Why Should I Attend Kansas City Startup Weekend?
You have big ideas and passion, but you don’t think you have what it takes to make a business. Maybe you think you need more time, more talent, or more money to make it happen.
Kansas City Startup Weekend is your opportunity to be a entrepreneur. It’s about taking the time and finding the people who can help turn your big idea into a small reality, ready to grow into the future. You’ll come away having met the challenge of starting a business, along with finding a cofounder, meeting someone new, or learning a skill far outside your 9-to-5.
Register now to make yourself the amazing thing happening in Kansas City.
What Will Happen at Kansas City Startup Weekend?
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. Mentors with diverse backgrounds with be there to help guide your business. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
This is a Competition? Are There Prizes?
We believe each attendee will leave with the overwhelming sense that Kansas City is a place of opportunity, where there is enough drive and ability to launch any venture. Each team will depart with enough direction and new connections to take their business beyond the weekend. In past events, outstanding teams were awarded various prizes like office space to help build their business, legal services, marketing packages, PR packages, and of course pretty electronic toys. Prizes are to be announced.
There Are Teams? Do I Have to Sign-Up With a Team?
Yes, this is a team-based event. No, you don’t need to bring one with you. You can build one at the event.
Is My Idea Really a “Startup”?
YES. Almost any concept for a product or service, for-profit or non-profit is a “Startup” ready for Startup Weekend. Keep in mind, winning startup ideas have been thought up the night before the Friday night pitch and other teams who didn’t even place have gone on to get over a million in venture funding with team members from Startup Weekend. Anyone can win at Startup Weekend!
While most teams will involve software in their product, it does not need to be a “tech startup” to participate. It does not need to be something that’s only at home in Silicon Valley looking for a million dollars in venture capital to be successful. It also does not need to be revolutionary, it could be just a small improvement on an existing idea that no one’s made and everyone wants.
Your pitch should be for a new business that does not currently exist, since Startup Weekend is about building something new, not getting free design and development work. If you’re in doubt, please use the “Contact Us” action at the top of the page to talk about your idea.
Does the Event Cost Money?
Yes, the event fee is $60 for early signups (ends Oct 16th), $80 regular price, $50 for students (promo code “STUDENT”). Primarily, that cost helps cover the 7 meals and drinks received over the weekend. Everyone organizing is a volunteer.
Need More Motivation?
To help prepare for the weekend we also have a bootcamp.
Sign up now and learn how to prepare for the weekend.