Startup Weekend Tahoe

    Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018

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  2. Schedule
  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Tahoe

Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018

Friday, June 1 - 3, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Truckee Community Rec Center
8924 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161

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Take your business idea from a dream into reality in 54 hours

The hardest part of starting up is starting out.

At Techstars Startup Weekend, you'll move FAST to get your business idea off the ground in just a single weekend. You'll find smart, passionate people and the very best resources to get you started. 
  • Meet your future teammates, mentors, friends and investors. Techstars Startup Weekend brings together aspiring entrepreneurs  and the very best startup leaders and mentors in the community
  • Learn tools and practices to build great products and get your first customers. By the end of the weekend, you'll build a prototype, get your first sign-ups, and maybe even earn your first dollar
  • Move fast. At Techstars Startup Weekend, you won't be sitting in a classroom. You'll dive right in and learn by doing

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 June 1st

5:30 pm
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

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 June 2nd

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 June 3rd

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

5:00 pm

5:45 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

Event Judges

Dan Herr

Kelly Northridge
Doctoral Candidate at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Danielle Rees
Chief Strategy Officer, Start Human

Danielle supports local entrepreneurs scale their businesses as an advisor, coach, and consultant. She co-founded Coalition Snow, the world’s first company that designs and manufactures skis and snowboards for women, by women. Before launching a startup, she honed her finance and strategy skills leading organizations through periods of tremendous growth at Girls on the Run- Sierras, Planned Parenthood, and Adventure Risk Challenge. 

Erik Swan
Entrepreneur, Investor

Erik has over 30 years working in Silicon Valley, and did time @ a couple of big companies. He founded 5 startups, 4 were venture backed, and each one getting better as he got it figured out. Now he's investing in others, and believes in Tahoe's future as an alternative for entrepreneurs. He wished he could have lived here and still done what he wanted, and would love to enable that for others.

Coaches and Mentors

Andrew Holmes

Andrew has been creating startups or working for them for over 15 years. Currently spending his time on his 3rd successful startup. Skilled in Product & People Management with a flair for design, he's always willing to help and advise anyone wanting to create their own product.

Ed Steinglass
Principal Consultant

Ed Steinglass -  Can help with sales forecasting methodologies, marketing plans and strategies, sourcing and supply chain issues, as well as general business and financial management challenges. Started my career in sales and product management at IBM. Went on to lead corporate marketing and national sales teams at smaller companies. Then helped a variety of technology start-ups position and promote their products and obtain their first sales. Spent the last twenty years as a business owner continuously growing and re-inventing our business.

Nathan Digangi

#Tech #Entrepreneur Maken' my way in the Age of Information. Born on the same day as TCP/IP.Embracing the Organic Internet. #Bloggerish:

Nathan is the founder of Allgo Social

Event Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Julie
  • Ellen
  • Ben
  • Pam
  • Rachel


Josh Miller

Josh David Miller is the CEO of Mindbox Studios, a custom software development shop and innovation lab, where he works with a diverse group of creatives, strategists, investors, and engineers to help startup founders turn their ideas into winning products and get them to market.

Leveraging a background in large-scale marketing analytics initiatives and an intense passion for science and education, JDM has helped dozens of startup achieve product-market fit by focusing on hypothesis testing, measurement, and rapid iteration. He believes creating memorable, delightful user experience is paramount. He also believes creating great products means embracing failure. If one has never had a bad idea, how would she know if it was a good one?

Oh, and JDM only uses his powers for good.

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