Techstars Startup Weekend Mercer Island | Youth

    Friday, May 3 - 5, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Mercer Island | Youth

Friday, May 3 - 5, 2019

Friday, May 3 - 5, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

French American School of Puget Sound
3795 East Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040

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Let's Start Something Up!

Our fourth-annual Mercer Island Youth Startup Weekend is especially designed for you, the next generation of entrepreneurs-in-the-making. Our team of highly innovative and connected coaches, mentors, and judges will facilitate exercises and experiences that will teach you, our entrepreneurs, how to come up with business ideas, conduct market research, prototype, work in teams, and “pitch” your ideas to a room full of people. You will finish the weekend with the confidence you need to innovate and create in all aspects of life.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: Everyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote), and then it’s a weekend-long frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation, culminating with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.

Best of Luck, Entrepreneurs … Now Let’s Start Something Up!

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Friday May 3rd

5:30 pm
Welcome and check-in.

5:45 pm
Pizza & Social
Eat, get to know everyone, ask questions, be happy!

6:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, mentors, judges, and organizers.

7:00 pm
Half-baked Exercise
Everyone participates and has fun!

7:30 pm

Saturday May 4th

8:45 am
Doors Open & Breakfast

9:15 am
Warm-up & Pitches
One minute per pitch.

10:30 am
Vote for your six favorite ideas.

11:00 am
Teams Announced

11:15 am
Teams Meet
Introduction and get to work.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Continue Working
Mentors available.

4:45 pm

Sunday May 5th

9:00 am
Check-in & Breakfast

9:15 am
Warm-up & Start Working
Mentors available.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Pitch Practice
Continue working on final presentations.

3:00 pm
Public Presentations

4:00 pm
Judging & Awards

5:00 pm
Wrap-up & Snacks

Organizing Team

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

  • Stacy
  • Benjamin
  • Kyle


Thibaut Labarre
Software Development Manager, Angel Investor

Engineering Manager with a Darwinian approach to innovation and long time Startup Weekend participant and organizer. Over the past 4 and a half years at Amazon, Thibaut built Heartbeat, a tool that leverages Natural Language Processing to combine millions of data points from disparate sources like product reviews, customer contacts, and social media to provide this information to worldwide product teams. 7k users access the tool every month to meet operational cost reduction goals and drive product improvements. Heartbeat started as his internship project and is now developed by a team of 18 engineers.

Event Staff

Kyle Lewis
Director of Communications

Kyle has been the director of marketing, communications, and PR at the French American School of Puget Sound since 2017.

Benjamin Orillon
Lower School Head


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