How does Startup Weekend work?

11/07/2017 | By Amina Naar

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  1. Registration - Arrive at the venue and get checked in
  2. Welcome & Speakers - Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders
  3. Pitches Start - Optionally line up to give your pitch
  4. Voting - Attendees vote for the top pitches
  5. Form Teams - Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  6. Dinner & Networking - Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants
  7. Begin Work - Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow 


  1. Begin Work - Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  2. Check-In - After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help
  3. Coach Meetings - Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  4. Check-In - After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help
  5. Wrap-Up - Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


  1. Coach Meetings - Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  2. Check-In - Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions
  3. Presentation Prep & Tech Check - Final hours of work-time should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place
  4. Final Presentations
  5. Judging & Awards