Global Startup Weekend Highlights: Boulder, Colorado

We recently held Global Startup Weekend (GSW) to connect entrepreneurs, organizing teams, and startup communities around the world from November 11th – 20th. During the weekend, attendees received access to exclusive resources to help prep for success at Startup Weekend and make connections to mentors and other startup teams. After GSW, we asked founders from the local winning teams to tell us about their experiences. Read below to get a behind-the-scenes look into the weekend and their journey to winning.

What is the name of the company you formed at Startup Weekend Boulder?

The name was originally “Alexa Teacher” the night of the pitch. We changed it to “Alexa Learn” because we wanted to capture the idea that what we accomplished at Startup Weekend was just the gateway to more possibilities of learning from your in-home AI.

What was it like forming a team and starting on all of the work?

I walked around listening in to all the teams as they formed, trying to get a sense of what I had to offer the team and what I could potentially learn from the members. The “Alexa Teacher” team had four developers.

When I asked Evan (who pitched) more about what they wanted to build, he said he wasn’t totally sure, but that he had flown to Boulder from Seattle with the goal of learning more about building Alexa skills.

I asked him some questions about how he would infuse a pedagogical approach into the build-out, and with whom he would do validation. I realized I could help the team in those areas. I was excited to learn more about developing Alexa skills myself.

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Any other memorable moments from the weekend?

Yes. We spent Saturday morning ideating on the possible pain points in-home AI could solve when it comes to “learning,” and then we grouped those ideas into themes.

Off the top of my head, the main themes that came up were procrastination, lack of immersion or adaptable algorithms for world language learning, and social and emotional challenges resulting to a lack of growth-mindset.

We settled on how Alexa could potentially solve the pain point for lack of an “immersion” experience for learning a second language, and spent most of the day interviewing students on campus with regards to language learning.

By late afternoon we ended up completely pivoting after speaking to a father (one of the mentors) who was having trouble helping his son learn to read on his own.

We felt we had a unique solution that would solve his more acute pain point, and started over late Saturday afternoon.

Did you take advantage of the exclusive GSW resources before or during the weekend?

Absolutely! I watched Zach Nies’ video on empathy interviewing. My main resource was the fortunate fact that my team was very skilled and this wasn’t their first startup rodeo.

So the weekend is over – what’s next!?

We are still working on next steps. Since the weekend has ended, we have begun rethinking our Business Model Canvas a little bit. I personally have continued interviewing and speaking with colleagues I regard as experts in language learning and literacy.

I also recently participated in Telluride’s Startup Weekend where we took second place with another Alexa-inspired learning idea.

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Any tips for others about to head to Startup Weekend?

Go to learn. Let that be the underlying expectation that guides your experience.

Be present and participate for the entirety of the weekend.

Write a reflection about what you learned the Monday afterwards.

Stay connected to the community. Volunteer. Get colleagues and friends to participate in the next event.

If you were to do it again, anything you would do differently?

Nothing, honestly. Every time I participate in a Startup Weekend, I’m going to show up with an open minded willingness to apply new knowledge on the spot and the readiness to work with any and everyone. Ready to learn.

Global Startup Weekend was an opportunity for entrepreneurs, like these founders, to begin begin building their innovative ideas. Startup Weekend events continue to happen year-round, around the world, find one near you!








Global Startup Weekend Highlights: Washington, D.C.

We recently held Global Startup Weekend (GSW) to connect entrepreneurs, organizing teams, and startup communities around the world from November 11th – 20th. During the weekend, attendees received access to exclusive resources to help prep for success at Startup Weekend and make connections to mentors and other startup teams. After GSW, we asked founders from the local winning teams to tell us about their experiences. We recently talked with Stefanie Karp, participant of Startup Weekend in Washington, D.C. where her team won first place. Read below to get a behind-the-scenes look into the weekend and their journey to winning.

What is the name of the company you formed at Startup Weekend D.C.?

“Unbound Art” is the name of our company. We came up with the name on Saturday around midnight in a flurry of text messages among our team. We had spent the afternoon brainstorming some pretty awful ideas.

What did you expect going into the weekend?  

Mainly, I wanted to learn about the lean startup methodology after it had come up in conversations with two different potential employers. I come from a background of traditional strategic planning with 5-year plans, so this is a radical departure, going out and testing a “half-baked” idea with consumers right off the bat.

I did have a business idea that I had been developing with a friend for 6 months, but until the GSW, that idea only existed in our evening talks while power-walking the streets of our neighborhood.

So your idea is pitched and chosen – what was it like forming a team?

My idea was the last one chosen, I think number eleven out of approximately forty ideas. The recruiting was really tough, as the first few people who interviewed me about my idea decided to pass on working with me.

I started feeling really insecure, thinking I wouldn’t find a team. Luckily, Alyson, a developer, put her name on my sheet immediately when voting began, and then mysteriously left (it turned out later she was sick). So I had only this one “ghost team member,” and people were asking me if she was real!

Then, just before the recruiting ended, Tom, Raj, and Dustin (all General Business types) decided to join the project, and I was super grateful. In retrospect, a team of five, while small, is really ideal. Decision-making was really fast, and we were the epitome of “agile.”

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How did you feel about your idea and new company over the weekend?

Truthfully, we were always on the brink of thinking “no way is this going to work,” as we were eliminating customer segments instead of validating them.

One of the coaches pointed out that there is value to knowing who is NOT your target. We then started focusing more on the artists themselves, and the value proposition to them.  An artist friend of mine joined our team half-way through Saturday and that helped propel us forward as he became our “archetype.”  It helped so much to bring in outside people and their viewpoints along the way.

So the weekend is over – what’s next!?

The team got together via conference call the night after our win; we talked about what each of us wanted out of the startup weekend, and about our expectations going forward. I’m happily surprised that all members are committed to continuing developing the project, and we have a work plan for our next stage of customer validation.

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Any tips for others about to head to Startup Weekend?

Definitely study up on the lean startup methodology, so that the concepts are readily available to you. The framework, like the business model canvas tool, really works! It provides focus when you get stuck.

Any other comments?

Your team is ultimately the key to success, not the idea.

Global Startup Weekend was an opportunity for entrepreneurs, like these founders, to begin begin building their innovative ideas. Startup Weekend events continue to happen year-round, around the world, find one near you!








Editions Month Spotlight: Startup Weekend Women

Editions Month is an initiative to highlight and introduce different audiences and industries to the innovation that happens at Startup Weekend. These special events bring together entrepreneurs and industry experts for all kinds of new projects, teamwork, and community building.
 
One of the most popular editions of Startup Weekend we see is Women’s Edition. Startup Weekend Women events seek to flip the ratio from traditional events. They encourage more participation from women and highlight female entrepreneurs all weekend – from the coaches to the judges.
 
Why are these events so critical to building strong startup communities? Because to grow diversity in technology entrepreneurship worldwide, showcasing the talents of women in entrepreneurship is a first step. Organizations around the world are seeking to do this is many helpful ways. The Techstars Foundation recently announced the first round of grantees, you can learn more here about these great organizations that are working to increase diversity and inclusiveness in entrepreneurship.
 
Check out the Women’s Editions happening during Editions Month!

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

León, Mexico

Albuquerque, USA

 

To help build a diverse and strong startup community in your city, sign up to organize Startup Weekend Women!








Editions Month Industry Highlight: Smart Cities

Everything is getting smarter. The tools we use at work, the products we use every day, so why not make the places we live smarter, too? Smart Cities are an urban development vision where cities are connected through information and communication technology, seeking to improve quality of life through these technologies. Imagine your community using technologies such as sensors, real-time monitoring systems, and data to reduce traffic congestion, fight crime, or improving the delivery of city services. This is what the smart city movement happening around the world is looking to do.
 
 
In 2015, The White House announced a Smart Cities Initiative to invest over $160 million in federal research to help 20+ cities tackle local challenges and improve services. This is just one example of governments around the world looking to improve where we live with smart technologies.
 
 
But it’s not just governments innovating cities. The Techstars Mobility accelerator program is focused on startups that are building technologies for the efficient movement of people, goods, and services across all modes of transportation. These technologies can help tackle the traffic and public transit problems growing cities are facing.
 
 
Startup Weekend events around the world are also thinking about Smart Cities during Editions Month 2016. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to dig deep into the topic and come up with solutions, products and services that aim to improve this industry in their hometowns. Check out the events using startups to make smarter cities!
 
 
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Jaraguá do Sul, Brazil
 
 
Interested in innovating within a certain industry? Check out other events happening during Startup Weekend Editions Month!

 








Editions Month Spotlight: When Kids Takeover Startup Weekend

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When you were a kid, what was the closest you got to learning about business and starting a company? Having a lemonade stand, playing Monopoly, mowing lawns? As fun as that was, many of us didn’t have opportunities to be immersed in the real world experience of it. Nowadays, kids have events like Startup Weekend Youth where they can learn firsthand about building a business in just a few days. I wish this type of event was around when I was a kid!

At these events, attendees (usually middle schoolers through high schoolers) get to experience the energy and learnings that come with building an idea with a team. Of course, some things are changed to make it easier for the family schedule and to maintain their focus, but the core content stays the same. They pitch ideas, form teams with (mostly) strangers, and dive into a weekend of hard work. They’re working towards the same thing as adults do at this type of event – impressing the judges on Sunday evening in three categories: Business Model, Customer Validation, and Execution & Design.

I’ve experienced my fair share of Startup Weekend events from being an Organizer and Facilitator, but I have to say my favorite ones are the Youth events. The activity, eagerness, and excitement is steadfast and inspiring. It’s incredible to see the attendees go from pitching their ideas in front of peers (first time for most), to answering tough questions from the judges!

These opportunities are empowering for all the kids involved. Check out the Youth events happening around the world during Startup Weekend Editions Month:

Campeche, Mexico

Tirana, Albania

Recife, Brazil

Accra, Ghana

If there’s an event near you, sign your children up! They may resist giving up their weekend at first, but afterwards you won’t stop hearing about their new skills and the fun they had.

Or, talk to your school about holding one. We’ve seen two events in Seattle held by schools recently and it’s a great way for students and the local community to interact outside the classrooms and learn about entrepreneurship.








Global Startup Battle 2015: The Infographic

See how you impacted the world as part of Global Startup Battle 2015!

In November 2015, the Startup Weekend community came together and rallied to host over 200 events in just two weeks during Global Startup Battle!

That’s a lot of events, but it’s more than just numbers. Because of local Organizers, Facilitators, and Community Leaders, the opportunity to experience entrepreneurship was given to thousands of people. Aspiring entrepreneurs in places like Bejaia (Algeria), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Bratislava (Slovakia), and others had their shot at a Startup Weekend. Innovation took place around the world and countries showcased their startup communities – shout out to Iran for holding the 2nd most events during GSB!

Whether you organized, facilitated, attended, judged, coached, mentored, or moved bottles of water and served pizza as part of GSB, we hope you left with new knowledge, friends, companies, goals, or all of the above. We thank you for being an integral part of our global ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

Now, to the numbers and results!

 

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Diversity: Start The Conversation

Diversity in the startup industry is a widely discussed topic lately, and rightfully so. At CES 2016, we dove deep into the topic and discussed the tough questions. Is it more than a pipeline issue? Who should be leading the conversation? What’s the end goal? We talked with leaders from Pandora, Instacart, Jopwell, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) about the current landscape and solutions for companies and individuals alike to spark change.

Takeaways from this conversation revealed it’s more than what’s lying at the surface. When you think about diversity and creating a more dynamic company, you consider the basics like recruiting diverse candidates, offering company trainings around diversity, and gathering data.

But then there are the things that can truly help drive change: sharing that data, considering diverse candidates when making referrals, tying diversity goals to bonuses, improving retention and advancement, creating a culture beyond ping-pong tables, and thinking about diversity for what it really is – it’s not just gender — it’s ethnicity, it’s age, it’s background.

The easiest way to start? Talk about it. Have the conversation.

“It’s not a women’s issue, it’s not a diversity issue – it’s an everybody issue. We have to own it. The places we work & live are what we make them.”
– Brad McLain, National Center for Women & Information Technology

Listen to the full session below.

Moderator: Nicole Glaros – Chief Product Officer, Techstars
Panelists: Brad McLain – Research Scientist, National Center for Women in Information Technology
Porter Brasswell – CEO, Jopwell
Anita Stokes – Senior Manager, University Recruiting, Pandora
Matthew Caldwell – VP of People, Instacart
Jenny Fielding – Managing Director, Techstars

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Are you seeking to make an impact in diversity in tech entrepreneurship? Grant applications for the Techstars Foundation are now open. Non-profit and for profit organizations worldwide, seeking to make a scalable impact on diversity, are eligible to apply. Learn more and apply.








Voting is OPEN for Global Startup Battle 2015!

Ready, set, vote!

Voting is now open for Global Startup Battle entries! Voting will continue until December 4th, 12pm CST. These teams have worked long and hard the past couple of weeks and are ready for your support! The top teams in each Track will move on to the final judging round.

 

Vote for Entries here!

Be sure to check out all of the competition Tracks!

 

Who Will Be Judging GSB This Year?

Leaders from within our ecosystem across organizations like Google, Product Hunt, YouTube, Global Entrepreneurship Week and many more!

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GSB Voting Do’s and Don’ts

Tips for getting votes:
  • Share your video with friends and family via social media
  • Ask your local Organizers and community to help you
  • Vote for other teams too, they will return the favor, the more votes, the better for the whole startup community
  • Contact your local startup blog or news site, pitch your story and company and see if they will support you
  • Ping influencers from your area via Twitter and ask for a RT or support
  • Ambassadors. Have fans already? Get them the tools and information to help
  • Get out in the streets and collect votes!
Things you CANNOT do to get votes (that will result in disqualification):
  • Pay for votes in any form
  • Post your voting page link on any sites that pay for votes
  • Set up email accounts on temporary inbox services (votes need to come from a real person, accounts will be verified and we reserve the right to disqualify a team for having fake votes)
  • Extort any business or individual
  • No exchange of value in order to get votes (you may, however, run a contest with a single winner to drive interest and buzz, but the value of the prize needs to be less than $50 USD)
  • Use paid advertising to drive votes

 








It's Back: Get Ready for the GSB 2015 Hashtag Battle!

Get those tweets ready! The world famous Hashtag Battle is back!

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During GSB, tweet using your local event hashtag to help your event win the GSB Hashtag Battle! This friendly competition between cities is a way for everyone in the community to get involved while teams at Startup Weekend build away on their new startup. Check out what we accomplished in the Hashtag Battle last year (hint: a lot of tweets)!

The battle begins Thursday, November 12 at 8am PST and will end on December 1 (ends at 12pm PST) as we help cheer on the Startup Weekend teams in voting. Winners will be announced shortly after.

In addition to the battle, we’ve created a social media guide to GSB that we hope you will find helpful. There is a lot of fun stuff happening and we don’t want you to miss out!

How to participate:

  • Tweet normally using your local event hashtag (check below for yours)
  • Navigate to the Hashtag Battle page and see where you rank overall, where you stack up against others in your region, and follow the greater global conversation
  • Add in #GSB2015 to get extra recognition in our widgets and views from other people online.

What’s the prize for winning!?

  • Prize will be announced soon! We’re coming up with some pretty cool ideas!

New for 2015!

  • Weekend 1 or 2 rankings: You can now view where you rank in your weekend! Check out the drop-down menu to view top cities in Weekend 1 or Weekend 2.
  • Get your photo on the Instagram wall! We’re now tracking #GSB2015 photos on Instagram, check it out!
  • Each Region has their own page: check the drop-down menu under Hashtag Battle!

Important Notes:

  • Please be a good citizen and don’t tweet nonsense just to drive up numbers.
  • Be aware that we will experience bot attacks throughout the battle, if you see this, please send the offending handle to gsb@techstars.com and we will blacklist them.
  • More than anything, this should be about a lively global conversation, please ask yourselves “Does this tweet add value?” before you send it.

Rules:

  • No paying for tweets in any form. Organic content only.
  • No paying for people to tweet for you
  • No Twitter bots, if any bots or automation is used, we may remove your city from the competition
  • Tweet content must be related to GSB and your Startup Weekend event (no useless content just to get a tweet out)

 

City Country Hashtag Handle
Aalborg Denmark #SWAalborg N/A
Abia Nigeria #SWAbia @SWAbia
Abidjan Cote d’Ivoire #swabidjan @sw_abidjan
Ahvaz Iran #swahvaz @swAhvaz
Albuquerque USA #SWABQ @sw_newmexico
Alger Algeria #SWAlger @AlgerSW
Ames USA #swames @sw_ames
Amman Jordan #SWAmman @SW_Amman
Aracaju Brazil #SWAracaju N/A
Auckland New Zealand #SWAKL @AKLSW
Austin USA #swfoodtech @atxsw
Avignon France #SWAVN @swavn
Babolsar Iran #swbabolsar @swBabolsar
Bahrain Bahrain #SWBahrain @StartupWkndBH
Bali Indonesia #SUWbali @SUWBali
Bamako Mali #swbamako @BamakoSW
Bandar Torkaman Iran N/A N/A
Bangkok Thailand #SWEDUASEAN N/A
Bauru Brazil #SWBauru N/A
Bay Area USA #SWBayArea @swbayarea
Bejaia Algeria #SWbejaia @swbejaia
Belo Horizonte Brazil #swBHbiotech N/A
Bergen Norway #BergenSW @StartupBergen
Birjand Iran #SWBirjand @SWBirjand
Blagoevgrad Bulgaria #SWBlago @StartUPatBlg
Bogota Colombia #SWWomenBog @SWCol
Boise Valley USA #startupboise @StartupBoise
Bolzano-Bozen Italy #SWBZ N/A
Boulder USA #swboulder @swboulder
Bratislava Slovakia #swbratislava @swBratislava
Brussels Belgium #SWBru @swbru
Buenos Aires Argentina #swbuenosaires @swbuenosaires
Burgos Spain #SWBurgos @SWBurgos
Byron Bay Australia #StartupByron @startupByron
Cairns Australia #SWCAIRNS N/A
Cape Cod USA #SWCapeCod @SWCapeCod
Cape Girardeau USA #CGSW2015 @CodefiWorks
Caracas Venezuela #SWCaracas @CaracasSW
Casablanca Morocco #SWCasablanca N/A
Cedar Falls USA #SWCV15 @swcedarvalley
Chandler USA #swChandler @swchandlerAZ
Charlottesville USA #CvilleSWEDU @StartupCville
Chemnitz Germany #SWChemnitz N/A
Chicago USA #SWChi @SWChicago
Chipata Zambia #SWChipata N/A
Chisinau Moldova #swchisinau @startupmoldova
Cincinnati USA #SWCincy @SWCincinnati
Clermont-Ferrand France #SWClermont @SWClermont
Cochabamba Bolivia #swcochabamba @SWCochabamba
Columbia USA #SWColaSC @SWColaSC
Columbus USA #swcbus @SWColumbus
Copenhagen Denmark #CphSW @CphSW
Córdoba Spain #swodb @swcordobaodb
Córdoba Argentina #SWCórdoba @SWCordoba
Council Bluffs USA #SWtheBluffs @StartupWeekend
Da Nang Vietnam #SWDanang @SW_DanangVN
Davao Philippines #swdavao2015 @swdvo
Daytona Beach USA #StartupDaytona @StartupDaytona
Delhi India #swdel @swdelhi
Denton USA #swdenton @startupdenton
Denver USA #SWD7 N/A
Dhaka Bangladesh #swdhaka15 @swdhaka
Douala Cameroon #swdouala @SWDouala
Dubai United Arab Emirates #swdubai15 @swdubai15
Dublin Ireland #stuswdub @stuswdub
Dublin Ireland #swdub @swdub
Ehime Japan N/A N/A
Erbil Iraq #SWErbil @SW_Erbil
Eugene / Springfield USA #SWEugene @SWEugene
Exeter UK #ExeterStartup @Exeterstartup
Fall River USA N/A N/A
Florianópolis Brazil #swfloripatur N/A
Fort Worth USA #SWFTW @SWFortWorth
Four Corners (Farmington) USA #SW4Corners N/A
Fredericksburg USA #swfxbgveterans @swfxbg
Fredericton Canada #SWNB @StartupNB
Fukuoka Japan #swfukuoka N/A
Galicia Spain #swgalicia @swgalicia
Gauteng South Africa N/A N/A
Gold Coast Australia #SWGoldCoast @SiliconLakes
Gorgan Iran #swgorgan @swgorgan
Greenville USA #SWgreenville @SWGreenville
Grenoble France #SWGrenoble @SWGrenoble
Groningen Netherlands #swgro @swgroningen
Guadalajara Mexico #swworld @SWGuadalajara
Guadalajara Mexico #swworld @SWGuadalajara
Guadalajara Mexico #swworld @SWGuadalajara
Guadalajara Mexico #swworld @SWGuadalajara
Guadalajara Mexico #swworld @SWGuadalajara
Guadalajara Mexico #swworld @SWGuadalajara
Guadalajara Mexico #swworld @SWGuadalajara
Guadalajara Mexico #swworld @SWGuadalajara
Guayaquil Ecuador #StartupUGye @startupgye
Guaymas Mexico #SWGuaymas @SWGuaymas
Halifax Canada #swhalifax N/A
Hamilton Canada #SWHamilton N/A
Hangzhou China #swHangzhou N/A
Helsinki Finland #swhelsinki @SWHelsinki
Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam #SWHOCHIMINH N/A
Hong Kong China #SWHK @SWHongKong
Honolulu USA #swhnl @swhnl
Huancayo Peru #SWHuancayo @SWHuancayo
Huntington USA N/A N/A
Hyderabad India #swhyd @swhyderabad
Iloilo Philippines #swiloilo @swiloilo
Iowa City USA #SWIC15 @SWIowaCity
Isfahan Iran #swmobile N/A
Jaipur India #SWJaipur N/A
Jalandhar India #swjalandhar @sw_jalandhar
Jaraguá do Sul Brazil #SWJaragua N/A
Johor Bahru Malaysia #SWJB @SWJohorBahru
Kansas City USA #KCSW @KCSW
KARA Togo #swkara N/A
Karachi Pakistan #SWKARACHI @StartupKarachi
Kathmandu Nepal #swktm @swktm
Kermanshah Iran #swkermanshah @sckermanshah
Khartoum Sudan #swkhartoum @swkh15
Kiev Ukraine #swkyiv @SWKyiv
Kingston Jamaica N/A N/A
Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo #SWKinshasa @swkinshasa
Kota Kinabalu Malaysia #swkinabalu @swkinabalu
Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) South Africa #SWDurban @starupRSA
Kyoto Japan #swkyoto @swkyoto_jp
La Paz Bolivia #SWelAlto @SWlapaz
La Paz Mexico #SWLAPAZBCS @SWLAPAZMX
Lafayette USA #GLSW15 @StartupLaLa
Lagos Nigeria #SWLagos @SWLagos
Lahore Pakistan #SWLahore @SUWeekendLahore
Lajeado Brazil #SWLajeado N/A
Lancaster UK #LUSW @SWLancasterUK
Las Cruces USA #SWLasCruces @SWLasCruces
Las Vegas USA #SWUNLV N/A
Lexington USA #swlex @swlex
Liepaja Latvia #SWLiepaja @SWLiepaja
Lille France #SWLille @swlille
Lima Peru #SWLima @StartupWLima
Limerick Ireland #SWLimerick @SWLimerick
Lomé Togo #swlome @swlome
London Canada #StartupWkdLDN @startupwkdLDN
London UK #SWLondon @StartupLondon
Los Angeles USA #SWLAhealthcare @SWLosAngeles
Los Angeles USA #StartupCalStateLA @StartupCSULA
Los Angeles USA #SWLosAngeles @SWLosAngeles
Luxembourg Luxembourg #swlux @swluxembourg
Lyon France #swlyon @swlyon
Maceio Brazil #SWMaceio N/A
Mainz Germany #SWMainz @StartupWe_Mainz
Manazuru Japan #SWmanazuru @swmanazuru
Mangilao Guam #SWGuam2 @SWGuam
Maputo Mozambique #SWMaputo @SWMaputo
Maseru Lesotho #SWMaseru N/A
Mashhad Iran #swmashhad @iloveSWmashhad
Medellín Colombia #SWMedellin N/A
Melbourne Australia #SWMelb @SWMelb
Messina Italy #swmessina @swmessina
Mexico City Mexico #SWMexicoCity @SWMexicoCity
Miami USA #SWMIAMI @StartWeekendMIA
Michiana USA #swmichiana @SWMichiana
Mindelo Cape Verde #SWMindelo N/A
Minot USA #SWMinot @SWMinot
Montreal Canada #SWMontreal @SWMontreal
Mumbai India #SWMumbai @swmumbai
Nagahama Japan N/A N/A
Natal Brazil #SWNatal N/A
New Haven USA #swnewhaven @StartupHaven
New York City USA #nycsw @nycsw
Neyshabur Iran N/A N/A
Ningbo China N/A N/A
Nouakchott Mauritania #SWNKC @StartupRIM
Novi Sad Serbia #SWNS03 @SWNoviSad
Okanagan Canada #OKSW2015 @SWOkanagan
Osorno Chile #swosorno @swosorno
Ottawa-Gatineau Canada #SWOG2015 @swottgat
Pachuca Mexico #swhidalgo @StartupHidalgo
Paris France #SWParis N/A
Paris, Dauphine University France #SWEGENIUSDAUPHINE N/A
Pasadena USA #SWPasadena @swpasadena
Perth Australia #SWPerth @SWPerth
Phoenix USA #swphx @swphx
Pittsburgh USA #SWPGH @SWPGH
Portland USA #pdxsw @PDXSW
Praia Cape Verde #swpraia N/A
Qazvin Iran #SWQazvin N/A
Quad Cities USA #StartupQC @StartupWkndQC
Quebec Canada #swqc @SWQuebec
Recife Brazil #SWRecife N/A
Redding USA #swredding @startupredding
Rhein-Neckar Germany #swrn15 @startweekendrn
Riga Latvia #SWRigaGSB @SWRiga
Rio Branco Brazil #SWRioBranco N/A
Rio de Janeiro Brazil #SWOlympicsRio N/A
Roma Italy #swromafood @swroma
São Paulo Brazil #SWInsper N/A
Sacramento USA #smcsac @smcsac
Saint Denis Reunion N/A N/A
Saint Louis USA #SWSTL @StartupWkndSTL
San Diego USA #SDsocialimpact @StartupSanDiego
San Francisco USA #SWsanfrancisco @SWSanFrancisco
San Jose Costa Rica #SuperheroesSWCR N/A
San Pedro Sula Honduras #SWMEGACentroamerica @swmegaca
San Pedro Sula Honduras #SWSPS @SWSanPedroSula
San Pedro Sula Honduras #SWSPS @SWSanPedroSula
San Pedro Sula Honduras #SWSPS @SWSanPedroSula
Sanandaj Iran N/A @SWSanandaj
Santa Clarita USA #scsw @SantaClaritaSW
Santa Cruz de la Sierra Bolivia #SWSantacruz N/A
Santa Fe USA #SWSantaFe @SantaFeInc
Santa Marta Colombia #SwSantaMarta @swstm
Santander Spain #SWSantander #SWSantander
Sapporo Japan #swsapporo @swsapporo
Seattle USA #SWEDUsea @SWEDUsea
Sendai Japan #swsendai N/A
Seoul South Korea #SWSEOUL @SWSeoul
Sevilla Spain #SWsevilla @SWsevilla
Shahrbabak Iran #swshahrbabak @swshahrbabak
Shanghai China #SWShanghai @SWShangha
Shawinigan Canada N/A N/A
Sheffield UK #SWSheffield @SWSheffield
Sherbrooke Canada #sws @swsherbrooke
Shiraz Iran #swshiraz @elsefoundation
Sioux City USA #swsiouxcity @swsiouxcity
Skopje Macedonia #swskopje @swskopje
Sobral Brazil #SWSobral N/A
Somerville USA N/A N/A
Sonepat India N/A N/A
Spokane USA #spoSW @swspokane
Springfield USA #SWSGF @SWSpringfield
Stillwater USA #SWStillwater @riatacenter
Strasbourg France #swstrasbourg @swsxb
Summit County USA #SummitCountySW @summitcountysw
Swansea UK #sws2015 @swanseasw
Tainan Taiwan #SWtainan @SWTainan
Tampa USA #SWTampa @StartupTampa
Taranaki New Zealand #SWTaranaki2015 @SWTaranaki
Tauranga New Zealand #tgasw @tgasw
tehran Iran #swtehran @SWTehran
Teresina Brazil #SWTeresina N/A
Tirana Albania #swtirana @swtirana
Tokyo Japan #swtokyo @swtokyo
Toowoomba Australia #swtwba @StartupTSG
Toronto Canada #SWTOEdu @startupwkndTO
Torreón Mexico #SWLEDU2015 N/A
Toulon France #swtln @swtoulon
Townsville Australia #swtownsville @StartupTSV
Triangle USA #SWTRIANGLE @trianglestartup
Ulaanbaatar Mongolia #SWUB @swmongolia
Utrecht Netherlands #swutrecht @swutrecht
Valencia Spain #GSBValencia @swValencia
Vancouver Canada #SWVan @VanStartup
Vieques Puerto Rico N/A N/A
Villahermosa Mexico N/A N/A
Washington USA #swdc @sw_dc
West Palm Beach USA #SWWPB @StartupPBC
Wichita USA #SWICT @StartupWichita
Willamette USA #willsup @willamettesw
Yazd Iran #swyazd @swyazd
Zanjan Iran #swzanjan @swzanjan

Is the hashtag incorrect for your city? Please reach out to gsb@techstars.com so we can change this information for you.

Don’t see your event on this list? It’s because we don’t have a hashtag on record for you. Please contact your Organizer and have them reach out to gsb@techstars.com so we can get an official hashtag on file for you.

 

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Everything You Need to Know About Global Startup Battle

Announcing the Open and Startup Women Tracks

In more than 250 cities and nearly 70 countries including Mozambique, Lesotho, Iraq, Nepal, Guam and more, a global rally for innovation is brewing. In just a few days, teams all across the world will dive into action as they start their entrepreneurial journey as part of Global Startup Battle!

Entering its sixth year, Global Startup Battle (GSB) is the world’s biggest early stage startup competition and is timed to bookend Global Entrepreneurship Week. GSB offers entrepreneurs several ways to compete, each offering different opportunities for the fledgling teams to jumpstart their success story. Partners providing expert mentorship and unique experiential prizes include a mix of innovative young startups and established corporations. A few of our judges include Mary Grove of Google for Entrepreneurs, Danielle Morrill of Mattermark, and David Brown of Techstars.

This year we are opening the doors even wider with our new “Open Track.” Historically, only startups participating in Startup Weekend events were eligible for GSB, but this year the competition is open to any startups who want to take part. Many thanks to the Open Track sponsor, incorporate.com.

We’ve also added a new “Startup Women Track” this year, supported by Techstars’ newly formed nonprofit, the Techstars Foundation. This track, along with the Open Track, are specifically designed to encourage a more equal share of voice and participation in a community and industry that faces a profound lack of diversity. Techstars and Startup Weekend are working hard to deliver on our goals to increase diversity and open access in the 1,000+ startup communities in which we operate. Our mission is all about inclusion and providing access to entrepreneurship and we feel this is an exciting, concrete step towards that.

“The most exciting thing about GSB isn’t just the sheer size, it’s the incredible diversity of people and locations that are gathered around a common cause and working toward their goals in earnest,” said Marc Nager, Chief of Community for Techstars. “Knowing that thousands of people anywhere from a mile away to 10,000 miles away are embarking on the same journey as you are at the same time AND will be there to support you going forward is a really empowering experience. Cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic boundaries melt away as passion and innovation take over.”

If you or a team you know would like to participate, please visit the GSB site to learn more and find a Startup Weekend near you.

If you’re a startup or team interested in the Open Track, learn more here.

GSB kicks off this Friday, November 13th!