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Techstars Startup Weekend Toronto Women
November 22, 2019 - November 24, 201925-9925 – 25-9999
Your idea in 54 hours
It is our time to RUN the world!
Even though women account for half of the world’s working-age population, they hold under a quarter of senior roles across the world and only 5.2% of CEO positions at S&P 500 Companies. Diversity in economic development remains a major challenge of our time. We believe that by boosting women entrepreneurship we can sow the seeds for a better future; and by encouraging local initiatives, we can have a huge global impact.
How it works
Beginning with Friday night, women (and those who identify as women) pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas followed by a 54-hour of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders providing another opportunity for critical feedback before a final winning team is chosen. Please see the event schedule for more details.
Do you have an idea you’d like to pursue or a problem you’d like to solve but don’t know where to start or who to start with?
Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.
Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?
No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you’ve been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It’s a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.
Prizes for the winning team:
– 1-month Half-Pressed memberships to the coworking space and a community of women-identified people Make Lemonade
What do you need to bring?
Lots of energy! You’ll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.
Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you’ll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You’ll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.
Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
- 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
- Benefits and discounts from our global partners
- One-on-one time with amazing mentors
- An amazing chance to expand your network and meet women developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
- All the internet and coffee you can consume.