visual Technologies and Information Technology

Eric Pedersen is a Professor in the Computer and Information Technology (CIT) Department at Dixie State University. He has worked for DSU since 1989. Some highlights of his career include: (a) starting the Center of Excellence for Computer Graphics at Dixie State — grant writing, research, development and technology transfer activities, (b) directing the research and development team that brought online the first web site in Utah, (c) founder of InfoWest —- a successful multi-state Internet Services company, (d) instrumental in initiating, developing, crafting curriculum and helping to grow the Computer & Information Technology Department at Dixie State, (e) founder or co-founder of many successful tech companies including AreaTravel, DevShed, ClearVision, SouthernUtah, 32bit, ForteGolf, CFUSA, Voddov, OnVenture, StockUpFoods, RP3dev, and others, (f ) worked with students to create many successful tech companies, and (g) most recently involved with designing and developing enhanced online student experiences for tech entrepreneurship and e-commerce development courses.

Terry Keyes


Accomplished and integrity-driven professional offering over 20 years of business success with strong concentrations in training, management, marketing and customer service management. Award-winning, motivational, and results-driven Manager with experience in increasing the number of seminars as well as participants through active outreach. Highly skilled in designing and delivering training as well as individual coaching/mentoring. Demonstrated expertise in the areas of marketing, accounting, management, communications, operations, team management, marketing research, customer service management, and business plan writing
Recognized as a strong team leader with strengths in planning, building consensus, recognizing and accelerating peer’s strengths, building powerful teams and getting the job done. Intelligent businessman with highly diverse business knowledge and not afraid to make positive changes. Skilled manager who consistently builds positive, mutually respectful relationships with stakeholders.
Hands-on experience in diverse leadership positions to earn progressive responsibility for all aspects of management, business development, training, and operations.

Specialties:Pro-active not reactive

Tier 3 Sponsors

Ellen Treanor

Saturday 10 AM-1PM   |  

Ellen Treanor - MA Communication, specializes in branding and marketing communication. Her areas of expertise include advertising, public relations, impression management, social media (objective setting, implementation and evaluation), visual communication and micro PR campaigns. She earned her Masters Degree in Communication, teaches marketing, organizational communication, advertising strategies, critical thinking and public relations at the university level. She has published academic articles.

Matt Hamlin

CEO, Tonaquint Data Center   |   LinkedIn

Based in St. George, UT, the Tonaquint Development group creates, designs, and implements telecommunications businesses in the Tonaquint Business Campus for the southern Utah region.

Tonaquint Data Center -- Tier III Colocation data center. Providing over 25,000 sq. ft. of Data Center space.

InterLinx Communications -- An open access fiber optic company in southern Utah reaching communities - St. George, Washington, Ivins, Santa Clara, Cedar City, and Hurricane.

Specialties:Purchasing, Mergers and Acquisitions, Business Development

Isaac Barlow

Founder At Busy Busy   |  

Isaac Barlow is co-founder and CEO of busybusy is innovating affordable cloud based business systems for contractors. With 15 years’ experience in business, and 3 years experience in launching a sucessful tech startup, Isaac focuses on the vision, why are you doing what you are doing.

Justin Jenkins

Owner/Partner at Rukkus   |   LinkedIn

Justin has 20 years of experience in brand consulting and graphic design. His extensive experience includes managing and overseeing logo design, branding, illustration, print media design, display ads, product design, package design, website development, retail store design layout, promotional product design, and conceptual-to-detail sketching. Justin has helped produce over 5,000 different logo concepts and has personally sat down with over 850 companies to strategize and refine their marketing process through effective branding systems. He has worked with clients in many industries such as consumer products, community issues, entertainment, advertising, technology, electronics, fitness, healthcare, recreation, apparel, real estate, automotive, financial institutions, and education. Some notable brands he has consulted for include: Utah Jazz, Larry H. Miller Group, Lexus, Gold’s Gym, Del Web and Pulte Homes.

Bryson Despain

Partner at Rukkus   |   LinkedIn

Over the past 15 years Bryson Despain has lead marketing and public relations departments and managed regional and global brands in areas of technology, consumer products, healthcare, pharmaceutical research, community issues, entertainment, outdoor recreation, real estate, and financial education. Notable brand strategies that he created include United Way's national and state-wide LIVE UNITED campaign and the statewide collaborative inititaive of Utah Saves. As a partner at Rukkus Agency, a marketing and communications firm specializing in design and public relations, Bryson has helped developed over all marketing strategies and worked with national media to place stories for startups and tech companies in Mashable, Forbes, Tech Crunch, CRM Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle and others.

Mike Green

Company: G.O. Green Enterprises Inc. DBA’s “GO Green Web Marketing & Order Fulfillment”, “”, “”, CGull, SouthWest Plumbing Supply, Cooling Heating Supply, SouthWest Sprinkler Supply, Christmas Décor.

Position: President & CEO

Year experience: 22 Years (Work In The Company Since I was a Small Boy)

Biography (education, work experience, etc.): Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management From Southern Utah University, Worked every position in a Wholesale Plumbing Supply. Became CEO in 2005 & turned our Wholesale Plumbing company into a Tech Driven Ecommerce and web services company.


Running G.O. Green Enterprises Inc has allowed me to expand my abilities to lead and to create. I’ve learned that success comes from two things, hard work and great people. Without the 96 fantastic employees at G.O. Green Enterprises Inc our company would not be seeing the great successes that we have.

Derral Eves

Marketing Expert   |   LinkedIn

Derral is a highly experienced entrepreneur with over 15 years of marketing background and a passion for internet and technology. He continually strives to be at the precipice of all online marketing mediums. Derral enjoys speaking to business owners and marketing consultants to help them get more customers by teaching them how to better create the online presence of their clients. With Derral’s technical background he has become an expert in using video to promote products, people and businesses.

Derral holds a BA degree from Southern Utah University in Public Relations & Marketing and has been in the SEO industry for 14 years, building his first website in 1999. He started a hosting company in 2000. Through his education and experience Derral has become an expert in marketing and some of his specialties include:

• Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
• Video Marketing and SEO
• Social Media Marketing and Social Media Management
• Internet Marketing and Consulting
• Web Design and Development
• Marketing Business Specialist
• Public Speaking
• Lawyer Marketing
• Pay Per Click Management
• Design Optimization
• Conversion Optimization
• Brand Development
• Brand Awareness
• Email Marketing
• Management Consulting
• Team Development
• Reputation Management

Jennifer Mason

Marketing and Business Development Consultant   |   LinkedIn

Owner of Jennifer Lynn Consulting and iJar, a new business for sustainable fundraising.

New ideas, processes and technology is what Jennifer is all about. A serial entrepreneur, Jennifer also has over fourteen years marketing and business development experience. Clients receive consulting services, outsourcing solutions, networking and other custom programs to add long term and if possible, residual value.

Tier 4 Sponsors
Andy Springer
Brandon Jones
Ken Keen
Abraham Hunt
Todd Hess
Ron Pisaturo
Rhett Gillins
Brent Drew
Mac Urie
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