Startup Weekend Laramie

    Friday, September 21 - 23, 2018

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Startup Weekend Laramie

Friday, September 21 - 23, 2018

Friday, September 21 - 23, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm

University of Wyoming College of Business
1000 E. University Ave.
Dept 3275
Laramie, Wyoming 82072

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Startup Weekend Laramie - Solve problems, learn about entrepreneurship, and have fun! Your idea in 54 hours!

Do you have an 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 Laramie 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.

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 from: Altitude Chophouse and Brewery, The Library Sports Bar and Grill, Coal Creek, Turtle Rock Cafe, Speedgoat, and more!
  • 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.
Where do you stay?
We've worked with Quality Inn of Laramie and the Holiday Inn of Laramie to secure blocks of rooms at a special rate for Startup Weekend Laramie. Just call to make your reservation and be sure to mention that you'll be in town for "Techstars Startup Weekend Laramie" to secure the exclusive rate. 

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now! Early-bird discount tickets are on sale until September 1st.

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Friday September 21st

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in. Meet and network with other participants!

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Kickoff & Guest Speakers
Hear from community leaders about entrepreneurship & impact in Wyoming!

6:30 pm
Icebreaker & Creative Thinking Activity
Activity to warm up before pitches!

7:00 pm
Participants pitch their ideas to the group, everyone is encouraged to pitch!

7:30 pm
Voting & Team Formation
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:00 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, 10 pm

Saturday September 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:15 am
Customer Discovery Workshop

10:00 am
Customer Discovery
Teams encouraged to get out of the building and get feedback

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Sign up and get mentoring!

6:00 pm
Mentor time finishes

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
"Quiet Hours"
6:30-10 pm for team to take in mentor feedback, customer discovery, and work together. Facilitator help available during this time.

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 23rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:15 am
Pitch Workshop
Review what should be included in the final pitches

12:00 pm

12:00 pm
Pitch Coaches
Pitch coaches arrive to help teams with presentation

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
Pitch Decks due

4:30 pm
Final Presentations Start

5:30 pm
Dinner & Winners announced

6:00 pm
Wrap-Up Event

Event Judges

Christine Langley
Business Counselor/Executive Coach

Christine is an experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of results in generating revenue and scaling businesses. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Executive Management, Fundraising, Start-ups, and Leadership. Strong business advisor and executive coach professional who graduated from California State University-Fresno, Coach Training Institute, and Leadership Wyoming.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Steve
  • Hannah
  • Jesse
  • Rebecca
  • Abbey
  • Josh


Mark Madic
Manager - Southern Colorado Innovation Link

Mark became a Facilitator for Startup Weekend Techstars in February 2018 after helping successfully run 4 Startup Weekend events. 
He holds a B.S. in Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship from Colorado State University. 
Over the past 4 years, Mark has been heavily involved in the Startup communities in Fort Collins and Colorado, helping develop multiple startup programs. 
Additionally, Mark has helped oversee the research and development of a Protein Consumer Appliance Machine, similar to a Keurig. 
In his free time, Mark is a huge fan of boxing and golf, as well as being a mega fan of blues music! 

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