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Portland, Maine, USA

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 events in over 100 countries and 580 cities around the world.

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!

Portland, Maine is a lovable coastal city of 60,000 people 90 minutes northeast of Boston.

Portland figures prominently in many city lists, including:
Forbes 2012: 11th Hippest Hipster Neighborhood
Travel & Leisure 2013: 4th City with Most Attractive People
The Huffington Post 2013: 8th Best Restaurant City
Women’s Health Magazine 2010: 10th 100 healthiest U.S. cities for women 2010; 8th Fun City
Forbes 2009: 1st Most Liveable City
Biz Journals 2009: 10th Best Place to Start a Small Business
Who’s Your City 2008: 2nd Best City (in mid-sized regions) for Mid-Career Professionals (30-44), Empty-Nesters (ages 45-64) and Gays and Lesbians



Jun 13
  • 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


Jun 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
  • 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


Jun 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Draft Presentations
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner & tech check
  • Judging & awards
  • Go to Startup & Create Week Kickoff Gala

Press coverage of Startup Weekend 3/22/13

by swportlandmaine

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