Startup Weekend Pensacola is Back! Oct. 17-19, @ UWF College of Business!

Startup Weekend Pensacola is back and this time we’ll be at a new venue provided by the generous Univeristy of West Florida College of Business.

Registration is open and signing up right now can get students admission at the unbelievably low price of $10 (student super early bird special). Non-students can take advantage of the non-student super early bird special and register for only $20! It only lasts this week, so sign up now and save your place.


If you’re interested in getting your technology idea off the ground or seeing if your tech business concept has legs, Startup Weekend Pensacola is the place for you! Attendees get an unparalleled chance to work with leaders from our local technology field and have their ideas vetted by business veterans.

This will be the third Startup Weekend Pensacola and we are looking forward to new ideas from our local startup community!

Take advantage of the Super Early Bird Discount!

While you’re here check out some of the scenes from this Spring’s #SWPNS.

Tampa Bay Startup Weekend July 2014 Demo Day List

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups.

Meet the 13 startups launching at Startup Weekend Tampa on Sunday, July 27th, 2014:
To watch the pitches, buy your ticket here:

The Best Idea Ever This Week

A weekly, online start-up competition. Determining validation, facilitating community, and shuffling out street-cred, yo! If you have a start-up idea, join us and find out if it is The Best Idea EVER!

The RFP Coach

Focused on making the RFP process easier. Starting with the small business certification. No matter where you are in your RFP process, they have a tool for you.

Checkmate Ads

Checkmate Ads is a premium web advertising platform that allows you to tactically position your brand on the internet. The Checkmate Chess Board (dashboard) allows you to bid on specific web content in real time to lockout your competitors. Defend your band like no other advertiser allows you to, react immediately to online trends and pressure your competitors to fight for clients. Your best client is their best prospect, defend your clients and hold your opponents in check!

Rainmaker App

A mobile application that connects people who care with people in need of jobs. We are extending the “We’re Hiring” sign.

Pitch A Tent style app for campground reservations.

Me Mechanic

bring available auto parts to one locations for easy purchase by various consumers


A website for both aspiring interns and businesses that quantifies interns’ qualifications and delivers quality interns to businesses.

Pitcher Perfect

Help business owners improve their pitch in order to grow their businesses

I Crush Your Head

Quickly crush your friend’s heads and capture the moment with short videos. This hilarious, silly, addictive app is suitable for all ages.


The idea is, you create a profile. On your phone, you can identify if the person is on the application and can offer them a drink.


UrYogi brings together yoga instructors and students for an empowering yoga experience. Instructors can stream live video, upload classes and sell their products and services. Students can seek instructors and class schedules as well as get tips!

Starup Weekend Judging Criteria

Teams are judged by the following 4 criteria (weighted equally):

Business Model

    Can this idea make money?
    Is there positive customer growth or revenue?
    Is there a customer acquisition / rollout strategy?
    Has a revenue model been defined and is it realistic?
    Is the idea/team ready for capital and execution?
    Would you invest in this company at this point?

Customer Validation

    Did the team identify customers (demographic, location etc)?
    Did the team get out and talk to customers?
    What is the value proposition to customers?
    What channels of communication are used?
    Product/Market fit?

Technical – Execution

    Is there a functional product ( the case of an app, did they build one)?
    Were architecture diagrams and API signatures included?
    Which services did they integrate with?
    How much of the product is running on a real server with non-sample data?

Design – Execution

    Does it have a professional look and feel?
    Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Is it memorable?
    What key insights were gathered over the weekend to go in this creative direction?

First Startup Weekend is a Success!

We couldn’t be more excited that about 40 participants turned out to pitch business ideas and share brainpower.  Friday night we had 22 pitches, and formed six teams that have spent the day building a minimal viable product to present to the judges this evening.  The collaborative feel and idea sharing has created amazing energy and the products are really taking shape.  We can’t wait to see where these ideas will lead.

Practice Your 60-Second Pitch-Fire Lunch & Learn

Practice Your 60-Second Pitch-Fire Lunch & Learn 

Corey Smith, CEO/Founder of Boise, Idaho based Tribute Media is arriving Thursday night and has offered to conduct Practice Your 60-Second Pitch-Fire Lunch & Learn from 12 – 1 PM Fri at the Millaway Institute (Suite 125) at the Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Gulf Coast State College.  Lunch to be paid for by the Millaway Institute for Entrepreneurship.

This is open to both registered and those just curious about what makes a good pitch. RSVP to with subject line “Fri LnL”

Panama City is Gearing Up for Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend is coming to Panama City for the first time and we couldn’t be more excited about it.  We expect great attendance this year and for a dynamic group of entrepreneurs, marketers, developers, and more to bring their knowledge, passion, and creative energy to the weekend.  Watch this short video to see more about what it is all about.  We hope you will join in the fun!

Startup Weekend Sponsored Resources

Startup Weekend events offer participants access to a variety of resources to help get you started!

Visit this page for a breakdown of the different resources that are made available during your event!

Startup Weekend is coming to your city!

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams design and develop business plans while constantly streamlining their startup vision. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes, listen to judges’ feedback and in some cities, win prizes.

Startup Weekends are specifically designed for entrepreneurs interested in receiving feedback on an idea, looking for a co-founder, or who want to learn a new skill. We also welcome anyone looking to test the entrepreneurial waters. Startup Weekends are risk-free environments where everyone is expected to roll up their sleeves and dive into the exhilarating world of startups.