Techstars Startup Weekend Online Boulder Innovation & Inclusion
September 18 - 20, 2020

boulderteamgoogle@startupweekend.org
Welcome!
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating 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.
Learn, Network, Startup
Welcome!
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating 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.
Learn, Network, Startup
Launch Your Idea This Weekend!
Google Boulder is hosting our first ever virtual Startup Weekend in conjunction with Techstars. This weekend will specifically focus on the theme of Inclusion and Innovation. Participants will form teams, virtually meet their customers, and work with mentors… all before pitching their businesses to our panel of expert judges.

What do you need to bring?

An idea! Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span any issue related to innovation & inclusion. The theme is broad, so it's important to think about what innovation & inclusion means to you. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: you will be presenting your idea and participants will vote on the top ideas to work on, you will be guaranteed a spot on a team but not that your pitch will be chosen.


As this is a virtual event, you'll need access to a computer, a Wifi connection, and a comfortable place to work.

FAQ's:

Q: What's the team size?
A: Teams will ideally have 4-6 members.

Q: Who is going to guide us through the weekend and give us instructions?
A: Team formation and the weekend overall will be guided by our awesome facilitator. You'll never have to question what you should be working on. Also, we will have mentors on site to help you Saturday and Sunday morning.

Q: Team formation and the weekend overall will be guided by our awesome facilitator. You'll never have to question what you should be working on.
A: We will have mentors on site to help you Saturday and Sunday morning.

Q: What should I wear?
A: Dress comfortably! This is virtual. No need for a suit and tie.

Q: Is there a prize for winning?
A: You get the great honor of saying you "won" Google Boulder Startup Weekend. But really, all attendees are winners - you got an amazing experience and learned from the best on what it's like to start a company. Plus, there will be additional prizes for the winning team revealed during the event!
Event Organisers
Mark Madic
Facilitator
Mark Madic has been a Facilitator for Startup Weekend- Techstars since January of 2018. Mark's passion for helping others, and working with innovative projects has allowed him to work with numerous entrepreneurship & accelerator programs throughout Colorado, along with Startup Weekend. He has facilitated events throughout a multi state region, and now lives and works in Southern Colorado.

Mark's current role is as Manager of Southern Colorado Innovation Link, which is funded by the Economic Development Administration, and is the first accelerator & startup support program in the region, which is primarily rural. Success for the program is based upon the number of jobs created, amount of capital raised by client companies, and with financial results of the companies supported.
socoinnovationlink.org

In his free time, Mark enjoys bicycling, running, boxing, live blues music, and playing golf. And he loves talking about blues music and boxing with any fellow fans.
Mentors & Speakers
Selected by the organising team to help you throughout the weekend
Stacey Putka
Speaker
Stacey believes fiercely in challenging perceptions and in the power of transformation. Growing up in an entrepreneurial household, with a father who took full advantage of his second chance in life after recovering from addiction, Stacey has always been inspired to facilitate transformation in the lives of others. Stacey received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Colorado State University and a master's in social work from the University of Denver. Prior to joining Defy Colorado, Stacey provided mental health and substance abuse treatment to men on parole and probation.
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Judges
Erica Ellis
Judge
Erica leads the Inclusive Research + Design team at Workday. She has worked in accessibility and inclusive design for a few years and was able to prove its necessity and form a dedicated UX team at Workday. The team focuses on empowering all UX to own these practices and embed them into their process. They also work on strategic projects to move Workday's products and services to be more inclusive of everyone.

Erica is passionate about the outdoors. When she's not at work, you'll probably find her out on a local trail.
Amar Patel
Hey its Amar! I speak to global youth about believing in themselves using a combination of spoken word and dance. I collaborate on several initiatives in the Greater Denver Area from emergency food drives, sharing coffee, code camps, youth activations, and more.

Follow me on Instagram @whereisamar I'd love to connect and share what I know.
Chrystal M Huskey
Judge
Current serving as COO at Scale to $1 Million - Strategic, action-driven operations professional with skills in many industries, especially events, government and health and wellness. Multi-tasking mom of 20 and 16 year-old humans, passionate about impactful companies and initiatives with experience building, investigating, scaling and selling companies. Frequent roles include project management, mentorship, women leadership and growth, however, strategy and operations are my sweet spot.Bio
Simon
Judge
I am a father, media creator, DJ, musician, producer, logistician, and entrepreneur with roots in Kenya, who uses digital media and real-life events to promote and celebrate a fresh narrative about the African and African American experience both locally and globally.
Andy Kumar
Andy Kumar is a management professional who works in software consulting, international development, and product. He has started and sold several companies and is passionate about social and environmental impact. He is a life long learner who loves being in nature.
Event Schedule
September 18 - 20, 2020
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Global Startup Weekend Partners
Google for Startups
Google Cloud Platform helps startups build web/mobile apps and is offering participants $300 in credit to build their apps (link can be found here). Teams can use Google Trends + Market Finder to test if there is a growing demand for their product and in which markets.

> $300 USD in cloud platform credit
> Register at cloud.google.com/free
GoDaddy
GoDaddy provides a domain name that many innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world use. As part of our partnership, each participant can register a free domain name with GoDaddy (.co, .us, .biz). Read more here. Redemption codes will be given to participants by the organising team.

> 1 x free GoDaddy domain, per person
> Participants can redeem the code from: startup.co

For more information, visit GoDaddy's FAQ or reach out to support@porkbun.com.
Contact
Questions? We are here to help!
E-mail: help@techstars.com



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