Startup Weekend - Ocean Innovation

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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Startup Weekend - Ocean Innovation

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

IBEW College
160 Holyrood Access Road
(Liam Hickey Drive)
Holyrood, Newfoundland & Labrador A0A 2R0

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New Frontier, New Solutions

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

We are bringing together people from the startup community and ocean-related industries to solve problems, addrss issues and create new and improved approaches.  This is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 6 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Networking and team building opportunities galore
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday November 9th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Nutrition & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
How This Works
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
This is your chance! Line up to give your idea or listen for the one that grabs you.

8:00 pm
Voting & Form Teams
Attendees vote for the top pitches.

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

Saturday November 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:15 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

3:30 pm
Judging & Awards

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Holyrood is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Kyle
  • Tom
  • Roger
  • Gary
  • Moustafa


Juliet Shepherd
Tech Led Project Manager

Juliet Shepherd is pollinator, a communications and resource consultant, and seasoned industrial supply chain professional. Juliet has a passion for propagating win/win outcomes, home-grown tech, and fostering economic diversity. She is a founding member of R.E.M. Unconventional Vision, an entrepreneur think tank promoting socially responsible business development in Alaska, which launched FairBikes bike share - winners of the first Startup Weekend Fairbanks in 2013. Currently the Tech Led Development Project Manager at FEDC,

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