Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus

    Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019


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  3. Coaches and Mentors
  4. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus

Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019



Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Script Drop Inc
855 Grandview Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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Ready to spring your ideas into action?

Join us on March 22-24 for the next edition of Startup Weekend Columbus at the new ScriptDrop location. 

What happens at Startup Weekend? In 54 hours you and your team of talented people across all disciplines will turn an idea into a reality. This is where entrepreneurs, designers, coders, hustlers, and innovators in Central Ohio come together to prototype and validate business ideas for viable ventures.

It all happens in one weekend, so bring lots of energy!

On the first night 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.

Feel like you might not be totally prepared? Don’t worry, we all begin at the same starting point. This means your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. 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!

Please refer to swcbus.com for the weekend schedule. We'll update this site continuously with more mentors and judges over the next few weeks. Everyone is welcome and no previous entrepreneurial experience is necessary!

It’s a full weekend of discovery, connection, and fast launch of ideas to businesses. Don’t wait, get your ticket today!

Early Bird Tickets are available for a limited time! ($50 instead of the full price of $100)

Looking to watch and not participate for the whole weekend? Pick up a Demo Day ticket to watch the final pitches on Sunday evening. This applies to Sunday only.

What's included:
  • A weekend-long event to build and launch a business concept with a collaborative team
  • Space to work for the weekend at the beautiful new ScriptDrop office space
  • 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!)
  • An awesome t-shirt
  • All the coffee, soda, energy drinks, and water you could ever need
  • An amazing experience and chance to get a taste of the startup world
  • And probably more
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now! What are you waiting for? Get your ticket before they sell out! (because they will sell out).

We look forward to you joining us for another great event! 

(psssst, students! - use promo code STUDENT for $50 tickets. Student Photo ID required on the day of event)

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

Don’t wait any longer and join the Columbus Startup Weekend movement!

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday March 22nd


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 March 23rd


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 March 24th


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!



Coaches and Mentors


Matt Carlson
Senior Manager, Design and Web

For over 20 years Matthew has worked with both small and large businesses to craft engaging user experiences and designs. He brings a proven knowledge of branding, creative strategy and leadership to print and digital projects. From designing logos, laying out brochures, developing websites or mobile apps, to building and leading creative teams, he has the vision, creative direction and business understanding to ensure a successful delivery of all types creative projects.


Organizing Team

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

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

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