What is Techstars Startup Weekend?

What is Techstars Startup Weekend?

Techstars Startup Weekend in Austin, hosted at the Capital Factory, is an exciting three-day event for aspiring entrepreneurs, tech enthusiasts, and anyone interested in building an AI startup from scratch.

Over the course of the weekend, participants will form teams, ideate, validate their AI ideas, develop a business model, and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. Throughout the event, participants will also have access to expert AI mentors, experienced coaches, and valuable resources to help them develop their AI ideas and pitch them to the judges.

Food, drinks, and snacks will be provided to keep participants fueled and energized throughout the weekend. The event culminates in a final pitch competition where teams will compete for prizes and recognition.

Location and Date

Location and Date

Capital Factory

701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701
Location and Date

May 19-21, 2023

Friday 6:00 PM - Sunday 9:00 PM


Event Speakers

Event Mentors

Alex Kalish

Global Operations AI at Amazon

Ayman Husain

AI and Advanced Analytics at Microsoft

Erika Haskins

Co-Founder at Intripid

Michael Morton

Innovative Industrial Designer, Strategist

Karen Bantuveris

Founder at SignUp

Rawad Abou Zaki

Founder at Hover City

Arturo Piña

President at ProductCamp Austin

Erik Huddleston

CEO at Aprimo

Jake Stevens

Co-Founder at CrowdCandy

Aurora Quinn-Elmore

Founder at Metamorph AI

Eric Hennenhoefer

CEO at Cerfe Labs

Chris Lofton

CEO at Zollege

Event Judges

Shakeel Rashed

Managing Director at Capital Factory Accelerator

David Cao

Founder at F50 Global Capital

CS Freeland

Founder at Texas Venture Alliance

Dr. Steve Kramer

Chief Scientist at KUNGFU.AI

Michael Popchuk

Co-founder at Saldo apps

Michael Maloney

Senior Associate at Next Coast Ventures

Event Schedule

Day 1 In-Person

Pitch and team formation

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Dinner & networking.

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Welcome & Speakers

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Pitches Start

8:00 PM - 9:00 PM Teams start forming and discussing ideas

Day 2 Online

Develop and refine your idea.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Break out work sessions

12:00 - 6:00 PM Break out work sessions

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Check-ins on status

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Continue work on prototyping

Day 3 Online + In-Person

Finalize and present your idea.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Break out work sessions

12:00 PM - 2:30 PM Work on Final Pitches

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM In-Person Check-In

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Final Presentation

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner, Judging, and Prizes!

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