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Nestled amid the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, Blacksburg is best known as the home of Virginia Tech. Surrounding the Hokie Stone empire, however, you’ll also find a thriving and growing technology and start-up community. Hundreds of avant-garde companies chose to make Blacksburg home thanks to its energetic and authentically supportive culture that encourages and breeds innovation.

Startup Weekend Blacksburg is a unique learning experience, an opportunity to network and build relationships, and a chance to challenge yourself. It’s open to anyone — no startup experience, prior ideas, or specific backgrounds are necessary. All you need is a passion to start something and an interest in experiencing the process of forming a business around an idea.

If you already have an idea, that’s great! You’ll have the opportunity to pitch it to the group. Teams will form around the best ideas, and you’ll begin a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. You’ll have access to Blacksburg’s famous Gigabit internet so you can work 100 times faster than on an average internet connection. At the end of the weekend, your team will present your work in front of local entrepreneurial leaders. The best ideas and teams have been known to continue on beyond the weekend.

Startup Weekend is a time for Blacksburg to showcase its entrepreneurial spirit. Leaders from local companies and organizations have united to sponsor the weekend and mentor the next wave of startups. Join us and become a part of the expansion of Blacksburg’s diverse community of thinkers, innovators, and doers.

Schedule

Friday

Oct 3
  • 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 allows

Saturday

Oct 4
  • Yoga & Red Bull
  • 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

Sunday

Oct 5
  • Yoga & Red Bull
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • FINAL PRESENTATIONS
  • Judging, awards, & what's next
Premier Sponsors
Speakers

Fred Cook

Co-founder and CEO at Moveline   |   LinkedIn

Krisha Chachra

Vice Mayor, Town of Blacksburg   |  

Platinum Sponsors
Gold Sponsors
Media Sponsors
Judges

Zach Williams

Founder & Creative Director of Venveo   |   LinkedIn

Doug Juanarena

VP & Head of Blacksburg Operations at Rackspace Hosting   |  

Jeff Mitchell

Attorney at The Mitchell Law Firm   |  

Mentors

David Payne

Android Developer at Atomic Axis   |   LinkedIn

Art Lucia

Co-Founder at InfernoRed Technology   |   LinkedIn

Daniel Burgess

Lead Software Engineer at Fitnet   |   LinkedIn

Marc Junkunc

Faculty at Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech   |   LinkedIn

Steve Grant

Chief Strategy Officer at Modea   |   LinkedIn

Bill Rascher

Director of Software Engineering at Atomic Axis   |   LinkedIn

Organizers
Bob Summers
Charlie Jewell
Lauren Rose
Julie Nisley
Alex Obenauer
Josh Milas
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