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What is Startup Weekend?

A weekend for you to test your startup idea, create a business plan, meet new people, and network with successful mentors from across the Midwest!

Startup Weekend is a weekend-long competitive experience where aspiring entrepreneurs, designers, creative thinkers, and engineers come together to produce a viable startup business model. 

Techstars Startup Weekend Miami University will be a weekend-long virtual experience. 

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Did someone say virtual?


We are committed to keeping our participants safe and healthy by following government recommended social distancing rules. This year, the weekend will take place on Zoom:

  • We will have a main room that everyone can access 
    • Where the kick-off and workshops happen
    • Participants can communicate with us to get mentors and help
  • Breakout rooms for each team will be available to work on their own time
  • We as organizers will have access to all rooms so we can check in on people and support where needed

This will be our first ever virtual Startup Weekend! Although we will miss being in-person together, going virtual gives us more opportunities than ever before:

  • More capacity for participants
  • Access to more mentors around the world 
  • Flexibility of time and schedule
  • Work from the comfort of your own home

2020 Weekend Schedule

5:00pm:Registration Starts

5:15pm: Welcome and Kick-Off (Main Room)

5:30 pm: What is Startup Weekend? (Main Room)

6:00 pm: Weekend expectations and house keeping items

6:10 pm: Team building exercise

6:30 pm: Zoom Guide – How to be a good virtual teammate?

7:00 pm: Team Time (Breakout Room)

Check-in Canvas Assignment

8:00pm: Effective Teams Workshop – Scott Weiss (Main Room)

9:30pm: Develop basic business concepts (Breakout Room)

9:30pm – 11pm: Igoodea Office hours 

Check-in Canvas Assignment

8:30am: Kick-off: Zoom Dance Party

9:00am: Workshop: Effective Customer Research Workshop– Sara Valasek (Main Room)

10:00am: Teamwork Time. Get out and VALIDATE!

11:00am: “Mentor Office Hours” begin

12:00pm: Gut Check (Main Room)

1:30pm: “Mentor Office Hours” & Teamwork Time (Breakout Room)

6:30pm: Gut check

Check-in Canvas Assignment

7:00-8:30pm “Finance Help Desk Office Hours”: RedHawk Ventures & Social Impact Fund members staffing.

9:00pm: Gut Check (Main Room)

Check-in Canvas Assignment

8:00am: Kick-off: Zoom Dance Party

Check-in Canvas Assignment

8:00 am-8:45am Zoom Dance Party + Words from Conger

8:45 am – 10:00 am Team Time

10:00 am – 10:30 am Pitching Tips – Astawa Alam

10:30 am-12:00pm Preliminary Rounds (return to main room)

12:00-12:15pm: Announcements

12:15pm: FINAL PRESENTATIONS (Main Room)

Top 5 Teams will be announced. Get up and present if it’s you!

1:20pm Judging (Survey Submissions)

1:30pm Awards & Wrap-Up


Meet Our Professionals

Meet Our Speakers

Partners & Sponsors


Contact Us

Mark Lacker – Director, Startup Entrepreneurship
Tara Hoppe – SW Assistant Director
Michael Conger – Director, Startup Weekend
Chi Pham – SW Organizing Committee Chair