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Startup Weekend Fargo

2/1/2013 6:00 PM - 2/17/2013 5:00 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! 

Join us Feb. 1-3 for North Dakota’s first Startup Weekend! The opening and closing presentations will be located at the historic Fargo Theatre (314 Broadway), while most of the weekend’s activities will be located down the street at the newly remolded Loretta Building (208 Broadway).

We are seeking the Red River Valley’s best developers, designers, and non-technicals. At StartupWeekend Fargo you will start a company during a weekend together with a bunch of enthusiastic people.

  • Pitch an idea
  • Form a team
  • Build a prototype
  • Validate the market
  • Make a business model
  • Meet great people
  • 7 meals included
  • Post-party

From idea to business in 54 hours


FRI 01

6:30PM    Registration Starts
7:00PM    Dinner & Networking
7:20PM    Welcome & Speakers
7:30PM    Pitches Start
9:00PM    Attendeed Vote for the Top Ideas
9:15PM    Teams Start Forming and Discussing Ideas
10:00PM  Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest & direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend.

SAT 02

9:00AM    Arrive, Simple Breakfast & Coffee
9:30AM    Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
12:00PM  Lunch
1:00PM    Call for Needs & Skills
2:00PM    Coaches Help Teams One-on-One
6:30PM    Dinner
7:30PM    Mid-Weekend Check-In, Status Reports, Call for Help
10:00PM  Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow.


9:00AM    Arrive, Simple Breakfast & Coffee
10:00AM  Call for Help
12:00PM  Lunch
12:30PM  Coaches Arrive...ASK QUESTIONS!!!
3:00PM    Gut Check. Start Prepping for Presentations
4:00PM    Dinner
7:30PM    Judging and Awards
8:30PM    Wrap-Up
9:00PM    Go Home!!!

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