2 Weeks

A little over 2 weeks. That is all the time that remains until Twin Cities Startup Weekend Youth!

Tickets are going fast, and limited spots are available- if you are interested, but haven’t pulled the trigger on registration, be sure to do so very soon!!!

Check out the press our Organizing Team and the event has received. We are constantly working hard to ensure that this event will be the weekend of a lifetime!



We look forward to seeing you on January 13th.

TaxSmack Takes the SWLex 2016 Title!



All the teams that competed this weekend did an excellent job; congratulations! We had skills and talents ranging from web developers to excellent public speakers and presenters! All our teams stayed fueled with food and caffeine from local sponsors such as Fazoli’s and Cup of Commonwealth. We all had lots of fun this weekend getting to know each other, sharing ideas, and participating in some friendly competition. This year, TaxSmack won first place for Startup Weekend Lex 2016 led by Paul Hamilton and Dave Gilbert!

Our top 3 teams were:

  1. TaxSmack- making it easier for 5M low-income households to claim missed tax savings
  2. Makify- a 3D printing app that can print out doodles and be mailed all over the world
  3. Whyoo- the Uber for automobile oil changes, where technicians come to you

The crowd favorites were Lannister app, a group payment app making group purchases a breeze, as well as Makify! All the teams had such impressive ideas and final pitches that our judges had a tough time deliberating the winner. There were lots of great ideas this weekend and some awesome presentations.

A few highlights from the weekend:

  • 63 attendees
  • 27 ideas pitched
  • 10 teams formed
  • 7 sponsors
  • 5 organizers
  • 4 coaches
  • 3 judges

The work from this weekend and the ideas pitched serve as an inspiration to us all that even one idea can be made a reality with a little hard work and awesome company! We are so excited to see the success of all the startups from this weekend. More information on all the teams from the weekend can be found here. A big thank you to all our sponsors, organizers, coaches, and judges. It was a great weekend!

Startup Weekend Lexington 2016 – Demo List

Startup Weekend Lexington 2016 kickoff

Here are the 10 demo teams and what they are building this weekend at Startup Weekend Lexington 2016. Teams this year are taking part in the Global Startup Weekend, with more than 15k entrepreneurs at 200+ events around the world this week. For a quick recap of the weekend so far, check out pictures on Flickr and updates on Twitter.

  1. Bluegrass Expeditions
  2. Adventure Incentives
  3. Lannister App
  4. SOS Drones
  5. Flourish
  6. WHYOO
  7. Earned Wellness
  8. Makify
  9. DeeMO
  10. TaxSmack

Bloomington Resources for Startups

Congratulations! You’ve just completed Startup Weekend Bloomington. To keep the momentum going on your project after the event or to help you pursue your future entrepreneurial endeavors in Bloomington, here’s a list of local resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses:

The Switchboard – An online, interactive directory of Bloomington’s resources for entrepreneurs. The site includes profiles of local organization willing to assist entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as local entrepreneurs bloomingtonswitchboard.com.

Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association – If you live or have a business located in the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone, you may be eligible for certain grants or professional development scholarships. For more information check out bloomington.in.gov/buea.

Cowork Btown – A local coworking space with a variety of membership options. More info at coworkbtown.com.

Blue Burro Workspace – A new coworking space in downtown Bloomington with flexible pricing options. More information at http://www.bburro.com/workspace/.

Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship – Provides free consulting to entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as entrepreneurship classes at Ivy Tech. More information at ivytech.edu/entrepreneurship.

Small Business Development Center – Provides free consulting to entrepreneurs and small businesses, gives clients access to market research tools, presents quarterly workshops, and assists businesses with Quickbooks. Sign up for an appointment at http://www.isbdc.org/services/.

Bloomington Economic Development Corp – Houses the B-Start Pre-Accelerator program for student startup companies and provides assistance to business owners. More information at bloomingtonedc.com.

Bloomington Technology Partnership – Partnership for Bloomington’s tech businesses. Provides programs like Code School, job listings in the tech sector, and business assistance bloomingtontech.com.

City of Bloomington, Department of Economic and Sustainable Development – Assists business owners in navigating local business regulations and provides resources like business academy online courses bloomington.in.gov/economiccivility.

IU Intellectual Property Clinic – The clinic provides a range of IP counseling services to clients judged to be in need of pro bono services. The clinic is certified for both patents and trademarks under the USPTO’s Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Project. They also provide PatentConnect for Hoosiers. The project will link Indiana entrepreneurs with patent lawyers who have volunteered to provide pro bono patent prosecution services ip.indiana.edu.

VisionTech Angel Network – A statewide angel network with a Bloomington chapter. More information at visiontech-partners.com.

Hanapin Marketing – Hanapin Marketing is an industry-leading digital marketing agency that specializes in just one thing: pay-per-click advertising (PPC). And it’s our objective to make everyone better at it: ourselves, our clients, our peers—the entire industry www.hanapinmarketing.com.

Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Headquartered at the Kelley School of Business, JCEI has nationally-ranked academic programs provide you with a wide range of real-world entrepreneurial experiences through cross-campus initiatives with other university departments and involvement with the business community. More information at kelley.iu.edu/JCEI.

Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization – Principal undergraduate student organization for entrepreneurship at IU kelly.iu.edu/ceo.

Questions? Email the Startup Weekend Bloomington Organizing Team at bloomington@startupweekend.org.

#PDXSW Oregon BEST is a proud sponsor of Portland Global Startup Weekend

Portland Startup Weekend is proud to be supported by Oregon BEST.  Oregon BEST is an independent, nonprofit research center dedicated to transforming research discoveries into cleantech jobs for Oregonians. Oregon BEST makes investments in facilities, projects, and people positioned to have maximum impact on Oregon’s economy and meet our state’s most important public needs. Oregon BEST partners with Universities, faculity, and private industry to held build jobs for Oregonians.
Oregon BEST believes in collaboration and through its pricipals of Build, Conviene and Accelerate has built a network of Labs.  It offers, promotes and sponsors events and helps with funding for Cleantech Startups.  Portland Startup Weekend is pleased to be supported by Oregon BEST.  Thank you!

Immix Law Group is Portland Global Startup Weekend Platinum sponsor!

Are you ready to launch your business idea? Have you considered legal assistance? We are excited to have Immix Law Group as a Platinum sponsor. Based in Portland, Oregon Immix Law Group specializes in startup matters ranging from fundraising to litigation services.

Immix invests in lasting partnerships with clients and the community through its effort to support local events such as 20th Portland Startup Weekend. It is a Certified B Corporation, meeting higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability than required.

Immix Law Group’s attorneys have substantial non-legal business experience and know first-hand what it is like to be a consumer of legal services. The team is made up of business owners, entrepreneurs, and former executives who understands what it means to launch a company from scratch, to stress over the ability to make payroll, the highs of securing a game-changing client, and the lows of being sued by a patent-troll.

Thank you for your support, Immix Law Group!

#PDXSW Portland Startup Weekend magic happens at Vacasa

We are honored to have Vacasa sponsoring the Global Startup Weekend, November 11th-13th in Portland, OR. Vacasa’s top priority is to make vacation rental as simple and stress-free experience as possible for both owners and guests. Through its website, guests can find professionally managed vacation homes from Oregon Coast to international destinations like Spain and Italy.

Vacasa offers comprehensive management to lead home owners through the rental process from arranging for the permits to any other details required to setup one’s home for vacation rental. This makes possible with strong local teams of reservationists, housekeepers, maintenance technicians, and other service providers. Vacasa is confidence in its team and service that the company has an impressive guarantee.

With locally managed vacation rentals, Vacasa can help ensure that guests will have a one-a-kind-vacation experience without compromising on service and convenience. Guests can spend time relaxing and reconnecting with loved ones in vacation homes that provide a consistent experience.

Check out Vacasa website and book your next vacation home here!


#PDXSW Portland Startup Weekend is sponsored by Portland Seed Fund

Portland Startup Weekend, held Nov 11-13, 2016, would like to thank Portland Seed Fund, a premier early stage fund based in Portland, OR for its sponsorship.  Portland Seed Fund has been bridging the capital gap for Northwest Startups since 2011.  Portland Seed Fund has invested $5 Million in Northwest-based companies resulting in more than 500 jobs, $30M in collective revenue and more than $125M in co-investment.

Portland Seed Fund is also deeply committed to creating diversity with more than 42% of its portfolio companies having women or minority founders.  Portland Seed Fund often hosts events for local startups and can be found as judges and mentors at Startup Events. 

Many thanks for Portland Seed Fund for providing support for our event!

Silicon Valley Bank sponsors Portland Global Startup Weekend #PDXSW

Silicon Valley Bank, a longtime leader in Startup Financing is a sponsor of Portland Startup Weekend, Nov 11-13, 2016, part of the Global Startup Weekend.  Silicon Valley Bank has extensive experience in financing partnerships with local and global startups.  Providing special services to startups including pre and post Series A packages and Valuation services.


Silicon Valley Bank has a long history of community involvement including Silicon Valley Bank Trek, a week long program for college students from around the US.  SVB also sponsors Techstars Patriot Boot Camp and provided funding for CODE a documentary exploring diversity in Startups.  Portland Startup Weekend is honored to be among the organizations sponsored by Silicon Valley Bank.

Spork Bytes feeds 20th Portland Global Startup Weekend attendees well

Portland Startup Weekend, is excited to receive sponsorship from Spork Bytes a Portland Based Food Tech Startup.  Spork Bytes is reinventing group food experiences by providing concierge style full service catering.  By simply providing Spork Bytes your numbers and needs, they do all the work to ensure your event goes off without a hitch and your crowd is feed.


As a startup themselves, Spork Bytes is a strong supporter of the Portland Startup Community working with local restaurants and local talent.  Portland Startup Weekend is so pleased to have their sponsorship.  Thank you Spork Bytes!