Startup Weekend Twin Cities

    Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017

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Startup Weekend Twin Cities

Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017

Friday, October 13 - 15, 2017
Event starts at 6:30 pm

University of Minnesota - Hanson Hall
1925 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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An unforgettable experience where some walk away with a new company and everyone leaves with knowledge, connections, and confidence.

Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour experience, providing entrepreneurs a unique experience to create a company, product or service over the weekend. 

Registration fee includes 7 meals.

Individuals will pitch their ideas Friday night and form teams with other attendees. Wrapping up on Sunday, they’ll pitch their prototype app, website, product or service to a panel of startup judges.  Speakers and mentors will advise startups Saturday and Sunday, helping to ensure teams stay focused on the core objectives of the weekend. Teams will hustle every minute they are awake to bring a business idea to reality, preparing to convince the judges they have a business that will be the next big hit.

Startup Weekend Twin Cities was first held in 2010. Alumni who got their start at SWTC have generated millions in revenue, reached customers in every country in the world, raised millions of investor funding, surpassed Kickstarter goals, and have even been acquired.

Those who attend should come with an idea, nothing more. Do not bring your existing startup to the event. Don’t have an idea for a new business? No problem! Come to join another team and experience the thrill of launching an idea into a real business. At the end of the weekend, some teams will continue and create a profitable business. Others will disband and walk away with tremendous learning. All should expect to make valuable connections with other entrepreneurs, experts and mentors who can help them in their future careers. 

Come prepared to write code, prototype product, design logos, develop a brand, prepare marketing, talk with potential customers, and plan revenue.

Do you know a college or high school student who wants to be an entrepreneur? This year, SWTC will be a combined event with two tracks, adult professionals and students. High school and college students who attend should come ready to work and work hard. This isn’t a summer camp or a daycare. Ideal candidates for the student track are independent workers and self-motivated leaders. Nights can go late, so it is best if students have their own transportation. Register for the student event at

5:30 PM - Registration - dinner provided by SWTC

6:45 PM - Pitch your idea
8:00 PM - Voting
8:15 PM - Form Teams
9:00 PM - Begin Work
10:00 PM - Leave the venue to work somewhere else, and/or sleep
9:00 AM - Building opens, light breakfast provided by SWTC
9:30 AM - Check-in with teams. Speaker.
1:00 PM - Lunch provided by SWTC
6:00 PM - Speaker
6:30 PM - Dinner provided by SWTC
10:00 PM - Leave the venue to work somewhere else, and/or sleep
9:00 AM - Building opens, light breakfast provided by SWTC
9:30 AM - Check-in. Speaker
12:00 PM - Lunch provided by SWTC
4:00 PM - Dinner 
provided by SWTC

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Friday October 13th

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 October 14th

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 October 15th

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 Sponsors, and Partners

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

  • Christie
  • Scott
  • Sibi


Sibi Murugesan
Program Director @ gener8tor

Sibi has been building companies and supporting entrepreneurs for years. After helping lead Co-lab, a nationally-recognized startup incubator for students, Sibi became a 
Startup Mentor for Junior Achievement, a global entrepreneurship program for students K - 12.  

In a corporate setting, he served as the youngest Senior Strategy Development Analyst within Best Buy's Strategic Growth Office, where he identified, built and launched $1B growth strategies for the Fortune 100 technology retailer. 

At his day job, he is currently the Program Director for gener8tor, a nationally-ranked startup accelerator, where his portfolio companies achieve ~9 months of growth in just 12 weeks. And on the weekends? He's a Program Facilitator for Startup Weekend, traveling the country helping talented entrepreneurs build businesses in just 54 hours!

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