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We want Youth Startup Weekend to be as impactful, educational and fun as possible! We believe that the first step to making that happen is to make sure you’re extra prepared before you even come in.

You don’t need to come with a business already created. 

In fact, you’re not allowed to! Come with an idea of a problem you’d like to solve, how you might solve it and the type of team you would need to do this! Our facilitator walks you through the ideation phase and pitching process, so no prep work is necessary!

There are some really awesome mentors, talk to them!

We will have mentors walking around throughout the entire event. They are entrepreneurs, small business owners, and team members from huge companies! Expect to chat with industry experts from companies like Uber, GoDaddy, Nextiva, and so many more!! If you want to bring questions to ask them, do it. These mentors are here to help you both over the weekend and with your future entrepreneurial endeavors.

The best team isn’t always a team of your friends

We can’t stress this one enough. We’ve seen teams form because they’re best friends, but they aren’t all interested in putting in the hard work or passionate about the business. Make sure that you form a team that seems to get along and each team member can contribute something unique.

We use scrum boards for efficiency 

They look like this ^. We have them formatted for you and ready to go, but these help mentors know what’s going on. We’ll show you how to use them at the event.

It’s not about winning

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART, SO LISTEN CLOSE. This event is not about winning. It’s about taking an idea and creating something from it. It’s about doing that rapidly, managing your time well, and getting to know some awesome fellow entrepreneurs in the process. Come with that mindset and you’ll move mountains.


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Kay Transtrum