What are the judges looking for at Startup Weekend?

Did you know that Startup Weekend Las Vegas is not only ran by volunteers, but the mentors, coaches and judges are volunteers as well? We will dive into each one of these groups as we progress closer to the event, but let’s start with a little bit about what the judges look for and how they play an important role in Startup Weekend.

Startup Weekend typically has 3-5 judges who will evaluate your final presentation on Sunday evening. Many of the participants will be pitching an idea for the first time, so judges play an integral role in providing valuable feedback to teams. There are three things that judges will keep in mind during your pitch, and so should you as you build out your business or prototype:

Customer Validation
Did your team build something that people actually want? How well do you understand your customer and your customer’s needs? Did your team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers?

Execution and Design
Has your team established a minimum viable product (MVP) for the weekend, such as software or hardware, etc.? Did you build the minimum set of features needed to start collecting data? Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Were you able to demo something functional?

Business Model Validation
How does your team plan on making this a successful business? Have you thought about (either solved or identified problems) competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, your revenue model, etc.? How will you acquire your first 100 customers?

Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2017







Meet Your Mentor – Tom Wszalek

Meet Tom Wszalek, Partner & Founder of SW14 Group. Tom is returning for the second year in a row as a Startup Weekend Las Vegas mentor! SW14 Group provides management consulting services to help businesses – from startups to small and medium size firms – unlock new avenues of profitable growth. The consultation process includes researching areas of opportunity such as: strategy, customer culture, organization structure, operation processes, and the utilization of digital technology.

Tom has C-level operating executive experience across a range of industries including: media/entertainment, technology, e-commerce, hospitality, retail, and consumer products. His professional experience also encompasses analog and digital companies, US and international assignments, and Fortune 500 as well as small, medium and startup firms.


Do you have what it takes to join Startup Weekend Las Vegas and build a company from the ground up in 54-hours? Register today with our early bird discount code SWEARLYBIRD for 70% off. This offer only lasts until September 14th, so make sure to take advantage of this offer ASAP! Register through our eventbrite page, here.

 

 








It’s Almost Here: Startup Weekend Las Vegas

With more than 200 events lined up, Techstars Global Startup Weekend is the biggest entrepreneurial celebration happening during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Spanning the globe, these events will take place during the weekends of November 10-12 and 17-19. Are you ready to be part of the biggest entrepreneurial celebration around the world? Register for Startup Weekend Las Vegas today!

How does Techstars Global Startup Weekend work this year?

Ask Me Anything:

To help attendees get the most out of their 54-hour experience, Techstars has put together an AMA (Ask Me Anything) series that will cover topics like Design Sprint, How to Get First Customers, Prototyping during Techstars Startup Weekend and more.

Take a look at the schedule and save your spot!

How to develop your product? – November 1st at 3pm EST

AMA: How to apply Design Sprint to Startup Weekend – November 2nd at 7pm EST

AMA: Best Practices for Incorporating your Startup – November 6th at 2pm EST

The Global Judges:

For the Global Showcase, these amazing judges will select the best teams from our top local events around the world to highlight globally after Techstars Global Startup Weekend.

Prizes:

A global showcase wouldn’t be complete without some prizes to help the winning teams move forward with their startup.

At Techstars they praise their network as the # 1 tool to help you succeed after an event. In addition to this perk, here are the other prizes this year’s Techstars Global Startup Weekend winners will receive:

1st Place at each local event:

F6S Alpha Card:

SW Winners will each receive an F6S Alpha membership which gives you exclusive access to $600k in free benefits from 500+ companies, including American Airlines, InVison, Intercom and many more.

 

Regional Prizes:

– Google: 5 Winners get $20K in GCP Credits
– Amazon Web Services: $5k in AWS credits for regional winners

Global Prizes:

– Google: $100K in GCP Credits
– Sphero: 3 Star Wars robots
– AWS: $10k in AWS credits for the global winner. The global winner also gets 1:1 sessions with the AWS Startup team. AWS Startup Solution Architects advise top funded CTOs around the world, helping them build technologies that scale in order to become the next Airbnb, Netflix, Slack, etc.
– appear.in: a year of premium appear.in
– .CO: swag packet

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Meet Your Speaker: Kurtis Wankier

Kurtis Wankier 
CEO, NeONBRAND
Speaker, Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2017

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Kurt has an impressive pedigree, beginning with a business degree in Finance. He has worked with the Small Business Administration consulting with small companies, honed his analytical skills with Fitch IBCA, led companies in a variety of industries to stratospheric success. He also founded both the College Entrepreneurial Organization (CEO) and Envision Management & Marketing.

Startup Weekend is the perfect place to see exactly what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, meet other innovative people who might just become your co-founders or partners and test your ideas with some of the smartest business minds in your community. Get tickets now!

LOCATION: Rob Roy’s Innevation Center
WHEN: Friday, November 10th – Sunday, November 12th

CLICK HERE to register and for more info on Startup Weekend Las Vegas!








Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Startup Weekend Vegas – Let Your Voice Be Heard!

With the help of your entrepreneurial peers and an expert panel of mentors, Startup Weekend Vegas helps you turn your bright ideas into a marketable business plan. From polishing your pitch to winning over potential investors, you learn the skills of entrepreneurship hands-on with teams of other innovators like you.

Startup Weekend Vegas is a 3-day startup experience in 3 stages:

Friday night begins with dinner and networking, then ideas are pitched in an open mic format. Attendees vote for their favorites, and from there, teams form to begin working on the top ideas. This is where your earlier networking comes in handy, because you want to build a team that has all the necessary skills and resources to achieve your goal for the weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday, your team dives deeply into the work to build out your idea. Coaches and mentors are available to help, so take advantage of their expertise!

Sunday evening is devoted to your final presentations, during which teams present their developed ideas to a panel of judges. Demo your prototypes, wow the judges, and win awards!

Startup Weekend is the perfect place to see exactly what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, meet other innovative people who might just become your co-founders or partners and test your ideas with some of the smartest business minds in your communit. Get tickets now.

LOCATION: Rob Roy’s Innevation Center
WHEN: Friday, November 10th – Sunday, November 12th

CLICK HERE to Register!








Startup Weekend 2017: Meet The Facilitator!

Marion Desmazières 
Tech Business Developer, Amazon Alexa
Facilitator, Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2017

Marion is a tech business developer based in Seattle, WA. She runs developer education partnerships for Alexa, the voice service powering Amazon’s popular Echo devices. Before joining Amazon two years ago, Marion coordinated Global Startup Battle in 2012 and managed partner relations for Startup Weekend HQ in Seattle. She holds a Master’s in Business Management from EDHEC Business School and an MBA in Technology Commercialization from the University of Alberta. A Startup Weekend veteran, Marion has facilitated 20+ events in France, Canada, the US, Algeria and Morocco.

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LOCATION: Rob Roy’s Innevation Center
WHEN : Friday, November 10th – Sunday, November 12th
Startup Weekend is the perfect place to see exactly what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur, meet other innovative people who might just become your co-founders or partners and test your ideas with some of the smartest business minds in your community. Get tickets now!

CLICK HERE to Register!








Hardware and Software Combined Nabs Power Plug the Win at Startup Weekend UNR!

Startup Weekend UNR (University of Nevada, Reno)

October 18th, 2015

1st Place: Power Plug 

This year’s winning team was Power Plug, a home automation device that allows you to turn off appliances in your house with your smart phone. The team, lead by Ben Hammel, was soldering and programming throughout the weekend to give the judges a full demonstration by turning on and off a light connected to their device in the back of the room with their smart phone.

2nd Place and People’s Choice Winner: Elephant Tracks

Since an elephant never forgets Elephant Tracks allows you to put wireless tags on your travel packing list items which sends an alert if you have left them behind. Go to www.elephanttracks.co and check out their video. Team led by Evan Thacker.

3rd Place: Gigity 

Swipe left to pass, swipe right to accept a job. Gigity allows job hunters to pick up “gigs” though their smart phone by swiping to review and accept small jobs. Payment is tracked and processed through the app interface. Team led by Max Thom.

Other Teams:

Zippy allows small local businesses to provide same day shipping and delivery by activating taxi and other drivers to deliver the goods. Through their platform small businesses can list available goods online and Zippy will arrange pickup and delivery.

Festival Doctors brings unique family friendly festivals to the Biggest Little City. Their first event being an international marionette festival.

Special thanks to UNR’s Innevation Center, EDAWN, UNR Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship, UNR College of Journalism and College of Business for supporting the event. We’d also like to thank our fantastic speakers and coaches, Jonathan Lee, Matt Westfield, Colin Loretz, David Lewandowski and Alice Heiman.

Look out for the next Startup Weekend Reno that will be open to the broader public in April 2016. For more details and to stay up to date on entrepreneurial events subscribe to Reno’s Startup Digest, www.startupdigest.com/digests/reno

-SW UNR Organizing Team (Mignon Fogerty, Krysta Jackson and Bryan McArdle)

 

 








Top 5 Reasons to Attend Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2015

Startup Weekend Las Vegas (Apr. 10-12) at University of Nevada, Las Vegas is just four weeks away and it’s time you jumped in. Apart from visiting the entertainment capital of the world, here are the top 5 reasons why you should be there:

1. Expand Your Network
Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and marketers will be there and you’ll want to connect with them. Local tech and startup leaders will be at Startup Weekend as mentors and judges.  Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in Las Vegas.  Just look at our judging panel, it’s made up of four investors and two successful entrepreneurs. Plus, Startup Weekend is a great way to show off your skills and meet awesome talent in the community.

2. Re-Energize
Free your mind off the daily routine and feel inspired by working on a fast paced project or idea for the weekend. At Startup Weekend, attendees are excited to participate, work, and to help others create something great.

3. Work Outside of Your Box
“If you’re curious to test the waters as a front-end or backend developer for apps or websites, or if you have a skill for sales communication that you’d like to sharpen, this is the perfect opportunity to dabble. Startup Weekend is a learning environment and there are always people of different skill levels in attendance. Those attending with more experience are happy to teach others and give advice.” -Jaclyn Hudak, Ready Maker Design @JaclynHudak

4. Challenge Yourself
Are you an expert in website design and want to learn app development? Is there an area of design that you wish you had more experience in? Whether it’s creating apps, websites, logos, or marketing, you can join a team who needs you to create something quickly; a great way to challenge yourself and build new skills without the pressure to be absolutely perfect.

5. Build A Business
“The bottom line is that Startup Weekend is the best place to launch a startup. If you’ve had an idea in your head but haven’t done anything about it, there’s no better event to get started. You’ll be surrounded by really smart and driven people who want to work together on building something from the ground up. Maybe you’ll work on your idea, or maybe someone else’s idea will pique your interest. Startup Weekend is the place to validate a business idea, build a product and launch a startup in just 54 hours.” – Mike Chan, Co-founder of Ribl @mikewchan

Buy your tickets now here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-las-vegas-nv-april-10-12-2015-tickets-15563160833








Top 5 Reasons to Attend Startup Weekend Vegas

Startup Weekend Vegas - Kevin Rose

Startup Weekend Vegas 2014 (Nov. 21-23) at the Innevation Center is just three weeks away and it’s time you jumped in. Apart from visiting the entertainment capital of the world, here are the top 5 reasons why you should be there:

1. Expand Your Network
Entrepreneurs, developers, designers, and marketers will be there and you’ll want to connect with them. Local tech and startup leaders will be at Startup Weekend as mentors and judges.  Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in Las Vegas.  Just look at our judging panel, it’s made up of four investors and two successful entrepreneurs. Plus, Startup Weekend is a great way to show off your skills and meet awesome talent in the community.

2. Re-Energize
Free your mind off the daily routine and feel inspired by working on a fast paced project or idea for the weekend. At Startup Weekend attendees are excited to participate, work, and to help others create something great.

3. Work Outside of Your Box
“If you’re curious to test the waters as a front-end or backend developer for apps or websites, or if you have a skill for sales communication that you’d like to sharpen, this is the perfect opportunity to dabble. Startup Weekend is a learning environment and there are always people of different skill levels in attendance. Those attending with more experience are happy to teach others and give advice.” -Jaclyn Hudak, Ready Maker Design @JaclynHudak

4. Challenge Yourself
Are you an expert in website design and want to learn app development? Is there an area of design that you wish you had more experience in? Whether it’s creating apps, websites, logos, or marketing, you can join a team who needs you to create something quickly; a great way to challenge yourself and build new skills without the pressure to be absolutely perfect.

5. Build A Business
“The bottom line is that Startup Weekend is the best place to launch a startup. If you’ve had an idea in your head but haven’t done anything about it, there’s no better event to get started. You’ll be surrounded by really smart and driven people who want to work together on building something from the ground up. Maybe you’ll work on your idea, or maybe someone else’s idea will pique your interest. Startup Weekend is the place to validate a business idea, build a product and launch a startup in just 54 hours.” – Mike Chan, Co-founder of Ribl @mikewchan

Buy your tickets now here: http://lasvegas.startupweekend.org