Judging Criteria

With prizes ranging from cash, professional mentoring, swag, and positions at great companies there is a lot at stake during Startup Weekend.

Of course, the weekend is about much more than winning. But in order to keep your head on your shoulders during the hectic 54 hours it’s important to remember what you are expected to present at the end of the event. We therefore wanted to give you a look into what our judges will be thinking about on Sunday evening.

The Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections. Teams are judged according to the following 3 criteria (weighted equally):

      • Business Model
        • How does the team plan on making this a successful business? Have they thought about (either solved or identified problems) competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, their revenue model etc?
      • Customer Validation
        • Are teams building something that people actually want? How well does the team understand their customer and their customer’s needs. Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers?
      • Execution & Design
        • Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? *Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Were they able to demo something functional?

Get your ticket today to get the chance to impress the judges with your idea! Tickets available here.

Startup Weekend WOMEN SBE 2019

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Techstarts Startup Weekend Kansas City: Make, Design, Build Demo Day


8 teams participated during Techstars Startup Weekend Kansas City on September 20-22, 2019. We enjoyed participants from Kansas City, MO, Iowa, Columbia, MO, Nebraska, and other parts of the world. Global Ties KC brought 35 different international delegates from every corner of the world including Fiji, Georgia, Haiti, Tajikistan, the UK, and Zimbabwe who took part in Startup Weekend’s activities. 

Thank you to Safetyculture, JE Dunn, Kauffman Foundation, UMKC Regnier Institute, and Black & Veatch for allowing us to make this event happen. 

  • 1st Place Ecoeye (WeWork 3 Month Membership & Black & Veatch Accelerator Consult)

EcoEye is a company focused on reducing plastic waste. To do that EcoEye is using biodegradable eco-friendly plastics to package products, starting with the eye care industry.

  • 2nd Place Recycle4YOU  (Meeting with JE Dunn Investment)

    Recycle4YOU is a company that aims to gamify recycling to elementary schoolers. We will send out specialized bins to schools that can track how much each student has recycled using the school’s already implemented ID system and convert it into points for competition.

  • 3rd Place CuePlay (Hammerspace 3 Month Membership)

CuePlay simply the process of renting a pool tables both for players and business establishments by using technology for mobile devices and Internet of Things.

Honorable Mentions:

  • Staychill: We provide a cooling and support accessory you can attach to your existing backpack that eliminates back sweat while wearing your backpack.
  • Pet Tech: HotDog collar will make safety concerns a thing of the past by implementing our temperature reading and GPS tracking technology. Your phone will automatically update you on your dogs status, warning you of potential weather related threats and alerts you if your dog leaves your backyard.
  • SocialNinja is a learning platform for K-5 classrooms that engages students while teaching social and emotional learning skills.


  • Tidy Space is an online application that networks cleaning services with AirBnB property owners, it is intended to be reliable, efficient, and affordable, with built-in checks for both accountability and advocacy for everyone involved.
  • Recrewt

Meet the Judges – Ashleigh S. Chapman, JD

StartUp Weekend Laramie is approaching!  We are going to post a series of blogs to introduce you to our Judges and Coaches!


StartUp Weekend Laramie Judge

Ashleigh S. Chapman, JD

President/CEO, AFRJ®
Founder/CEO, Altus™

Ashleigh S. Chapman, JD has worked solely on combating human trafficking and protecting vulnerable populations for the past 18+ years professionally, and travels extensively to strengthen the movement. Her passion and focus areas are in helping to reform systems of care, strengthening community collaborations, increasing multi-sector engagement, and building the solutions needed to increase the impact of all justice advocates in the field.

Prior to founding the AFRJ, Ashleigh served as: the co-founder and Director of the Center for Global Justice at Regent University School of Law in Virginia; the Director of a non-profit serving thousands of at-risk youth in Tennessee; a Children’s Pastor; and a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in foster care.

Ashleigh is a licensed attorney. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Juris Doctorate from Regent University School of Law, receiving the school’s Most Outstanding Graduate award, and Summa Cum Laude with her B.S. from Tennessee Technological University.
In addition to her work in the nonprofit sector, Ashleigh is the founder of Altus™, a benefit corporation that exists to innovate solutions in education, technology, finance, and business to accelerate the movement to end and prevent human trafficking.
Ashleigh and her husband, Sloan, reside in Wyoming.

Register for StartUp Weekend Laramie HERE!

Potential Ideas to Present During Startup Weekend

Techstars Startup Weekend Kansas City is around the corner. There are many ideas that anyone can describe on Friday night to have their dreams become a reality. Below are a list of industries where a product or hardware device can be created. Remember, a software can be developed to compliment the hardware or product. Of course the choice is yours, and we know great things happen during Startup Weekends.

  1. Clean Technology
  2. Robotics
  3. Entertainment
  4. Education Hardware or Product
  5. Game
  6. Internet of Things (IOT)
  7. Construction
  8. Fashion
  9. Redevelopment of an everyday household item
  10. Sports

Kansas City Startup Weekend Prizes-September 20-22, 2019

We are excited to announce prize offerings to winning teams.

5 Tips for Having a Successful StartUp Weekend

Last year’s winner from StartUp Weekend Laramie, Minden Fox, offers tips for 2019 participants. Minden is a Marketing & Entrepreneurship professor for the Laramie County Community College and owns Blue Box Fox, an allergy-friendly vending company.


Here are 5 Tips to help you prepare for StartUp Weekend Laramie:


#1 Practice your pitch.

Sixty seconds goes by fast and you need to be able to explain your idea well so that the majority of people understand your idea.


#2 Stay and learn to get the most out of this experience as possible.

Even if your idea isn’t chosen there is so much great information shared that can be used down the road with your ideas.


#3 Bring your laptop, paper and pen, and a lot of creativity.


#4 Be prepared for networking opportunities.

If you have business cards, bring them. You’ll meet amazing people that you’ll want to stay in touch with and people that can help you down the road.


#5 Lastly, take away everything you can from Startup Weekend Laramie.

It’s a fun, fast-paced weekend, that anyone could benefit from (student or not).


Register for Techstars StartUp Weekend Laramie >>>HERE<<<

StartUp Weekend Laramie to be held at the UW College of Business October 4th-6th 2019

Registration is now open for the 2019 Techstars StartUp Weekend Laramie that will be held October 4th-6th at the University of Wyoming’s College of Business. The event is organized by the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance’s Retention and Expansion (BR&E) Committee. As well as being open to entrepreneurs, students, and intrapreneurs, the 2019 StartUp Weekend Laramie is focused on helping current businesses create new business offerings; where companies can send talented employees to gain fresh ideas and valuable business skills.

Techstars StartUp Weekend Laramie starts with participants pitching their business ideas. Teams are formed around the ideas that are selected and the rest of the weekend, they work together on developing a prototype and final presentation. Prizes are awarded to the top teams.

During the event, participants have access to top mentors and industry experts to help them further develop their ideas into a final product.

The idea that won at the 2018 StartUp Weekend Laramie was an allergy-free vending machine, pitched by Minden Fox, a Marketing & Entrepreneurship professor for the Laramie Community College. In a recent interview, Minden commented, “The people I met that joined my team, their background and knowledge helped me tremendously. I’m a big fan of the Techstars platform and can’t say enough good things about the value attendees get out of the experience.” After the event, Minden moved forward with her company Blue Box Fox and is working on recruiting brands and locations for the vending machines in Wyoming and other states.

“In addition to providing a fun, supportive environment for participants to develop entrepreneurial and business skills, the success of StartUp Weekend Laramie comes from community partners working together to help foster Albany County’s entrepreneurial environment,” remarked BR&E Committee Co-Chair, Rebecca Miller of ANB Bank.

Brad Enzi, CEO of the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance added, “LCBA is excited to be hosting our second startup competition this fall. As part of our mission to grow businesses and jobs in Laramie, this is an exciting way to learn and share ideas as we continue to encourage entrepreneurship and business startups in Laramie.”

Sponsors for Techstars StartUp Weekend Laramie 2019 include the Laramie Chamber Business Alliance, the City of Laramie, the University of Wyoming College of Business, Albany County, Albany County Tourism Board, and the Laramie County Community College.

For additional information, visit: http://bit.ly/StartUpLaramie or email Melissa Ross mross@laramie.org.

Legal Tech & Blockchain Workshop

We’re very excited about our upcoming Startup Weekend in San Diego that’s focused on creating Legal Tech, Blockchain, and FinTech startups. Because we’re dealing with some specialized spaces and technologies, Julian decided to do some pre-event workshops to help potential participants understand the tech and concepts involved. 

To kick it off we did a workshop with Legal Hackers on how technologies like machine learning and blockchain will affect legal operations and products. You can follow this link to see the detailed outline of the talk with links to key resources from that presentation on July 27th 2019.

Legal Tech & Blockchain Workshop Detailed Outline and Resources

Attend Startup Weekend: Legal Tech, Blockchain, FinTech (8/23/19 – 8/25/19)

What is StartUp Weekend Laramie

Startup Weekend Laramie is where businesses do startup. Pitch an idea, join a team, and develop entrepreneurial skills in a fun supportive environment. The weekend starts off Friday evening where participants will pitch their ideas to solve problems. Everyone gets to vote on their favorites and then, after you have formed a team, you’re off and running with top mentors, help from industry experts, and much more! We don’t just want you to think about a business model or write a business plan. Be surrounded by people who want to think outside of the box, and learn and test out their entrepreneurial skills! The weekend finishes off with final presentations from each team. Awesome prizes will be awarded to the top teams!

Techstars Startup Weekend in Laramie is the place for entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, designers, & developers.

It’s a place for companies to send talented employees who will return to work with fresh ideas that may improve your business.

If you already have a job but have that entrepreneurial spirit, that’s OK!!! Don’t quit your day job. Spend the weekend and learn how to create a side business that you can earn extra money in your spare time.

Learn how to solve customers’ problems more efficiently and effectively.

Commit your weekend to have some of the most fun you will ever have and learning some valuable business skills that will help skyrocket your career. Will your brain be tired at the end? – Yes, but you will also be full of yummy food, coffee, inspiration, and ideas!

We want absolutely anyone and everyone to come!

We don’t care if you’re fresh out of high school, taking organic chemistry, living with your parents, working a 9-5 job, stay-at-home parent, or bored of retirement. Everyone is welcome.

Get involved in StartUp Weekend Laramie October 4-6th 2019

Like our Facebook page for ongoing updates: https://www.facebook.com/SWLaramie/ or

Purchase tickets here: http://bit.ly/StartUpLaramie

As a bonus – if you complete the weekend, you will receive your registration back ($10 for students) or ($20 for general) in cash as you walk out the door!




Talking UpCycle Pop, Startup Weekend, and the Atrium with Shira Lane

Learn about one of Sacramento’s most unique communities, the Atrium, and most unique events, UpcyclePop, from its founder, Shira Lane.  In a nutshell, the Atrium916 is a collective of artists, creator, designers and entrepreneurs that hold sustainability and circular design paramount to their practices. But, you can learn that from Shira, herself!

As you can see, there’s no better place for Startup Weekend Sacramento: Sustainable Revolution to be held at (and sponsored by) than the Atrium.

Be sure to check out one of their UpcyclePop events, too!

Feeling inspired to join the Sustainable Revolution? Bring your ideas, skills, and drive, meet like-minded entrepreneurs, visionaries, and hustlers, and develop a business idea in 54 hours!

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