Techstars Startup Weekend Reno

    Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Reno

Friday, November 10 - 12, 2017

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

Greater Nevada Field
250 Evans Ave
Reno, NV 89501

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Startup Weekend Reno is returning!

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, and business development folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Reno and launch your next startup! Learn more

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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!

Event Judges

Rick Shaff
CFO @ Bristlecone Holdings

Ashley Clift-Jennings

Ashley is the Founder and CEO of Girlmade, a community for female entrepreneurs. She is also the principal consultant for Clift & Co, a full-service government affairs firm. 

Jen Gurecki

Jen Gurecki is the CEO of two empowering businesses. Paying attention to the social good as well as what makes business sense lead her to found Zawadisha and Coalition Snow.

Colin Loretz
Community builder, API hacker

Coaches and Mentors

Nora Laitinen
Head of Operations

Nik Daftary
Product Planning and Project Management

A product leader, product manager, and product experience designer focused on bringing products and system integration efforts to life. I have a breadth of experience across numerous industries, and am focused heavily within the CleanTech, SmartHome, EdTech and general do-good-for-the-world industries. 

Matt Westfield
Founder, Entrepreneurs Assembly

The EA is the next logical organization after SGS, which is to keep the educated entrepreneurs on track. The EA is the only organization of its kind to pair startups with mentors and create monthly goals with accountability designed to create a business model quickly, validate it, grow it.

Ryan Klekas
Audience Development Manager, Bombora

Ryan founded his first company, Instally, while simultaneously completing his MBA, achieving first place in one of the nation's top business competitions and acting as a stay-at-home dad to his children. He is a highly motivated business and creative professional with strong experience and skills across business and product development, leadership and teamwork.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Bryan
  • Nathan
  • Krysta
  • Nicholas
  • Nicole
    Rose Dion
  • Siganga


Jon Rossi

CEO/Founder of MyDealerService (Techstars Mobility 2015)
Organizer of first StartupWeekend Denver - October 2015
Facilitator of many SW Events
Attended 1st SW Summit in KC
Passionate about the community and always happy to help out.

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