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Startup Weekend Calgary

2/8/2013 4:00 PM - 2/10/2013 9:00 PM

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success...

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2012.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation resulting in a minimum viable product (MVP).

The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders where the top three teams are awarded prizes in addition to bragging rights and media coverage. Prizes include:

-Access to Innovate Calgary's Toolkit Series, one of the most reputed entrepreneur development programs.

-Opportunity to pitch to Robert Herjavec, star of CBC’s “Dragon’s Den” and ABC’s “Shark Tank”, at the Canadian Cloud Showdown on March 11th.

-Leadership retreat at The Banff Centre.

-Desk space for 3 months at AcceleratorYYC.

-Mentoring session with Scott Valentine, VP Marketing, Solium Capital and early investor/ PR, Mobovivo.

-Mentoring session with Stephen King, President,, CEO,, and Executive-in-Residence, AcceleratorYYC.

-Tickets to AccelerateAB, the largest tech startup conference in Alberta.

-$1,000 worth of transaction credits on merchee to all participating teams to accept credit card payments and manage recurring subscriptions.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

*Students: Use code "STUDENT" and pay just $49. You will be required to show your Student ID at the door.

Friday, Feb 8

4:00pm Registration starts

4:30pm Welcome & Introductions

4:45pm Dinner session on Lean Startup, Business Model Canvas & Customer Development

6:30pm Pitches Start

8:00pm Attendees vote for the top ideas

8:15pm Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00pm Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday, Feb 9

9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30am Start Hacking, Hustling & Designing

12:00pm Lunch

1:00pm Call for needs & skills

2:00pm Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30pm Dinner

7:30pm Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00pm Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday, Feb 10

9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00am Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)

12:00pm Lunch

12:30pm Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00pm Gut check. Start prepping for presentations

4:00pm Dinner


6:30pm Judging & awards

7:00pm Wrapup & after party

9:00pm Go home!

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