Techstars Startup Weekend Pittsburgh

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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Techstars Startup Weekend Pittsburgh

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

AlphaLab Gear
6024 Broad Street, Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15206

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Startup Weekend Pittsburgh

When: November 10 through November 12, 2017
Where: AlphaLab Gear in East Liberty

Bring your idea, skills, and determination to see how far you can make it in 54 hours!

We bring together designers, programmers, hustlers, and anyone else interested in learning how to take an idea and quickly validate it and make progress throughout the weekend.

You'll be guided by Pittsburgh's entrepreneurship community to find early stage customers, measure your market, and if you move quickly -- even generate revenue.

Learn shortcuts to determine pricing, find those early stage adopters or key connections that you normally couldn't find, or contact.

What you get with registration:
  • 54 hours of hustle with like minded team mates
  • An opportunity to pitch any idea for up to 60 seconds
  • A great T-Shirt (always the high-quality soft cotton blend type, none of the heavy cotton ones)
  • 7 meals (see if you can do that for the price of the ticket)
  • Coffee, drinks & snacks all weekend
  • Coaching by the region's who's-who of startups
  • Ability to pitch the progress you've made to a panel of entrepreneurs & funders
  • FREE .co domain (given out Friday)
  • $300 Google Cloud credit 
  • Fun, tons of fun!
Q: What is Startup Weekend?
A: Have you ever seen a new product, app, or business and thought to yourself, "that was my idea a few years ago"? If you have, that means you did not have a process for taking that idea from concept to creation. Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! 

Q: Who is this event for?
A: Literally anyone! Aspiring and established entrepreneurs. Amateur and professional developers, designers, makers, and more. Anyone that wants to experience the roller coaster of an early stage idea coming together in a single weekend.  

: Do I have to have an idea to join?
A: No! Just join up, lend your talents, and have a great time.

: I have to go to XYZ event for 2 hours, can I still come?
A: Yes, just let your team know you have a prior obligation.

: Do you take any part of the equity in my idea or ownership?
A: No, Startup Weekend, the organizers and mentors take zero ownership or part of the idea you bring to the weekend.  We are only there to support you, provide guidance and help you move quickly.  Your idea is 100% yours and your team's!

: You all have to be getting something out of this, what gives?
A: This is a global organization where local community members want to open the door & access to entrepreneurship.  We get a lot out of helping you through the weekend and learn from you too.

: I can't attend the event, when is the next one?
A: Keep an eye out for another one once the Fall of 2018 gets here.


Friday November 10th

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 November 11th

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 November 12th

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!

Organizing Team

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

  • Carey
  • Kathleen
  • Clark
  • Joel
  • Luis


Aldo Aguirre
Latam, US & Canada Director - Startup Programs

Aldo believes that entrepreneurship is one of the best ways of changing lives for the better. As an entrepreneur he founded a software development company, a coffee shop and a business incubator. Now he works full time helping entrepreneurs across the world start their entrepreneurial path through Techstars Startup Programs. He likes to talk about movies, series and books, as well as technology in general.

Kenny Chen
Program Director

Kenny is the Program Director of Ascender, an early-stage startup incubator/coworking space that also produces the annual Thrival Innovation + Music Festival. Kenny focuses his attention on curating and delivering innovation programs and building collaborative relationships with organizations locally and internationally, with a specific focus on artificial intelligence and robotics policy.

On the side, Kenny works as the co-founder of involveMINT (winner of Startup Weekend Civic 2015), a social enterprise that works with local businesses to reward volunteers who create digital content for the organizations they serve. He also serves as an XPRIZE Ambassador, and a board member for Social Venture Partners and the Pittsburgh Entrepreneurs Forum.

Kenny was born in Madison, WI, raised in Las Vegas, NV, and graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Social Psychology. He has worked in several places around the world, including San Francisco, Washington DC, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

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