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Friday, July 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 9:00 PM (EDT)

Startup Weekend: Pitch an Idea and a Tent!

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Arrive Early or Stay Late!
Get the full Camp Douglas Smith experience with an extended stay! Paired with your Startup Weekend ticket, this a la carte option grants early access to camp on Thursday and extends your stay through Sunday.
Jul 30, 2017 $10.00 $1.54
Startup Weekend Participant (Early Bird)
If you want to pitch an idea, you’ll need a place to pitch your tent first. This ticket reserves your camping space, dinner for Friday, all meals Saturday and Sunday, and access to canoes and pontoon boat rides!
Jun 16, 2017 $100.00 $6.49
Startup Weekend Participant Student (Early Bird)
Are you ready to run with the professionals? We think so! Show the world what you’re made of and bring your big idea to Startup Weekend. This ticket reserves your camping space, dinner for Friday, all meals Saturday and Sunday, and access to canoes and pontoon boat rides! Make sure to sign up with your university email (it should end in “.EDU”) to validate your student ticket.
Jun 16, 2017 $75.00 $5.12
Dinner and Final Pitch Event Access
Join us Sunday to see what the startup teams have worked on all weekend. Everyone will arrive at 3PM for a tour of Camp Douglas Smith followed by dinner and the final pitches. (Participants of Startup Weekend do not need this ticket.)
Jul 30, 2017 $20.00 $2.09
Cabin Stay
Worried that tent-camping will cramp your style? We’ve got a bunk with your name on it. This additional ticket will secure your placement in one of our shared cabins. These will be assigned to you the day before you arrive.
Jul 30, 2017 $20.00 $2.09
Volunteer   more info Jul 30, 2017 $75.00 $5.12
Mentor   more info Jul 30, 2017 $75.00 $5.12

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Where The Innovative Come to Pitch an Idea...and a Tent.

Sparks of genius only come once in a blue moon. The great ideas--the ones that bring people together and get people excited--take work. A lot of work. That’s where Startup Weekend comes in. Camp Douglas Smith is the venue hosting Startup Weekend where creatives, techies, strategists, and entrepreneurs will form cross-functional teams, pitching their big idea for the chance to make it into something more. We mentioned we’re bunking at a 100 year old camp, right?

Along the shores of Hamlin Lake, the only thing calling for your attention is your big idea. No distractions, no bustling cityscape: just you, your team, and hours of ideation. With all the amenities you’d expect from a Startup Weekend--housing, internet, workshop access, coffee--Camp Douglas Smith offers in a setting that reflects the summer camps of childhood. Because, well, it was.

The weekend will be challenging. No question. The amount of coffee to be consumed? Ungodly. The opportunity? Invaluable. This is Startup Weekend like you’ve never seen it before. Join us, and immerses your mind, body, and spirit in the creative process of bringing an idea to life.


The event will kick off at 6 pm so if you arrive and register early (starting at 9 am), you will have plenty of time to set up your tent, meet others and enjoy the day on the lake.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. 

Come build something with us! 

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About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends 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 Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working 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 entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on a 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.


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.

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.

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Camp Douglas Smith
5515 W Nurnberg Rd
Lundington, MI 49431

Friday, July 28, 2017 at 9:00 AM - Sunday, July 30, 2017 at 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond. Techstars Startup Programs include Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, Startup Next, and Startup Week. 


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