Techstars Startup Weekend AWC/NAU Yuma

    Friday, October 16 - 18, 2020

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  5. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend AWC/NAU Yuma

Friday, October 16 - 18, 2020

Friday, October 16 - 18, 2020
Event starts at 6:00 pm

Yuma, AZ

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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.

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Friday October 16th

6:00 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

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 October 17th

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 October 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

2:00 pm
Final Presentations

2:30 pm
Judging & Awards

4:30 pm

5:00 pm
Go Home!

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

Event Judges

Art Morales
PrimeLending Loan Officer

Art Morales: Yuma resident since 1993. Cibola graduate 1995. 2003 Arizona Western College graduate and University of Phoenix 2006 graduate in Business Management. 2014 AWC Alumni of the Year. Past board member of following organizations: Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center; Adult Literacy Plus; Housing America; and Nexgen. Current board member and Past-Chairman of Yuma County Chamber of Commerce; Yuma Rotary, Treasurer. Current committees : Yuma Charter Review Committee & AZ@Work Youth Committee. In finance for 22 years and currently a PrimeLending Loan Officer.

Paul Brierley
Executive Director, Yuma Center for Excellence in Desert Agriculture

Paul Brierley was raised on a family farm in central California. After earning an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degree from the University of Colorado, he spent five years conducting applied telecommunications research in the San Francisco Bay area before returning to his agricultural roots. Paul operated Brierley Custom Hay in southeast Arizona for twelve years where he was an active leader in the Farm Bureau before joining the staff of the organization. With a background in agriculture, research, leadership and politics, Paul was chosen to serve as the inaugural Executive Director of the University of Arizona’s Yuma Center of Excellence for Desert Agriculture, which he has built into a highly effective research organization focused on usable results.

Omar Diaz de Leon
Director, Manufacturing Execution Systems - Bose Corporation

Omar Diaz de Leon is the Director, Manufacturing Execution Systems at Bose Corporation. In his role, Omar has responsibility of delivering manufacturing IT solutions to support product execution and managing IT manufacturing operations at Bose. Omar also serves as the strategic IT business partner for Bose corporation’s global supply chain.  As business partner for the global supply chain, Omar has responsibility of overall IT service level attainment across the supply chain, developing digital supply strategy and works towards delivering technology products and solutions to meet business needs. Omar has been in a senior IT leadership role with Bose for 14 years and over 27 years with Bose. Omar has held various roles in IT within Bose and has over 35 years of IT industry experience. Omar holds a B.S., in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from Webster University.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend AWC/NAU Yuma 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

  • Alex
  • Shahrooz
  • Moses
    Diaz De Leon
  • Susan
  • Sergio
  • Linda


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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