Startup Weekend Impactful Ventures

    Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018

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  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Impactful Ventures

Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018

Friday, May 4 - 6, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

TechHub NYC
158 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001

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Startup Weekend is coming back to New York! Create a startup in 54 hours!

A mindful entrepreneur is a happy entrepreneur!

Come at the 2018 “Impactful Ventures” Startup Weekend to pitch your idea, meet a co-founder, learn new skills and ... create a company! Startup Weekend is a weekend-long event that gathers developers, designers, business developers and people from all backgrounds to meet and create their startup.

Why an “Impactful Ventures” Startup Weekend?

As entrepreneurs, we have the ability to make the world better, to make people’s lives better, far beyond any bottom line. Our goal for this edition of Startup Weekend NYC is to break the mould of creating addictive or purely profit-driven businesses, and instead focus on using connectivity to improve individuals’ lives, communities and society as a whole, in a smart and sustainable way.

If you want to be part of the movement towards profitable, sustainable tech, which improves people's lives - we want to hear from you!

What happens during Startup Weekend?
During Startup Weekend, you will learn how to take your ideas from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...
  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
  • learn the process for putting your ideas into action
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in NYC
  • join or build an all-star team
  • make meaningful connections and become part of a global community
  • beef up your resume

...Startup Weekend is your destination for the weekend of May 4 - 6

Do I need an idea to participate? Whether you have a business idea or not, you can attend the event. Those who do not come with a specific idea will join the selected projects.

Who should attend? It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including developers and other tech-related professionals, designers of all types, non-technical talents (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.), students, professionals looking to switch careers, passionate visionaries, and learners from all around NYC and the surrounding area!

What is included in the ticket?For the full-weekend ticket you get:
  • Meals all weekend
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night 
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the local NYC startup community
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals from throughout NYC
  • All-star judges ready to listen to your final presentations and providing expert feedback
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • Find the full schedule and details on our website.

Contact us with questions and requests at this address:

Terms of Participation Agreement:

It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea.

As a member of your startup community, you agree to to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident.

By Participating at the event, you grant Startup Weekend permission to capture photo/video of the event. You can find the exact legal terms on our FAQ Page but to summarize, we want to share your success with the world.

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Friday May 4th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 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

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 May 5th

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 May 6th

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 Judges

Jessica Santana
Founder of New York On Tech

Jessica is an award-winning entrepreneur who co-founded New York On Tech (NYOT). NYOT is a nonprofit organization bringing technology education and professional opportunities to students. She has been listed in Forbes 30 Under 30, NYN 40 Under 40 and her work has been featured in CNN, TechCrunch and other major media outlets.

Coaches and Mentors

Kara Gomez
Special Projects & Network, Techstars

Kara Gomez has managed the Techstars Cloud and Techstars Music programs in San Antonio and Los Angeles, and has a background in small business accounting & finance, operations, and customer development. She now lives in New York City and is focused on alumni and network programs for Techstars. If you love cats or The Clash, do let her know.

Eric Kirsten
Screeenwriter/tech entrepreneur

Eric Kirsten is a Los Angeles-based feature film screenwriter who has also been the co-founder of four different, venture-backed startups including, most recently, Fanzter, Inc., which was acquired by The Walt Disney Corporation in 2014. In addition to writing, Eric currently serves as an Advisor to Codesmith, an advanced software engineering school and online coding platform. Prior to Fanzter, when he wasn’t involved with one of his startup ventures, he also served as the Head of College Basketball Programming at ESPN/ABC Sports and as a Creative Executive at Universal Pictures. Eric is a graduate of Duke University and Georgetown Law School, and his latest film project, Midnight Sun, is currently in theaters worldwide.

AJ Huaranca
Quality Engineer, Work Market

Catalina Laverde
Backend Software Engineer at Spotify

Catalina is one of the leads of Latinx community @ Spotify, where she works as a backend developer. She's also a co-founder of Civic Action Network, and is part of the leadership team of NY Women in Tech.

Jeff Hendrix
Head of Product at 6H Media - Entrepreneur

Passionate about digital marketing that helps companies scale their businesses to new levels quickly, efficiently and most importantly... profitably. 

Daniela Caicedo
Product Designer at Infor

Daniela is an experienced Product Designer, creating great user experience in enterprise applications, collaborating with global teams, and translating business needs into functional designs. At Infor (, she’s helped launch different enterprise products for their customers.

Sandra Cruz
Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn

Sandra is a native New Yorker and proud woman of color in tech. During the day, she's a Customer Success Manager at LinkedIn, where she helps enterprise customers learn how to use technology to build their professional brands and drive sales. Off the clock, she's a freelance writer, mentor, and health and wellness enthusiast. 

William Ilarraza
UI/UX Developer, WorkMarket

William is a visual designer who's made a career in making conception into effective products with a proven track record of developing visual design elements required for an enhanced experience. Currently, he’s a UI/UX Developer for WorkMarket, the world's largest professional transaction network backed by Accenture, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures.

Frank Denbow
Founder, INK'A

Developer and entrepreneur interested in music and apparel. 

Stephen Stanczak
Founder of Ondyr Marketing

Founder of Ondyr Marketing, a technical marketing agency focused on SEO, Web Analytics, and CRO (Conversion Rate Optimization). Stephen is also the current President of Online Geniuses, a digital marketing community of 12,000+ on Slack, and runs the MarTech Wiz blog and MarTech NYC meetup.

Angela Medina
Founder of Latinas in Tech NYC - Product Designer at Updater

Angela is one of the founders of Latinas in Tech NYC. She works as a product designer at Updater, previously at TechCrunch in SF. Angela cares deeply about inclusion and mentoring in tech.

Elizabeth Vilchis

Elizabeth is a Latina from Mexico who brings over ten years of experience in successful initiatives focused on entrepreneurship, engineering, and technology. 

Her achievements include leading NYC-wide robotics competitions, co-leading Samsung’s national STEM program, and taking a technology startup from an idea to a venture-backed company with over $2 million in funding.

She currently serves as C.E.O. of latinoTech, an organization that promotes the development of Latinx entrepreneurs and innovators by facilitating access to experts, talent, and venture capital. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Impactful Ventures 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.



Community Partner

Organizing Team

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

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