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Techstars Startup Weekend Washington DC, presented by Grow With Google

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BRING YOUR STARTUP TO LIFE IN 54 HOURS

Techstars Startup Weekend is the best place to learn how to build a startup in a weekend and connect with your community; a melting pot of the area’s most creative thinkers, builders and implementers. It’s a 3-day long sprint to launch new products and services that solve real-world problems.

Grow with Google is an initiative that draws on Google’s 20-year history of building products, platforms, and services that help people and businesses grow. Through Grow with Google, Google aims to help everyone across America – those who make up the workforce of today and the students who will drive the workforce of tomorrow – access the best of Google’s training and tools to grow their skills, careers, and businesses.

Learn more about this initiative by visiting our Grow with Google website.

Techstars 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, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday afternoon 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 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, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

This event is fully sponsored by Grow With Google, through a Techstars Startup Weekend Scholarship.

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 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 Techstars 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 Techstars 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.

By submitting your information above you agree to the Techstars website's Privacy Policy, and you consent to receive email communication from Techstars and its programs about events and updates that may interest you.


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Startup Weekend is your chance to learn how to take any idea from concept to creation within a matter of days! Whether you are looking to...

  • get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship,

  • learn the process for going from concept to creation,

  • meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs in DC,

  • join or build an all-star team,

  • or take your own idea from concept to creation.

Startup Weekend is your destination for the weekend of September 21-23rd!

Learn More: https://goswdc.co


RESOURCES

GLOBAL SPONSORS & PERKS

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.CO offers free domains to all attendees during Startup Weekend DC.


google for entrepreneurs partner network

Google for Entrepreneurs offers $300 of Google Cloud services to all Startup Weekend DC attendees.


ACCESS TO QUALITY MENTORS

Seasoned entrepreneurs from companies such as Humble Ventures, GovLoop, Heartful.ly and more, take time out on Saturday and Sunday to help you think through roadblocks as you build out your startup idea. Their time alone will make this program worth the low cost needed to cover materials and food. Connect with industry leaders and have them dedicate their time to help you succeed.


PRIZES

The finalists wll receive various prizes to help them continue past the weekend journey. Past prizes have included free membership credits to co-working spaces, legal counseling, marekting strategy and more. Each event brings new and exciting prizes to help you to further develop and/or launch your startup!


GROW YOUR NETWORK

And don't forget the Judges and Organizers, who are entrepreneurial leaders themselves, from successful exit founders to venture capitalists and angel investors. Did we mention the participants themselves are also some of the most passionate and driven individuals in the region?


EVENT AGENDA

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

6:30 PM Arrival at the venue and check-in

7:00 PM Dinner, networking, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 PM Welcome and organizers review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 PM Pitches start

9:00 PM Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 PM Teams form around top-voted ideas

10:00 PM Work starts, take 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, SEPTEMBER 22

9:00 AM Arrival, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 AM Set-up of workspace for the weekend, begin work

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 PM Mentors help teams one-on-one - they are here to help! Incredible mentors you'll have the opportunity to work with from mitú, Tesla, Snapchat, Core Innovation Capital, AngelHack, and more!

6:30 PM Dinner

7:30 PM After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 PM Wrap-Up Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

9:00 AM Arrival, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 AM Check-In with coaches

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 PM Meeting with mentors … ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 PM Presentation prep, tech check, final hours of work time. Should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 PM Dinner

5:00 PM Final Presentations

7:30 PM Judging & Awards

8:30 PM Wrap-Up

9:00 PM After Party & Go Home!


FAQ

I have questions, who should I ask?

Check out our Attendee FAQs. If you're unable to find the answer you're looking for, then feel free to email us at dc@startupweekend.org.


What do I get for my Full Weekend ticket price?

Your full weekend ticket (includes Sunday Showcase Showdown) includes:

  • Access to the full weekend-long event

  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Friday night @ Pitch Fire

  • Mentoring by all-stars from the tech startup community

  • Tasty meals all weekend

  • Collaboration with awesome professionals from throughout DC-Maryland-Virginia

  • All-star judge's panel lead by startup and entrepreneurial leaders

  • Membership in the Startup Weekend Community (>200K alumni)

  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days

  • And over 100 new awesome Facebook friends!


An unforgettable and life changing experience that may make you want to quit your job tomorrow!


What do I get for my Sunday Showcase Showdown ticket price?

  • Direct access to the final pitch presentations

  • Networking access to participants and judges

  • Tasty meal


An unforgettable experience that may make you want to attend the Full Weekend Program next time!


About Techstars Startup Weekend

Techstars 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, Techstars 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 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, Techstars 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 (anything past Friday, June 15, 12:00am) if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause; see Refund Policy.


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 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 Techstars 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 Techstars 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.


By submitting your information above you agree to the Techstars website's Privacy Policy, and you consent to receive email communication from Techstars and its programs about events and updates that may interest you.


VENUE SPONSOR


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WeWork Labs provides the community, education, connections, and mentorship to help anyone take the startup path and grow with us. We partner with local incubators and accelerators to provide holistic, long-term support for startups throughout their journey. Above all, we believe in humanizing the startup process, encouraging inclusivity and diversity, and connecting people to one another.


Learn more: https://www.wework.com/labs


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