Startup Weekend Colorado Springs

    Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Colorado Springs

Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019

Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Epicentral Coworking
415 N Tejon St
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

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Your idea in 54 hours

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 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!

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Friday February 8th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

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

7:00 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

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:10 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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 February 9th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee. Begin work.

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 February 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

1:00 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

5:00 pm

6:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Justin Knapp
CEO and Founder

Justin Knapp is the CEO and co-founder of SpaceTogether. Justin has also worked in the non-profit world for 11 years, conducting leadership training and teaching in Africa, Asia, and North America.

Coaches and Mentors

Adam Morley
Wolf and Key

Adam is the co-founder of Wolf & Key Marketing in COS, a digital marketing company in Colorado Springs specializing in Pay Per Click, Social Media, Design, and more. He has helped create small community focused brands, including a coworking space Welcome Fellow and a DIY vintage motorcycle garage called Boulder Street Moto, all here in COS. His passion is seeing communities grow and thrive through collaboration.

Jason Stele

Jason is a seasoned Technologist with a deep passion for building software product and the Agile teams that supply the fuel to both early-stage startups and mature enterprises. He has enjoyed a successful career in EdTech, Consumer Advocacy, and Healthcare architecting and delivering award-winning solutions.  As a Product and Engineering Team Leader, he helps companies answer the "Why?", "What?", "When?", and "How?" critical questions.

Tyler Brandt
Student Director at ICE Project

 Tyler interned and sat on the board of Peak Startup at age 16, which was his introduction into the business world. He is now the director of the Colorado ICE Project (Innovation, Creativity, and Entrepreneurship) and a co-founder of Misfits Productions. In addition to working as an economic development advisor for the city of Alamosa and Adams State, Tyler has been a Startup weekend and 1MC organizer in the past and this will be his 6th SW. After high-school he spent a year sleeping on couches in Australia and Asia and is pursuing a degree at Western State Colorado University.

Ryan Toth

Ryan is an expert at helping businesses communicate clearly. He's helped startups and businesses around the country clarify their message so people understand them and their marketing works. After working with Ryan businesses regularly see dramatic growth, some doubling their revenue in less than a year. What's the secret? Telling a clear story. Head to Ryan's mentor group to discover how you can cut through the marketing noise and grow your business in 2019.

Russell Harrison
Business Developer

Russell has a background in business development and senior management in startups, early stage businesses, and has experience establishing companies into domestic and international markets. He has been a key contributor toward the completion of 3 IPOs, two in the US and one in Asia.

Mike Rowe
Director of Growth

Mike began his career as an advertising agency owner and Art Director. Formerly a business and product strategy consultant, VP of Marketing & Design for SaaS company, and Senior UX/UI product designer, he is now the Director of Growth at Intrinio. Mike has a BBA and joint major in Communications Media.

Mike Wagle
Founder & CEO

Mike has an extensive background in marketing and advertising, and is the founder and CEO of marketing and advertising agency CLVR. Husband, Father, Entrepreneur, Marketing Pioneer, Startup Junkie, Technologist, Bronco Fan, Nerd

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Colorado Springs is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Natasha
  • Leif


Chris Franz

I found, fund, and drive the creation of high growth companies, primarily in high-tech, and data driven areas. I love the ability to disrupt markets that haven't moved in years with the leverage of technology and intelligence. I have pursued this goal in a number of markets that include real estate, finance, big data analytics, energy, healthcare (ouch), defense and first responder technology.

I love the power of data and technology to transform the efficiency and profitability of almost any industry sector.

I am passionate about Startups and how they drive our economy and future. I am committed to supporting, mentoring and doing everything I can to help good startups become growing companies.

Event Staff

Paul Olsen
Startup Weekend Leader

Paul recently began interning at Peak Startup, and is a sophomore neuroscience major at Colorado College. He has experience working with a small tech firm in Bozeman, MT, and is interested in exploring and expanding the local startup community in Colorado Springs.

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