Chamber Of Commerce, High-Tech Leaders To Host First-Annual Kirkland Startup Weekend, November 9-11, 2012 At Woodmark Hotel

Facebook Exec, Peter Wilson to Keynote; Renowned Investors and Entrepreneurs to Judge and Mentor


Kirkland, Washington has long been a hotbed for innovation, most notably, the birthplace and epicenter of the wireless and mobile industries.


Kirkland’s Chamber of Commerce knows many more big ideas are waiting to be discovered in the area and is hosting the first annual Kirkland Startup Weekend (, at Carillon Point’s Woodmark Hotel, November 9-11, 2012.


The event will give promising software engineers and designers, and entrepreneurs of all kinds, the venue and seasoned support to share and develop their idea into a viable company, within a 54-hour marathon event. Even if an attendee has a startup company established, entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend in order to tap into deep expertise and new ideas that will help take their company to the next competitive evolution.


Peter Wilson, Engineering Director at Facebook, and Kirkland resident, will keynote the event. Wilson, a successful serial entrepreneur and mentor for startups, will share his insights on where new startups should focus, potential pitfalls to avoid and the biggest areas of opportunity.


Bruce Wynn, Executive Director of the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce, observes that, “Many entrepeneneaurs have great ideas but may not have the resources and skill set to bring their idea to life.  The Kirkland Startup Weekend will match them up with mentors in the industry, and provide a networking environment to flesh out their ideas resulting in a viable online product.”


Kirkland Startup Weekend is sponsored by Google, INRIX, Clear, Carillon Real Estate Group, among many other local companies who believe in the importance of fostering the entrepreneurial spirit.


Microsoft is the international sponsor of the global Startup Weekend movement, which is bringing similar entrepreneurial grassroots events to more than 100 countries around the world.