Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech

    Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

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Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech

Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019

Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

MakeOffices Penn Ave
2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Suite #7000
Washington, DC 20006

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Start your business in 54 hours / Empieza tu negocio en solo 54 horas


Techstars Startup Weekend is the best place to learn how to build a startup in a weekend and connect with your community; a melting pot of the area’s most creative thinkers, builders and  implementers. It’s a 3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems.

Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,
  • learn the process of going from concept to creation,
  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in DC,
  • join or build an all-star team,
  • or take your own idea from concept to creation
Startup Weekend is your destination for the weekend of Nov. 15-18th!

Who is Startup Weekend For?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including...

  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs,
  • developers and other tech-related professionals,
  • designers of all types,
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from universities and even high schools,
  • professionals looking to switch careers,
  • passionate visionaries
What's The Twist?  

Imagine what could happen if we gathered entrepreneurially-minded Latin@s and allies over 54 hours to identify and design business solutions to problems in a safe, inclusive, and creative space? This is why we are launching a Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech Edition. That means you’ll be joined by the diverse Latinx community to think through your ideas and learn from their different areas of expertise. Your idea might be innovation-led, tech-enabled, or something else entirely. The purpose is up to you. What we provide is a fun, high-energy environment where you can learn through doing, with all the support you’ll need to launch a brand new business.

This event is co-located with Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 18-24, 2019.

Your ticket includes:
  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the tech startup community
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals from throughout DC-Maryland-Virginia
  • All-star judge's panel lead by startup and entrepreneurial leaders
  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days
  • And over 100 new awesome Facebook friends!
Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great!  We hope you pitch for the weekend.  If you don't have an idea, that's quite alright!  Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something piques your interest!  The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other.  If you have more questions, check out the Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

Join us for a very special weekend! 

Questions? Press inquiries?  Please email us at

I have questions, who should I ask?

Check out our Attendee FAQs. If you're unable to find the answer you're looking for, then feel free to email us at
 This event is sponsored in part by Kapoor Center for Social Impact, through a Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech Scholarship.



¿Tienes una idea en la cabeza desde hace meses y quieres llevarla a cabo?
Techstars Startup Weekend es el lugar ideal para buscar un equipo, armar un prototipo, validar tu idea de negocio y recibir retroalimentación de parte de los jueces y mentores, todo en un fin de semana. Es una carrera de 3 días para lanzar nuevos productos y servicios que resuelven problemas del mundo real.

¡Startup Weekend es tu oportunidad de aprender a llevar cualquier idea desde el concepto hasta la creación en cuestión de días! Si usted está buscando:

  • Sumérgete en el mundo de las startups y el emprendimiento,
  • aprende el proceso de ir del concepto a la creación,
  • conoce a empresarios experimentados, talentosos y apasionados en DC,
  • unite o construye un equipo de estrellas,
  • O toma tu propia idea desde el concepto hasta la creación.
¡Startup Weekend es su destino para el fin de semana del 15 al 18 de noviembre! ¿Para quién es Startup Weekend?No importa lo que haga o de dónde venga, Startup Weekend está diseñado como un evento y programa inclusivo que reúne a todo tipo de personas, incluido ...

  • Aspirantes y empresarios experimentados,
  • desarrolladores y otros profesionales relacionados con la tecnología,
  • diseñadores de todo tipo,
  • talento no técnico (es decir, negocios, ventas, finanzas, legal, etc.)
  • estudiantes de universidades e incluso escuelas secundarias,
  • profesionales que buscan cambiar de carrera, visionarios apasionados

¿Cuál es el enfoque?

El próximo Startup Weekend es un Latinx especial en Tech Edition. Eso significa que se unirá a la diversa comunidad de Latinx para reflexionar sobre sus ideas y aprender de sus diferentes áreas de experiencia. Su idea podría ser basada en la innovación, habilitada para la tecnología o algo completamente distinto. El propósito depende de ti. Lo que ofrecemos es un entorno dinámico y de alta energía en el que se puede aprender haciendo, con todo el apoyo que necesitará para iniciar un nuevo negocio.

Para recibir beca, aplica aqui [abrir].

Tu boleto incluye:

  • 6 comidas completas (y deliciosas) durante el fin de semana.
  • Beneficios y descuentos de nuestros patrocinadores globales.
  • Excelente asesoría por parte de los mentores.
  • Una red de nuevos desarrolladores, diseñadores y emprendedores que también están entusiasmados por ser agentes de cambio en el país.
  • Todo el internet, café y galletas que puedas consumir en un fin de semana.
¿Tengo que venir con una idea?

Si tienes una idea para una startup, ¡entonces genial! Esperamos que te lances para este fin de semana. Si no tienes una idea, ¡está bien! ¡Venga y pase el fin de semana, escuche las ideas que se están lanzando y vea si algo despierta su interés! Este fin de semana se trata de aprender sobre el proceso de creación de inicio de ideas al igual que aprender unos de otros. ¡Si tiene más preguntas, mande un correo electronico a!

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Friday November 15th

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 November 16th

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 November 17th

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 Judges

Trinidad Zaldivar
Chief Creativity and Culture Unit, Inter-American Development Bank

Trinidad's role today is to harness the worlds of culture, creativity and volunteerism and to infuse their innovative thinking into the full spectrum of the IDB’s work. We seek out path-breaking creators and entrepreneurs who are disrupting sectors that are vital to development, and generating spaces and situations for where they can exchange knowledge, find inspiration, and explore partnerships with IDB specialists.

Angela Neira
Director Of Small Business Lending, Life Assets Inc.

Results-driven professional with over 12 years of experience in business management and leading multicultural teams. An established track record of using creativity, leadership and communication skills to generate positive results from a team. Detail-oriented and highly articulate, strategic thinker and innovator with proven ability to achieve results in a fast-paced environment.

Yanire Brana
President, MET Community

Results-oriented professional with more than 20 years of experience in creating and developing gender initiatives and IT projects from strategic vision to implementation. Demonstrated experience in training, leveraging information technology, marketing, communications and change management processes.

Daniel Parra
Director of Small and Minority Business Development , MCEDC

More than 20 years as a successful business training specialist and business owner. Daniel has been working with the Hispanic community in corporations and nonprofits. He had the opportunity to work for Fortune 500 companies such as Avon.

Aurelia Flores
CEO, Perfect Digital Connect

Aurelia Flores, Managing Member of Athena Digital Media Group, has been in the digital marketing field for nearly 10 years. She has a passion for helping people connect with their ideal clients online and specializes in Facebook Ad Campaigns. Aurelia is especially committed to helping her clients change the world with their work. In 2016, Aurelia joined the Pipeline Angels network of women investors. She is deeply committed to their goals of changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Her angel investments all focus on large social change projects led by women.

Coaches and Mentors

Luis Simón
Senior Communications Analyst, Inter-American Development Bank

Luis Símon's passion is to tell good stories. To do so, he plays with his creativity and storytelling powers, a mix that always brings surprising results. Luis currently work as a Public Speaking Coach and Event Producer. His background as an actor, play writer and theater director makes a unique profile for strategic communications, event production, cultural management and public and international relations.

Eliana Prada
Communications Sr. Associate, Inter-American Development Bank

Communications expert at the Inter-American Development Bank.

Alenka Zavasnik
Entrepreneur Community & Ecosystem Builder

The core of her work is bringing people into community to learn while developing relationships and collaborating on solutions. The past 15+ years Alenka has collaborated with initiatives that supported entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and change makers in becoming resilient leaders, accessing mentors, creating connections and growing communities to reach their goals.

Rosemarie Truman
Founder and CEO, The Center for Advancing Innovation Inc.

At The Center for Advancing Innovation we've conceived and launched "first of a kind" startup challenges to crowdsource talent, pair them with federally-funded IP, and launch 300+ startups to solve the worlds biggest challenges. We've been coined the Tinder for Startups by Nature - Sharktank on Steroids by BIO - a Powerful Innovation Toolkit by the White House!

Francisco Lara

A professor of management who specializes in leadership, entrepreneurship and international relations. Francisco teaches courses in the area of International Business, Management, Change Management, Business Ethics, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management. He has been a visiting professor in many US and European Universities, like Florida State University, Bentley University, ISM Frankfurt, Universittá Cattólica Sacro Cuore Milan, ESDES Business School Lyon, ISC Paris or Regents University London among others. Francisco joined The Catholic University of America in August 2014 as a visiting professor.

Luciana Daino
Innovation Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

Innovation expert at Inter-American Development Bank.

Alan Kind
Knowledge, Innovation and Communications MGMT Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank

Expert at AIDB.

Gary Loberg
Managing Director, Mameluke Ventures

A senior executive experienced in developing cross-functional teams and organizations, leading them globally in the most difficult circumstances and most challenging environments. As a leader and project manager with international team-building experience, Gary transforms vision, principles, and desired outcomes into quantifiable results and sustainable organizational behaviors. He has deep experience and proven ability to successfully manage the complexity which comes from integrating technical, operational, and strategic policy objectives while mitigating a broad range of risk factors.

Yanina Edith
Advancement Director, Archbishop Borders School

Master with over 10 years of professional experience in Marketing, Business Development, Corporate Communications, and Public Relations. Highly-motivated and results-oriented in Sales, Marketing and Public Relations roles. Accomplished in maintaining customer service best practices with a strong background in analyzing client issues, successfully negotiating solutions, and building exceptional internal/external relationships to consistently achieve the organization's objectives. 

Alejandra Luzardo
Innovation Lead Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank

My passion to inspire, educate, and innovate led me to co-found Demand Solutions, an innovation ecosystem for global innovators focused on fostering, inspiring and connecting innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Working with investors, executives, journalists, government officials, university students, inventors, and entrepreneurs, we are transforming the region into a creative and innovative global hub.

As a leader and a strategist, I believe in the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to solve problems in a broad range of fields such as health, transportation, Climate change, and citizen security. My experience overseeing start-up competitions, social media initiatives, and projects related to the creative economy across the public, private, and non-profit sectors has provided me with the knowledge needed to pursue and establish partnerships with programs and universities throughout the region.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Latinx in Tech 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 Partner

Organizing Team

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

  • Yurani
  • Steven
  • Flor
  • Angela


Alejandra Jimenez
Program Manager

Global Facilitator @startupweekend | Interpreter, translator and editor | Program Manager @StartupBoost NY | Latinx

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