Startup Weekend | Grand Rapids
Friday, January 13 - 15, 2017
Friday, January 13 - 15, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm
40 Pearl St NW
A Techstars program, Startup Weekend is designed to bring together the area’s most creative thinkers, builders and implementers. It’s a 3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems. Join us January 13-15 at Start Garden for a mashup of diverse minds, good food and free beer.
We’re welcoming all entrepreneurs with any level of experience. Whether you have a business idea, or are simply looking to plug into the ecosystem, we encourage you to attend. The ultimate goal is to launch a new product or service in just 54 hours. Come prepared to jump in with both feet!
HOW it WORKS:
Grab dinner with us first thing Friday night. Following dinner, any participant has the opportunity to pitch a business idea for 60 seconds. Collectively, the participants will select a handful of TOP ideas to work on the rest of the weekend. From there, you will jump on a team and begin putting the pieces of your business together. Whether it's your idea or someone else’s, you'll create a cross-functional team to work with over the weekend.
Saturday and Sunday you will spend most of your time working with the team. Coaches and local mentors will be onsite for assistance throughout the process. The event concludes with a series of final pitches. This is an opportunity for your team to showcase all the hard work you've put in. A team of judges will select a single team to take home the Startup Weekend crown.
- aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
This year, all Startup Weekend participants will have optional access to a wireless gateway connecting sensors with real-time monitoring systems*. This exclusive open-access gateway is part of a new Smart City initiative aimed at making Grand Rapids a smarter destination to visit, work, live and play. Using the gateway, data can be collected at the street level - then processed and analyzed.
Friday January 13th
Saturday January 14th
Sunday January 15th
Mobile GR & Parking Manager at the City of Grand Rapids
Coaches and Mentors
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend | Grand Rapids 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.
Techstars Startup Weekend Grand Rapids is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
For the last 20 years I have worked hard to provide businesses with technology solutions that serve their needs while working within their budget constraints. Using and developing marketing plans with value-added resellers has given me keen insight into how the market works so I can guide decision makers in adding value to their offerings. My rule is to communicate directly, use active listening to understand needs, and show genuine care while we work towards a solution as a team. That way we can all grow long-term business relationships built on trust.
I will always stay fiercely true to my values. I am loyal to others and devoted to creating environments that encourage excellence. While working in many different industries, from automotive to technology and community organizations, I’ve connected with a diverse group of people. They have inspired me to think outside-of-the-box and find creative solutions to complicated problems.
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