Techstars Startup Weekend Charleston

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017


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Techstars Startup Weekend Charleston

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017



Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

The Harbor Entrepreneur Center
Pacific Box & Crate
1505 King St Ext
Charleston, SC 29405

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The hardest part of starting up... is starting out!

At Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in an environment where startup magic, becomes startup reality.  

Startup Weekend will help participants learn how to launch a business, a product, or service.  It will also help participants explore their creativity, experience what it's like to create a business plan, learn how to pitch you idea and help you build an amazing network! 

Connect, Discover, Learn, Start 

Connect with a rich and diverse group of individuals. You might meet a friend, a mentor, a co-founder, an investor or even your next boss.  Discover where you are on the Entrepreneur's Journey - or if you're even on it - and leave knowing the next steps you need to take on your road to success. Learn what it really takes to start a business.  No book, panel, speaker, or blog post will teach you everything you need to know! The only way to learn it is through the experience of trying it.  Startup Weekend let's you try it out in a safe, fun, supportive environment.  Start! It’s that simple. Startup Weekend is designed to get you going, FAST.  The Startup Weekend Team will help you be successful and learn as much as possible in just 54 hours.  

What happens at the end of 54 hours?  Some teams will decide to move forward with an idea, some won't.  Some members of the team will remain on the team and build a business, and others will go back to their 9-5 job, their own startup or pursue other interests.  Some people will find internship opportunities, find a job, or develop friendships that are long-lasting.  No matter what, everyone will have fun, learn, share and be a part of the startup weekend community. 

Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and Techstars, Startup Weekend is a global, grassroots movement of passionate entrepreneurs with a mission to inspire, educate, and empower others to launch innovative ideas. It is the largest community of entrepreneurs in the world and has hosted more than 2,000 events in more than 200 countries since 2007. 

In A Nutshell: 

Friday: Anyone can pitch an idea (and everyone is encouraged to pitch), everyone votes on the ideas that are pitched, teams are formed around the top ideas (5-7 teams get formed).  
Saturday: Teams validate ideas, research customers, create a business plan and work to build a prototype that demonstrates the potential of their business.  
Sunday: Finishing touches are put on the business plans & prototypes, pitches are developed and rehearsed and the events 
culminates Sunday evening in a pitch competition where teams present their businesses and demonstrate their prototype to a panel of judges.  

Why Should I Register?

  • Learn Something New: Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.
  • Networking: This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts the community’s best makers and do-ers.  And, we all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually work with.
  • Mentoring:  Local leaders - business people, tech experts and entrepreneurs - participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. You'll get some one-on-one  and group time with local experts who can help you with your ideas. 
  • Learn A New Skill: Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
  • Launch a business: Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
  • Join the Startup Community: Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.


Myth Busters: 

Q:  I already have a business, is this event for me?  
A: Yes! Startup Weekend if for everyone.  What you know is valuable and you'll have the chance to share your skills and experiences with others who want to learn.  

Q: I don't have any ideas! 
A:  Technically, everyone has ideas.  What you probably mean is, I'm not sure if my idea is viable. This is the perfect opportunity to explore that idea. Not every idea is viable, but Startup Weekend will help you determine if your idea has legs...and if it doesn't, that's okay, you will join another team and help take someone else's idea from prototype to pitch. 

Q: Does my idea have to be an app or involve technology? 
A: No, all ideas are welcome.  You might want to start a chain of coffee stores (remember, Starbucks was a startup, at some point), create a wedding business, develop a new gadget, or offer a service.  But, if you do have an app idea, that's okay, we love those too.  The point is, you're not limited to any specific area or type of idea. 

Q: Is this event for experienced people only?
A: No. We welcome all levels of experience. No matter what your background, you'll learn a lot from your team, other participants, the coaches and judges!  Plus, we need experienced people to help build the teams and share lessons-learned. 

Q: I've already participated in a Startup Weekend. 
A:  Great! You can participate in as many as you like!  Just because you've participated in the past doesn't mean you shouldn't participate again. Each weekend is unique because the ideas are different and there are so many different people to meet. 



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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday November 10th


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


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


7:15 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


8:45 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


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


9:10 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 11th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:05 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 12th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Ask questions, plan the day, make final adjustments


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


6:30 pm
Judging


7:30 pm
Awards & Wrap-Up


8:00 pm
Clean up!



Coaches and Mentors


Dustin Pitts

Dustin has over a decade of technology experience working with non-profit organizations throughout North America. He is currently a Solution Engineer at Salesforce.org.  In that role he is responsible for helping non-profit leaders to determine which Salesforce tools will be most effective in moving their mission forward.  

Prior to joining Salesforce.org, Dustin was a Principal Consultant at Blackbaud.  In his spare time Dustin mentors students in the Management Information Systems department at the University of Georgia.  He also enjoys cycling, saltwater fishing, and traveling.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Charleston 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 Charleston is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Stacey
    Segal
  • Rich
    Conte
  • Dee
    Hamill
  • Cori
    Banyon
  • Jacob
    Singer
  • Jono
    Young

Facilitators


Ann-Marie Nunziata

Ann-Marie is on the pursuit of becoming the Olivia Pope of Columbia startups. By day, she’s pursuing her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. By night, she helps plan Columbia startup events including Startup Weekend, Startup Grind, and The Exchange. Ann-Marie consults with the companies at the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator on social media, efficiency, and student engagement.


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Ann-Marie Nunziata

Ann-Marie is on the pursuit of becoming the Olivia Pope of Columbia startups. By day, she’s pursuing her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. By night, she helps plan Columbia startup events including Startup Weekend, Startup Grind, and The Exchange. Ann-Marie consults with the companies at the USC/Columbia Technology Incubator on social media, efficiency, and student engagement.



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