Techstars Startup Weekend Lexington

    Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Lexington

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017

Friday, November 17 - 19, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Awesome Inc
348 E. Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

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Go from idea to startup in 54 hours! SW returns to Lex for the 10th time!

Startup Weekend is returning to Lexington the weekend of November 17-19th! In one short, exciting weekend, attendees will have 54 hours to pitch an idea, create a team and build and test a working prototype for an idea of their own.  Once everything is complete, teams will be presenting to a panel of well-esteemed judges who will crown the winners.   

Startup Weekend is about collaboration, efficiency, creativity, enthusiasm and much more!  To build an idea from scratch is a challenging task, but the Lexington Startup Weekend team will be present to ensure that attendees have the tools, resources, and guidance to succeed.  Throughout the weekend, teams will have access to a state-of-the-art co-working space and mentors from the booming tech and entrepreneurial community at their disposal.  

If you’re interested in challenging yourself to think creatively, want to build on an idea of your own, learn a new skill, connect with a creative and entrepreneurial community, or most of all, want to take part in a fun weekend, then Lexington Startup Weekend is for you!


Friday November 17th

6:00 pm
Registration / Doors Open
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 November 18th

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 November 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Is your team on-track for tonight's presentations?

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

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:30 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!


Tony Aguilar

Tony Aguilar is co-founder and former CEO of Austin-based Student Loan Genius, Austin-based inventor of the first complete student loan employer benefits solution.

Event Judges

Sam Razor
Founder at Hippo Manager Veterinary Software, Inc.

George Ward
Economic Development Professional, Real Estate Developer, Entrepreneur Mentor

Daniel Diachun
CEO, Computer Services and Solutions, Inc.

Coaches and Mentors

Bruce Walcott
Electrical Engineering professor, University of Kentucky

Dr. Bruce Walcott is an engineering professor and sponsor of the Entrepreneur Club at the University of Kentucky. "Coach Wal" has been to every Startup Weekend Lexington event since it began in 2008, and is a frequent judge at 5 Across.

Drew Sutton
Engineering and Innovation Specialist at Barksdale Rutherford

David Booth
Founder at Expesicor

Tony Bonner
Patent Attorney at Dinsmore & Shohl

Eric Hartman

Director, Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation Network
President, Biomedical Engineer
customKYnetics, Inc.

Jeremy Patches

Warren Nash
Director of Lexington Office of Kentucky Innovation Network

Morgan Franklin

Laurie Daugherty
Business Advisor and Lawyer

Entrepreneurial-minded transactions lawyer and business leader with multidisciplinary background.

Christopher Morgan

Mariam Gorjian

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Lexington 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.


In-Kind Sponsorship


Organizing Team

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

  • Nick
  • Brian
  • Amanda
  • Emily
  • Keith
  • Megan
  • Aayat
  • Allison


Nick Such
Director of Awesome Inc U

Catholic. Husband. Engineer. Entrepreneur. Co-founder of Awesome Inc #learntocode

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