Techstars Startup Weekend Seattle: Space Edition

    Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Seattle: Space Edition

Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

SURF Incubator
999 3rd Ave
Suite 700
Seattle, Washington 98104

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Build your space startup 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.
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Friday November 15th

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 16th

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 17th

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

Russell Hannigan
Senior Director, Space and Advanced Technology Startups

Russell is Senior Director for Space and Advanced Technology Start-ups within the Invention Science Fund (ISF) of Intellectual Ventures.  Since 2010, he played a central role in the creation, incubation and financing of several metamaterials-based start-ups including Kymeta, Echodyne, Pivotal and Lumotive. He also conceived of, founded and raised the seed funding for EarthNow. Russell was Director of Product Management at Microvision (2001-2009), Director of Business Development at Teledesic (1999-2001), Director of Satellite Communications at KPMG (1997-1999, UK), Principal Consultant at ESYS (1992-1997, UK), an Independent Space Industry Consultant (1990-1992, Paris) and a Systems Engineer at British Aerospace (1985-1990, UK). Russell has a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Physics from the University of Manchester, England (1982-1985) and attended the inaugural session of the International Space University held at MIT (1988).  Russell is a named inventor on 28 issued US patents.

Lisa Rich

Lisa Rich is a lifelong entrepreneur and is a founder and Managing Partner of Hemisphere Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on frontier tech: synthetic biology, robotics, drones and space. Hemisphere has invested in 200+ U.S. companies and 16 in the space sector.
Ms. Rich is co-founder of Xplore, a privately-funded space exploration company focused on missions to the Moon, Mars, Venus and near-Earth asteroids. She serves on the Board of Patrons of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, and is a member of the Planetary Society, B612 and The Keck Foundation.

Coaches and Mentors

Vladimir Baranov
Founder, CTO

Vladimir is CTO and co-founder of AdvisorEngine, enterprise software for managing financial advisors business. He has 15+ years of experience designing and building successful technology solutions. Vladimir was involved with executive roles at other start-ups: CTO of NestEgg Wealth, LendLift (peer-to-peer lending), President of Avtomat Software (fintech apps) and Avtomat Productions (concert planning). This experience has helped to amass knowledge building working MVP processes and designing balanced business models. Vladimir holds degrees in computer engineering and computer science from Stony Brook University, as well as MBA degrees from both Columbia University and the London Business School.

Adam Schilffarth
Chief Strategist

Adam is technology commercialization veteran with experience leading engineering and business organizations in both the biotech and aerospace industries. Adam previously was the Business Development Director for Planetary Resources and is currently the Chief Strategist for Xplore, Inc. He holds a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Seattle: Space Edition 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.

Signature Sponsors

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 105,000 people worldwide and is engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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Organizing Team

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

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