Startup Weekend GMU

    Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

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Startup Weekend GMU

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018

Friday, November 9 - 11, 2018
Event starts at 6:30 pm

MIX@Fenwick, GMU Fairfax Campus
4348 Chesapeake River Lane
Fairfax, VA 22030

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Techstars Global Startup Weekend - Your Idea in 54 Hours

The hardest part of starting up is starting out! At Techstars Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen. Startup Weekend takes place over 54 hours, where attendees share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. This event provides a place for innovators and budding entrepreneurs to find co-founders, mentors, and momentum for their ideas. 

Participants have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with presentations and demos in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.

Over the weekend you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. So, what are you waiting for? Join us!

Day 1: Meet, Pitch & Team Up
Day 2: Learn & Work
Day 3: Present & Celebrate

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Friday November 9th

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

7:15 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and keynote speaker

8:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to pitch your startup idea

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Finished for the day

Saturday November 10th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast, tea & coffee

9:30 am
Facilitator presentation on business model and judging criteria

10:00 am
Begin Work
Team formalized 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 November 11th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast, tea & coffee

10:00 am
Check-in, status reports, call for help

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS!! Perfect your presentation

1:00 pm

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

4:45 pm
Judging & Awards

6:00 pm
Wrap-Up and Go Home!


Zack Miller

Zack Miller started his first business at the age of 10. Since then he’s spent decades helping other people successfully start, grow and dominate their  businesses through his company, Hatch. Zack has used the skills detailed in his book Anomaly to land an interview with Daymond John, be chosen as the host of a business TV show on ABC, talk business at the White House, get featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, and raise money from the team that started the Weather Channel. Check out Zack on his podcast, “Zack Miller Says”. He currently resides in Norfolk, VA.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Washington, D.C. is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Sean
  • Karen
  • Steven


Steven Rodriguez
Managing Director, SUEGO

Steven is a worldwide startup community strategist, helping to build diverse communities of innovators, entrepreneurs and startups with more than 12,000 entrepreneurial leaders across 170 countries. He is a local Washington D.C. entrepreneur and lives and breathes this ecosystem with a passion. Through his connection to Project 500, Steven has the opportunity to serve as a resource for the region's minority community and to give back what has been so freely given to him.

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