What You’ll Experience at a Techstars Startup Weekend

Written by Pattie Diggin/@wcprofpepper

You may be wondering what to expect when you participate in a Techstars Startup Weekend.  I felt the same way when I booked my 54 hour experience at Startup Weekend New York, June 26-28, 2017.  The venue for the weekend was Galvanize New York and the theme for ideas was Social Impact.

On the morning of June 26th I boarded an Amtrak train out of Exton, Pennsylvania and headed to one of my favorite places, NYC!  I arrived at Galvanize around 6pm, registered and enjoyed dinner and networking with a group of about 80 people. Some were there to pitch their ideas, others, like me were there to observe and participate in the process.

After dinner we moved on to “pitches”.  About 45 people made a 1 minute pitch on their idea for a possible new product or service.  The participants then selected the top 12 ideas that would be developed throughout the weekend.  If your idea was not selected or if you did not present you made your way over to one of the ideas that had been selected and joined a team of 4 or 5. Then the real work began!

Teams arrived back on Saturday morning ready to dig in, brainstorm, cooperate and create.  Throughout the day an impressive team of coaches and mentors were available to meet with participants.  Several workshops relevant to idea creation were also presented.

On Sunday groups worked diligently to put the finishing touches on their presentation.  As the afternoon drew to a close teams prepared to wow the 1st class judging panel with their idea.  Each team gave a 5 minute pitch followed by Q&A from the judges.  The three top ideas were recognized but everyone who attended and participated considered themselves a winner because everyone had the opportunity to participate in the Startup Weekend Process!