LaunchPad Global Startup Weekend Philadelphia

    Friday, October 2 - 4, 2020

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LaunchPad Global Startup Weekend Philadelphia

Friday, October 2 - 4, 2020

Friday, October 2 - 4, 2020
Event starts at 5:00 pm

REC Philly
901 Market Street
Suite #2120
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Your idea in 54 hours

LaunchPad Global Startup Weekend Philadelphia

Spend a weekend working on an idea, expanding opportunities, and building community for current and future student entrepreneurs.

This event is open to all Blackstone LaunchPad students. 

Are you a student in a Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars entrepreneurship program? 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? 

The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by 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's Different?

Techstars Startup Weekend is run in over 700 cities and 150 countries worldwide each year. The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Startup Weekend is unique in a few ways:
  • Exclusive to LaunchPad Students: Attendees must be students enrolled in a University with a Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship program
  • Event Scale: 75-100 students from LaunchPad programs all across the US
  • Techstars-Organized: The event is fully supported and organized by the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars team.
  • Follow-on Programming: Students that participate become “Student Entrepreneurs in Residence” and are empowered by Techstars to return to their Universities and lead their own Startup Weekend.

Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. The experience includes:
  • 6 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 students like you, ready to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
How does this work?
On day 1, you’ll have the opportunity to meet other attendees and pitch your idea (if you have one). Attendees select the top ideas based on this pitch event, and teams are formed. The rest of the weekend is devoted to working on that startup idea, including marketing research, forming a basic business plan, and creating a pitch. On Sunday, all teams will have the opportunity to pitch in front of judges, and the winner will be announced. 

Your idea / startup should be something you have *not* worked on extensively. Startup Weekend is designed to be an entrepreneurial experience for attendees that haven't started a company before, and the days are built around working on a brand new idea from scratch. So, if you already have an active startup, you really won't get much out of the event, and neither will your teammates!  If you do have an idea, be open to coming up with something new for this event, or jumping on another team to assist and lend a hand. 

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! 

  • What’s the team size? 
    • Teams will ideally have 6-8 members.
  • Can I work with students from my school or my friends? 
    • Probably not! :) Teams will be a mix of students from multiple schools - you probably will not work with any other students from your University. (This great networking and team-building experience is all part of the fun!)
  • Who is going to guide us through the weekend and give us instructions?
    • Team formation and the weekend overall will be guided by our awesome facilitator.  You’ll never have to question what you should be working on.
    • We will have mentors on site to help you Saturday and Sunday morning.
  • Is there food and caffeine?
    • Don’t worry - all meals (and snacks) are provided throughout the day(s)!
  • What should I wear?
    • Dress comfortably! You will be at the venue for long hours, so wear whatever makes you comfortable.
  • What should I bring?
    • It’s a good idea to bring a laptop, charger and a notepad for researching ideas, creating your pitch, etc. 
  • Is there a prize for winning?
    • You get the great honor of saying you “won” the inaugural Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Startup Weekend. But really, all attendees are winners - you got an amazing experience and learned from the best on what it’s like to start a company. 
Interested in participating? This is a *closed* event - please contact your LaunchPad campus leadership to apply!

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Friday October 2nd

5:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

5:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 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

10:00 pm

Saturday October 3rd

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!

5:00 pm

6:00 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 4th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

11:00 am
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Final Presentations

2:00 pm
Judging & Awards

2:30 pm

3:00 pm
Wrap-Up and Go Home

Coaches and Mentors

Daniel Couser
CEO and Founder of Kovarvic

Daniel is the Founder and CEO of Kovarvic LLC (CALM).  Kovarvic is a passionate consumer health startup focused on developing portable, easy to use and effective tools for stress de-escalation.

Lou Bucelli

Bucelli & Company LLC works with start-ups and universities to identify and commercialize new technologies.

Mr. Lou Bucelli has lectured on entrepreneurship at Colorado State, Rowan, Drexel, and Swinburne University, Australia. He is a mentor in the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps,).

Bucelli has thirty years experience developing, managing and investing in high growth businesses. He is currently involved in several tech start-ups companies. He is partner in Limebox Networks, an innovative private cloud telephony developer. He is also a partner in MYSKINBUDDY, an LED light skin therapy device.

Bucelli was CEO of — an e-commerce site promoting continuing medical education programs, which he co-founded in August 1999. HealthStream a publicly-traded e-learning company acquired the business in 2000. He was principal in Library Automation Technology, and publisher of Private Practice Publications.

He served as President and CEO of CME Information Services, a company he co-founded in 1989. CME was a high growth, distance medical education company that partnered with Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, UCLA, and Memorial Sloan Kettering, among others leading medical institutions.

Bucelli has numerous awards: Ranked on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growth companies in America and the Philly Top 100 for three consecutive years. Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for emerging business.

Previously Bucelli directed capital raising for a healthcare company and preceding that he was employed by the New Jersey Department of Energy on a $200M energy grant program.

Bucelli has an MS in Finance from Drexel University; attended the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, and Temple University and is a Board Member of the United Way of Camden County. Board Member NASTAR Foundation.

Specialties: entrepreneurship. commercialization. business development

Jason Moskal
Vice President - The Blackstone Group

Bio coming soon. 

Nicodemus Madehou
CEO Jumpbutton Studios

Experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the entertainment and indie game industry. Experience in Advertising, Event Management, Editing, Media Relations, Project management, and brand stories. Passionate about making it possible for more youth to have a chance at their STEM/STEAM careers of choice. 

Judge Hug
Vice President - The Blackstone Group

Bio coming soon.

Claire Yankell
Director - The Blackstone Group

Bio coming soon.

Todd Abrams
Senior Director - New Ventures and Business Development at Temple University

My principal responsibility is to connect Temple University investigators who recently disclosed a new technology with industry partners in order to place the technology on the critical path for commercial development. When appropriate, I will connect the Temple team with experienced entrepreneurs and regional resources to create a robust new commercial entity. The goal being to engage the market place to ensure the technology is supported and developed in an efficient and effective process. To support this, my responsibilities include managing Temple's new Technology Development Fund, which permits our institution to match research funding for emerging technology from Temple University from commercial partners (new or existing companies). Our goal is to build on our expanding research enterprise, entrepreneurial spirit, and successful technology commercialization to secure our position as an important member of our region's technology commercialization endeavor.

Jung Park
Founder - Cocktail Culture Co.

• 2016 Temple University's Be Your Own Boss Bowl's 3rd Prize Undergraduate Winner
• Mentioned in as "one of the coolest startups" at the 2016 What If Innovation Festival
• Featured in Grid Magazine's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

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The LaunchPad Global Startup Weekend Philadelphia team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Techstars Startup Weekend Philadelphia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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