Startup Weekend Chicago
Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018
Friday, April 20 - 22, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm
4245 North Knox Avenue
Your idea in 54 hours
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.
Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “firstname.lastname@example.org”.
Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!
No talk, all action!
Friday April 20th
Saturday April 21st
Sunday April 22nd
Formerly the CEO of Techweek, the nation's largest traveling technology festival. Prior to Techweek, I was the President and Founder of SocialKaty, Inc, Chicago's largest social media marketing agency. Founded in 2010, SocialKaty exploded, offering a rich set of services to a diverse portfolio of over 60 full-time clients, including AAA, Spartan Race, Beanie Babies, ServiceMaster, and Firestone Tires. In July of 2014, I announced the merge between SocialKaty, Inc and Manifest Digital, a Chicago-based experience design agency. This combination created one of the largest social and content marketing teams in the U.S.
► Named 'Top 50 Tech Influencer' by Crain's Chicago
► Placed on Thrillist’s 'Top 50 Twitter Feeds To Follow'
► Listed on Chicago Tribune's '10 Chicago Entrepreneurs to Follow on Snapchat'
► Featured on BuiltInChicago's '50 Chicago Tech CEOs, Founders, Designers & Hackers to follow'
► Creator of popular hashtag #TravelTuesday
► Actively involved in Mark Zuckerberg's immigration reform organization, FWD.US
► Model and Brand Ambassador for The Limited's 'Leading Looks Like' National Campaign: http://www.thelimited.com/features/top-looks/leaders
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Chicago team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college offering a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business for nearly 7,500 students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
Techstars Startup Weekend Chicago is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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