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 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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