Startup Weekend Black Hills Spearfish

    Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017

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Startup Weekend Black Hills Spearfish

Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017

Friday, March 24 - 26, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Joy Center
1351 St Joe St.
Spearfish, South Dakota 57783

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Bring Your Idea to Life

A drop of water. Innocuous and unassuming. When combined with hundreds of millions of slippery friends it becomes a small puddle. Something larger than itself. Over time this puddle becomes a small pond. As our pond grows, it erodes the constraints holding it back from realizing its true potential and ultimate purpose. Our water drop breaks free and begins to make its impact on the world. A raging river carving away soil and rock. Creating something so valuable, so impactful, that people far and wide flock to it.

Your idea. Your dream. Your drop of water. Just waiting to carve out its place in the world. Wait no longer. Startup Weekend Black Hills Spearfish.

You have an idea in your head, and it might stay there for years, but until you say it out loud, get feedback, and learn whether consumers actually want it, it can’t become anything.

Startup Weekend will equip you with the resources, connections, and knowledge to go from idea to execution. And as you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

If not now, when?

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts of all stripes. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education in an encouraging environment where you fail fast to find success sooner. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs.  Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

The best part: turning your passions into profit by pursuing the most powerful force advancing society and human welfare today. Entrepreneurship. By empowering others, we identify leaders, build communities, and inspire change.

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Friday March 24th

6:00 pm
Check in
Arrive at the Joy Center and get checked in

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

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 March 25th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

11:00 am
Morning check-in, status reports, call for help

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Mentor Meetings
Mentors 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

11:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 26th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:45 am
Mentors arrive, Final opportunity to ask questions!!

10:00 am
Mentors Arrive
Mentors arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

4:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Black Hills Spearfish 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 Rapid City is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Brian
  • Melissa
  • Jeff
  • Priscilla
  • Jennifer
  • Lindsay
  • Dani


Michael Norton

Michael vagabonds around the US and Canada exploring entrepreneurial communities and facilitating Startup Weekend events. He works as a freelance business development and crowdfunding consultant, technical project manager, and social media guru. Michael is a photographer, audio engineer, and writer.

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