Techstars Startup Weekend Schenectady

    Friday, February 7 - 9, 2020

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Techstars Startup Weekend Schenectady

Friday, February 7 - 9, 2020

Friday, February 7 - 9, 2020
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Urban Co-Works
433 State St 4th Floor
Schenectady, New York 12305

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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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Friday February 7th

5:00 pm
Event Kick-Off
Organizers will kick-off the event and share what the rest of the weekend will look like.

6:00 pm
Registration, Networking & Dinner
Arrive at the venue and get checked in, network with the community and enjoy some pizza :)

6:30 pm
Pitch Fire
Participants optionally line up to pitch to the audience with the goal of being selected to continue working on that idea for the duration of the weekend.

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

8:30 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 February 8th

8:00 am
Breakfast, Work & Mentors
Enjoy breakfast and continue working with the support of Mentors from the community.

12:00 pm
Lunch & Surprise Giveaway
Enjoy Lunch with a surprise giveaway opportunity.

1:00 pm
Continue working hard :)

5:00 pm

7:00 pm
Continue working hard :)

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

Sunday February 9th

9:00 am
Enjoy breakfast as you get back into the swing of things.

10:00 am
Final Preparations & Mentors
Prepare for your final pitches and continued support from Mentors in the community.

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Final Presentations
Teams will present their final pitches to 3 judges and the audience. 1st, 2nd & 3rd place teams will be awarded.

4:00 pm
Judging & Awards

4:30 pm
Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Gerald Briffa
General Counsel at Tom Patire Group, L.L.C

Jerry Briffa is an experienced and agile thinking entrepreneurial attorney with excellent developmental, fundraising, organizational, managerial, and communication skills. He is an innovator with a proven record of creating, developing, representing and managing new companies. Jerry has founded, built and managed successful businesses in law, sports, public speaking, real estate and merchant services. Jerry’s law firm was one of the largest and most successful solo civil litigation firms in New York prior to its sale in 2002.As General Counsel Jerry has steered two of the nation’s leading companies in their respective industries to increased profitability and unprecedented growth.Jerry has vast experience and expertise managing all facets of business from human resources to marketing, legal, sales and management. He maintains a broad and reliable network within politics, business, sports and the legal community. In addition to his other endeavors Jerry is an Adjunct Professor of Critical Thinking at the Sage Colleges of Albany as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Sports Industry Management Program at Georgetown University. Jerry has also lectured on Sports Law and Sport Management at Midway University and the University of Kentucky College of Law. 

Daniel Kane
Registered Patent Attorney and Corporate Counsel

Daniel Kane is a Registered Patent Attorney and Corporate Counsel, advising startups and small businesses in various industries throughout the United States.  For nearly a decade, Daniel has successfully advocated for entrepreneurs in federal and state programs — first, as an attorney for the U.S. Small Business Administration and, later, as a private attorney focused on Upstate New York.  His current practice guides businesses from idea and launch to series-funding and exit, and provides specific help to those pursuing government contracts, grants, loans, or other regulatory approvals.  

Robert Braathe
Startup Advisor

Robert Braathe of BE Your Start is a speaker, educator and mentor. His years in management with Disney, Gap and Apple as well as his 12 years as a business consultant and startup consultant give him unique perspectives on a wide array of topics. Robert has mentored entrepreneurs through consultations, accelerator programs, college classes and the Clean Tech Early College High School at HVCC. 

Anthony DeBonis
President and a Partner at Troy Web Consulting

Anthony DeBonis is the President of Troy Web Consulting, a software application development firm based in Troy, New York. His goal at Troy Web Consulting is to ensure that the company stays at the leading edge in technology innovation and continues to design and develop great software. 

A recognized leader in the regional developer community, Anthony has over 20 years of experience developing and deploying both mobile and web applications that are required to be both secure and highly available. He is also on the Board of Field Inspections Plus, runs The Tech Valley Mobile Developers Network and presents at MeetUps, User Groups, and National Conferences. 

Outside the workplace, he is President of the Weare C. Little Memorial Environmental Park, member of CEG TechConnex & Tech Awards subcommittees, UNY50, mentor for AlbanyCanCode and Startup Weekends and Startup Tech Valley. Anthony shares his software and business expertise as the President of Troy Web Consulting, one of the best places to work in 2018/2019.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Schenectady 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.





Organizing Team

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

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