Startup Weekend Youth Twin Cities

    Wednesday, June 10 - 12, 2015


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Startup Weekend Youth Twin Cities

Wednesday, June 10 - 12, 2015



Wednesday, June 10 - 12, 2015
Event starts at 8:00 am

Minnetonka Public Schools: Vantage Project Building
4350 Baker Road
Minnetonka, MN 55345

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PITCH TO PROTOTYPE IN 3 DAYS (WED, JUNE 10 - FRI, JUNE 12)

CALLING ALL YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS:
Startup Weekend invites budding entrepreneurs entering their junior and senior year in high school, as well as seniors who just graduated, to take an idea from nothing to something, pitch to prototype, in just 3 days. 

NO TECHNOLOGY SKILLS REQUIRED:
Any student interested in startups, launching a business, entrepreneurship, or creative problem solving is encouraged to register. 

Startup Weekend will propel students to launch creative business ideas by practicing the “Lean Startup” process. Students will pitch ideas, form teams around the top ideas, conduct customer research, and work intensely to build a prototype that illustrates the potential of their business. Startup Weekend culminates in a Shark Tank style pitch competition where teams present their business and demonstrate their prototype to a panel of local entrepreneurs. 

NO TALK, ALL ACTION!
Startup Weekend demands teamwork, creativity, determination, and focus from all participants! While each team will be assigned an adult coach, every team will be expected to manage itself in order to optimize time. 

ABOUT STARTUP WEEKEND:
Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of passionate entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower communities to launch life changing ideas. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs in the world, having hosted 2000+ events in 200+ countries since 2007.




EVENT SCHEDULE

Wednesday June 10th


8:00 am
Registration & Breakfast
Arrive at the venue, check-in, and grab a bite to eat! Take the time to chat with fellow participants.


9:00 am
Kickoff Startup Weekend YOUTH
Opening Kickoff: Review programming and agenda, introduce coaches, set expectations, and answer questions.


10:00 am
Warm-Up Sessions
Exercises and activities to get you thinking about startups, the Lean Startup process, and interacting with fellow participants.


12:00 pm
Lunch
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


1:00 pm
60 Second Pitch Development & Practice
A review of what makes a good 60 second pitch, and a little worktime to refine and practice your pitch.


2:00 pm
Pitches, Voting, & Team Formation
Your opportunity to win the hearts and minds of your fellow participants! All ideas will be voted on by the group, and the top ideas will have teams formed around them.


4:00 pm
Customer Development & Business Models
How will you validate your problem, understand your customer's needs, and define your solution? How will your startup sustain itself?


5:00 pm
Working Time
Get some work done! This is a good time to be focusing on customer research and business model development.


5:00 pm
Mentors Arrive!
Collaborate with customer research and business model experts to accelerate your progress


6:00 pm
Dinner
Time to eat!


8:00 pm
End of Day 1
Make a plan with your team about how to kick off day 2, then get a good night's sleep!

Thursday June 11th


8:00 am
Doors Open & Breakfast
Get some food to energize yourself for the day.


9:00 am
Large 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!


10:00 am
Working Time
Get some work done! This is a good time to be focusing on customer research and business model development.


12:00 pm
Lunch & MVP Presentation
Get some food and listen to a presentation about MVPs (Minimal Viable Product)


1:00 pm
Working Time
Get some work done! This is a good time to be leveraging your customer research to help determine what form your MVP might take. You may also be working through the more detail of your business model, or giving some early thought to your final presentation as well.


3:00 pm
Mentors Arrive!
Collaborate with MVP experts to accelerate your progress


5:00 pm
Dinner
Time to eat!


6:00 pm
Final Presentations Overview
A quick discussion of the critical elements of a good final presentation!


8:00 pm
End of Day 2
Make a plan with your team about how to kick off day 3, then get a good night's sleep!

Friday June 12th


8:00 am
Doors Open & Breakfast
Doors Open & Breakfast Get some food to energize yourself for the day. Today's the last day!


9:00 am
Working Time
Get some work done! At this point, you should be refining your MVP and be in full swing of developing your final presentations.


12:00 pm
Lunch
Working Lunch (no check in!)


12:00 pm
Presentation Dry Runs Begin
Teams will be offered the opportunity to conduct a dry-run of their presentations with mentors and Startup Weekend Alumni. It's ok if it's not 100% polished!


3:00 pm
Final Presentation Tech Check
Any technology you plan to use to conduct your final presentation should be tried in advance. Are you using a slide show? Do you have audio or video? Are you showcasing a live demo? Your final presentations need not be 100% complete at this point, but you should be able to test all of the programs and technology required to present.


4:00 pm
Dinner
Working Dinner (no check in!)


5:00 pm
Final Presentations


6:00 pm
Final Presentations


7:00 pm
Judging & Awards


8:00 pm
End of Day 3
Celebrate!


Event Judges


Terri Barreiro
Social Entrepreneur; Bd. Chair--Minnesota Social Impact Center

Social entrepreneurship consultant, lecturer & author.  Board Chair, Minnesota Social Impact Center; Owner & Principal Terri Barreiro Consulting; Adjunct Faculty--Humphrey Institute, U of MN


Brad Hosack
Entrepreneur; Vidku Co-founder & Director Development Operations

Designer and developer; Co-founder of Vidku; formerly with Institute for Design Innovation at U of MN


Bill Woodson
Entrepreneur; Research fellow--Jandris Center @ U of MN; Owner, Forward Motion Management Consulting LLC

Marketing strategist, diversity effectiveness, education advocate, executive coach, organizational and leadership development


Marty Wetherall
Director of Innovation at Fallon Worldwide; Founding Partner of FanChatter (Y-Combinator Alumnus)

Interactive and Integrated marketing; digital strategy; Entrepreneur


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Youth 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.


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Organizing Team

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

  • Kristin
    Daniels
  • Eric
    Schneider
  • Nicolas
    Styles
  • Seijen
    Takamura
  • Steve
    Wellvang

Facilitators


Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.

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Bharat Pulgam
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Larry Werner



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