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Startup Weekend Portland

3/22/2013 5:30 PM - 3/24/2013 9:00 PM

Startup Weekends follow the same model anywhere in the world: participants sign up for the weekend and are invited to pitch their business idea on Friday night. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a weekend-long frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders. Whether participants found companies, 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.

Startup Weekend Portland, Maine is open to designers, developers, marketing strategists, and all types of entrepreneurs. Any participant can pitch a business idea. Any original business idea is welcome as long as there’s been no significant work or investment already – ideas with existing partners or code are ineligible. All participants will vote on ideas and join a team for the weekend. Everyone has something to contribute to a team – bring your laptop! – and there are plenty of great resources to help get started with your team’s idea. With these ideas and tools as foundation, teams will work to create business models, design products, and perform market validation, and come back together on Sunday, March 24th to show off their work to a panel of judges! Winners will be chosen, prizes will be awarded, and fun will be had by all!

The schedule, in brief:

FRIDAY: Pitch your idea, form a team, and make a plan for the weekend!

SATURDAY: Come back to PelotonLabs, collaborate and innovate, meet with coaches, and work, work, work!

SUNDAY: Put the finishing touches on your products, prepare your presentations and demos, and get ready to celebrate success!

Early Bird prices ($75 regular, $25 student) are available first-come, first served, through midnight on Feb 22, then tickets go to $99. Prices include meals and snacks for the whole weekend.

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 700 past events in over 100 countries around the world, starting more than 10,000 startups. 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. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle.

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


Friday, Mar 22

5:30pm Registration Starts

6:00pm Dinner & Networking

6:20pm Welcome & Speakers

6:30pm Pitches Start

7:30pm Participants circulate to inquire about pitch ideas, learn about what skills are needed for the weekend

8:00pm First round of voting for the top ideas, more circulation

8:30pm Final round of voting, teams start forming

9:00pm Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills, start planning for the weekend.

11:00pm Go home, get some sleep.

Saturday, Mar 23

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. They are here to help!

6:30pm Dinner

9:00pm Deadline for basic business proposition, name, url to organizers

11:00pm Finished for the day.

Sunday, Mar 24

9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00pm Lunch

12:30pm Start draft presentations to coaches

4:30pm Dinner

5:30pm Start Tech check for presentations


7:30pm Judging & awards

8:30pm Wrapup

9:00pm Go home!

Organizers | Liz Trice, Jess Knox, Jean Maginnis, Don Gooding, John Voltz, Sean Wilkinson, Sonya Durney, Michelle Neujahr, Peter Bass, Andrew Burke, Jen Bush, Sarah Hines

Learn More: Startup Weekend Portland

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