Startup Weekend Louisville

    Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017

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Startup Weekend Louisville

Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017

Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm

The Gigabit Experience Center
1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd
Louisville, KY 40203

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It's time for Startup Weekend Louisville #11! Oct 13-15 2017

Bring your idea, skills, and determination to see how far you can make it in 54 hours!

We bring together designers, programmers, hustlers, and anyone else interested in learning how to take an idea and quickly validate it and make progress throughout the weekend.

You'll be guided by Louisville's entrepreneurship community to find early stage customers, measure your market and if you move quickly -- even generate revenue.

Learn shortcuts to determine pricing, find those early stage adopters or key connections that you normally couldn't find or contact.

What you get with registration:
  • 54 hours of hustle with like minded team mates
  • An opportunity to pitch any idea for up to 60 seconds
  • A great T-Shirt (always the high quality soft cotton blend type, none of the heavy cotton ones)
  • 7 meals (see if you can do that for the price of the ticket)
  • Coffee, drinks & snacks all weekend
  • Exclusive access to a happy hour & mixer (date and details TBD)
  • Coaching by the region's who's-who of startups
  • Ability to pitch the progress you've made to a panel of entrepreneurs & funders
  • FREE .co domain (given out Friday)
  • $300 Google Cloud credit 
  • Fun, tons of fun!
Q: Who is this event for?
A: Literally anyone! Aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Amateur and professional developers, designers, makers, and more. Anyone that wants to experience the roller coaster of an early stage idea coming together in a single weekend.  

: Do I have to have an idea to join?
A: No! Just join up, lend your talents, and have a great time.

: I have to go to XYZ event for 2 hours, can I still come?
A: Yes, just let your team know you have a prior obligation.

: Do you take any part of equity in my idea or ownership?
A: No, Startup Weekend, the organizers and mentors take zero ownership or part of the idea you bring to the weekend.  We are only there to support you, provide guidance and help you move quickly.  Your idea is 100% yours and your team's!

: You all have to be getting something out of this, what gives?
A: This is a global event where local community members (see the list of organizers below) want to open the door & access to entrepreneurship.  We get a lot out of helping you through the weekend and learn from you too.

: I can't attend the event, when is the next one?
A: We usually have events a year, Spring and Fall. Watch our social media feeds on Facebook or Twitter for updates.


Friday October 13th

6:00 pm
Doors Open and Registration Starts
Arrive at the Gigabit Center and get checked in

6:00 pm
Time for Dinner & Networking
Once you're checked in, grab some food and meet other attendees. Share ideas, practice pitches, and get to know each other

7:00 pm
Kickoff & Welcome
Meet the organizers coaches, and community leaders; review the agenda for the weekend; introduce special guest speaker(s)

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Pitching is optional. If you have an idea, now's the time to line up to pitch. There are no bad ideas, so if you've got one, get in line!

8:30 pm
Voting Begins
All attendees can vote for their favorite pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
After voting ends, the top ideas will recruit people to form their team. Attendees choose the team they want to work with.

9:30 pm
Find Your HQ
Establish your team's work area for the weekend. Trade contact info and start to better define your team.

10:00 pm
Get to 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 October 14th

8:00 am
Doors Open
Get back to the Gigibit Center

8:00 am
Breakfast & Coffee
Get your fuel for the day!

8:30 am
Teams Get Together
Get your team together and get your workspace set up for the weekend

9:00 am
Tips and Help
Get more detailed information about what comes next

9:30 am
Get to Work
Get out of the building, on the phone, or on the web for research, discovery, and validation.

12:00 pm
Get back for a grab & go lunch to keep your energy up

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 October 15th

9:00 am
Doors Open
Get back to the Gigabit Center

9:00 am
Breakfast & Coffee
Fuel up - you've got a big day ahead!

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!

Event Judges

Reanna Smith-Hamblin
President/CEO, Better Business Bureau

Reanna Smith-Hamblin is the President/CEO for the Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana and Western Kentucky. She has been with the organization for 11 years. Her expertise in communications, marketing, customer acquisition, and public relations better equips BBB to serve businesses and consumers.

Prior to the BBB, Ms. Smith-Hamblin was a news producer at WHAS11 News, in Louisville, KY, and a reporter/anchor for WKAG in Hopkinsville, KY.  

A graduate of Western Kentucky University, Ms. Smith-Hamblin holds an MBA and is currently in the dissertation phase of a PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, where her topic is non-profit organizations.  

Ms. Smith-Hamblin was recognized by Business First as a Top 40 under 40 in 2011. She is a graduate of Ignite Louisville class of 2012 and is the Chair of the KY Press Association Associates Board.  

Originally from Prospect, KY, Ms. Smith-Hamblin is married with two step-daughters, and she is a 7-year cancer survivor. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Paul
  • Austin
  • Eric
  • Zack
  • Jacy
  • Greg
  • Dave
  • Elizabeth
  • Robert
  • Phil
  • Zac
  • William
  • Wes
  • Paul
  • Cara
  • David
  • Ember
  • Raechele


Event Staff

Amy Shah

Melissa Chipman

Event Blog

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