Startup Weekend: Berkshire Economy
Friday, November 1 - 3, 2019
Friday, November 1 - 3, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm
Berkshire Community College
343 Main Street, #1
Turn Your Idea Into a Business in 54 Hours at Startup Weekend
Do you have a problem you'd like to solve? An idea you'd like to pursue? A business you'd like to start?
Bring your vision to life at Startup Weekend: Berkshire Economy!Under the guidance of expert mentors, you will work alongside fellow community members to launch your business idea over the course of Techstars' 54-hour entrepreneurship immersion experience, coming this fall to Great Barrington, Massachusetts.
Startup Weekend: Berkshire Economy is designed for you to bring your innovative idea or business concept to life. Bring your most innovative idea to solve a problem and/or build a business in one of the Berkshire Economy's 5 primary sectors:
- Hospitality & Tourism
- Creative Arts
- Food & Agriculture
- Advanced Manufacturing
What You Get in the Full Weekend Long Experience:
- Learn from the best! Engage with our powerful network of world-class mentors, panelists, and judges throughout the weekend.
- Engage in 54 hours of workshops, coaching, mentoring, panels and business building to fully develop and validate your startup idea.
- Receive valuable advice from expert speakers on how to rapidly start a mission-driven business
- Pitch your idea and have it validated by an expert panel of judges and business leaders
- Work on a team of like-minded individuals and learn how to build a business
- Develop your own professional network with other business-minded individuals and entrepreneurs
- Conduct one-on-one consultations with experienced mentors who will guide you and provide feedback
- Discover how to validate and present your idea
- ATTEND DEMO SUNDAY with our esteemed judges
- What if your idea is not selected? Learn how to work on a startup team to plan and validate a business
- Form new friendships over 7 delicious meals throughout the weekend
- Consume all of the internet and coffee you desire
Who Should Attend:
- Everyone who has an idea to make the world better. No business experience required! (We provide the mentors).
- People of all ages from Teen to Retired.
- Innovators and Disruptors.
- Serial Ideators!
- Anyone who wants to work on a business (No idea or experience needed - just a willingness to work hard).
- Life-long learners.
- Networkers who want to meet like-minded individuals and make new friends.
- There are NO bad ideas.
What do you need to bring?Lots of Energy! And a new idea! Please note that this has to be a new idea, not an existing business.
What will you do in the 54-hour weekend?
Over the course of the weekend, you'll be challenged to create a prototype, or minimum viable product (MVP), that fits the needs of your target customer.
On Friday night you will pitch your own idea and/or listen to others. Participants will vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams for the weekend. The teams will develop and validate selected ideas. Finally, teams will share their progress with the group and judges on DEMO SUNDAY.
Why are we organizing this weekend?
Dedicated to our community, we are long-time residents of the Berkshires with a desire to develop a thriving ecosystem for entrepreneurs. This is a not-for-profit event designed to find the entrepreneurial spirit in all of us.
We aim to attract talented innovators and disruptors from around the Northeast and establish the Berkshires as a regional center for social and environmental innovation.
Do you have an idea that would be great for individuals, the community, or the environment? If so, this is the place to find a team, create a prototype, validate your idea, and receive feedback from experienced startup mentors.
Startup Weekend's Partners:
See what the NY Times says about the Berkshires.
Still not sure about the weekend-long experience?Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired, click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!
Friday November 1st
Saturday November 2nd
Sunday November 3rd
Co-Founder and Creative Director at Mungy Studios
While running a lively Irish pub in downtown San Diego, Susanna simultaneously studied graphic design at San Diego Mesa College and web design online at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. When babies came along Susanna left the late nights in the restaurant industry for interrupted nights with babies and freelancing during naps.
Today, with her husband and their three children, Solana, Tasman and Byron, she is focused on her newest adventure: Mungy.
Throughout her life, Susanna has always been drawn to design and photography, documenting the special moments that arise from the everyday. In quiet moments you can find her behind a lens, doing yoga, baking, painting and crafting with her kids.
Founder and CEO at Lifeworks Studio
Ilana has said, “At its heart, the mission of LifeWorks Studio is to bring a culture of radical (self) care to the Berkshires and provide a hub of support for individuals and families in the community. In truth, our mission continues to grow and evolve daily, as we learn from and respond to the needs of the community.”
Coaches and Mentors
Assistant Vice President at Willow - Investments for Loving Change
Additionally, Conor has advised and assisted numerous early-stage entrepreneurs facing strategy and technology challenges.
His experience at the nexus of entrepreneurship, investment, and community development provides him with a unique perspective on social and environmental challenges. Feel free to check out Social Sector Network's online entrepreneurship training program: Social Impact Startup
Michael D. Andelman
Finance and Operations Coordinator, Race Brook Lodge, Undermountain Hospitality, Inc
Often referred to as DemAndelman, Michael has been an entrepreneur since high school when he started Compu-Mail, a direct mail and database management company. He turned around, and in turn, co-owned Los Angeles based Insomnia Cafe, the pilot's namesake for TV's "Friends." With a producer friend, Michael co-founded Fish of Death Records in Los Angeles. His track record for discovering, grooming, and maneuvering artists onto major record companies was 12 for 15. After being audited by the IRS while making a movie in Boston, Michael became a professional tax preparer, teaching individuals and small companies how to prepare their own taxes, and keeping tens of millions of dollars away from The Man. In The Berkshires, Michael has been a financial stability educator, 1Berkshire entrepreneurial mentor, property flipper, gallery curator, Cultural Council Chairman, competitive cyclist, developed, and facilitated the sales of small businesses.
Rebecca Churt is a marketing professional who brings to Kripalu more than 15 years of experience. She joined the organization in the summer of 2017 as the General Manager of RISE™, and was most recently promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Sales. She is an entrepreneurial-minded leader with a demonstrated ability to execute business growth and innovation within a myriad of environments and industries. Acknowledged as a digital marketing and go-to market strategy thought-leader, Rebecca brings experience in building highly motivated and effective teams in order to reach key business goals.Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, in Stockbridge, MA, is the largest retreat center in North America, known for its personalized programs and tranquil location. Guests can choose from hundreds of immersive programs and experiential workshops year-round that feature world-class teachers and presenters on topics that nourish the mind, body, and spirit.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend: Berkshire Economy 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 Great Barrington, MA is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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