Startup Weekend Santa Fe

    Friday, February 16 - 18, 2018

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Startup Weekend Santa Fe

Friday, February 16 - 18, 2018

Friday, February 16 - 18, 2018
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Santa Fe Business Incubator
3900 Paseo del Sol
Santa Fe, NM 87507

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Your idea in 54 hours

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?

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.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! 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 should 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.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 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 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

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We are very excited to offer a free workshop in the Archimedes Fab Lab on prototype design and fabrication to all the Startup Weekend participants. The workshop is presented by Fab Lab Hub  

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Friday February 16th

5:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:00 pm
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

6:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

7:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

7:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

8:00 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 February 17th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Fab Lab Workshop
Learn about Digital fabrication and prototype/MVP design

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:00 pm

7:00 pm
Entrepreneurship Movie Night
Watch Ghostbusters - the best movie about entrepreneurship ever made

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday February 18th

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

6:00 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Marie Longserre

President and CEO of the Santa Fe Business Incubator.  

dorian Rader
Managing Partner of NMA Ventures

Dorian Rader is Managing Partner of NMA Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on investing in early stage high tech companies in New Mexico. Previous to her work with the fund, Dorian served as Executive Director and co-founder of New Mexico Start-Up Factory, a technology transfer organization, paired with an investment fund that licenses innovations from research institutions to create investable high-tech companies. An experienced water entrepreneur herself, Dorian has launched 14 high-tech companies, including EcoPesticides International, Osazda Energy, and Enthentica. With a background in finance and operations, she has a proven track record of taking companies from idea to industry, while ensuring the formation of a stable and fiscally responsible corporate infrastructure.

Drew Tulchin
VP of Investments of Meow Wolf

Drew is currently the VP of Investments of Meow Wolf, a B Corp start-up based in Santa Fe, NM that creates immersive arts experiences to ‘wow’.  He has been instrumental in raising $17 million in equity in 2017 and spearheaded the fastest crowdfunding project in WeFunder history.   He has contributed significantly to the company’s extraordinary growth to 225 employees since opening in March, 2016 and its expansion plans for Las Vegas and Denver. 

Coaches and Mentors

Bonn Macy

Entrepreneur & Founder and Co-Director at Startup Santa Fe

Justin Greene

Owner of Dashing Delivery, Principle at New Urban Design and Development, Co-Founder of Startup Santa Fe and member of the city of Santa Fe's planning commission. 

George Kenefic

Gregory Walker
Executive Co-Founder

: Greg has over 30-years direct experience in designing, building, testing, and operating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).  Greg’s career includes positions as an Army officer conducting research with both the Army and NASA, serial industry entrepreneur, and starting and leading a University UAS program. 

Sarah Boisvert
Founder of Fab Lab Hub

Sarah Boisvert has worked in digital fabrication since 1986. She co-founded the commercial division of Potomac Photonics, Inc. , a Digital Fabrication service provider in Baltimore, MD for which she consults. She is also the founder of FabLabHub , a non-profit working on digital fabrication in makerspaces that are part of the Fab Lab Network started in the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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