Why This Year's Startup Weekend will be Different than Previous Years

For the past four years, Startup Weekend at Santa Barbara has been hosted in downtown Santa Barbara. These events have catered towards entrepreneurs established near downtown Santa Barbara, and the resulting crowd has tended to be the older and more established demographic. This year, Startup Weekend has moved 8 miles north to the college campus at UC Santa Barbara. This event will be targeted towards the younger, college demographic nearby and will be an amazing opportunity for aspiring student entrepreneurs to network, pitch their ideas and ignite their innovative spirit.

The older demographic is welcome at this event as well, but since the event is officially hosted by the Entrepreneur’s Association of UCSB this Startup Weekend will be first and foremost for the students of the Santa Barbara community. The new millennial generation (or also known as Generation Y) is a constant source of creative, out-of-the-box ideas that take into account new waves of technology and trends that seem to change every couple of days. Tapping into this will lead to profound, out-of-the-box ideas that may turn into its own team. And with the current market landscape favoring entrepreneurs and the creation of new business entities, what better time for people to start then college?

With that being said, many of the more established of the entrepreneurial community will not have their entire weekend open for this event; thus they are encouraged to come as mentors for the event. Mentors come on the second and third days for a few hours each to critique ideas, help give the teams focus and prepare them for the final pitch event for the judges. Thus being a mentor will be a nice change of pace for the more established entrepreneur, being able to guide young and enthusiastic students during the busy weekend. While Startup Weekends are typically global competitions where the top teams from each event compete against each other for further prizes and rewards, this one will have our top teams competing against the top teams from the Startup Weekend going on at the well-known rival of UCSB: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. This will add a nice touch of competition to the event, as well as foster more young creativity and entrepreneurship for the weekend.

Please come to this wonderful, life-changing event!

  • Students, come pitch your ideas and ignite your passion while expanding your network!
  • More established entrepreneurs, come guide a young student on their own path and give back to the community! (Email nbrar0@yahoo.com if you are interested in mentoring)
  • Everyone else, come see and take part in a weekend event you won’t soon forget!We hope to see you all there!
  • Link to the event: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-ucsb-tickets-19319683694







The Acquisition of Startup Weekend by Techstars

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The event “Startup Weekend” was created in 2007 by Andrew Hyde in Boulder, Colorado. In 2009 the brand UP Global was acquired (promoting and financing Startup Weekend) and rolled out as a non-profit dedicated to “…exposing more people to the transformative power of entrepreneurship.” Since then, there have been 1200+ events in 500+ cities in 100+ countries, kickstarting the career of over 150,000 aspiring entrepreneurs.

In 2015, UP Global was acquired by the company Techstars; one of the biggest changes this move brought was the fact that UP Global lost its non-profit status. While this was unfortunate, the acquisition was seen by many as a great success. For more info on the acquisition, here’s a great article explaining it and why this move was HUGE for the startup community: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247416