Techstars Startup Weekend Twin Cities 10, powered by Grow with Google

    Friday, March 23 - 25, 2018

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Techstars Startup Weekend Twin Cities 10, powered by Grow with Google

Friday, March 23 - 25, 2018

Friday, March 23 - 25, 2018
Event starts at 5:30 pm

WeWork Minneapolis
225 South 6th St
Minneapolis, MN 55402

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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 March 23rd

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

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

6:10 pm
Michael Mader
Opening Speaker

6:30 pm
Jacob Frey
Mayor Speaks

6:50 pm
Get ready for a fun and creative activity to get to know your potential teammates!

7:00 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:15 pm
Form Teams and Info
Teams start forming and discussing ideas. Online resources like Slack explained.

9:00 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

10:00 pm
End of Day 1

Saturday March 24th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Group Check-in
A time to make announcements and an opportunity to share your team's progress and to call for help if you need it!

10:15 am
Work Time
Develop your MVP!!! This is a good time to be focusing on customer research and business model development.

1:00 pm

2:00 pm
Afternoon Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:10 pm
Mentors Arrive
Coaches help teams one-on-one. Don't be afraid to ask questions!

2:20 pm
Work Time

6:00 pm

6:30 pm
Hear from industry leaders in various fields.

7:30 pm
Evening Check-In
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 March 25th

9:15 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Morning Group Check-In
Review plan of action for the day and any announcements from the group.

10:30 am
Work Time
Start finalizing your ideas and integrating them into your pitch.

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Work Time
Continue finalizing your ideas and integrating them into your pitch.

1:30 pm
Mentors Arrive
Mentors arrive again to help!

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
Final Thoughts and Networking

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Michael Mader
Founder | CEO at Hippy Feet

Hippy Feet is a social enterprise dedicated to serving the homeless community. Hippy Feet will sell comfortable and fashionable socks, constructed of the most durable and eco-friendly fibers, on a buy one, give one business model, where for every pair sold, another will be donated to local homeless shelters. 

Event Judges

Scott Moore
President at M32 Partners

Scott Moore is the Founder of M32 Partners. With expertise in the mobile, connectivity, ecommerce and marketing industries, M32 is a strategic advisory group designed to catalyze growth. He currently serves an innovator in residence through the Fahrenheit 212 Fellow program. Prior to that, Scott led marketing for Best Buy where, as senior vice president, he was responsible for customer insights, marketing strategy, advertising and promotion, digital marketing, and the investment strategy for paid, owned, and earned media for Best Buy’s U.S. Business. Scott also served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Best Buy Mobile—a joint venture with UK-based CPW—which transformed the experience of buying a mobile phone in the US.

Dr. Ramon Pastrano IV
CEO-President at ImpactLives Inc.

With over 25 years of experience in leadership among many different cultures around the world, Ramon founded ImpactLives in 2003 to create a dual model of transformational leadership and social innovation. His model is designed to teach and optimize service learning experiences, transformational leadership, development and global competencies, which leads to social innovation and produces sustainable humanitarian work. Additionally, promoting diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness reflective experiences to help individuals evolve, critically reflect, and strengthen their self growth, identity, wisdom and maturity.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Twin Cities 10, powered by Grow with Google team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

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

  • Sam
  • Josh
  • Bharat


Myles Foster
Organizer, Mentor & Judges

Myles founded a startup at Startup Weekend. Over 3 years he raised a $100k seed round, built a mobile app, and secured a Fortune 500 company as a customer. Myles now works at Payment Rails, a local Startup that makes payouts painless.

Event Staff

Niel Patel
Operations @ Runerra


Gabby Fortman
Community Curator @ Runerra


Meghan Sharkus
CEO @ ExpressionMed


Jack Finley
Content Curation @ Gen.MN


Sibi Murugesan
Senior Strategy Analyst at Best Buy

Moved 18 times in 18 years. Graduated from the of U of MN. Working at Best Buy to grow the company in inorganic measures. Worked to build a stronger start-up ecosystem in the Twin Cities. Big takeaway? See the world for what it could be.

Ashmita Sarma
Ops @ Generation.MN


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