September 2014 Startup Weekend: Cody Wilmer

On September 26-28 of 2014, Startup Weekend Fredericksburg is hosting its third annual event. Whether you have an idea you want to work on, get some input on, or build a team around, or you want to help someone else build their idea, you’ll want be there.

If you’re on the fence about meeting other people who, like you, want to be a part of something new and explore, Cody Wilmer, the team leader of Fitz Kitz from the inaugural Startup Weekend Fredericksburg, gives some of the best advice:

“If you’re trying to decide whether to attend, really, there’s no reason not to. It’s fun and motivating even if you don’t have a project that you do yourself.  Go Friday night and hear all the pitches – something is bound to be interesting to you. Hop on that team and just see how far it can go. I really think you’ll be amazed. Also, free food for all three days pays for itself!”

To hear from more Startup Weekend Fredericksburg “veterans” and to get on the mailing list to hear about pre-weekend “boot camps” that cover things like what to expect over the weekend, best practices for pitching an idea, advance preparation recommendations, etc., sign-up for our newsletter. We promise not to bombard you with spam and we look forward to having you participate in the third Startup Weekend Fredericksburg this fall – September 26-28.

Lessons from RVA Startup Weekend 2013


At last year’s RVA Startup Weekend, a street food spotter app attempting to address the issue of Richmond’s food desserts took home the winning prize. Eddie O’Leary, president of CO+LAB, offers his perspective of being part of the team.

“Whether you win or lose, Startup Weekend is a thrilling and scary experience,” O’Leary said. “I ended up joining (Startup Weekend) on a dare, but enjoyed the challenge of presenting our group’s ideas.”

To bring their idea to life, the team met with local vendors, immersed themselves in local food truck culture, and even invited food truck owners to attend the final presentation. The payoff? Winning top honors and a membership to co-working space 804RVA.

Participants like O’Leary see the direct impact of Startup Weekend’s benefits on their companies and businesses. The lessons O’Leary took back to the office made his team more cohesive when tackling bigger projects.

“People need to be willing to work together,” O’Leary said. “It’s not about who’s in charge, but how well you work as a team. The event was a great opportunity to collaborate hands-on.”

Join a team. Take the plunge. Get your tickets today.

This Year's Color Pallette

largeHave you noticed that the RVA Startup Weekend color palette is a little… purple? Very different from last year’s green! That’s because we chose to use the 2014 Pantone Color of the year: Radiant Orchard.

“Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 9.08.14 PMand magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

How could we say no to a color that “intrigues the eye and sparks imagination”!? This year’s images are all thanks to the team at Campfire & Co. Feel free to share them, and don’t forget to get our Twibbon!

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7 Reasons You Should Attend the Startup Weekend Pre-Party

You can’t hold a Startup Weekend event without hosting a pre-party! This year your Startup Weekend organizers have partnered with the 804RVA Tech Meetup Group to bring you one heck of a pre-party. Our pre-party will be held at 804RVA on Wednesday, August 27th. Why should you attend? Here are 7 great reasons!

1. Get a leg up on the competition by getting your networking started early. The Startup Weekend Pre-party is a great way to meet people before you spend 56 hours with them.

2. You’ll get a chance to brush up on your pitching skills in our speed pitching session.

3. Hear some insights for making the most of your weekend from our speakers.

4. You’ll get to meet a ton of past attendees and mentors who’ve already been through the process. Come with questions, leave with answers and tips.

5. If you’ve never been to a Startup Weeked, this event is perfect for getting a preview of what it’s like.

6. This is a party designed to show you some Startup Weekend fun! All of this fun will be fueled by snacks and beverages in true Startup Weekend fashion.

7. Win prizes (including free tickets to Startup Weekend, one on one pitch practice from the Lighthouse Labs directors, and coworking memberships)!

Oh yeah, it’s also free to attend.

Are you convinced yet? Click here to RSVP

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Wednesday, August 27th at 6:00pm

1657 West Broad Street #3a



The RVA Startup Weekend Experience


As the organizing team for RVA Startup Weekend prepares for the big weekend in September, we thought we’d share some insights from a 2013 attendee (who is also currently on the organizing team this year).

If spending 56 hours over the course of a weekend working with complete strangers to build a start-up sounds crazy to you then you are not alone. It is crazy! But it’s a fun experience that will teach you so much more than you can read online. It’s hands on, fast paced and exciting.

Last year, Elliot had no idea what he was getting into. His initial pitch wasn’t picked, and the team he joined didn’t win but he sure did learn a lot. If you’re thinking about registering for Startup Weekend in September, read about Elliot’s experience and take notes on his advice!

Here are Elliot’s posts:

Convinced and ready to register? Get tickets here.

Also, be sure to RSVP for the Startup Weekend Pre-party happening August 27th. RSVP here.