AWC and NAU Startup Weekend

    Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019

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  4. Organizing Team
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AWC and NAU Startup Weekend

Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019

Friday, April 12 - 14, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Arizona Western College
2020 S Avenue 8E
Yuma, AZ 85366

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Your idea in 54 hours

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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Don’t wait any longer and join the Techstars Startup Weekend movement!

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Become a sponsor!

Visit the AWC Foundation page and type “Startup Weekend” in the Scholarship/Program field when completing the online donation.

Top 5 reasons to be a sponsor of the AWC NAUYuma Startup Weekend;
  1. You Brand your business as a supporter of your community and education.
  2. This is an educational activity for the participants they will remember for many years.
  3. You are supporting innovation and job creation.
  4. You are investing in the future, better employees, new businesses, and sustainability.
  5. All funds raised stay in Yuma and, which helps to generate consumer preference and to foster brand loyalty.   
Start-up Weekend is a place for entrepreneurs to create a business, work on a startup team, and connect with the right people and resources.

Hotel options near the area
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Address: 2044 S. Avenue 3 E, Yuma, AZ 85365
Rate: $104.00/ per night
ID Number for online reservations: 786923971
Phone number for direct booking: (928) 317-1400 *Guests need to only mention they are from AWC for the rate for the weekend    

Homewood Suites Yuma
Address: 1955 E. 16th St., Yuma, AZ 85365
Rate: $129.00/ per night
Code for online reservations: C-AWC @ 129
Phone number for direct booking: (928) 782-4100 *Guests need to mention the code if booking directly through phone **Guests must make their reservation by March 15th in order to qualify for the rate

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Friday April 12th

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 April 13th

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 April 14th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee. Review status; Team work discuss presentation strategy, mentors. Develop prototype/artifact strategy of presentation.

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Presentation and Tech Prep

2:00 pm
Judges meet in Frances Morris

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

3:00 pm
Final Presentations

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The AWC and NAU Startup Weekend 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 Yuma is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Rakesh
  • Alex
  • Linda
  • Shahrooz
  • Sergio


Jen Newell
Marketing and Communications Professional

I am part of the original organizing team of Startup Weekend San Diego and saw SW grow from toddler-hood to adulthood as early as 2007 in Boulder when it began.

I have recently worked at two Techstars companies, Carbon Robotics and CleverPet. I recently changed gears to do social media marketing at a large scientific instrument company.

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