Twin Cities Startup Weekend Youth invites budding entrepreneurs in their sophomore, junior and senior year in high school, as well as freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in college, to take an idea from nothing to something, pitch to prototype, in just three days. (This event does not require overnight stay)
Startup Weekend will propel students to launch creative business ideas by implementing the “Lean Startup” process. Students will pitch ideas, form teams around the top ideas, research their customers, and work intensely as teams to build a prototype that demonstrates the potential of their business. The event culminates in a “SHARK TANK” style pitch competition where teams present their business and demonstrate their prototype to a panel of local entrepreneurs.
In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.
NO TECHNOLOGY SKILLS REQUIRED:
Any student interested in startups, launching a business, entrepreneurship, or creative problem solving is encouraged to register. Startup Weekend demands teamwork, creativity, and determination! External experts with business and technical experience will help mentor teams, however, students will be forced to push the limits of their comfort zone and learn new skills.
NO TALK, ALL ACTION!
Startup Weekend demands teamwork, creativity, determination, and focus from all participants! While each team will be assigned an adult coach, every team will be expected to manage itself to optimize time.
ABOUT STARTUP WEEKEND:
Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of passionate entrepreneurs with a mission to inspire, educate, and empower communities to launch revolutionary ideas.
Startup Weekend Youth Twin Cities will be the second youth-version of Startup Weekend in the Midwest. Startup Weekend is a volunteer-driven global grassroots movement of passionate entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower communities to launch world-changing ideas. It is the largest community of entrepreneurs in the world and has hosted 2000+ events in 200+ countries since 2007. Global sponsors of Startup Weekend include Coca-Cola, 3M, Sprint, Intuit, Chase Bank, .CO, and The Case Foundation.
WHY DO WE HAVE TICKETS?
As much as we wish we could make this event free, costs do add up. Your ticket will go directly towards providing seven meals for each participant for all three days as well as covering the costs of the venue and other individual expenses.
If the ticket is a problem for you please email firstname.lastname@example.org, need-based scholarships are available!
No refunds will be granted within 14 days of the event.
TERMS OF PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT:
It is our job to provide you with an incredible learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people, 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 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.