Startup Weekend Louisville

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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Startup Weekend Louisville

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Love City Inc.
344 N. 26th St.
Louisville, KY 40212

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Health & Healthcare Edition

Organizer’s of Techstars Startup Weekend Louisville are mixing it up for their thirteenth event with a health and healthcare focus. The 54-hour event that turns ideas to business will kickoff Friday, November 9th at 6PM and wrap-up Sunday evening at the recently launched Love City Social Impact Incubator, a business hub in West Louisville’s Portland neighborhood. Tickets are $45 per person for the weekend and go on sale today.

The three day event starts on Friday evening with dinner and 1 minute pitches. Every participant is allowed to pitch a “back-of-the-napkin” business idea. Then the ideas are voted on and attendees spend the rest of the weekend learning how to validate their idea and build a viable business model. Throughout the event, coaches from Louisville’s business community and universities challenge and mentor the teams to develop profitable businesses that meet market needs. The weekend concludes on Sunday night with a Shark Tank-like pitch competition judged by a panel of local entrepreneurs. Winners receive prize packages such as legal help, coworking space, software development, and more to help their business continue after the weekend is over.

However, for the first time in 13 events, this weekend will have a industry focus of health and healthcare. Lead organizer Austin Lopesilvero spoke of the decision as “an opportunity to bring something new to the event and highlight the innovation that is happening in our city.” Lopesilvero continued, “This is the first time Louisville is hosting a vertical-centered [Startup Weekend] event and we wanted to choose something that everyone could still contribute towards. Health and healthcare is a no-brainer because it affects us all. At some point, most of us have come up with an idea of how to make it better.” Whether you have a business idea that enables healthy lifestyles, helps solve the opioid crisis, creates an app for aiding mental health,  or you just want to make a difference in the field of healthcare, Startup Weekend is the perfect starting place to inspire action and bring ideas to life.

Louisville has had several businesses come out of Startup Weekend that are still pursuing their idea today and doing well. Agent Ally, winner of the last event, is a solution that helps insurance agents easily sign-up clients for medicare. They’ve continued to work on their idea and have recently won $25,000 from the Vogt Awards along with Fall 2017 winner Pascal Tags. Critterfacts, from Startup Weekend Louisville Fall 2016, has a native iOS app, is now at 30,000 users, and is about to launch their next product, Critterbox.

Often described as an MBA experience in one weekend, this is a can’t miss event for any aspiring entrepreneurs, creatives, developers, students, or beyond that wants to challenge themselves and help start a business and be a part of Louisville’s healthcare boom. Tickets include food, drinks, snacks, t-shirts, swag, and more. Information and tickets can be purchased at

Like most startups, Startup Weekend Louisville runs on a shoestring budget – all of the organizers, mentors and judges are volunteers. Organizers are asking local businesses to contribute financially or in goods or services to make this event possible. Contact with any inquiries.

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 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
  • 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.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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Friday November 9th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 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

8:30 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:00 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:30 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 10th

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 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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 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.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Austin
  • Paul
  • Raechele
  • Greg
  • Amy
  • William
  • Dave
  • Cara
  • Mike
  • Jonathan
  • Steven
  • Ben
  • Andre
    Farinazo, Jr.
  • Sarah

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