Code of Conduct


The Facilitator Code of Conduct


It is our job as Techstars Startup Weekend community leaders to provide participants with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. 

We believe that great ideas can come from anywhere. The event is intended to be a collaborative and inclusive forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. We expect each member of the startup community to be inclusive of all people and their ideas at Startup Weekend.

As a facilitator, you are stewards of the Startup Weekend brand. Your demeanor and interactions with those involved in the weekend sets the tone for the event. We trust you to act professionally, with integrity, and treat others with respect at all times.


Participants and the Code of Conduct

As part of our event ticket registration terms of agreement, we include a participant code of conduct. Anyone who attends a Startup Weekend is required to accept this code of conduct. 

At Techstars, we believe that everyone should act with integrity and be held accountable for their actions, not only participants of the weekend. This includes our mentors, judges, volunteers, and community leaders. 

During the weekend, if you witness or experience anything out of line with our code of conduct, we invite facilitators and organizers to use our Say Something” form to report it to Techstars leadership. 

Please make sure to review our Techstars Startup Weekend core values and follow up with your regional manager if you need additional support. 

The Participant Code of Conduct 

Techstars Startup Weekend is always open to all. 

We’re committed to making everyone feel included and welcome — before, during and after the weekend. We want to provide all participants with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. 

The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. 

We believe that great ideas can come from anywhere. We expect each member of the startup community to be inclusive of all people and their ideas at Startup Weekend. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience of the Startup Weekend community. 

If you, as a participant, are worried about someone ‘stealing your idea,’ please reconsider sharing specifics about your idea. You can bring another idea to work on and take your experience, learnings, and contacts from the weekend to further develop your idea after the weekend. Bringing legal documentation to the event is not allowed, and Techstars Startup Weekend does not get involved in any legal matters.  

We believe that everyone should act with integrity and be held accountable for their actions.  You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect and dignity, and treat the event facilities with proper care. 

You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Techstars Startup Weekend, your local organizing team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident.