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University Research Park (MG&E Innovation Center)

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. Startup Weekends can be found in hundreds of cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Madison, 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!

Organizers
Forrest Woolworth
Chris Meyer
Amy Gannon
Allen Dines
Brian Samson
Lorin Toepper (In Memoriam)
Schedule

Friday

Apr 10
  • Registration Opens & Networking Time
  • Dinner & 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. You may stay and work up to midnight.

Saturday

Apr 11
  • Breakfast & coffee
  • Morning work time
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Recommended finish for the day. You may stay and work as late as you would like

Sunday

Apr 12
  • Breakfast & coffee
  • Morning work time
  • Lunch
  • Start prepping and practicing for presentations
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Blog

2014 Event Wrap Up

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The 2014 Startup Weekend Madison event is a wrap! Congratulations to all teams and thank you to everyone who participated. […]

Prizes!

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We have some exciting prizes for top teams at this year’s Startup Weekend Madison. They include: Guaranteed interview for gener8tor’s […]

Speakers Announced

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We have some stellar speakers on hand for Friday evening of Startup Weekend! These entrepreneurs (and both past Startup Weekend […]

Call for Sponsors

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Startup Weekend Madison returns April 4-6, 2014! The event would not be possible without the very generous support from our […]

2013 Event Wrap Up

by swmadison

Success! After nearly 3 full days of exciting activity, the 2013 Startup Weekend Madison event is now all wrapped up. […]

2013 Project List

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There were 41 different project ideas pitched Friday by the nearly 100 participants at the 2013 Startup Weekend Madison event. […]

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