Startup Weekend: From idea to launch in three days

Pitch idea. Form team. Launch company. From idea to launch in just three days.

Colorado State University’s College of Business and the Institute for Entrepreneurship invite entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs from all departments at the university and the greater Fort Collins community to participate in the second Fort Collins Startup Weekend Nov. 3-5 on campus in Rockwell Hall, 501 W. Laurel St.

Startup Weekend will help participants launch a creative business, product, or service idea by implementing the Lean Startup process. It starts by allowing anyone to pitch ideas, form teams around the top ideas, research their customers, and work as teams to build a prototype that demonstrates the potential of their business. The event culminates in a pitch competition where teams present their business and demonstrate their prototype to a panel of experienced entrepreneurs.

In just 54 hours, participants will learn how to create a real company and meet experienced mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors who are ready to help them get started.

Sunday night pitch event

On Sunday, Nov. 5, Startup Weekend participants will highlight their progress, innovation, and creativity in a “Shark Tank”-style pitch to seasoned entrepreneurs. The judges will award the best two pitches with prizes that include in-kind donations from event sponsors and partners.

No technology skills required

Any CSU student or community member interested in startups, launching a business, entrepreneurship, or creative problem solving is encouraged to register. Startup Weekend involves teamwork, creativity, and determination. External experts with business and technical experience will help mentor teams.

Global, grassroots movement

Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and Techstars, Startup Weekend is a global, grassroots movement of passionate entrepreneurs with a mission to inspire, educate, and empower communities to launch revolutionary ideas. It is the largest community of entrepreneurs in the world and has hosted more than 2,000 events in more than 200 countries since 2007.

More information and tickets

Hosted by CSU, this is the second Startup Weekend in Fort Collins.  For more information and to buy tickets visit the website. For questions about the event, contact