Startup Weekend Reno

    Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016

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

Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016

Friday, April 15 - 17, 2016
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Greater Nevada Field
250 Evans Ave
Reno, NV 89502

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Startup Weekend is in the Biggest Little City again!

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 

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Friday April 15th

6:00 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 April 16th

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 April 17th

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!


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.

Coaches and Mentors

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. 

David Lewandowski
Corporate Attorney at Fennemore Craig

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The 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.




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Organizing Team

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

  • Krysta Bea
  • Bryan
  • Nicole
    Rose Dion
  • Siganga
  • Nathan
  • Matt


Sydney Lai
ICO Advisor at uTrust

Sydney Lai is a digital marketer with an award-winning background in sales and business development. She has worked in banking, at accelerators, venture funds, SaaS, cryptocurrency, virtual reality, and space industries. Sydney grows products and startups users want.

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