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Universal College of Learning

I've Never Been to Startup Weekend.  What's It All About?

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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 2011.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

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!



May 22
  • Registration & Networking
  • Dinner Time
  • Welcome to #swpalmy
  • Fire Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Home to sleep!


May 23
  • Doors Open, Coffee - Yum!
  • Brekky & Coffee (mmm, coffee!)
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • 1 minute updates
  • Dinner
  • Practice Pitches
  • Home to sleep!


May 24
  • Doors Open
  • Breakfast & Caffeine Time
  • Practice pitches round two
  • Lunch
  • Practice pitches round three
  • Dinner
  • Awards
  • Home Time!
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