Techstars Global Startup Weekend Boston Women's Edition

    Friday, September 13 - 15, 2019

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Techstars Global Startup Weekend Boston Women's Edition

Friday, September 13 - 15, 2019

Friday, September 13 - 15, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

2 Ave de Lafayette
Boston, MA 02111

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Your idea in 54 hours

This is a call for you to get your idea off the ground surrounded by like-minded women and allies!

This is your chance to collaborate and get involved with a group of motivated individuals who are hell-bent on disrupting their industry of choice. The event is aimed at female participants, however, men are welcome to participate!

What’s different about this event?
Techstars Global Startup Weekend Boston Women's Edition is designed to engage more entrepreneurs and provide them with the necessary resources for long-term success. The weekend will be focused on empowering more women within our community to lend their voice to innovation. It will be one of over 50 Startup Weekends happening around the globe, and the winning team will qualify to attend our global (in-person) demo day with other #globalswwomen winning teams. 

The innovation ecosystem has never been more exciting than it is right now.

It is our time to RUN the world!
We would like to involve more women in the startup world. We have seen the barriers faced by women in tech. We would like to continue our efforts in cultivating a wholly inclusive community. Women still don't fill enough important roles in tech. Women hold under a quarter (24%) of senior roles across the world and 5.2% of CEO positions at S&P 500 Companies. Closing the wage gap for women would add $28 trillion to global GDP. As tech lovers, women and entrepreneurs, it is our responsibility to grow female representation, in Boston and around the world!

How it works
Beginning with Friday night, women pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas followed by a 54-hour of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders providing another opportunity for critical feedback before a final winning team is chosen.

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 September 13th

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

6:45 pm
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:10 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce facilitator, mentors, and community leaders

7:45 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

9:30 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

10:00 pm
Go Home!

Saturday September 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:45 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

1:00 pm
Mentor Meetings
Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:00 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 September 15th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Mentor Meetings
Mentors arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm
After Party!

10:00 pm

Event Judges

Miranda Koenig
UX Designer at Wayfair

Miranda is a designer at Wayfair Gmbh and a creative problem solver where she worked with different businesses from startups to global corporates. She originally comes from the San Francisco Bay Area but has lived in Boston and around the world and is now based in Berlin, Germany. She's been involved with Startup Weekend for over two years and continues to stay active in the community!

Claudia Reuter
Managing Director at Techstars

Recognized by the Boston Business Journal as a 2016 Women to Watch in Science and Technology, and as a Changemaker by HUBWeek, Reuter is an experienced entrepreneur and executive. As the Podcast creator and host of The 43 Percent, Reuter is committed to sharing more stories of what success can look like for women in business as they work to balance family and career. She is also a Managing Director with Techstars, focused on investing in and helping to accelerate startups focused on emerging technologies.   Prior to joining Techstars, she served as the SVP of Digital Services & Labs for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and was the co-founder and CEO of SchoolChapters, Inc. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors at Lessonly, and as a member of the Advisory Board at Greenfig

Coaches and Mentors

Kate Anderson
Cofounder and Operations Director at iFundWomen

Kate Anderson is a leader in generating change and gender equality within the private fundraising space. As co-founder and Operations Director of iFundWomen, she has driven millions of dollars into the hands of female founders. Named one of NASDAQ’s “10 Best Resources of Funding for Women Entrepreneurs,” iFundWomen's flexible crowdfunding platform combines a pay-it-forward model, expert startup coaching, professional video production, and a private community for its entrepreneurs, all with the goal of helping female entrepreneurs launch

Karthy Chandra
Founder & CEO of Goalden Hour

Karthy is the Founder & CEO of Goalden Hour, a consumer productivity tool that helps people bring their goals to the forefront of their planning process. She's worked in a variety of product roles at a healthcare tech company and specializes in customer validation testing.

TeLisa Daughtry
Founder & CTO, FlyTechnista / FemX Ventures, Investor

TeLisa Daughtry—is an Award-Winning Diversity & Technology Advocate; Serial Social Entrepreneur; Engineer, UX Designer, Tech Futurist, and Multi-Disciplined Creative; and Angel Investor. She is the Founder & CTO of FlyTechnista, and Founder of STEEAMnista--both initiatives have previously been in partnership with The White House in 2016. She is the Founder & Impact Investor at FemX Ventures; and author of e-book “Learn, Lead, Launch: A FlyTechnista’s Guide to Tech FLY & Hustle FLY”. She is an international keynote speaker; and passionate about creativity, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and empowering women, youth, and underrepresented groups of people in these spaces.

Shirin Shahin
Product Marketing Leader

I have been in the Enterprise B2B space in Product Marketing for the last 7 years. I am a mentor for Techstars and also now working with early stage startups to align sales, marketing & product teams, drive product launch planning & execution, and deliver on key product goals.

Shannon McFarland
Marketing Consultant

Shannon McFarland consults on marketing strategies, messaging, and content. She is former journalist, who later worked in the financial industry. In 2018, she was a hackstar with Techstars Boston. Her mission is telling true stories about good ideas. She loves her dog, rock climbing, and the outdoors.

Flavia Ibanez
Product Manager & Designer

Flavia is an Argentinian Product Manager and Designer that has been helping software companies for more than 10 years. She has worked with startups like Doctrackr, Logentries, Fincura, Playeasy and Ace-up. She has also been involved in the Techstars' community as a mentor and a consultant, where she's been involved for about 5 years since the TS company she was working with remotely from Argentina got acquired, offering her to move to US.

Michelle Spinale
Brand Strategist & Marketing Consultant

Michelle Spinale is a seasoned marketing strategist, brand storyteller, and relationship builder. A natural collaborator and creative catalyst known for her ability to ignite ideas into action, she excels at providing integrated solutions that deliver measurable results.

Throughout her career, she has held senior marketing positions at Hearst Magazines Media, Time Inc., NBC Universal, Turner Entertainment Networks, The WB Television Network, and the Walt Disney Company. She has also served as a chief creative problem-solver and consultant on projects in the agricultural, entertainment, financial, health & wellness, and non-profit industries.

Prajakta Kulkarni
Senior Innovation Consultant at EPAM Continuum

Prajakta (PK) has been helping clients in building innovation that is right for the customers, businesses and organizations, all through an understanding of the humans involved. Having a deep understanding of the right customer and their problems is vital for any business to build a compelling solution. PK has helped design an in-airport customer experience for Southwest Airlines, developed a business model for a VR based startup, envisioned a future state for a financial services company - all through her expertise in Human-centered Design. 

Conrad Hollomon
Sales Executive at Techstars

Conrad Hollomon is a Sales Executive at Techstars. Formerly, Program Director of the Air Force Accelerator Powered by Techstars, a partnership to help the US government identify and support critical technologies being developed by deep-tech startups. His focus is on supporting companies at the earliest stages - helping founders, making awesome products, and helping founders make awesome products.

Amanda Gaynor
Startup Advisor in Residence

As a Startup Advisor in Residence, Amanda talks with startups every day to understand its goals and how she can help them scale and succeed.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Global Startup Weekend Boston Women's Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Boston is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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Monica Kang
Founder & CEO, InnovatorsBox & Author of Rethink Creativity

Monica Kang is a social entrepreneur, creative educator, speaker and community builder.

As the Founder & CEO of InnovatorsBox, she empowers leaders and organizations with creative thinking and innovation for professionals through workshops, games, coaching and consulting. InnovatorsBox has received a number of national awards for being a bold innovative company that is changing the way how professionals learn to be innovative at work and at home. 

As a community builder, she is an active contributor to the DC startup community scene by being an Organizer and Facilitator at DC Startup Weekend, President of DMV Startup and Fellow at StartingBloc.

Prior to her entrepreneurship path, she was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert working in international affairs.

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