Techstars Startup Weekend Small Town Advantage Independence

    Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019


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Techstars Startup Weekend Small Town Advantage Independence

Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019



Friday, June 21 - 23, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Indy Commons
278 S Main Street
Independence, Oregon 97351

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have a rural innovation 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.  Small towns have untapped talent pipelines in their communities - let's continue to break the stereotypes around what rural communities have to offer!

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!

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

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday June 21st


5:00 pm
Doors Open & Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


6:15 pm
Welcome & Introductions
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


6:30 pm
Speaker - Kanth Gopalpur
Entrepreneur and investor Kanth Gopalpur will start the evening by sharing his story as Co-Founder and Chief Strategist of Public Market and answering questions about what it takes to launch a startup.


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:00 pm
Voting
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 June 22nd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


9:45 am
Speaker - Celeste Edman
A quick pep talk to get our day started right!


10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


1:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


4:30 pm
Community Validation & Open House
Members of the community have the opportunity to talk with the teams and learn more about Startup Weekend. Teams can use this time to get validation on their ideas.


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


11:55 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday June 23rd


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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


5:00 pm
Doors Open
Meet & Greet, dinner


5:30 pm
Final Presentations


6:30 pm
Judging & Awards


7:30 pm
Wrap-Up


8:00 pm
Go Home!



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Small Town Advantage Independence 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.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Alex
    Paraskevas
  • Kate
    Schwarzler
  • Shawn
    Irvine

Facilitators


Brandon Cordell
SBDC Advisor / Pilot



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