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techstars Startup Weekend – Changemakers Richmond

March 22 @ 6:00 pm - March 24 @ 8:00 pm

Startup Weekend is a three-day program where aspiring entrepreneurs experience startup life.

Startup Weekend is a three-day program where aspiring entrepreneurs experience startup life. It is a creative and collaborative educational event over a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Open to the public, anyone can develop and pitch new startup ideas. From executive product owners to independent inventors, all are welcome. The weekend includes creating a business model, validating it with potential customers, and competing within a supportive community. This is a global event series led by Techstars, event sponsors, and affiliates.

The Techstars worldwide network helps entrepreneurs succeed. Founded in 2006, Techstars began with three simple ideas—entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone, collaboration drives innovation and great ideas can come from anywhere. Now we are on a mission to enable every person on the planet to contribute to, and benefit from, the success of entrepreneurs. In addition to operating accelerator programs and venture capital funds, we do this by connecting startups, investors, corporations, and cities to help build thriving startup communities. Techstars has invested in more than 2,200 companies that today have a combined market cap valuation of more than $30 Billion.

About Techstars Startup Weekend
Learn how to think, work and build like a startup, in 54 thrilling hours. Techstars Startup Weekend is an exciting and immersive foray into the world of startups. Over an action-packed three days, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders, and sponsors to show you how to get more done faster — and, maybe even start that business.

Techstars Startup Weekend – Changemakers Richmond will include:

  • Idea Happy Hour | Wednesday, March 20 from 6 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Startup Weekend | Friday, March 22 at 6 pm until Sunday, March 24 at 8 pm

Featured Speakers & Mentors

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond will host Techstars Startup Weekend along with the Delivery Partners listed below. These partners are critical to ensure that entrepreneurs and innovators can participate in Techstars Startup Weekend for free.

The Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond is pleased to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Richmond and beyond. Organizations wishing to provide monetary donations for Techstars Startup Weekend should connect with Emily Griffey Ewees (egriffey@richmond.edu). Donations will support the Dean’s Impact Fund of the Robins School of Business.

Prize Sponsors for Winners

Organizations wishing to donate non-cash prizes for participants should connect with Dale Fickett. Prizes will be offered to the top-performing individuals and teams as selected by the judges.


Financial and In-Kind Sponsors will be recognized with their logo on event materials. Financial sponsors will be invited to address participants during Startup Weekend. Sponsors of $5,000 and above will be included on the culmination competition materials and are encouraged to invite additional non-participants to attend the culmination competition.

Supported by our Delivery Partners
University of Richmond, RVA Works, NASA, Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC), Startup Virginia, the Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia, Virginia State University, RVA Tech, Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and ESPN Radio 106.1.

Global Sponsors
Brex , Google and GoDaddy

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Robins School of Business
Ukrop Auditorium 102 UR Drive, University of Richmond, VA 23173
University of Richmond, VA 23173 US
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