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Monday, October 2 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Startup Opportunities around Washington's largest companies FULL

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Our goal is to educate the ENTIRE Washington startup community about the corporate and government innovation efforts around which they can start to build their companies or find potential clients/ backing for their startups. There is a lack of knowledge in the Seattle Startup Ecosystem, particularly among veterans, about corporate venture organizations, such as Amazon Alexa Fund or Comcast Ventures, their history, why they exist, and the programs offered to support entrepreneurs.

The Military Innovation Track will be hosted by Bunker Labs Seattle within the UW CoMotion system at CoMotion Labs @ Startup Hall.  The Seattle Techstars incubator and Amazon Alexa Incubator are also located in Startup Hall.

The panel seeks to educate the Washington startup community about the existence, history, and opportunities of corporate venture funds such as Amazon Alexa Fund, Comcast Ventures, Microsoft Ventures, and others so that they ultimately can start companies around defined market demands.


Lizzie Tao

Associate at Amazon Alexa Incubator at Techstars. Previously Director of Marketing and Events at CoMotion at University of Washington. Headed and pioneered the Marketing and Events department for coworking space containing 40+ startups.Grew event venue revenue by 300% year over... Read More →


Jeff Finan

Jeff is Vice President of Business Development at Echodyne Corporation which is a privately held company focused on bringing metamaterials-based radar products to market. Echodyne’s radar products deliver high performance but at dramatically lower cost, size, and power than traditional... Read More →

Willy Khampradith

UPS Regional Head of Startup StrategyRegional Head of Startup Strategy for UPS. Responsible for creating a "mindshift" within the local community and supporting founders, startups, passionate leaders, and individuals who want to make a difference.
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Lisa Nelson

Partner, Microsoft Ventures
Lisa leads portfolio development activities for Microsoft Ventures, Microsoft’s new corporate venture fund. Additionally, she also leads investment activities in the Pacific Northwest, marketing and operations for the fund, and VC relationships for Microsoft. Lisa’s been with... Read More →

Rodrigo Prudencio

The Alexa Fund, Amazon Corporate Development.A seasoned executive with twenty years of experience in public policy, energy and environmental technology and venture capital. I lead investments in early to mid-stage energy technology companies and have a passion for businesses that... Read More →

Monday October 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
Startup Hall