Startup Weekend Future of Retail San Francisco

    Friday, November 2 - 4, 2018

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  3. Judges
  4. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Future of Retail San Francisco

Friday, November 2 - 4, 2018

Friday, November 2 - 4, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

44 Tehama Street
San Francisco, California 94105

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New York. Paris. London. San Francisco.

Introducing San Francisco’s first ever Startup Weekend ‘Future of Retail’, brought to you by Levi Strauss & Co. and Techstars. In just 54 hours, teams will form to sketch designs, craft business models, and pitch new ideas to a panel of judges and industry mentors.

Levi Strauss & Co. is the original inventor of the blue jean and is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies. As the retail market increasingly faces technology as a progressor of fashion, LS&Co. has led in market innovation by creating brand-right and immersive experiences for customers. This Techstars Startup Weekend will leverage the global resources of LS&Co. and Techstars to enhance collaboration with the Bay Area entrepreneurial community and to develop innovative new ideas and technologies for consumers.

Be the change on November 2-4, 2018 with your fresh perspective on customer experience and the digital economy as we challenge the world’s largest brands to redesign and define the Future of Retail.

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Friday November 2nd

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 3rd

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 4th

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!

Event Judges

Mark Rosen
Executive Vice President and President of Direct-to-Consumer (DTC)

Marc Rosen is Executive Vice President and President of Direct-to-Consumer. He is responsible for leading the company’s global ecommerce and brick-and-mortar retail businesses, which includes 2,800 retail stores (including franchised, company-operated mainline, outlet stores, and shop-in-shops) and ecommerce sites dedicated to the Levi’s® and Dockers® brands. Marc thinks holistically about the entire marketplace ecosystem, and designs and delivers a seamless consumer experience. He’s a member of the company’s global leadership team, which guides the strategic direction for Levi Strauss & Co., and sits on the company’s executive committee.

Organizing Team

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

  • Jordan
  • Ethan
  • Chris
  • Melissa
  • Jennifer
  • Anuj
  • Kate
  • Connor
    Vande Wege
  • Daniel


Chris Chang
Program Manager

Techstars Regional Manager | Southwest, USA

Jordan Rothenberg
Regional Manager

Jordan is a Regional Manager at Techstars, overseeing and supporting community leaders as they bring Startup Weekend, Week, and Digest to cities across the Western U.S. and Canada.

In a past life, Jordan was the cofounder of a natural food startup that simplified the smoothie making process, worked in advertising, healthcare IT, among a few other odd jobs. Jordan is from Milwaukee, WI, attended his first Startup Weekend in Madison, WI and is now based in Boulder, CO. He has an appetite for outdoor adventures, cars, and travel!

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