Startup Weekend Mobile 2019

    Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019

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  3. Judges
  4. Sponsors
  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Mobile 2019

Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019

Friday, March 29 - 31, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

The Steeple on St. Francis
251 St. Francis Street
Mobile, AL 36602

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Startup Weekend: Entrepreneurial competition where teams build from idea to business in 54 hours.

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 March 29th

5:00 pm
The day has arrived! Arrive at the venue at 5:00pm to get checked in.

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants.

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
We'll go over the agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders.

6:45 pm
Pitches Start
If you've got an idea, line up and pitch!

8:00 pm
Vote on Idea Pitches
Startup Weekend Mobile contestants vote for the top pitches.

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

10:00 pm
Wrap Up
Begin to finish up work for the evening

10:30 pm
The Steeple Closes
Finished for the day. At 10:30pm, go home and rest because we'll have a long day tomorrow!

Saturday March 30th

8:00 am
Arrive at The Steeple for some breakfast & coffee.

8:30 am
Business Model Canvas Presentation
Startup Weekend participants will learn about the Business Model Canvas, which will be a useful tool when teams refine their idea for a venture.

9:30 am
Begin Work
The finalized teams bunker down and build a startup around the idea.

12:00 pm
Lunch & Learn
Lunch will be provided for competitors with a presentation on Market Research.

2:00 pm
Team Block
After-lunch, back to the grind. This block will include getting out of The Steeple to perform market research.

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Team Block
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help.

10:30 pm
Begin to finish up work for the evening.

11:00 pm
The Steeple Closes
Finished for the day. At 10:30pm, go home and rest because tomorrow is the final pitch!

Sunday March 31st

8:00 am
Arrive at The Steeple for some breakfast & coffee.

8:30 am
Team Block
Final day. Push to the finish line.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Team Block
Coaches will be there -- ask your final questions!

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation. Tech-checks will also take place to ensure final presentations are ready to roll.

4:30 pm
General Admission Begins
General admissions to the public begin to file in to get a taste for the excitement.

5:00 pm
Startup Weekend Final Pitch Competition
Teams pitch for all the glory!

6:30 pm
Food Fest
After the pitch competition, unwind with some of Mobile's finest culinary establishments. The Food Fest is a Startup Weekend Mobile tradition where we feature new and innovative restaurants around town!

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards
Startup Weekend Mobile 2019 winners will be announced!

7:30 pm
Go Home!
Close up shop, go home, and keep building your new startup!

Event Judges

Jackie Ros
Regional Director, Americas @ Techstars

Jackie Ros is the Regional Director of the Americas, from Alaska all the way down to Tierra del Fuego, including Brazil.

Jackie was born in Miami, and she's lived in Mexico City, Boulder, and Switzerland. She is an alumnae of the Techstars accelerator program where she led her company, Revolar, as CEO and raised over 5M from incredible investors such as Foundry Group.

Jackie has experience working with governments and was formerly a Teach For America educator. She's now based in NYC.

Miller Girvin
CEO, Alabama Capital Network

Born and raised in Birmingham, Miller is the CEO of the Alabama Capital Network (ACN), a group of businesses and individuals supporting the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in our state. A graduate of Princeton University, Miller started her career in Washington, DC, with then-Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, before moving into the communications and public affairs realm. In addition to membership in the Rotary Club of Birmingham and the Junior League of Birmingham, Miller serves on advisory boards for the Innovation Depot, the EDGE Incubator in Tuscaloosa, UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and Lakeshore Foundation. She is a 2018 graduate of the Alabama Leadership Initiative and is a member of the Leadership Birmingham Class of 2019. In 2018, the Birmingham Business Journal named her on both its Top 40 Under 40 and Women to Watch lists.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Mobile 2019 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 Mobile is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Corey
  • Hayley
    Van Antwerp
  • Danette
  • Emily


Sydney Lai
Head of Strategy, Token Foundry, Consensys

Sydney is a community leader and strategist with an award-winning background in sales and business development. Sydney has been named an LGBT Technology Leader by The White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy and is a TEDx Speaker on creating innovation within communities. She has worked as the Head of Business at Audacy, a space satellite startup. After founding her own token launch firm, she now leads strategy on tokenized projects for Token Foundry at ConsenSys and a co-founder at Crypto NYC, a blockchain coworking space based in Manhattan.

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