Innovate '17

An entrepreneurship bootcamp & startup pitch contest for teens (organized by high school students.)!

At Microsoft Building 30

November 18th & December 2nd 2017

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Why Attend?

Who Can Attend

Anybody with a passion for business, technology, and entrepreneurship is welcome (8th grade to College is recommended.).

Expert Speakers

Innovate '17 has amazing speakers that include CEOs, executives, and entrepreneurs that have worked in the industry and are succesful in their own right.

Pitch Contest

The interactive sessions lead up to a pitch contest for startup ideas with business plans and there are awards for the best teams, too! Awards include Satya Nadella's Hit Refresh book and Amazon Echo Dot.

All proceeds from this event benefit Boys and Girls Club of King County.

Meet the Speakers

Atul Ajoy (Organizer)

Atul Ajoy is the founder & CEO of Chromata and is a teen entreprenuer. He has also written guest posts for Geekwire and been featured in their podcast He is very interested in technology and entreprenuership.

James Billmaier

James Billmaier is the founder & CEO of Turbo Patent. He is also the former CEO of Asymetrix (which he led to an IPO as CEO) and co-founder (with Paul Allen) & former CEO of Digeo. He was also the CEO of Melodeo.

Todd Bishop

Todd Bishop is the co-founder and editor of Geekwire. He is a longtime technology journalist and former newspaper reporter who covers a wide range of technology news and trends.

Patrick Donka

Patrick Donka is the VP of Commercial Banking at Wells Fargo. He is the former interim COO for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and was formerly a senior director of M&A integration at Microsoft.

Gene Farrell

Gene Farrell is a SVP at Smartsheet and the former VP of Enterprise Applications and EC2 on Windows at AWS. He was also VP of North America Area Sales and then VP & GM of The Coca Cola Company's Freestyle unit.

Ajoy Krishnamoorthy

Ajoy Krishnamoorthy is the Head of the Cloud Platform Division at Acumatica. He was a Director of Partner Strategy & then OEM Segment Marketing at Microsoft and was also the founder & CEO of a startup called Loyalty.

Gillian Muessig

Gillian Muessig is the CEO of Outlines Venture Group and is the COO & Board Chair of brettapproved. She was the founding President of Moz and has been an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Jon Roskill

Jon Roskill is the CEO of Acumatica and investor & advisor to Wellpepper and Azuqua. He is also the former CVP of the Worldwide Partner Group and was also responsible for US Business & Marketing Strategy for Microsoft.

Andy Sack

Andy Sack is the co-founder and Managing Partner at Founders Co-op and Managing Partner at Techstars Seattle. He is also the Chairman of Code Fellows and former CEO of Abuzz Solutions and The Body Shop Digital.

Soma Somasegar

Soma Somasegar is a Managing Director at Madrona Venture Group. He is a member of the Board of Directors of CloudCoreo and the Board Chair of Pixvana. He was formerly a CVP at Microsoft.

Rahul Sood

Rahul Sood is the founder & CEO of Unikrn and is the founder & former CEO of VoodooPC. He was also the CTO of HP's Advanced Computing Unit. He also led Microsoft Ventures and is currently an Advisor to the Board at Razer.

Arean Van Veelen

Arean Van Veelen is the founder & former CTO of OfferUp and is now a strategic advisor to the company. He is also an advisor to Blok24 & Pogo Rides. He is the former CTO and Director of Technology at Konnects.

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Event Schedule


8:30am to 9am


9am to 9:45am

Day 01 Keynote

9:45am to 10:30am

Startups As A Teenager

10:45am to 11:30am

Product Market Fit

11:30am to 12:15pm

Revenue/Expense Models, Pricing, and Forecast

12:15pm to 1pm

Lunch and Hands-On

1pm to 1:45pm

Go To Market, Channels, and Sales Strategy

1:45pm to 2:30pm

Valuation, Funding, and Exits [IPO, M&A, Fold]

2:45pm to 3:30pm

Technology Trends

3:30pm to 4:15pm

IP and Patents

4:15pm to 5pm


8:30am to 9am


9:15am to 9:45am

Day 02 Keynote

9:45am to 10:30am

Seattle Startup Ecosystem

10:45am to 11:30am

Idea to Exit

11:30am to 12:15pm

Social Enterprises

12:15pm to 1pm


1pm to 2:30pm

Final Worktime

2:30pm to 5pm

Pitch Contest and Award Ceremony