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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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday April 15th


6:00 pm
Registration
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
Voting
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
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
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
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday April 17th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


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


12:00 pm
Lunch


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
Dinner


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:30 pm
Wrap-Up


9:00 pm
Go Home!



Speakers


Jen Gurecki
CEO

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 Jennings
CEO

Ashley is the Founder and CEO of Girlmade, a community for female entrepreneurs. She also acts as the CMO for a startup in desktop manufacturing space. 



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
    Jackson
  • Bryan
    McArdle
  • Nicole
    Rose Dion
  • Siganga
    Wawdo
  • Nathan
    Digangi
  • Matt
    Sikora

Facilitators


Sydney Lai
Product Marketing Lead @ Audacy

Sydney Lai is a gregarious community leader passionate about helping people pursue entrepreneurship. Sydney works domestically and internationally building startup ecosystems, leading accelerators, venture funds and community events. As a technical marketer and designer with an award winning background in sales and business development, Sydney grows products and services users want. Her work spans across industries and startups including finance, virtual reality, enterprise, and aerospace.


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