Techstars Startup Weekend: Sacred Heart University

    Friday, April 17 - 19, 2020

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Techstars Startup Weekend: Sacred Heart University

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2020

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2020
Event starts at 5:30 pm

3135 Easton Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06825

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[URGENT UPDATE | Event Postponed - 3/13/2020]

Thank you for your interest Techstars Startup Weekend: Sacred Heart University. Due to very serious public health concerns related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) at large gatherings we have decided to postpone our event, originally scheduled for March 20-23. This difficult decision was made in the interest of the safety of attendees and constituents during this sensitive time of health concerns related to COVID-19. We look forward to delivering an engaging, inspiring and safe event in the future. Within the next few weeks, we will be posting information on plans to reschedule to a later date, so please stay tuned. 

All of us here would like to send you our best wishes for your continued good health and look forward to seeing you running at a future event. Please reach out to us at with questions.

Techstars Startup Weekend SHU Team 

Welcome to Startup Weekend Sacred Heart University! Join us on March 20-22 for a weekend of startup fun, no prior experience needed! Startup Weekend is the best place to come and test that idea you've been telling all your friends about. Over the weekend, you'll build a team, work through spinning-up your product with amazing mentors, and put together an "MVP" (Minimum Viable Product) to present on Sunday. So, whether it's the next big solution for the shared economy, or the next impactful venture to address our social problems of tomorrow, come meet like-minded entrepreneurs and become change agents at SHU. Registration is free for students signing up with a Sacred Heart University email address.

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, sign up by clicking the “Buy Ticket” button now! Registration is free for participants signing up with a Sacred Heart University email address.
Still have questions, feel free to reach us at

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Please contact if you are interested in participating, but are not registered at SHU.

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Friday April 17th

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

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 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 April 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

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 April 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

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

4:30 pm
Final Presentations

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

6:30 pm

7:00 pm
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Organizing Team

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

  • Tamas
  • Eric


Chris Chang
Program Manager, Techstars Adelaide

Chris is the Project Manager for Pilot Programs at Techstars, guiding new products through the introductory phases of the product's lifecycle. This role works closely with cross-functional teams across the business to create and deliver on detailed project plans, driving on-time strategic objectives and pilot execution.

Previously, Chris was the Program Manager for Techstars Adelaide, the first Techstars accelerator in the APAC-region, focusing on startups advancing innovative applications in IoT, big data, sensors and robotics.

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