Organizer Application

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Interested in organizing a Techstars 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:

Prerequisites

Step 1. You must attend a Techstars Startup Weekend before organizing

All Techstars Startup Weekend Organizers must have previously attended a Techstars Startup Weekend event. This is important for a number of reasons, but mostly because there is simply no way to fully understand what Techstars 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 Techstars Startup Weekends at startupweekend.org/events.

Step 2: Read our Terms and Conditions

As of June 22nd, 2020, we’ve made some updates to our Terms and Conditions. From now on, organizers will be in charge of supporting their own event finances. 

You can also find our Privacy Policy here

Step 3. Read the Rules and Requirements

We’ve created organizer requirements for two strong reasons:

- Intent. We want to ensure your goals are aligned with Techstars Startup Weekend’s mission.

-Success. We’ve organized a lot of events! Our requirements 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 4. Understand the Commitment

A typical Techstars 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

  • Managing your event budget and financial closing

  • Ordering food, drink, and supplies for the event

 

Please note:  that if you are running a Techstars Startup Weekend Online (TSWO) certain aspects listed above won’t be required. 

 

Step 5: Form a Team

Your organizing team should consist of 4 to 6 people. Just like when creating a startup, forming a strong team is the most important part of planning a Techstars 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 Techstars 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!

Please fill out the application here.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to [email protected]

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