Tools for Participants
There are tools that participants can review and use to prepare for Startup Weekend. The tools will still be available for all participants during and after the weekend.
Participant Communications from Techstars
To support our Startup Weekend participants with their journey to entrepreneurship, Techstars will send emails to participants before, during and after your Startup Weekends with information about our sponsor perks, Startup Weekend top tips, surveys, and what’s next for participants in their journey with Techstars.
Email Campaigns Summary
Before the event
Information about Friday pitching
How to prepare for in-person or online Startup Weekend
Global partner perks
During the event (Saturday)
Global partner perks reminder & redemption codes
Event top tips
Post event survey
Partner redemption code reminders
Ways to stay engaged with Techstars
What does this mean for the organizer?
There is no action required from organizing team. The organizing team will still be the main source of communication for the participants, and we recommend that the team still send regular communications and important updates about the event.
Before the Weekend
Orai has created an AI Speech Coach to help individuals and teams look and sound more credible in meetings and presentations by giving immediate feedback regarding fillers, pace, tone, facial expression, conciseness, and more.
You can practice your pitch using this great tool to feel more confident for your sixty-second pitch on Friday night, your final pitch on Sunday night, or just feel more confident to speak up in your team throughout the weekend.
To receive one free month of premium membership to the Orai App, please use code: orai1month
Unconscious Bias Training
Take the Harvard Univesity's Implicit Bias Test to identify your hidden bias. Help make the event as welcoming and inclusive as possible to all through your interactions with others at Startup Weekend.
During the Weekend
Business Model Canvas: The Business Model Canvas (BMC) is a strategic management tool used to quickly and easily define and communicate a business idea or concept. It is a one-page document which works through the fundamental elements of a business or product, structuring an idea in a coherent way.
Lean Canvas and Startup Weekend Canvas: These powerful tools will help you think through how to describe your business by looking at your customers, their problem, the unique value you and your team provides, your solution, and more.
How to Tame the Chaos: Building a business in 54 hours can result in a chaotic environment. This video will show you a simple way to keep your team on the same page while getting more work done.
GSW Insider: Prototyping for Speed & Scale: Want to unlock the full potential of your design team? Need to understand how interaction, animation, and visual elements combine to shape an experience for your users? Leveraging the prototyping process, you can build a realistic version of your idea, validate your design direction, and share your vision with stakeholders.
Market research: How to Understand Your Customers: This provides a framework for thinking about the actual problem you’re solving as you begin customer validation.
Global Partner perks
GoDaddy Registry provides a domain name that many innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world use. As part of our partnership, each participant can register a free domain name with GoDaddy Registry (.co, .us, .biz). Read more here. Redemption codes will be given to participants by the organizing team.
1 x free GoDaddy Registry domain, per person
Participants can redeem the code from: startup.co
Startup Weekend participants will have access to $300 in Google Cloud credits. Best practices, tools, and other Google resources for participants can also be found at startup.google.com.
For more information, feel free to check out this site: https://cloud.google.com/free
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. (After applying for the credits, participants should hear back from the Google team about whether the credits have been approved within 2-4 working days.)
As a participating team you're able to apply for $1000 Miro Startup Program credit. Miro is a tool built for startup teams where you can brainstorm and validate ideas, design products, and apply product frameworks. The link to this perk will be shared by Techstars after the teams have been formed.
Here are the steps you need to take:
Sign up for Miro here
Access the Startup Weekend Participant Board here
Use this template to build your team board for added structure, resources and tools!
Apply for $1000 Miro Startup Program credit (link will be provided by Techstars during the event)
Wait for the approval from Miro (this can take 5-7 days). You'll receive an email from Miro once your application has been approved.
If you want to learn a bit more about Miro check out the Miro academy course and a couple of helpful videos:
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com
To make your website *if you don't have the web ninja:
To make an app *if you don’t have a developer:
To make nice presentations *if you don’t have a designer:
Unsplash: beautiful, high-res freely-usable images
Artboard.Studio: create mockups online
Genial: create visual stories and generate amazing communication experiences
Additional Design & Deck Resources:
Canva: incredibly simple graphic design for everyone
Powtoon: to make videos and presentations
HiSlide: free library of beautiful Google Slides templates
TinyTake: screen recording
Other tools and services that might come in handy during the weekend:
Email Integration: Sendgrid
Mailing lists/groups: Google Groups
Startup Promotion: Untorch
Business Cards: Moo.com
After the Weekend
Keep the momentum going by making use of partner and sponsor perks and professional development tools listed above. We also recommend the following resources and reading materials:
4 Steps to the Epiphany, Steve Blank
Lean Startup, Eric Ries
Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
Hooked, Nir Eyal
Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton Christensen
Zero to One, Peter Thiel
Techstars Entrepreneur’s Tookit
Techstars Entrepreneurs Toolkit is a great online resource for founders at all stages.
Virtual Meet and Greet
Curious to learn more about possible next steps for your startup? You can join Techstars to learn more about our GiveFirst culture, mentorship-driven accelerators, entrepreneur resources, and community programs in your city that can help accelerate your startup.
Join a Techstars portfolio company
Another way to get involved is to join our Talent Network, where you can join one of our Techstars portfolio companies to gain more experience working in a startup, before you take the plunge to start your own company.