Startup Weekend Topeka

    Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019

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Startup Weekend Topeka

Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019

Friday, February 8 - 10, 2019
Event starts at 5:30 pm

712 Innovations
712 S Kansas Ave #1
Topeka, Kansas 66603

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Your 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:
  • 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 8th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in.

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants.

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend, general housekeeping, and introduce speakers, community leaders, and other important persons.

6:50 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch.

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches.

8:30 pm
Form Teams & Begin Work
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. 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 9th

8:30 am
Breakfast and Networking
Return to venue and enjoy breakfast and coffee while chatting with other participants.

9:00 am
Continue Working
Teams set up their space for the rest of the weekend and/or continue working on their concept.

10:00 am
Coaches Available
Coaches arrive and begin to work with teams.

12:00 pm

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

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches continue to help teams one-on-one. Take advantage of this opportunity!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

Sunday February 10th

6:45 am

8:30 am
Check in with your team, fuel up for the day, and get back to work.

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. This is one of your final opportunities to ask questions.

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches are still here… ASK QUESTIONS!

1:00 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
Final Presentations

5:30 pm

6:30 pm
Judging & Awards

7:00 pm
The Meltdown
Join us for our after party. Location will be announced soon!


Joe Pennington

Joe was raised in a metal shop, swinging on electromagnets and sweeping floors. “As a grandson and son of metalworkers, steel just runs in my blood,” he says. Joe graduated from Washburn Institute of Technology and continues professional education in the trade.  He enjoys working among a talented crew of craftsmen and helping customers through personal interaction. Joe has a quirky affinity for all things Evel Knievel, and volunteers as a docent at the recently opened museum dedicated to America’s favorite daredevil. Joe says, “Knievel’s stories of perseverance and innovation have inspired me on a personal level, and also helped launch Stevenson Company to new heights.”

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Topeka 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.

Community Sponsor

Catering Sponsor


Organizing Team

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

  • Tobias
  • Karen
  • Rick
  • Karl
  • Lori


Michael Norton

Michael vagabonds around North America exploring entrepreneurial communities and facilitating Startup Weekend events. He works as a freelance business development and crowdfunding consultant, technical project manager, and social media guru. Michael is also a photographer, audio engineer, and writer.

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