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Startup Week(night)

Startup Weekend Madison

Monday, August 20, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)

Startup Week(night)

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General Admission Aug 20, 2018 $10.00 $2.24

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Instead of Startup Weekend's 3 days, we’re crafting new companies in 3 hours!


Every spring, Madison Startup Weekend descends on University Research Park for 54 straight hours.

On August 20th, we’ll be hosting a micro-version of this annual event: learn what it takes to get an idea off the ground from serial entrepreneurs in a fun, off-kilter race against the clock, but in 3 hours instead of 3 days!

Based on a set of provided materials, attendees will have the chance to invent a product or service on-site, then pitch their idea to the group. Teams will organically form around the most creative pitches, and then folks will rush to get a working vision crafted in just a few hours for final presentations. The team with the best presentation wins!

Dinner and drinks provided.


Crafting ideas

Do I need a business or startup idea?


Unlike the full Startup Weekend in the spring, attendees of "Madison Startup Week(night)" will receive a collection of supplies upon check-in. Individually or as a group (up to you!), participants will devise a product or service that incorporates those materials, and craft a 30-second pitch to persuade others that their idea is worth pursuing.


Pitching ideas to the group

How does pitching work?

Each person (or a representative, if it's a group) gets 30 seconds to stand in front of the group and pitch their idea - bascially, drum up interest for your product or service. 

All the ideas are then taped to the wall, and attendees vote on their favorite ideas. Each person gets three votes, and you can put them all on one idea, spread them out among two or three ideas, vote all for you own idea ... it's totally up to you!

Pitching ideas to the group

What happens after voting?

We'll announce the top five vote-getters, and then everyone gets a few minutes to chat with the pitch-ers to figure out where they might best fit.

Once teams are settled, it's go time! You have about two hours to put your heads down and come up with promomtional angles, a prototype, do some user testing, etc. 

Mentors from a variety of backgrounds will be available and walking throughout the room during this time to answer any questions and help nudge folks in the right direction. 


Pitching ideas to the group

How does the night end?

Each team will present on their business to a panel of judges, based on specific criteria (which will be shared with teams at the beginning of the night). 

The judges will vote on each team, and the team with the most votes wins!

 Thanks to EatStreet for hosting us and Ian's Pizza for providing dinner!

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This event is a part of Forward Festival 2018.

Access to this event is included with your Forward Pass.

Have questions about Startup Week(night)? Contact Startup Weekend Madison

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Eat Street
316 W Washington Ave
Suite 800
Madison, WI 53703

Monday, August 20, 2018 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)

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Startup Weekend Madison

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Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

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