Startup Weekend Boulder - Space!

    Friday, October 12 - 14, 2018

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Startup Weekend Boulder - Space!

Friday, October 12 - 14, 2018

Friday, October 12 - 14, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

CU Idea Forge
2445 Kittredge Loop Dr
Boulder, CO 80309

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The sky is the limit... actually not in this event! Join us to learn how to launch a space startup over a weekend.

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 makes this a Startup Weekend Space?

During the weekend the teams will work on ideas related to space problems. For example (but by far not limited to), spacecraft launching and landing, software solutions, human survival in Mars or deep space, communications, prospecting, satellites and their applications on earth, education, etc. What would make it really special is the group of mentors we will have to help teams figure out the different aspects of a space business.

Please read our FAQs below or send us an email to with ANY question you might have. We acknowledge this event might bring up a lot of questions and maybe even feel a little intimidating if you don't have a tech background or a space idea, so we want to make sure we address any question or hesitation that comes up.

It is going to be a great opportunity for you to learn about the local and global space industries and to meet really awesome and interesting people.   

How does Startup Weekend Work?

On Friday night, you'll pitch your own idea or listen to others (see the FAQs below), 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.

Then, 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!

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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  • Is Startup Weekend Space only for people with ideas about space?
NO! While the teams will work on ideas related to space, if you don’t have an idea that’s totally OK. You can come on Friday and join a team with an idea that is interesting to you and learn about the fascinating world (see what I did there?) of aerospace entrepreneurship.

  • Do I need a background in tech or space to participate?
NO! While considering the technical feasibility of your team’s idea is going to be important (and we will have awesome mentors to help out with that), Startup Weekend is really focus on the business side of things. Developing a solid business plan, validating the market and having very clear what your team’s product (and its added value) are the key things you will need to address. That said people with all sorts of backgrounds are welcome and necessary to make this Startup Weekend a blasting success.

  • I have an awesome idea but I don’t know if it is doable?
Great question! It doesn’t matter, at least not until after you form a team. In all Startup Weekends, mentors are key in making the event such an awesome learning experience. With SW Boulder Space that is no different, but we will have a special group of mentors on Saturday morning that will help teams evaluate the feasibility of the ideas and/or how to get there. There are many existing space companies that work on ideas that are not currently technological doable, but they have a plan on how to get there and be profitable on the way. A good example is Deep Space Industries (DSi). What they want to achieve is space mining, not possible yet, but they are developing spacecraft components that they sell to other companies and will eventually use for mining purposes.

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Friday October 12th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & 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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 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 October 13th

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 October 14th

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

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!

Event Judges

Nicole Glaros

Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. From there, she founded three startups, the first of which had a healthy exit and the last two which failed miserably. Since then, she's spent over a decade working with and funding early-stage web software companies.

Most recently, she's been with Techstars since it's early days as a humble program in Boulder, Colorado, and has helped expand the brand and operations. In addition to running the Colorado office, she's also been part of the launch in Texas, and headed operations in NYC. She was named one of the "Coolest People in New York Tech" by Business Insider in 2013 and Marie Claire named her one of the "NewGuard".

Nicole graduated with her Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology from the University of Florida, likes to do at least one philanthropic thing annually, and shares the wonderment of parenthood with the love of her life, Mark.

Coaches and Mentors

Brandon Seifert
Co-Founder & CMO @ Atomos Nuclear and Space

Space entrepreneur with a background in high-tech startups. Often found watering houseplants and very small trees.

Will McCarren
Vice President @ Carden Capital

I enjoy working with extraordinary teams on finding innovative solutions to challenging problems. My background has primarily been in finance, aerospace and consulting. Most recently I worked on setting up a new kind of lending fund and before that I helped build a state-of-the-art spacesuit manufacturing and testing facility.

Joel Flom
Co-Founder @ Frontside

Joel believes bringing in the customer early and often “when the ingredients are still on the table“ is the best recipe for success. His 20 years as a business owner, startup mentor, consultant, manager, product/UX strategist, interaction designer, and researcher allow him to connect with each contributor of the product design process.

Joel's educational background is in Sociology and Psychology. He holds an B.A in both disciplines from the University of Minnesota. He also holds an Advanced IT Project Management certification from Software Engineering Australia and a 
Certificate IV in Information Technology (with Distinction) from North Coast Institute of TAFE (Australia).

Bill Pawlak
Co-Founder @ Frontside

Bill takes a pragmatic, evidence-based approach to product strategy and design efforts and believes customer “delight” starts with first making sure a company is solving the right problems. He brings 20 years of research experience, strategic design thinking, and business knowledge to every project heads on and loves tackling complex interaction problems.

Bill's educational background is in Human-Computer Interaction and Industrial/Cognitive Engineering. He holds an M.A.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, from the University of Toronto and a B.S. in Engineering Psychology/Human Factors from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

Abby Benson
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation @ CU Bolder

Abby Benson provides strategic direction and leadership for the University of Colorado Boulder's Industry Collaboration and AeroSpace Ventures programs. The Office of Industry Collaboration promotes and supports mutually beneficial opportunities for engagement between CU Boulder and industry. AeroSpace Ventures is a collaborative entity that brings together aerospace engineering and earth and space science faculty, students, and industry partners to solve complex problems that lead to new discoveries and innovations.

Ben Griffiths
Radiation Engineer @ Ball Aerospace

In general I have a broad range of knowledge, and expertise in Engineering, Physics, and Mathematics ideal for rapid comprehension, application, and adaptation of new technologies and methods.

Kevin Sinclair
Senior Manager Electronics Engineering @ Lockheed Martin

Kevin has over 20 years of space experience at McDonnell Douglas, Boeing, United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Lockheed Martin.  Kevin has a breadth of knowledge covering electrical / electronic component analysis, batteries, electronics manufacturing and power systems design and analysis.  Kevin has also held management roles for groups including power systems, electronics development, EMC and Parts, Material and Process.  Kevin holds a BSEE and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA.

Tanya Ramond
Director of Product Management @ BridgeSat, Inc.

Tanya Ramond is Director of Product Management at BridgeSat Inc., a Denver-based aerospace startup whose mission is to revolutionize global communications via free-space optical networks tailored for the commercial sector.  Previously, she served as CTO of York Space Systems.  In nearly a decade at Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Dr. Ramond was engineering manager for several multi-million-dollar R&D projects working with multidisciplinary teams in developing and testing new remote sensing instrumentation.  Dr. Ramond started her work with lasers with her Doctorate from the University of Colorado Physics Department, and she continued as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. Ramond recently completed her MBA from the University of Denver Daniels School of Business.  She served as a due diligence analyst for Rockies Venture Club, evaluating early stage startup companies for angel investment.  Dr. Ramond recently completed an Executive MBA from the University of Denver, and advises early stage companies on commercialization strategies. 

Jeff Smith
Startup Space Project Manager @ Space Frontier Foundation

For the past two years I have hosted and helped organize Startup Space on behalf of the Space
Frontier Foundation. Startup Space is a pitch competition where twenty contestants are selected to
pitch their business/product in front of a panel of judges. Previous judges have included members from
the Space Angels Network, Starburst Accelerator, RRE Ventures, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Promus
Ventures, Ideanco, Silicon Valley Space Center, StarBridge Ventures, Astia Angels, MoonshotX, and Ball
Aerospace to name a few. The next Startup Space event will take place at SATELLITE 2019 on May 7 th in
Washington DC. Space entrepreneurs along the full spectrum, from the college student with a great idea
to an established company looking for an additional funding round and everyone in between, are
encouraged to apply. Applications are open now and can be found on the SATELLITE 2019 website. If
you are interested in finding out more about the Space Frontier Foundation or Startup Space please find
me during the Boulder Startup Weekend event or reach out to me on LinkedIn.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Boulder - Space! 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 Boulder is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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