Startup Weekend Boulder Decentralize

    Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

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Startup Weekend Boulder Decentralize

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, November 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

CU IdeaForge
2445 Kittredge Loop Drive
Boulder, Colorado 80309

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Create the Decentralized Change you want to see in the World

A worldwide movement is underway to redistribute centralized bases of power, authority, control, access and other aspects of interactions with tools, services, entities and relationships.  Just as the internet fundamentally changed the world, these models—aiming to decentralize almost everything you can imagine—are poised to do the same again.

Techstars Startup Weekend - Decentralize will enable you to find the right people, right tools, and the right idea to put your stake in these new markets.

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 - Decentralize 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 and passion! You'll pitch your own idea and/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 technical, social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues - we hope centered around our theme of decentralized systems. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your minimum viable product (MVP) that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!
NOTE: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend - Decentralize is an immersive full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Major benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with top-notch mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to cultivate a more decentralized, equitable, and just world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

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

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Need help with costs? Apply for a scholarship here

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Friday November 16th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:45 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 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

Saturday November 17th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 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 18th

8:00 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

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

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Organizing Team

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

  • Rich
  • Dan
  • Jordan
  • Justin Joseph
  • Yev
  • Ted


Chris Franz

I found, fund, and drive the creation of high growth companies, primarily in high-tech, and data driven areas. I love the ability to disrupt markets that haven't moved in years with the leverage of technology and intelligence. I have pursued this goal in a number of markets that include real estate, finance, big data analytics, energy, healthcare (ouch), defense and first responder technology.

I love the power of data and technology to transform the efficiency and profitability of almost any industry sector.

I am passionate about Startups and how they drive our economy and future. I am committed to supporting, mentoring and doing everything I can to help good startups become growing companies.

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