Startup Weekend Rochester

    Friday, March 20 - 22, 2015

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Startup Weekend Rochester

Friday, March 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, March 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Brand Networks
61 Commercial Street
Rochester, New York 14614

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Bring a fresh business idea, a new product concept, a friend... or come with nothing but curiosity and a passion for startups!

  • Get together with others from the Upstate New York innovation community to learn what it takes to found a tech startup!
  • Join dozens of other entrepreneurs, developers, designers and all-around tech enthusiasts and build something awesome in one, fast-paced weekend!
  • Start something awesome you'll talk about for years to come!
Startup Weekend is an intense, weekend-long event focused on building a web or mobile application that could form the basis for a viable business. Previous startup experience is not required.

The non-profit event brings together people with different skill sets to work on interdisciplinary teams of developers, designers and business people. Together, these teams move from concept to market research to prototyping to a full demo and pitch in just 54 hours. 

Prizes are donated by local businesses that care about fostering innovation, creativity and startup community in Rochester.

Here are some of the things you'll get at #RSW2015:
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend
  • A free .co domain name
  • $2,000 of credit on Google App Engine
  • $100 of AWS credit for hosting
  • Free Google for Entrepreneurs SWAG
  • Awesome coaching by tech industry leaders
  • A network of 100+ new educator, developer, designer & entrepreneur friends who are also excited about the startup community in Rochester


Friday March 20th

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 March 21st

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 March 22nd

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!

Organizing Team

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

  • Dan
  • Doug
  • Kyle
  • Danner
  • Greg
  • Jason
  • Jacob
  • Oded


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