MIAMI UNIVERSITY JOHN W. ALTMAN INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP

STARTUP WEEKEND 2020

OCTOBER 23rd-25th, 2020 - A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

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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. 

Have questions? Feel free to reach us at oxford-oh@startupweekend.org

 

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)

6:00 pm: Re-announce team/problems and mentors based on pre-assigned team

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!

12:00pm: Gut Check Mentor Office Hours” begin (Main Room)

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

6:30pm: Gut check (15 minutes presentation or video)

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

8:15am-10:00am “Mentor Office Hours”, Final Presentation Prep, Presentation Submissions at 9:50am

10:00am-11:15am Preliminary Rounds 

11:15-11:30am: Announcements

11:30am: FINAL PRESENTATIONS (Main Room)

Top 4 Teams will be announced. Get up and present if it’s you!

12:30pm Judging (Survey Submissions)

1:00pm Awards & Wrap-Up

Meet Our Mentors

Partners

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Contact Us

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