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Chicago Startup Weekend Education (SWEDU) 09/2014

UP Global

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM (CDT)

Chicago Startup Weekend Education (SWEDU) 09/2014

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
This ticket type applies to software engineers/coders/developers - in short, anybody who can and will write code. Student Developers- email us at from your .edu address to get a student discount code!
Ended $72.00 $0.00
This ticket type applies to anybody with a background in design (graphics, UX/UI, etc.) Student Designers- email us at from your .edu address to get a student discount code!
Ended $69.00 $0.00
This ticket type applies to anyone who has been trained as a professional educator (e.g. teacher, professor, school leader)
Ended $71.00 $0.00
This ticket type applies to business, marketing, and PR professionals, as well as anyone with a non-technical (e.g. developer, designer) background. Students - email us at from your .edu address to get a student discount code!
Ended $74.00 $0.00
Demo Day- View presentations on Sunday ONLY
This grants you access to demo day to view the final presentations of the weekend starting at 4:30pm on Sunday. If you have a full ticket, you do not need this ticket.
Ended $25.00 $0.00

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Event Details

All startups created this weekend will be focused on education, with a special Challenge around non-traditional student needs!  For all event details, visit

Students: Contact from your .edu email address for a discount code!

Refund Policy:  No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Startup Weekend EDU

Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here's your opportunity to  transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complimentary skills & the passion & dedication to build a startup quick & smart. Test your idea with real potential customers, receive coaching from experienced education entrepreneurs & industry professionals, and win prizes that will help you take your startup idea to the next level of execution!

We're looking for passionate educators, parents, students, entrepreneurs, developers, and designers who want to make to make a difference in education now. Come learn the basics of founding & launching a successful education startup while solving real problems in education.

The event:  We bring together a diverse group of people passionate about making a positive impact on education.  In 54 hours, participants share ideas, form teams, build products and launch education startups.  Startup Weekend EDU begins with open-mic 60-second pitches Friday night that result in the formation of small teams around the best, most viable concepts. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focusing on customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced coaches. On Sunday, teams demo their education products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.

 Here's some of the things you get from attending:

+ A free .co domain name
+ $2,000 of credit on Google App Engine
+ $100 of AWS credit for hosting
+ Awesome coaching by edtech industry leaders
+ Fun swag from Google, .Co and more!
+ Breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend
+ A network of new developer, designer & entrepreneur friends that are also excited about improving education 

The Winning Team will also receive:

+ Free admission and travel to 4.0 Schools' Essentials multi-day workshop (covering up to $500 in travel costs!)

+ Free two months membership at 1871 and meeting with Jeff Dunn of the new DV X DeVry EdTech Incubator at 1871 about their next cohort

 Financial support for further development post-SWEDU from Educelerate and National Louis University for the team that best serves the unique challenges of non-traditional students.

 + Interview with the lead mentor of Kaplan Techstars EdTech Accelerator.

Interview with Tristan Sokol, West Coast Relations at Pearson Labs, about the next Pearson Catalyst cohort 

About Startup Weekend EDU: Startup Weekend EDU events are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend EDU events culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working  education startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea. 

As a member of your startup community, you agree to to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident. 

By Participating at the event, you grant Startup Weekend permission to capture photo/video of the event. You can find the exact legal terms on our FAQ Page but to summarize, we want to share your success with the world.

Have questions about Chicago Startup Weekend Education (SWEDU) 09/2014? Contact UP Global

When & Where

National Louis University
122 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60603

Friday, September 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 8:00 PM (CDT)

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UP Global

Startup Tablelands is a group of individuals and representatives of not-for-profit organisations and government with an interest and role in startups, SME’s and economic development in the Atherton Tablelands region.

 UP Global is a non-profit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship, grassroots leadership, and strong communities. We are on a mission to make the world a more innovative and prosperous place, one community at a time. We believe that entrepreneurs are critical to driving a strong global economy and a better world. We do this by supporting the grassroots leaders who are at the core of every strong entrepreneurial community. Through the efforts of community leaders, UP Global operates programs that foster entrepreneurship in hundreds of cities across the world. UP Global's programs & initiatives include Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, Education Entrepreneurs, and Startup Week.
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