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Techstars to host Startup Weekend Silicon Valley Womxn Online Edition

A 54-hour event where attendees pitch ideas, form teams and start companies.

In times of crisis, entrepreneurs are needed more than ever. Techstars, in partnership with Google for Startups, will host Startup Weekend Silicon Valley Womxn Online Edition November 13th – 15th, 2020. Techstars Startup Weekend Silicon Valley Womxn moves online to ensure women continue building their entrepreneurial community in a safe, innovative environment. 

This is the time for women founders everywhere to step forward, not backward. Techstars is going to keep growing and supporting our communities however possible. 

Like the traditional, in-person Techstars Startup Weekend (TSW), the 54-hour online event is designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. During the event, attendees pitch ideas, form teams and start companies. The community-focused event provides a place for budding entrepreneurs to find co-founders, mentors and momentum for their ideas.

Participants will have 60 seconds to make a pitch. The pitches are whittled down to the top ideas. Teams form. Out of these ideas will come several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors. Techstars Startup Weekend attendees experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressures that make up life at a startup…all in a single weekend.

The event’s mission is to promote gender equity in the entrepreneurial field and support womxn as they build tools they need to make an impact. The weekend is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build a community and launch the next big startup! 

A Techstars Startup Weekend Online takes the best of the in-person experience and amplifies it with the scope and reach of the best digital tools available. As teams work, they’ll meet the very best mentors, investors and sponsors — all ready to help you refine your idea. Mentors, selected by the organizing team, will be available to help guide attendees throughout the weekend. The mentors this year include:

Aimeelene Gaspar: Aimeelene is CoFounder and CEO of LionX, offering a consumer privacy technology platform for businesses to meet the complex consumer privacy regulations in the US. Her path from finance to technology culminated in becoming a product management executive with over 20 years of experience at large financial services companies, and startups such as Broadridge and Yodlee.

Kristina Powers: Kristina’s combined her 20+ years in higher education with 15+ years of teaching and business entrepreneur expertise to help strengthen organizations and the people within them, elevating higher education as a whole.

Grace Belangia: An award-winning ecosystem builder, Grace Belangia is co-founder of Make Startups, providing community development services for societies across the country to support ecosystems for entrepreneurs and startups. She is also the Executive Director and Founding Member of theClubhou.se, a collaborative workspace that connects leaders and learners, founders and funders in technology, business, and design. 

Andy Cunningham: An entrepreneur at the forefront of marketing, branding, positioning and communicating “The Next Big Thing,” Andy Cunningham has played a key role in the launch of a number of new categories including video games; personal computers; desktop publishing; digital imaging; RISC microprocessors; software as a service; very light jets; and cleantech investing.

Frances Mann-Craik: Frances Mann-Craik, fairy godmother to high-tech startups, is a computer-industry pioneer with decades of Silicon Valley and international marketing and sales contribution. Frances is also active with a variety of groups as board member, community activist, advisor, volunteer and friend.

Other mentors include Samantha Paxson, Lauren Cooney, Susan Solinsky and more. 

For more information and to register for the event visit their website.

About the author

Sarah Barsch

Sarah Barsch is a young professional with years of experience working in marketing and public relations. A graduate of Bentley University, her goal-oriented, resilient, and enthusiastic nature drives her passion for business. In her free time, Sarah likes to bake, exercise (to burn off those sweet treats), and watch TV. Her latest binge? The Amazing Race!

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