Startup Weekend Chicago
Friday, May 11 - 13, 2018
Friday, May 11 - 13, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm
965 W Chicago Ave
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.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!
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 May 11th
Saturday May 12th
Sunday May 13th
Managing Director, MATH Ventures
CEO Sixenses Strategy
An early specialist in digital currency, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, Rumi is also a leading early investor in artificial intelligence, deep learning, predictive analytics, and quantum computing as they will affect traditional industries.
A proven entrepreneur herself, Rumi established the Global Markets Institute during her tenure at Goldman Sachs, and also launched a leading economic research firm in Singapore. She began her career in venture capital in London, Kuala Lumpur and New York, and has invested across three continents and lived in seven countries.
Currently based in Chicago, Illinois, Rumi is actively involved in that city’s burgeoning technology and entrepreneurial community.
Coaches and Mentors
Co-Founder and CEO of Wise Apple
Rebecca has an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, and degrees in Finance and History from the University of Texas at Austin.
He is the current Founder/Owner of strategic marketing consultancy Twist.
Twist works with small, medium and large brands, as well as nonprofits, to help them understand who they are, who they should talk to, and what they should say.
Danny is the author of the new book The Worst Business Model in the World: A new Kind of Guide for a New Kind of Entrepreneur, available on Amazon at the end of May.
Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer Discover World
Platform Associate Energy Foundry
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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Chicago is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
Cynthia Macias is the Membership Relations Manager at mHUB, Chicago's first innovation incubator for physical product development and manufacturing where she is in charge of building a diverse community of hardware entrepreneurs and innovators. Her passion is supporting entrepreneurial communities by connecting entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch their ideas and grow their business. Prior to moving Chicago, she was part of the Startup Weekend organizing community in DC for four years, starting with organizing the first Women's Edition event in that community. She was also part of a DC-based startup, Startup Angels, where she developed and implemented programs to educate angel investors to invest in early stage startups across the U.S. and around the world. Cynthia also worked at a boutique consulting firm managing projects across Latin America and West Africa supporting a variety of economic development initiatives. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, she strengthened women-led small businesses.
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