Startup Weekend South Bend Elkhart MAKER

    Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018


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Startup Weekend South Bend Elkhart MAKER

Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018



Friday, May 18 - 20, 2018
Event starts at 6:00 pm

MAKE South Bend
2228 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, Indiana 46615

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Idea to Business 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:
  • 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 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!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “
southbend@startupweekend.org”.

Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday May 18th


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


6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


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


8:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch - we love to see many pitches - had an issue or frustration today, pitch the solution


9:30 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches - use the three stickers you received at check-in.


9:45 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Share your contact info right away - everyone get each others.


10:00 pm
GO TIME!
Teams take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. Start work now if you'd like. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday May 19th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams set up workspace for the weekend (if not done on Friday).


12:00 pm
Lunch, Check-in, Coaches
Check-in, status reports, coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


3:00 pm
GET OUT!
Leave the building and talk with real customers and potential customers


6:00 pm
Dinner
Fuel up!


7:00 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work until 10pm

Sunday May 20th


9:00 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:30 am
Begin Work


11:00 am
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


12:00 pm
Lunch
Lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


3:00 pm
Final Presentations


4:30 pm
Judging & Awards


5:00 pm
Wrap-Up


6:00 pm
Go Home!



Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend South Bend Elkhart MAKER 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 South Bend Elkhart is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Grant
    Carlile
  • Wayne
    Clayton
  • Michelle
    FitzGerald
  • Jennifer
    Purdy

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