To help ensure that participants and others involved in Techstars Startup Weekend have had a high quality experience, we are committed to bringing in the right facilitators to lead our events. Facilitators should be prepared to be a key part of delivering the Startup Weekend experience, helping provide impactful change to entrepreneurial communities throughout the world. Before you apply to become a facilitator, please review the below information.
The Value of Being a Techstars Startup Weekend Facilitator
While each Techstars Startup Weekend facilitator has a unique path in their journey, there are a number of valuable professional and personal development components that unite facilitators around the world.
Many organizers turned facilitators don’t see themselves as natural public speakers at first, but the training and practice from facilitating events helps them get out of their comfort zones and learn how to manage and engage crowds. As a facilitator, you’ll be able to develop valuable skills related to leadership and community building. You’ll also have a wide array of opportunities to expand your network.
You’ll join a global community of facilitators who can help you grow and develop. There will also be opportunities to travel to other cities, experience different local cultures, and connect with a diverse group of mentors and judges who are typically well positioned in their local entrepreneurial communities.
Not only does facilitating offer a variety of opportunities for professional and personal growth, but it also will allow you to play an integral role in the future success of entrepreneurs and communities. Your support will help participants bring their ideas to life!
A unifying trait we all share in our mission at Techstars Startup Weekend is our collective passion for entrepreneurship. Startup Weekend provides a platform to build entrepreneurial communities and creates a space for aspiring entrepreneurs to feel supported, to learn, to ask questions, and to become inspired.
You’ll witness the growth in people, help make the event a success, and be an ambassador for startup communities across the world.
1. You should have organized at least two Startup Weekends before applying to become a facilitator.
Having been a Startup Weekend organizer, you are better equipped to understand the mechanics and logistics of the event. You know what it takes to run a great event and as a result can push yourself to become a great facilitator. Apply to organize a Startup Weekend.
2. You must have three referrals from within the Startup Weekend global community who will vouch for you.
You will be the face of Techstars Startup Weekend to many communities. We want to be absolutely sure that you have the support of some of your peers in order to be an ambassador for this important event.
3. You should exemplify the Startup Weekend core values.
We want to make sure that you are aligned with our mission and goals, so that we can bring the best possible experience to participants across the world.
4. You must agree to complete facilitator training.
To prepare you to be comfortable and successful in your role as facilitator, we have developed a number of training materials that will help you get ready to lead a Startup Weekend. Once you apply to become a facilitator, your Techstars community support contact will guide you through the process and training materials.
5. You must agree to facilitate a minimum of three events per year.
In order to bring the most value to our communities, we want our facilitators to stay active in their roles. We find that facilitating at least three events per year keeps your skills fresh, so you don’t have to continuously review training materials.
6. You must agree to complete a short event survey after each event.
As a facilitator, you’re our ambassador and representative at Startup Weekends, and we depend on you to gather important feedback about the quality of our events. We will use your feedback to ensure that our high standard of quality for events is maintained and to see where we can improve the experience we deliver for participants and others involved in our events.
Common Qualities We Look For in a Facilitator
There are certain qualities that we look for in our facilitators to ensure that they’re the right fit for Startup Weekend. The ideal facilitator is someone who:
Is comfortable with public speaking
Has the ability to manage crowds
Is a people-person
Leads with empathy
Strives for inclusion
Os a hard worker
Is a team player
And most importantly, embodies the core values of Techstars Startup Weekend.
The Techstars Startup Weekend Core Values
Techstars exists to create a more sustainable, inclusive, and connected world. We are here to start a movement that makes innovation accessible to everyone, everywhere.
Our Techstars Startup Weekend mission is to teach and promote entrepreneurship and build, strengthen, and empower communities through experiential learning.
Our Startup Weekend participants are there to build diverse teams, work on their ideas and pitches, and collaborate with like-minded, innovative, driven, and passionate individuals. It’s important to remember that it’s not just about the idea — it’s also about the team.
We believe that the people who come to our event will be the ones to solve the real challenges our world faces. We put people first and we are open to all.
With that in mind, we have defined four values at the core of Techstars Startup Weekend.
We believe entrepreneurs can change the world. We believe that strong entrepreneurial ecosystems are created from connected communities. We create strong community bonds by facilitating connections and sharing our networks. This is the foundation for community transformation.
We help others whenever possible, giving first to our community, with no specific expectations of return. We believe that the pay-it-forward principle builds strong startup networks and communities.
We believe collaboration drives innovation. Our community leaders are an integral part of the Techstars Startup Weekend team. They are collaborative stewards of the brand. They represent the successful history of Startup Weekends that we’ve run worldwide. As a team, we act with integrity and treat others with respect.
We believe that great ideas can come from anywhere. Techstars Startup Weekend is always open to all. We’re committed to making people feel included and welcomed — before, during and after the weekend. We invite all communities to participate. We use inclusive language in communications and respect cultural differences. We lead with empathy and encourage inclusive behaviour that will nurture a safe and inclusive environment.
New Facilitator Onboarding
At Techstars, we actively look to add new Techstars Startup Weekend facilitators to our global roster. Being a facilitator allows you to travel and get to know other communities in your country and region. If you have fulfilled the Facilitator Requirements listed on this page, we invite you to apply to join the Techstars global facilitator network. Once you’ve submitted your facilitator application, we will carefully review your submission. If you are selected to proceed, we will reach out to you outlining next steps.
This will include:
Reviewing the content here on the Facilitator Resource Portal
Attending a facilitator training meeting with the Techstars Team
Potentially shadowing a Startup Weekend event along with an experienced Techstars-certified Facilitator.
In the event that we don’t proceed with your application, don’t be discouraged! Facilitating is only one of many ways to contribute to Techstars’ entrepreneurial communities, and we’re here to help you feel supported as you bring new opportunities to your city.
If you would like to refer a stand-out organizer in your community or region to our facilitator roster, feel free to submit the same application form and select the “referring someone” option. We’re looking forward to reading your applications! For any support, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
Existing Facilitators: Facilitator Training
We are immensely grateful for the work of all of our facilitators. We believe our new resources can provide some valuable new information that can help you in your facilitator journey. If you're an existing facilitator and would like to brush up your facilitator skills, please reach out to your Community Support Contact.