Bring on the entrepreneurial excitement!

This 54-hour challenge is a unique opportunity for both aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs to work with and get to know new people over the course of an exciting and fast-paced weekend. A diverse, well-balanced team is critical for a startup to be successful and participants with interests in areas such as engineering, software development, branding, graphic design, marketing, sales and project management will be in attendance. Regardless of your skill level or specialty, the most important trait for all participants to have is the desire to learn and the willingness to work hard in order to achieve success.

We'll kick off the event on Friday evening with a Meet & Greet and soon after we'll start working to form weekend teams of 4-5 people. As the teams begin to solidify, each one will also choose a startup idea to pursue. Once both your team and idea are set, it’s time to get down to work because the clock is ticking!

Over the course of the next two days, an impressive mix of experienced startup mentors will work one-on-one with your team and help you to iterate quickly and pivot when needed. And to help maximize the time available to build traction for your startup, we'll keep everyone well-fed all weekend. If your team makes good progress and manages its time well, you'll be pulling everything together on Sunday afternoon and polishing off your startup pitch for Sunday evening.

For the final presentations, each team will have 5 minutes on stage to pitch their startup to a panel of judges as well as an audience of the general public. Once your pitch is complete, the judges will spend another 5 minutes asking questions in order to learn more about your startup. Once all of the teams have finished their pitches, the judges will deliberate and then announce who has won the coveted title of Startup Challenge 2017 Grand Champion!

As a participant, your $99 ticket includes

  • chance to build skillsets with hands-on application and coaching from highly experienced mentors
  • network with other participants with the same drive to develop successful businesses
  • 24/7 access to the venue, 3D Printers, and a professional photo studio
  • 7 complimentary meals and beverages
  • 2017 Startup Challenge T-shirt
  • a chance for your team to become the Startup Challenge 2017 Grand Champion

Space is limited, so make sure to get your ticket early!