Startup Weekend University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)

    Friday, October 16 - 18, 2015

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  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)

Friday, October 16 - 18, 2015

Friday, October 16 - 18, 2015
Event starts at 6:00 pm

UNR Innevation Center
450 Sinclair Street
Reno , NV 89501

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Welcome to the First Ever Startup Weekend UNR!

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, engineers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts and winners are announced. Students learn how to turn ideas into tangible businesses, products, apps, and websites, through real world entrepreneurial experience. 
  • Pitch: Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback.
  • Form: Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote). 
  • Build: A 54-hour frenzy of business modeling, coding, designing, and validating. 
  • Present: A presentation in front of local entrepreneurial leaders    
What you get for attending:
  • All meals are provided (see schedule)
  • A free .co domain name for 1 year 
  • $300 in credits to Google Cloud
  • Awesome coaching by founders and experienced startup members
  • A network of new developer, designer, engineer & entrepreneur friends who are excited starting up a new venture.   
Frequently Asked Questions:
  • Can I buy a ticket if I am a non-UNR student? Currently tickets are available for enrolled UNR, TMCC and K-12 students, but email us at if it is a unique situation.  
  • I'm UNR faculty or staff, can I come check out the event? Absolutely! To register, please email us at
  • Do I have to have an idea? No! Get ready to be inspired and find a idea to be a part of. 
  • Do I have to have a team? No! If you have a team, great. If not, we will arrange teams on Friday night. But please no teams or ideas that are far along the development path. We like to start with fresh ideas.
  • Do I have to have experience? No! Each person brings something valuable to the team. 
  • How can I be a mentor, coach or judge? Please email us  
  • What if I have dietary restrictions? Please email us at 


Friday October 16th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 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 17th

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 18th

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

6:30 pm
Announce Winners

7:30 pm

8:00 pm
Go Home!


Jonathan Lee
PR Director at Trainer Road

Event Judges

Eric Madison
Exec. Director of the Cube at Midtown

Nate Digangi
Founder Allgo Social, 1 Million Cups Reno Organizer

Kelly Northridge
Doctoral Candidate at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Tracy Benelli
Senior Director, Global Communications, Dell Software at Dell

Coaches and Mentors

Colin Loretz
Community builder, API hacker

David Lewandowski
Corporate Attorney at Fennemore Craig

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.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) 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.

Signature Sponsors



Organizing Team

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

  • Krysta
  • Bryan
  • Mignon


Bryan McArdle
Manager, Entrepreneurial Development

Bryan McArdle is currently the Manager of Entrepreneurial Development at the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada (EDAWN). Bryan helps entrepreneurs launch startups and grow their businesses throughout the Biggest Little City. He is an organizer for Startup Weekend Reno and facilitated what is now Startup Row on First Street in Reno.  Bryan is also the Operations Manager for the Summit Venture Mentoring Service that supports the growth of high potential startup companies.

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