Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2017 helped turn bright ideas into marketable business plans. From polishing each team’s pitch to winning over potential investors, each group was able to learn the skills of entrepreneurship hands-on with teams of other innovators. The team that took home 1st place in 2017 was SureStep, a web-based platform for court administrators and an app for users in drug treatment programs. Following them in second and third place was Developers.Vegas, and Trigger Tracker.
Startup Weekend Las Vegas will be coming back to Rob Roy’s Innevation Center Friday, November 16th. The event will run through the entire weekend and wraps up on Sunday, November 18 with each team’s final pitch to an awesome team of judges comprised of local business leaders and industry experts. Attendees will learn new skills and perhaps even meet the other founding members of their future companies. This is your chance to put your entrepreneurial skills to the test. Come with a startup idea you’ve been thinking about for a while, or join a team with an idea you believe in. Either way, you’re going to get a lot out of it.
The 3 Phases of Startup Weekend
Part 1: Team Formation
After dinner and a little networking on Friday night, everyone gets a chance to pitch their ideas to the group. The format is open mic style and anyone with an idea is encouraged to pitch.
From there, you and everyone else will vote for your favorite ideas. The ideas with the most votes become the teams that compete throughout the rest of the weekend.
It’s a good idea to arrive early and start getting to know other attendees during dinner on Friday, because those are the people with whom you’ll be forming teams. Strong Startup Weekend teams have the right mix of skills, passions, and personalities. You have a limited amount of time to find your tribe, so use your time wisely.
Part 2: Buildout
Saturday and most of Sunday are dedicated to building out your idea.
“Building” can mean a lot of things. For software products, most people aim for a prototype to demo to the judges. Your team might build a website with an informational video, a physical prototype, or something else cool that you can present on Sunday night.
Workshops and mentorship are available throughout the day on Saturday to help you get things moving.
You’ll get a chance on Sunday morning to finalize your prototype, and then you should spend the afternoon perfecting your presentation.
Part 3: Presentations
Sunday evening is the culmination of all your hard work, and also your chance to win some really awesome prizes. Your team presents to a panel of judges (and an audience of your peers) for the opportunity to win.
This is the part of the weekend where you demo your prototype, show off your skills, and make an impression.
This is your chance to show off all the incredible things you’ve accomplished in just a couple of days.How to Get Involved
Attend Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2018
Until September 14th we’re offering 70% off early bird tickets if you use the coupon code SWEARLYBIRD.
Your ticket includes meals, mentorship, workspace, education opportunities, and lots of other awesome resources and perks. It’s more than worth the money, and with that early bird discount, you’re getting an incredible deal.
Sponsor Startup Weekend Las Vegas 2018
Sponsorships cover most of the costs for organizing and hosting the event. If you’d like to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, including donations for food, prizes, swag, or other in-kind items, contact Tom McAllister by emailing email@example.com or calling (702) 283-4149.