Lean Innovation Bootcamp

A Techstars Partnership

Put all that Lean Startup knowledge into practice at Startup Weekend. This is an immersive experience crafted for our conference where you’ll collaborate in teams to put the methodology directly into use to create your own lean startups, with the goal of launching an MVP in 54 hours. This weekend-long interactive program — for everyone from startup to enterprise level — offers attendees the chance to gain the full entrepreneurial experience by pitching ideas and building teams on Friday, experiencing hands-on mentorship and heads-down hacking on Saturday, and wrapping things up with investor-style presentations on Sunday.

We’ll kick the weekend off with a keynote talk from Jim Hornthal, Executive Chairman, GLIDR by Launchpad.


Friday, Nov 3rd

6:30 PM Registration
Arrive at General Assembly, 225 Bush Street to check in

7:00 PM Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 PM Welcome & Speakers
Program begins. Review agenda for the weekend, introduce organizers and facilitators, coaches if they’re present, and speakers

Opening Speaker: Jim Hornthal, Executive Chairman, GLIDR by Launchpad

8:00 PM Pitches Start
Have an idea? Get up and give a 60 second pitch!

9:00 PM Voting
Participants vote for the top pitches to work on over the course of the weekend

9:15 PM Form Teams
Team formation and idea discussions

10:00 PM Begin Work
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 4

9:00 AM Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 AM Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 AM Workshop
Taking the uncertainties out of your business / Empathy in surveys, how to talk to your customers: Zach Nies, VP of Education at Techstars

10:30 AM Coaches arrive!
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help.

12:00 PM Lunch

1:00 PM Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

6:30 PM Dinner

7:30 PM Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 PM Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday, Nov 5

9:00 AM Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 AM Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 PM Lunch

12:30 PM Presentation Practice with Coaches
Coaches arrive and will give presentation feedback. Final hours of worktime should be used to incorporate feedback from practice sessions.

2:30 PM Tech Check
Mandatory tech-check for final presentations

3:00 PM Final Presentations

4:30 PM Judging & Awards

5:00 PM End