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Paul Doyle

Found/CEO of Verify Valid   |   LinkedIn

Paul is an example of true entrepreneurship that he will be talking through. He's also started Verify Valid at Startup Weekend a few years ago and has come back around full circle to sponsor the event as a Premiere Sponsor. We couldn't be happier to have Paul join us and talk through how he went from an idea to continuing to grow Verify Valid to what it is today.

Kevin Kuske

Chief Brand Advocate, Turnstone   |   LinkedIn

Kevin is the Chief Brand Advocate of Turnstone. Turnstone exists to unlock human promise through the amplification of entrepreneurship and small business.

Their primary focus is on creativity-based work and workers in small business – helping them be more productive, engaged and inspired.

Kevin is a gadget geek, wannabe MAKER, and passionate about user-centered design and sustainable choices.

Laura and Ryan Vaughn

Sitting In A Tree, Varsity News Network

Laura Vaughn is a founder of Sitting in a Tree, a design-focused company delivering premium wedding website themes & other wedding communication tools that streamline the planning process. Laura is equal parts curious, tactical and outgoing. Her career experience has centered around creating new ways for companies to acquire customers, ranging from tiny startups to large companies.

Ryan Vaughn is the co-founder and CEO of Varsity News Network, the for high schools. Prior to VNN, Ryan founded West Michigan Allstar, which was at its peak the most visited high school sports website in West Michigan. Ryan is a graduate of Western Michigan University, and received his Masters in Communication at GVSU. Ryan also founded and scaled an Internet Sales Department to become a major profit center for a major automotive group.



Jan 18
  • Registration Opens and Dinner
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Break off to a bar or coffee shop to continue the discussion and attempt to paper prototype out their application


Jan 19
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Lunch w/ speaker
  • Continue working
  • 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


Jan 20
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch w/ speaker
  • Judging & awards
  • Cleanup with everyone's help
  • Go home!
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John Rumery
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Adam DeLong
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