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Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable.  On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Blog

Night 1 of Fall 2014 KCSW

by swkc

Tonight we had a great opening by our Facilitator Wendy Overton, she got the crowd going by playing rock, paper, […]

KCSW #9 Wrap-Up

by swkc

After hours of work including long nights, the teams were ready to present. With just 3 teams, presentations may not […]

KCSW #8 Wrap Up

by swkc

Last weekend’s KC event brought many ideas to life. From wearable technology to a startup sales force, the businesses generated […]

KCSW #8 Teams

by swkc

The 13 teams of KCSW #8 have been working day and night to bring these ideas to fruition. Below is […]

Prizes KCSW #8

by swkc

KCSW #8 Prizes! 1st place: 6 months of Xero platform access (cloud-based accounting software) from The Emerging Business CFO 3 […]

KCSW #7 Wrap-Up

by erinlikins

Participants who made it to last night’s judging all walked away with new connections and an impressive amount of work […]

Presentation Order

by erinlikins

Here’s the order of presentations tonight (randomly chosen): 1- Gitalytics 2- AntlerAtlas 3- Shopily 4- Mingle 5- AllDogs 6- Vidspective […]

Platinum Sponsors
Speaker

Jerry Moran

U.S. Senator for Kansas

Danny O'Neill

The Roasterie

Gold Sponsors
Judges

Evan Conway

President of OneLouder   |  

Peter DeSilva

President of UMB Bank

Joni Cobb

CEO of Pipeline

Thad Langford

OpenAire Equity Partners

Silver Sponsors
Mentors

Al Doan

Casey Copeland

Adcuda

Chris Brown

Vomer

Chris Ensell

Craig Misak

Jackie Mehalko

Rebecca Katzer

Tom Jenkins

Contributing Sponsors
Organizers
Schedule

Friday

Apr 13
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Pitches
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Formalize teams and work
  • Go home

Saturday

Apr 14
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & 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!
  • Dinner
  • Go home

Sunday

Apr 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Dinner
  • Awards and Wrapup
  • Go home
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