Techstars Startup Weekend Kansas City: Make, Design, Build

    Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Kansas City: Make, Design, Build

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019

Friday, September 20 - 22, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

2114 Central Street, 6th Floor
Kansas City, Missouri 64108

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Make, Design, Build Hardware or Product

Do you have a business 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. This year we are focusing on hardware and product design. You will see your ideas come to life. Example ideas can be around solar energy, robotics, construction, labor, environment, and so much more. You do not have to be a developer to be a part of this amazing weekend, as long as you have the idea your team can find cohesion.

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, make changes, 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 September 20th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 September 21st

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 September 22nd

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Eldor Fazilov
Legal and Financial Services Consultant

Erayna Sargent
Senior Marketing Manager

Erayna Sargent has 14 years of marketing & innovation experience across the food, tech and furniture industries. She is a wellness entrepreneur and the founder of the non-profit BLEND. She has an MBA from Indiana University and a BBA from Grand Valley State University.

Dustin Abercrombie
Founder & CEO

I'm currently the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of PreScreend in Kansas City. I have a passion for startups & connecting in #KC.

Phillip Hickman

Current CEO/Founder of MindAble Solutions and PlaBook. Former Superintendent of School District. Top selling author of educational books and leadership.

Louis Byrd
Creative & Engineer

Husband and father born and raised in KC. Professionally I live at the intersection of design, art, business and technology.

Steve Pope

Creative Innovator of Ideas with more than 20 years’ experience in technology innovation, product development; strategy, competitive analysis, design, prototyping and commercialization. My passion is to advance animal and human life by developing unique products that support industries and categories in Fitness/Sports, Health/Medical, Recreation/Leisure, Research/Scientific, Safety/Security and Power/Energy.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Kansas City: Make, Design, Build 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.



Organizing Team

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

  • Rebecca
  • Gabriel
  • Alex
  • Lesa
  • Catina
  • Larissa
  • Melissa

Event Staff

Mohamad Ainieh
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management student

Mohamad is an Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management student at UMKC, and as an immigrant, Mohamad understands the need for a helpful community to grow together, which is why he's always up to help passionate business owners and startup founders in the Kansas City area. His theory is "it's something in the BBQ".

Miles Taylor

Miles Taylor is a rare entrepreneur.  He began his journey as a freelance songwriter working with both local and national artists and producers.  He joined forces to create Epic Genius, a trio writing team. Taylor then entered the Betablox business incubator as a co-founder of The Influence Group, LLC.  Taylor specializes in innovative social media marketing solutions, team organizing, and influencer marketing.

Aziza Aslanova
Business Developer

Aziza is an international student from Uzbekistan, currently studying International Business at MCC. She is a participant of Kansas City Startup Weekend 2018 and one of the founders of PopChef company. Passionate about the International Business and Entrepreneurship. 

Adora Yang

Adora graduated from the University of Kansas (KU) with a background in Business Marketing and Anthropology and a minor in Psychology. As an aspiring business socialite, Adora has built her evolving career in a variety of roles and industries. She loves to learn about digital marketing, technology, data and research. During her free time, she loves trying new foods and experiences with close friends and family. 

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