Startup Weekend (organization)

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A Startup Weekend in Brazil in 2011.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour weekend event, during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing experts, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence. As of December 2016, Startup Weekend has reached 135 countries, involving over 210,000 entrepreneurs. Upon its 2015 acquisition, Startup Weekend, alongside Startup Week and StartupDigest, became one of the Techstars family of startup programs.[1]


Founded in July 2007 in Boulder, Colorado by Andrew Hyde,[2] Startup Weekend brought together 70 entrepreneurs to try to create a startup in just 54 hours.[3] The model quickly expanded to cities around the world. In January 2010, Marc Nager and Clint Nelsen took over full ownership and registered the organization as a not-for-profit, relocating to Seattle. As of the acquisition, Startup Weekend had organized approximately 80 events in the USA, England, Germany and Canada. In February 2010, Franck Nouyrigat joined as a Co-Director and CTO. In the fall of 2010, Startup Weekend gained 501c3 status and received a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. By December 2010, the organization was composed of 8 full-time employees, over 15 'Key Facilitators', and more than 100 local organizers. In 2011, Startup Weekend launched the StartUp Foundation Initiative in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.[4] In June 2012, Startup Weekend opened its first regional offices in London and Mexico City.[5] By 2016, Startup Weekend events ran in over 1000 cities around the world.

Event model[edit]

Startup Weekend events span the course of a weekend (approximately 54 hours),[6][7][8] and are generally composed of 60-120 participants (although events in the past have ranged from 13 to 300+). In addition to attendees (otherwise known as 'Weekend Warriors'), the event attracts speakers, coaches, panelists (generally well-respected members of the local startup community or notable names in the tech industry), and various sponsors and company representatives. A good share of teams end up working together beyond the startup weekend to build a fully operating startup and others take with them the bootcamp experience and a network of like minds.

Global Startup Battle[edit]

Startup Weekend launched the Global Startup Battle in 2011 during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The 2012 battle included 10,000+ participants, 1,200+ teams, taking place in 100+ cities around the world.[9] Global Startup Battle has three phases: First, the team must win the local Startup Weekend. Second, the team must win a Facebook popularity contest by receiving votes.[10] Only the top 15 teams move on to the final stage. The final stage is a judging panel. In 2016, Global Startup Battle, shifted to become Global Startup Weekend, a world-wide celebration of Startup Weekends.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jason, Saltzman (16 June 2015). "Why Techstars Acquired Startup Weekend". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  2. ^ Feld, Brad (2012). Startup Communities. Wiley. ISBN 978-1118441541.
  3. ^ Arrington, Michael (July 8, 2007). "StartupWeekend: 70 Founders Create Company In One Weekend – TechCrunch". Archived from the original on August 10, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Pruitt, Barbara. "Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation". Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  5. ^ Schulte, Barb. "Startup Weekend Expands Operations Globally, Opens Regional Offices in London and Mexico City". Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  6. ^ Vrant, Andres. "UP.CO features Startup Weekend Universidad Santiago de Cali". UP.CO. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ Holguin, Alexander. "Universidad Santiago de Cali will host Startup Weekend, 2016". USC.EDU.CO. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  8. ^ Semana, Revista. "El evento internacional Startup Weekend tendrá su versión en Cali". SEMANA. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Global Startup Battle". 2012-09-22.
  10. ^ KissQuest Inc. (2012-11-29). "How To Win The Startup Weekend Popularity Contest". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.

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