Frequently Asked Questions

09/15/2017 | By Sudeep Dsouza

This post originally appeared on blog.up.co


Who is Startup Weekend For?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...

  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
  • developers and other tech-related professionals
  • designers of all types
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from colleges, universities, and even high schools
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
  • passionate visionaries

    and many more!

Your ticket includes:

  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Thursday night @ Pitch Fire
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the startup community
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals
  • All-star judges panel lead by startup leaders
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days, and
  • Over 75 awesome new friends!

Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great!  We hope you pitch for the weekend.  If you don't have an idea, that's quite all right!  Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest!  The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and from your peers.

Why Should I Register?

Learn Something New: Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Networking: This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts the community’s best makers and do-ers.  And, we all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually work with.

Mentoring:  Local leaders - business people, tech experts and entrepreneurs - participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. You'll get some one-on-one  and group time with local experts who can help you with your ideas.

Learn A New Skill: Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

Launch a business: Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Join the Startup Community: Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.

I already have a business, is this event for me?  

Yes! Startup Weekend if for everyone.  What you know is valuable and you'll have the chance to share your skills and experiences with others who want to learn.

I don't have any ideas! 

Technically, everyone has ideas.  What you probably mean is, I'm not sure if my idea is viable. This is the perfect opportunity to explore that idea. Not every idea is viable, but Startup Weekend will help you determine if your idea has legs...and if it doesn't, that's okay, you will join another team and help take someone else's idea from prototype to pitch.

Does my idea have to be an app or involve technology? 

No, all ideas are welcome.  You might want to start a chain of coffee stores (remember, Starbucks was a startup, at some point), create a wedding business, develop a new gadget, or offer a service.  But, if you do have an app idea, that's okay, we love those too.  The point is, you're not limited to any specific area or type of idea.

Is this event for experienced people only?

No. We welcome all levels of experience. No matter what your background, you'll learn a lot from your team, other participants, the coaches and judges!  Plus, we need experienced people to help build the teams and share lessons-learned.

I've already participated in a Startup Weekend. 

Great! You can participate in as many as you like!  Just because you've participated in the past doesn't mean you shouldn't participate again. Each weekend is unique because the ideas are different and there are so many different people to meet.


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