Entrepreneurship—take it for a spin
Becoming an entrepreneur requires risk. Quitting your job or emptying your 401k to start a business is scary (and inadvisable) for most. But you, friend, have an incredible opportunity to test drive entrepreneurship risk-free.
Do you have an idea you’d like to build out? Do you want to meet motivated, talented hustlers like yourself? Startup Weekend is the perfect circumstance to build a company—or at least as much as you can build in 54 hours!
Here are a few things you can ‘test drive’ during Startup Weekend:
- The desire to become an entrepreneur—is it more than just a dream?
- The idea—can you build it into a viable business?
- The startup lifestyle—can you handle a high growth, low structured environment?
Nobody leaves a Startup Weekend empty-handed, even if you don’t win. You’ll come away with new skills, new connections to motivated people like yourself, and perhaps, a startup business!
Ready? Here are the details.
What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of ambitious entrepreneurial minds of various skill sets who are looking to practice and learn the basics of founding and launching a startup venture successfully. It is a unique opportunity to get your startup off the ground, risk free.
How does it work?
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model:
- Pitch your startup idea and receive feedback from your peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote).
- Then, it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.
- The last part of the weekend is the most intense—teams present their ideas to a panel of judges and after a palm sweating Q & A, the judges pick the top 3 startups (did we mention, the winners get prizes to help launch their startup?).
Who should participate?
We welcome anyone and everyone who has a passion for.. well... anything! This event is open to anyone who wants to hone their skills in business planning, developing, marketing and design.
Your Ticket gets You:
- Access to the event
- Mentorship from amazing entrepreneurs and business professionals in the Sacramento region
- Amazing high-profile speakers and judges
- Networking with awesome Sacramento entrepreneurs
- Work with awesome professionals
- Plenty of food fuel to keep you energized for 54 intense hours
- Free .co website domain
- Membership @ Startup Weekend Community (200K alumni) #SWSac
- 100 new awesome Facebook friends and thousands of tweets
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. We do ask, however, that you don’t have a fully-formed business already, e.g. a complete business plan, a website, etc. 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 strikes your interest—you will be surprised how much value you can add to the idea and team. The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and learning from each other.
Still aren’t sure if Startup Weekend is for you? Ask us anything at email@example.com
For all event details, please visit sacramento.up.co
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.
When & Where
Techstars Startup Programs
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.