Siskiyou Startup Weekend is designed “to help folks of any age launch a great product or service idea with the help of mentors, investors, sponsors, and coaches.”

Siskiyou Startup Weekend, for county residents with a great business startup idea, is scheduled from Friday evening through Sunday evening, Oct. 6 to 8, at Mount Shasta High School.

It is described as a fast-paced weekend “to help folks of any age launch a great product or service idea with the help of mentors, investors, sponsors, and coaches.”

When the event gets underway, anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams will form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on three days of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.

The weekend will culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders.

Lexi Meadows, a 2012 Mount Shasta High School graduate, is excited to be a judge in the Siskiyou Startup Weekend and “very excited to see the talent and creativity of my fellow community members,” she states in a press release.

Meadows was struggling with what she wanted to do when she graduated high school when, in her junior year, she won the “Young Entrepreneurs Program” competition hosted by Shasta College for Siskiyou County high schools.

“I was fortunate enough to actually participate in YEP, which is similar to Siskiyou Startup Weekend. It helped pave my way to business ownership,” Meadows said.

She explained that she learned how to be business minded and how to plan, and she discovered what financing and support resources were out there.

Meadows opened a business of her own, Black Butte Baskets, before beginning work in local real estate.

The 12 other community leaders who will serve as coaches, mentors or judges along with Meadows are Elizabeth Collord, Shon Bullock, Geoff Harkness, Sam Lanier, Tim Stearns, Lorinda Meyer, Dori Mondon-Freeman, Cassandra Tobey, Seata Madison, Marie-Josée Wells, Sean Smith, and Angela Cordell, a group that represents diverse ages, perspectives, and professional expertise.

Financial sponsors of the event include Pacific Power, the Ford Family Foundation, Tri Counties and Scott Valley Banks, and the Mt. Shasta Rotary Club.

Community organizers involved in the event include the Mt. Shasta Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Business Center at JEDI, the Mt. Shasta High Manufacturing Pathway Program School, Pacific West Financial, FireWhat, Inc., and others.

For more information about the Siskiyou Startup Weekend, visit the event website at

Tickets are $50 and $35 for students and early online registration is encouraged, as space is limited. Scholarships are available.

Call JEDI for more information or to request a scholarship at 530-926-6670 x10.