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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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

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!



Mar 14
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Wil McLellan

Director Epic Innovation   |   LinkedIn

Dave Moskovitz

Professional Director and Startup Investor   |   LinkedIn

Sue Wilkinson

CEO HairyLemon and The IT Team   |   LinkedIn

Julian Carver

Canterbury Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Programme Manager at Land Information New Zealand   |   LinkedIn


Geoff Brash

Co-founder SLI Systems   |   LinkedIn

David Clearwater

Venture Manager – The Hikurangi Foundation   |   LinkedIn

Mike DelPrete

Head of Strategy at Trade Me   |   LinkedIn

Logan Elliott

Creative Entertainment, Managing Director at Highly Flammable Ltd   |   LinkedIn

Nicolás Erdödy

Director, Open Parallel & Erdody Consultancy   |   LinkedIn

Dan Fowlie

Director // Certified Consultant at Trineo   |   LinkedIn

Lenz Gschwendtner

CTO and Co-founder – iwantmyname   |   LinkedIn

Anna Guenther

Chief Bubble Blower at PledgeMe   |   LinkedIn

Sam Kidd

Teamwork Project Manager (   |   LinkedIn

Andrei Link

Channel & Product Development Manager at Xtend-Life Natural Products Ltd   |   LinkedIn

Sam Ragnarsson

Senior Consultant at Effectus Limited   |   LinkedIn

Ben Reid

Cloud Enterprise Architect and Strategist   |   LinkedIn

Sam Ragnarsson
Geoff Brash
Jess Eastmond
Chanelle Scott
Thomas Harding
Robina Dobbie
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