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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

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!

Location:

StartupCity Des Moines 317 6th Ave., 5th floor Des Moines, IA 50309

Schedule

Friday

Nov 15
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday

Nov 16
  • 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
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday

Nov 17
  • 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
  • Dinner
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
Platinum Sponsors
Speakers
Gold Sponsors
Judges

Erin Rollenhagen

Founder, Entrepreneurial Technologies   |   LinkedIn

Sheldon Ohringer

CEO at Caleris   |   LinkedIn

Joel Marks

Software Engineer at Webfilings LLC   |   LinkedIn

Silver Sponsors
Coaches

Emma Peterson

Founder & CEO at Tikly   |   LinkedIn

Tej Dhawan

Principal at Pikuzone and StartupCity Des Moines   |   LinkedIn

Heide Krabbe

Highland Journey Capital, LLC   |   LinkedIn

Brian Hemesath

Senior Sales Engineer at Doextra CRM Solutions   |   LinkedIn

Jason Stone

Shareholder at Davis Brown   |   LinkedIn

Emily Reagh Harris

Intellectual Property Attorney (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights and Licensing) at the Davis Brown Law Firm   |   LinkedIn

Dylan Hamilton

Growth Team Lead at FarmLogs   |   LinkedIn

Media Sponsors
Organizers
Andrew Kirpalani
Rob Jensen
Nathan Robertson
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