Learn, Network, Startup

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you'll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you — find an event today!

The hardest part of starting up is starting out.
 At Startup Weekend, you'll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen.

Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources.


Connect with people driven to build something new. Rich and diverse talent is a Startup Weekend staple.

Are you ready to meet your next (cofounder) (friend) (mentor) (investor)?


Discover where you are on the Entrepreneur's Journey.

Find the resources available near you.

Leave knowing the next steps you need to take on your road to success.


Learn what it really takes to start a company.

No book, panel, speaker, or blog post will teach you what you need to know.

The only way to learn is the experience of trying.


It’s that simple. Startup Weekend is designed to get you going, FAST.

Your local Organizers will set up the ideal environment for you to be successful and learn as much as possible in just 54 hours.

Startup Weekend by the numbers:

  • 23k+
    Teams Formed
  • 193k+
    Alumni Community Members
  • 150
    Countries (That's more that Starbucks!)
  • 2.9k+
    Events to Date

The Schedule

Here’s what happens during a Startup Weekend:

Day 1: Meet, Pitch & Team Up

Dinner & Networking

Get to know your new friends. Meet the people you'll be working with.

Choose Your Project

From the top projects – Choose which one you'll work on over the weekend.

60 Seconds to Pitch

Got an idea? You’ve got 1 minute to pitch in front of the group.

Build a Team

Whether it's your idea or someone else’s, you'll create a cross-functional team to work with over the weekend.

Day 2: Learn & Work

Learn from the Best

Local mentors will be coming in throughout the event to coach you through the hard problems.

Get to Work

We've got the resources and support in place to make things happen in a short period of time. You'll be responsible for everything from finding customers to building your product. We'll be here to help when you need it.

Day 3: Present & Choose

Present in Front of Panel Judges

The culmination of the weekend. You'll have 5 minutes to present the product or service you built to the crowd and a panel of experts.


Watch the other teams present and celebrate all the work you’ve done. Get the opportunity to talk to judges and mingle with mentors.

Notable Startups

Here's a few companies that are rooted in Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekend Stories

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