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Startup Weekend Ann Arbor

2/1/2013 6:00 PM - 2/3/2013 10:00 PM

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.

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 cofounder, 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. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!


Friday, Feb 1

6:00pm Registration start and food is served

7:00pm Welcome presentation in auditorium, pitchfire session

8:00pm Mingling and voting process

8:45pm Teams form, work on ideas begins

12:00am Participants leave

Saturday, Feb 2

9:00am Arrive, breakfast & coffee

11:0am Q&A session with mentors in auditorium

11:30am Teams continue work

12:30pm Lunch

6:00pm Dinner

9:00pm Stress relief activity

12:00pm Participants leave

Sunday, Feb 3

9:00am Arrive, breakfast & coffee

10:00am Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)

12:30pm Lunch


5:30pm Judges meet in conference room

5:45pm Winners announced

6:00pm Dinner

6:30pm Begin Super Bowl livestream (tenative)

10:00pm Go home!

Speaker | Erik Torenberg-CEO, Co-founder,

Judges | Maria LaLonde, Jonathon Triest, David Bloom

Coaches | Jason Raznick, Steve Schwartz, Jon Gagnon, Sonali Vijayavargiya, Hassan Hodges, Zach Steindler, Benjamin Blackman, Moses Lee

Learn More: Startup Weekend Ann Arbor

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