East Lansing Startup Weekend

    Friday, February 7 - 9, 2020


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East Lansing Startup Weekend

Friday, February 7 - 9, 2020



Friday, February 7 - 9, 2020
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Gaynor Entrepreneurship Lab
651 N. Shaw Ln
Rm. M025 Business Pavilion
East Lansing, MI 48823

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Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue, a problem you'd like to solve, or a team you'd like to join but not sure where to start?

East Lansing's Techstars Startup Weekend is a weekend-long experience, perfect for you! Look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. You do NOT need an idea to participate — Come join a team!

Your ticket includes:

  • 6 meals throughout the weekend
  • Discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with mentors
  • The opportunity to grow your network with developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you may need
What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy!

For all students involved in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation minor; those pursuing their business idea at the Gaynor Entrepreneurship Lab; and student entrepreneurs advancing their startups at the MSU Hatch, please email Aubrey Haase, haaseaub@msu.edu for discount code.

You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, vote on your favorite idea and form teams with diverse skill sets. 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.

Have questions? Feel free to reach us at eastlansing@startupweekend.org. 

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday February 7th


5:00 pm
Registration & Dinner
Arrive at the venue, check-in & grab dinner


5:30 pm
Welcome
Review the weekend agenda & meet your community leaders.


6:30 pm
Pitches Start
If you have an idea, optionally line up to pitch.


7:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for their favorite pitches


7:45 pm
Form Teams
The top pitches will be selected & teams will be formed with other attendees to start discussing ideas.


8:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams & 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 February 8th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive for a simple breakfast & coffee.


9:00 am
Mentor's Arrive
First shift of Saturday's Mentor's will begin to arrive & start meeting with teams to help with guidance throughout the day. Mentor's will be available 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


12:00 pm
Lunch
Check-in for lunch & grab some food.


1:00 pm
Mentor's Arrive
Second shift of Saturday's Mentor's will begin to arrive & start meeting with teams to help with guidance throughout the day. Mentor's will be available 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


5:00 pm
Mentor's Arrive
Last shift of Saturday's Mentor's will begin to arrive & start meeting with teams to help with guidance throughout the day. Mentor's will be available 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.


6:30 pm
Dinner
Check-in for dinner & grab some food.

Sunday February 9th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive for a simple breakfast & coffee.


9:00 am
Mentor's Arrive
Sunday's Mentor's will begin to arrive & start meeting with teams to help with guidance throughout the day. Mentor's will be available for last minute guidance from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


10:00 am
Tech Check
Practice your pitch deck on the venue's computer & familiarize your team with the final pitch set-up.


12:00 pm
Lunch
Check-in for lunch & grab some food.


1:00 pm
Final Pitches
Present your final pitch in front of an audience & a panel of judges.


3:00 pm
Judging & Awards
Judges deliberate, present the winning pitches & teams are awarded with fun prizes.


3:30 pm
Wrap-Up & Head Home
Go forth, expand on your business idea through Michigan State's entrepreneurial ecosystem & keep making connections.



Organizing Team

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

  • Mateo
    Marchan
  • Aubrey
    Haase
  • Lori
    Fischer

Facilitators


Jeff Smith
Director, University Corporate Research Park at MSU Foundation

 

Event Staff


Jeff Smith
Director, University Corporate Research Park at MSU Foundation

 


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