Startup Weekend Philadelphia | Latinx in Tech

    Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018

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  3. Coaches and Mentors
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  5. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Philadelphia | Latinx in Tech

Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018

Friday, October 5 - 7, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

1776 UCity
30 N. 41st St 19104
Suite 570 (5th Floor)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Your idea 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 October 5th

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 October 6th

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 October 7th

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!

Coaches and Mentors

Joy Carrera
Digital Operations Strategist & AdTech Consultant

I create digital advertising and business operations strategies for socially conscious and ethical businesses. We can leverage technology to streamline business internal operations, scale influence, and reach target audiences. I am a lover of all things internet from web development, social media audience growth, digital marketing, and programmatic advertising strategies. Owner of & Podcast. 

Mac Frederick
Digital Marketing Entrepreneur

Growing Small Businesses one lead at a time! Entrepreneur, Thought Lead, Consultant, Google Guru. 

Mohamed Zerban
Founder and CEO at Tern Water

Mo Zerban was born in Egypt, raised in England and went to school in the US. He dreams of a day in which people have better access to resources through innovative products and services. He has designed a bio-digester for household usage with a more efficient protocol, researched and designed different sustainable energy sources and worked at a few different utility companies. He founded Tern Water, a company that envisions a day in which simple products, and convenient services can help provide you with smart, sustainable and healthy water at all times.

Michael Johnson
Director Of Finance And Administration at Philadelphia Futures

Michael Johnson, MBA

Gabriela Guaracao

Experiential is my favorite word. Female entrepreneur with a career in media, policy, and consumer goods.

Editor & Publisher 25 under 35.

Spent the first part of my career supporting storytelling through news media. Now, I am gearing up to tell a new story through e-commerce and experiential retail.

A Latin Americanist, I've written about and studied U.S. national security issues with an emphasis on that region. I have a master's in security policy with a focus insurgencies, counterinsurgency, organized crime, and Latin American security. My thesis presented programs and strategies to prevent the radicalization of second-generation immigrant youths in the U.S. in order to mitigate national security risks.

Philly is my home. I co-founded Philly Set Go, Philadelphia’s first millennial PAC––an organization advocating for, engaging, and supporting millennials and their interests at the local and state level. Additionally, I'm on the Board of Overseers of Einstein Healthcare Network, one of Philadelphia's leading healthcare networks, and the Board of Directors of Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY).

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Philadelphia | Latinx in Tech 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 Philadelphia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Delilah
  • Brandon
  • Alfa
  • Jen

Event Staff

David Silva
Señor Developer

David is a Software developer at a medical company, that is working to address the lack of easy access to medical care. Very passionate about startups, and helping others be a part of the startup world.

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