LaunchPad Global Startup Weekend San Francisco

    Friday, October 2 - 4, 2020

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LaunchPad Global Startup Weekend San Francisco

Friday, October 2 - 4, 2020

Friday, October 2 - 4, 2020
Event starts at 6:00 pm

UCSF Mission Bay Campus
550 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94158

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Launch your idea in a weekend!

LaunchPad Global Startup Weekend San Francisco

Spend a weekend working on an idea, expanding opportunities, and building community for current and future student entrepreneurs.

This event is open to all Blackstone LaunchPad students. 

Are you a student in a Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars entrepreneurship program? Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with? 

The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

The Northern California University of California campuses are coming together to host a Startup Weekend! If you are a student at UC San Francisco, Davis, Merced, Santa Cruz or Berkeley, we welcome you to join us and learn what it takes to become an entrepreneur. No experience needed! Each of our campuses has a Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars that is ready to support your journey in learning about entrepreneurship or even develop an entrepreneurial mindset in whatever career you choose to follow. We also happily invite other LaunchPad students to join us in SF.

What's Different?

Techstars Startup Weekend is run in over 700 cities and 150 countries worldwide each year. The Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars Startup Weekend is unique in a few ways:
  • Exclusive to LaunchPad Students: Attendees must be students enrolled in a University with a Blackstone LaunchPad entrepreneurship program
  • Event Scale: 50 students from LaunchPad programs all across the US
  • Techstars-Organized: The event is fully supported and organized by the Blackstone LaunchPad powered by Techstars team.
  • Follow-on Programming: Students that participate become “Student Entrepreneurs in Residence” and are empowered by Techstars to return to their Universities and lead their own Startup Weekend.

Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. The experience includes:
  • 6 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of students like you, ready to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
How does this work?
On day 1, you’ll have the opportunity to meet other attendees and pitch your idea (if you have one). Attendees select the top ideas based on this pitch event, and teams are formed. The rest of the weekend is devoted to working on that startup idea, including marketing research, forming a basic business plan, and creating a pitch. On Sunday, all teams will have the opportunity to pitch in front of judges, and the winner will be announced. 

Your idea / startup should be something you have *not* worked on extensively. Startup Weekend is designed to be an entrepreneurial experience for attendees that haven't started a company before, and the days are built around working on a brand new idea from scratch. So, if you already have an active startup, you really won't get much out of the event, and neither will your teammates!  If you do have an idea, be open to coming up with something new for this event, or jumping on another team to assist and lend a hand. 

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! 

  • What’s the team size? 
    • Teams will ideally have 6-8 members.
  • Can I work with students from my school or my friends? 
    • Probably not! :) Teams will be a mix of students from multiple schools - you probably will not work with any other students from your University. (This great networking and team-building experience is all part of the fun!)
  • Who is going to guide us through the weekend and give us instructions?
    • Team formation and the weekend overall will be guided by our awesome facilitator.  You’ll never have to question what you should be working on.
    • We will have mentors on site to help you Saturday and Sunday morning.
  • Is there food and caffeine?
    • Don’t worry - all meals (and snacks) are provided throughout the day(s)!
  • What should I wear?
    • Dress comfortably! You will be at the venue for long hours, so wear whatever makes you comfortable.
  • What should I bring?
    • It’s a good idea to bring a laptop, charger and a notepad for researching ideas, creating your pitch, etc. 
  • Is there a prize for winning?
    • You get the great honor of saying you “won” the inaugural Blackstone LaunchPad Techstars Startup Weekend. But really, all attendees are winners - you got an amazing experience and learned from the best on what it’s like to start a company. 
Interested in participating? This is a *closed* event - please contact your LaunchPad campus leadership to apply!

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Friday October 2nd

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants and organizers

7:00 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Keynote Speaker
Leah Makley of ViewPoint Therapeutics discusses how she went from student to Co-Founder and CEO

8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Any participant with an idea is able to give a 60 second pitch to the group

8:30 pm
Vote and form teams
Participants vote on the all the ideas and teams form around those with the most votes

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 October 3rd

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams learn the fundamentals of customer validation and how to think about their MVP (minimum viable product)

9:45 am
Customer Validation
Teams get out of the building to do customer validation with their target market

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
Keynote 2 speaker
Hear from another entrepreneur who formed a company out of school

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Teams begin meeting with mentors who guide them on their journey

4:00 pm
Groups check-in to share triumphs and challenges

4:30 pm
Work time
Teams continue working to build out their idea and bring it to life

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
How to pitch workshop

9:00 pm
Teams can continue to work on their pitches, but space wrap up begins

Sunday October 4th

8:30 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:00 am
Teams work
Final pivots and teams work on their presentation

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Pitch practice with coaches

11:00 am
Snacks and breaks for the teams

11:30 am
Final presentations
Teams give their pitches, typically 3 minutes with 2 minutes Q&A per team

1:00 pm
Judges deliberate

1:15 pm
Awards and lunch
Winners announced, lunch, and networking with mentors and judges

2:30 pm
Event Wrap-Up
Time to say goodbye

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Courtney
  • Paul
  • Jennifer
  • Andrea
  • Michael
  • Sumiko
  • Jeremy
  • Nathaniel
  • Diala

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