Startup Weekend Sacramento: Folsom Edition

    Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019


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Startup Weekend Sacramento: Folsom Edition

Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019



Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Granite City Coworking
705 Gold Lake Dr
Suite 150
Folsom, CA 95630

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Your idea in 54 hours


Entrepreneurship - take it for a spin


Becoming an entrepreneur requires risk. But you, friend, have an incredible opportunity to test drive entrepreneurship risk-free. 

Do you have an idea you’d like to build out? Do you want to meet motivated, talented hustlers like yourself? Startup Weekend is the perfect opportunity to build a company—or at least as much as you can build in 54 hours!

Here are a few things you can ‘test drive’ during Startup Weekend:

    1. The desire to become an entrepreneur—is it more than just a dream?
    2. The idea—can you build it into a viable business?
    3. The startup lifestyle—can you handle a high growth, low structured environment?

Nobody leaves a Startup Weekend empty handed. You’ll come away with new skills, new connections to motivated people like yourself, and perhaps, a startup business! 

Ready? Here are the details. 


What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of ambitious entrepreneurial minds of various skill sets who are looking to practice and learn the basics of founding and launching a startup venture successfully. It is a unique opportunity to get your startup off the ground, risk free. 


How does it work?

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: 

  • Pitch your startup idea and receive feedback from your peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote).
  • Then, it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
  • The last part of the weekend is the most intense—teams present their ideas to a panel of judges and after a palm sweating Q & A, the judges pick the top 3 startups (did we mention, the winners get prizes to help launch their startup?).

Who should participate?

We welcome anyone and everyone who has a passion for.. well.. anything! This event is open to anyone who wants to hone their skills in business planning, developing, marketing and design.


What's included in your ticket?

  • Access to the event
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume
  • Memories that will last a lifetime!

Do I need to come with an idea?

You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team. 

Your idea must be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.


Get your ticket for Startup Weekend Sacramento: Folsom Edition!

Still aren’t sure if Startup Weekend is for you? Ask us anything at sacramento@startupweekend.org


Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday April 12th


6:00 pm
Registration
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


7:45 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


8:45 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


9:30 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 13th


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 14th


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


4:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


5:00 pm
Dinner


5:30 pm
Final Presentations


7:30 pm
Judging & Awards


8:00 pm
Wrap-Up


8:30 pm
Go Home!



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Sacramento: Folsom Edition team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Jaimie
    Asakawa
  • Alina
    Lujan
  • Arwa
    Houry
  • John
    Nogrady
  • Laura
    Good
  • Jeff
    Bennett
  • Peggy
    Good
  • Rick
    Rasmussen
  • Mandie
    Barthelow
  • Alicia
    Garcia

Facilitators


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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