Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

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Judging Criteria

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

1. Business Model
The heart of it all. If you haven’t got answers to these questions, you’ve spent too much time on frills & features and need to get back to the basics:
a. Who is your customer?
b. What is your core value proposition?
c. What are your key activities?
d. What are your revenue streams?
e. What is your cost structure?
f. Who/what are your key partners/resources?
g. What are your distribution channels?
h. What is your roll-out strategy?

2. Customer Validation
Have you taken the proper steps to ensure that the people who matter (your future customers) support and reinforce your assumptions? Think of Customer Validation as ‘evidence’ to back up the core structure of your ‘theory’ (your Business Model). The more feedback you gather (quantity), the more this feedback comes from your specific target market (quality), and the more you’re able to actually integrate this feedback into the Business Model and product development (execution), the better.

3. Execution
The nitty gritty: what has your team been able to actually build over the weekend? Even the strongest of Business Plans are useless in the hands of those who can’t properly execute on them. Getting as far as possible in the development of your product/prototype not only helps give Judges a tangible vision of what the final product could be, but proves your strength and skills as a team. This is what truly matters: investors don’t invest as in ideas so much as teams.


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Startup Weekend Schedule – March 2-4, 2012

Friday, March 2

5:00:00 PM Arrive, check-in, network, dinner
6:00:00 PM Welcome
6:30:00 PM Speakers
7:00:00 PM Sponsors introduced
7:30:00 PM Ice Breaker Game
7:40:00 PM Pitches
8:40:00 PM Voting – Choose Ideas
9:10:00 PM Voting ends; Top Ideas Announced
9:30:00 PM Start Working
10:59:00 PM Clean up, Lights Out

Saturday, March 3

8:00:00 AM Doors Open
9:00:00 AM Breakfast, Sponsor Mentions, Mentor Schedules
9:05:00 AM Get to work
10:00:00 AM Mentors start arriving
Noon Lunch
1:00:00 PM Group Assembly, Updates
2:00:00 PM Mentor shift changes
6:00:00 PM Group Assembly, Updates
6:15:00 PM Dinner
11:00:00 PM Clean up, Lights Out

Sunday, March 4

8:00:00 AM Doors Open
9:00:00 AM Breakfast
9:00:00 AM Sponsor Mentions and Mentor schedules
9:05:00 AM Get to work
10:00:00 AM Mentors start arriving
Noon Lunch
1:00:00 PM Group Assembly, Updates
2:00:00 PM Mentor shift changes
3:00:00 PM All Work Stops – Polish Presentations
4:00:00 PM Dinner
5:00:00 PM Lead Sponsor Speaker, Mentor shift changes
5:15:00 PM Judge Introductions
5:30:00 PM Presentations
7:30:00 PM Wrap-Up – Announce Winning Team
8:00:00 PM Clean up, Lights out

Some Ideas for Ideas

IdeaMany ask, “So what kind of ideas have been pitched at past events?”  Go to the page below and you can see several ideas that became companies.  Several have even received funding or have been acquired!

Past Ideas Here

Startup Weekend Comes to Saint Martin’s University!

  • October 15-17, 2010
  • Saint Martin’s University – Harned Hall
  • Lacey Washington

Startup Weekend Olympia’s theme is:  “Bring Your Ideas!”  Have you ever thought, “Man, someone should … ?”  You know, those crazy brainstorms you have about starting a company that produces some sort of widget or a green and sustainable product, or maybe some cool idea popped in and you need a developer to program a website or iphone app.  Well, now’s your chance to bring all those wacky concepts to life!  It’s called Startup Weekend and it’s coming to the Olympia area October 15-17 at Saint Martin’s University.

Imagine something like 100 people coming together on Friday afternoon and out of those 100 people, 30 of them have an intriguing thought that won’t leave them alone for a new venture, or a paradigm that could change the world.  So these 30 folk pitch their idea to the group.  The crowd votes for the top 10 and teams are formed.  Team leaders look for a good mix of individuals that will help to bring that great idea to life … marketers, graphic designers, web developers, iphone programmers, accountants, public relations specialists, copywriters, attorneys, etc.

Then the remainder of the weekend you spend working with your team to bring the “great idea” to life.  Programming, designing, writing, talking, arguing, laughing, more talking and LOTS of ACTION converge as the team creates a prototype company!  Come Sunday afternoon, each team presents their new company to everyone.  And if your idea is sound, and you have enough synergy with some business sense thrown in, you may end up with funding from a local venture capitalist or perhaps even an Angel Investor or two!

Sign up for Startup Weekend in Olympia!  Any way you look at it, you’ll network with a ton of truly great people, learn from the experience and DO things you’ve never done before!  Most importantly, you’ll have a HUGE load of fun while exploring and fleshing out the exciting new world of creativity and IDEAS!

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