Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus, powered by Grow with Google

    Friday, September 7 - 9, 2018


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Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus, powered by Grow with Google

Friday, September 7 - 9, 2018



Friday, September 7 - 9, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Grange Insurance
671 S. High Street
Columbus, OH 43206

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Idea to Prototype in 3 days!

Building on the existing entrepreneurial momentum in Columbus, Startup Weekend has partnered with Grow with Google to bring the Columbus community an event unlike any other.

This September, Columbus Startup Weekend is fully sponsored by Grow With Google, through a Techstars Startup Weekend Scholarship.

Full participation is required throughout the weekend beginning Friday evening through Sunday. This is not a drop-in event.

Everyone is welcome and no previous entrepreneurial experience is necessary!

Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus: is the best place to learn how to build a startup in a weekend and connect with your community. It’s a 3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems. You'll get to work alongside some of the top entrepreneurs, designers, coders, and innovators in Central Ohio. This is the place for you if you're looking to create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, and find/join a team in building a startup business; all in one weekend.

Grow with Google is an initiative that draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through Grow with Google, Google aims to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

Learn more about this initiative by visiting the Grow with Google website.

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 Columbus powered by Grow with Google, is a full weekend-long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • A weekend-long event to build and launch a business concept with a collaborative team
  • Space to work for the weekend at the beautiful Grange Insurance office in the heart of Downtown Columbus
  • Invaluable access to a community of entrepreneurs, mentors, and experts (even more coming soon!)
  • Access to Google mentors and experts throughout the weekend
  • 3 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts (We feed you good food!)
  • A sweet t-shirt
  • All the coffee, soda, energy drinks, and water you could ever need
  • An amazing experience and an opportunity to immerse yourself in entrepreneurship
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

We look forward to you joining us for another great event! In the meantime, also check out our blog at columbus.up.co.

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “
columbus@startupweekend.org”.

Join us at the Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus powered by Grow with Google event in September!

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 7th


6:30 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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 September 8th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 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 September 9th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


10:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus, powered by Grow with Google 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.


Signature Sponsors

Grow with Google is an initiative that draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Grow with Google aims to help everyone across America access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Matt
    Chimes
  • Yi-Ruei
    Chen
  • Andrea
    Ewing
  • Eric
    May
  • Alex
    Bell
  • Vijay
    Yadav
  • Sandhya
    Elango
  • Trevor
    Bennett
  • Ryan
    Haury
  • Jeff
    Sheen

Facilitators


Sydney Lai
ICO Advisor at uTrust

Sydney Lai is a digital marketer with an award-winning background in sales and business development. She has worked in banking, at accelerators, venture funds, SaaS, cryptocurrency, virtual reality, and space industries. Sydney grows products and startups users want.


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