Startup Weekend Denver at DU

    Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018

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Startup Weekend Denver at DU

Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018

Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, University of Denver
2155 East Wesley Avenue
Denver, CO 80208

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Create a business to help support the UN Sustainable Development Goals 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.

Techstars is partnering with Project X-ITE to bring you Starup Weekend Denver. Project X-ITE is a cross-disciplinary community at the University of Denver that supports the next generation of entrepreneurial thinkers through collaborative events, experiential programming, and strategic global partnerships. The weekend will be dedicated to creating businesses that provide solutions to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more about these goals here: 

The weekend will be open to ALL who would like to participate, but will also be connected to an elective course for DU undergraduate and graduate students who want to gain credit for attending and learn more about what it means to start a company from the ground up. Register for the hybrid course EVM 3704/4704 with Professor Tom Rankin for spring quarter to take advantage of this opportunity!

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 May 18th

4:00 pm
Doors Open
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:00 pm
Dinner & Kickoff
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants, and learn about the weekend

5:30 pm
Keynote Speaker
Hear from a past Startup Weekend Winner

5:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

6:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

6:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

7:00 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 May 19th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

11:00 am
Workshop Activity
Learn how to appeal to your customers in this informational session

12:30 pm
Recharge with some midday grub

2:00 pm
Meet with mentors from all different fields to help you elevate your company

4:00 pm
Workshop Activity
Boost your creativity with this fun exercise!

6:30 pm
Take a break and eat!

8:30 pm
Workshop Activity
Learn how to pitch to prepare for Sunday

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 20th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Team Working Time
Finalize all details with your team

11:30 am
Pitch Practice with Mentors
Get tips from top business leaders on how to make your pitch the best it can be

12:30 pm
Refuel with some midday grub!

2:00 pm
Final Presentations, Judging, and Awards
The culmination of the whole weekend!

4:30 pm
Go Home!
Congrats on a great weekend

Organizing Team

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

  • Nina
  • Alayna
  • Tom
  • Luke


Mark Madic
Chief Marketing Officer

As a student at CSU, Mark has worked at the Institute for Entrepreneurship for 3 years. He served as the Venture Accelerator Program Teaching Assistant and helps run many of the programs for student startups. Mark also serves as Head of Marketing for a family-run  startup company in Pueblo, Colorado. The company is bringing to market the world's first consumer appliance protein machine. ( 

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