Techstars Startup Weekend Tourism - build startups focused on tourism in Cape Breton

    Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Tourism - build startups focused on tourism in Cape Breton

Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Cape Breton University
1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, Nova Scotia B1P 6L2

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Your idea in 54 hours

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? 

Techstars Startup Weekend 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.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. 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:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • 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 15th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:20 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:50 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:15 pm
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

Saturday November 16th

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 17th

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

1:45 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

4:30 pm
Judging & Awards

5:00 pm

5:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Bob Pelley
Regional Manager

I focus on formulating and implementing plans to grow the entrepreneurial and start-up ecosystem for Cape Breton Island and Northern Nova Scotia. I develop and guide innovative and hands-on programming and business advisory services to early stage entrepreneurs and the broader business community to increase the volume and quality of potential investment opportunities.

Innovacorp helps high-potential, early-stage Nova Scotia companies commercialize their technologies and succeed in the global marketplace. Our incubation infrastructure, business mentoring, and seed & venture capital investment help entrepreneurs overcome hurdles to business growth. We’re especially interested in the clean technology, information technology, and life sciences industries.

Jo-Lanna Murray
Product Innovation & Operations Manager

Jo-Lanna looks at product innovation in leisure, travel & tourism industry.  She serves as the operations manager with Destination Cape Breton skilled in Budgeting, Business Planning, Coaching, Advertising, and Entrepreneurship.

Colin MacInnis
Marketing Advisor

Colin MacInnis is a consultant and full-time marketing manager. His career stems from many years working with startups and small businesses to overcome challenges associated with growth and development. Having started his own businesses, Colin has faced many of the hardships that entrepreneurs experience each day. Colin’s ultimate goal is to enable growth for small businesses. This means defining the competition, picking the winning strategy, forming alliances, and executing on projects. The result of Colin’s work is improved operations, positioning, lead generation, and revenue.

Coaches and Mentors

Stephanie MacPherson
Faculty, Bachelor of Hospitality & Tourism Management,

Stephanie helps lead the Tourism Management program at Cape Breton University.  Her specialties are:
*Sustainable tourism development
*Destination planning, marketing and management
*Experiential Tourism
*Event management
*Conference services management

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Tourism - build startups focused on tourism in Cape Breton team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.




Organizing Team

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

  • Colin
  • D.Darren
  • Holly
  • Stephanie


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