Startup Weekend Twin Cities 2 Details Announced


Local developers, designers, entrepreneurs and marketers will collaborate again to pitch, team-up, build and demo new products at Minnesota’s only tech event focused on real time ACTION!

This weekend warriors’ hackathon has happened in 100’s of cities across the globe from San Francisco to Athens, Greece.  It’s been covered in TechCrunch, the Washington Post, ABC News, local media, and beyond. “…The energy, feedback and outcome was so positive that this place is ready for more,” said Startup Weekend COO Shane Reiser following Minnesota’s first Startup Weekend at CoCo MSP in mid-September.

A few days later, the Seattle-based nonprofit would pledge to bring it back November 19-21st at the U of M Carlson School of Management and place Minnesota amongst 30+ parallel Startup Weekends happening  around the world in conjunction with Kauffman’s Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010.

Registration ($40 – $50) is capped at 75 participants and covers the overhead of organizing and executing an event of this nature, including ample food and beverage throughout the weekend. This time around, the org has offered to bundle proceeds from cash sponsors into a prize package for the overall winner; below is a mix of current prizes/sponsors, speakers, mentors and judges committed to Startup Weekend Twin Cities 2, November 19-21 at the U of M CSOM:



  • Saturday 11/20: CrashPlan Co-founder Matthew Dornquast shares  experiences translating FREE products into profits.
  • Saturday 11/20: Workface President Lief Larson is Entrepreneur vs. Wild — the correlation between the instincts and actions of survivors and entrepreneurs.
  • Saturday 11/20: SWIFT Weather Founder Rory Groves discusses starting with little to nothing and how to be a lean machine.



So — is your idea worth some community feedback, forward movement, new connections and a few thousand dollars?  Look at: Qonqr, Rock Your Block, Heavy Analytics, CartBrain, FlightCrowd, Polywiks, Mibrary, Skedadle, Run With It, Pocket Website, Inspire MPLS, Locate My Deal and SpeedWatch to get a taste of what the first Startup Weekend Twin Cities produced.

While it’s open to all, Startup Weekend in an intensely spontaneous, creative and collaborative experience that’s definitely not for everyone,” says Reiser, “…and that’s the best partamazing things happen when like-minded techies from the same town get together to make ideas become reality.  I’ve seen it over and over again.”

Final details will be updated before the start of the event; anyone interested in adding value to Startup Weekend Twin Cities 2 can contact Shane Reiser.

Register here.