Startup Weekend Louisville
Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017
Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017
Event starts at 6:00 pm
The PNC Gigabit Experience Center
1300 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd
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!
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.
Q: Do I have to have an idea to join?
A: No! Just join up, lend your talents, and have a great time.
Q: 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.
Q: 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!
Q: 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.
Q: 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
Saturday October 14th
Sunday October 15th
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.
Owner/Founder at The New Blak
As one of the few reporters covering the startup community, she has learned the ins and outs of hundreds of startup companies in order to most effectively tell their stories.
Melissa attended (and won!) the first Startup Weekend Louisville in 2012 and has been involved with it ever since.
Coaches and Mentors
Louisville Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology
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.
Giddy Chalenge Sponsor
Techstars Startup Weekend Louisville is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here