Startup Weekend Reno

    Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

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  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Reno

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016

Friday, November 18 - 20, 2016
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Greater Nevada Field - 250 Lounge
250 Evans Ave.
Reno, NV 89501

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The hardest part of starting up is starting out. At Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen

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 18th

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 19th

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 20th

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!


Kristy Sevy
Founder and CEO @ FuzePlay

A regular mom turned entrepreneur. She developed FUZE in an effort to create toys that teach REAL coding and REAL electronics in a fun and simple way.

Event Judges

Rick Shaff
CFO @ Bristlecone Holdings

Lauren Stowell
CEO @ American Duchess and Royal Vintage Shoes

I am a product designer working in the apparel industry, with a background in giftware, and experience in working with overseas factories to develop products from concept to completion. I own and design exclusively for American Duchess Company, an independent label producing historically inspired footwear and accessories to the costume, living history, film/tv, opera, and theater industries.

My interest and experience includes product design and development, particularly footwear, and marketing. My primary role within American Duchess Company is development of all our shoe and accessories styles. I also handle all of the marketing, social media, and branding through blogging and several social media platforms, as well as creation of hard copy marketing materials, and photo shoot conceptualization and management.

Miya MacKenzie
Chief Professional Officer @ Adams Hub for Innovation

Ready to provide users of the Adams Hub for Innovation’s Mentor Program with expert mentoring from her comprehensive marketing and leadership backgrounds, Hop and Mae Adams Foundation Head Miya MacKenzie wants businesses to work with communities, charities, and education to foster breakthrough innovation.

Jean Harrison
Founder and CEO

Jim Sacherman
Director, UNR Innevation Center

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.




Organizing Team

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

  • Krysta Bea
  • Bryan
  • Nicole
  • Nathan
  • Siganga
  • Nicholas


Michael Norton

Michael vagabonds around North America exploring entrepreneurial communities and facilitating Startup Weekend events. He works as a freelance business development and crowdfunding consultant, technical project manager, and social media guru. Michael is also a photographer, audio engineer, and writer.

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