Organizer Application

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Interested in organizing a Startup Weekend? Great! We’re glad you’re here. Organizing is a truly rewarding experience that can help build your network, community, and even your own startup. Before you begin, there are few things we need from you:

Repeat Organizers

Have you organized a Startup Weekend already? Glad to have you back!We already have most of the information we need from you, so here’s a shorter application to save you some time.

Prerequisites

Step 1. You must attend a Startup Weekend before organizing

All Startup Weekend Organizers must have previously attended a Startup Weekend event. This is important for a number of reasons, but mostly because there is simply no way to fully understand what Startup Weekend is all about without experiencing it firsthand. We strongly recommend you actually participate on a team (observing is not enough). You can find upcoming Startup Weekends at startupweekend.org/events.

Step 2. Read the Rules and Requirements

We’ve created organizer requirements for two strong reasons:

- Intent. We want to ensure your goals are aligned with Startup Weekend’s mission.
-Success. We’ve organized a lot of events! Our rules are in place to help you run the best event possible.

So if you have not yet read them, now is a good time to head over and review our Rules and Requirements (you’ll be asked to sign off on them later).

Step 3. Understand the Commitment

A typical Startup Weekend takes 3 to 4 months to organize, and you’ll need 4 to 6 people on your organizing team (this is not something you can do alone). Your team will be responsible for nearly all aspects of the event, including:

  • Raising event sponsorship to cover event costs
  • Securing a venue
  • Finding local mentors and judges
  • Promoting the event & recruiting attendees
  • Ordering food, drink, and supplies for the event

You can also review the SW Checklist if you’d like a more detailed view of the work.

Step 4: Form a Team

Your team should consist of 4 to 6 people. Just like a startup, forming a strong organizing team is the most important part of planning a Startup Weekend. It is also very much like choosing a Board of Directors: it’s important that everyone on the team is as enthusiastic about the mission of Startup Weekend as you are (regardless of his or her personal goals).

Here is our Guide for Forming an Organizing Team.

You’re now ready for the application!