Startup Weekend Calgary

June 21st - 23rd, 2024

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What is Techstars Startup Weekend?

Techstars Startup Weekend is a hackathon for people excited about tech! Over a fun-filled 54 hours, participants pitch ideas, team up, and bring a startup idea to life. It’s all about creativity, teamwork, and turning ideas into action!

You’ll make new connections, find mentors, or maybe even meet your future business partner. It’s like a crash course where you learn by doing, with seasoned pros showing you the ropes.

Weekend Schedule

Day 1

Team Formation

Techstars coaches and industry experts set the stage, as participants meet fellow innovators, pitch ideas, and build teams.

Day 2

Customer Validation, Mentoring & Building

Get creative. Get inspired.
Get building. Learn from industry experts and work with a team to build an idea.

Day 3

Business Modeling, Pitch Practice & Demo Day

Participants practice their pitches and showcase their final work to a panel of judges.

Why Register?

Connect with other innovators

There is no better place to meet new friends, mentors, co-founders or potential investors.

Start something new

Tap into opportunities to engage and connect with like-minded individuals — and truly start something amazing.

Learn from the best

Discover what it really takes to bring your idea to life and start a company from people who’ve been there.

Improve your skills

Dive deep into specific topics to learn new skills and dive into the startup world with like-minded individuals.

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Techstars Startup Weekend is always open to all, regardless of experience, background, skill set and abilities, and whether or not you have an idea to pitch.

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2024 Theme

Sustainable Communities

The focus of this year's Techstars Startup Weekend is on innovative technologies that reduce emissions, enhance energy efficiency, and combat climate change. We're talking about ideas that help make the world cleaner and greener for the long haul and technologies that will shape how businesses work into the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is this event for me?

If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is YES! Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, you’ll fit right in as long as you are motivated to build a product or startup and are open to new ideas.

The event is intended to be a collaborative and inclusive forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. We expect each member of the startup community to be inclusive of all people and their ideas at Techstars Startup Weekend and we welcome all, regardless of experience, industry or background.

Do I have to participate in all three days?

All participates are expected to participate in all three days. This is important not only to preserve your own learning experience, but also to minimize distractions or disruptions for the team you choose to join. 

On Day 3, each team will take the stage to share their final pitch presentations. We welcome any friends, family or colleagues you would like to invite to watch and see all you have accomplished in just one weekend.

Do I need a team?

Everyone who attends the event as a participant is expected to come to the event without a team and then join and participate with a team at the event. This is important to preserve the Techstars Startup Weekend educational experience. The ideal team consists of members from diverse backgrounds and experiences who collaborate to build a great minimum viable product (MVP) using the Lean Canvas framework. The more people you have on your team to help you do market research and business model development, the quicker you’ll develop an MVP to pitch on Day 3.

What should I bring for the weekend?
  • Laptop/Portable Computer
  • Power cord for Laptop
  • Notepad and pen
  • Business cards (or a business card app)
  • Your phone - feel free to take pictures or video of the event and tag @PlatformCalgary in your posts so we can reshare!
  • Lots of energy!
  • Optional: A second monitor, keyboard, etc…. Whatever helps you to be most productive
Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?

An idea is not required to participate!

If you want to pitch an idea, keep an eye out for the form link in the confirmation email once you register on Showpass.

You can pitch an idea you've been thinking about for years, or something you just came up with. Please don’t pitch an idea that you’ve already been developing or have been working on outside of Techstars Startup Weekend. The point of the event is to learn how to go from ideation to product. Pitching provides invaluable practice for public speaking!

What resources/assistance are provided over the weekend?

A key part of every Techstars Startup Weekend is the valuable advice and assistance provided by the event’s speakers and coaches. In addition to the most valuable resources at the weekend (the people), you'll receive a list of some useful resources and tools for before, during, and after the weekend.

Sponsor Techstars Startup Weekend

Get your brand in front of Calgary’s tech community. Sponsor Techstars Startup Weekend and connect with aspiring creatives and entrepreneurs.

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