About

Startup Weekends are weekend events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Why attend a Startup Weekend event?

Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend! Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top ten:

Education:
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.

Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

Save money & get stuff:
Your ticket covers five meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our global sponsors and all the coffee you can drink.

Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.

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Oslo Startup Weekend schedule

Friday:

17.00: Doors open; Finger food and get to know each other while figuring out what would be interesting to build.
18:00: Opening by the facilitator
19:00: Pitches start (if you have an idea for a product you pitch it to the group).
21:00: Teams start breaking off
22:00: Hopefully teams have solidified their concept and created an elevator pitch (even a simple one) by now.
23:00: Break off to a bar to continue the discussion and attempt to paper prototype out their application.

Saturday:
09:00: Groups pour in; work starts on development.
10:00: (postponed until 13.00)Workshop on Minimum Viable Product (1-2 person per team)
11:30: Lunch.
12.15: Business Model Canvas workshop (1-2 person per team)
15:00: More coding, business plan development,
17.00: Dinner
22:00: Gut check on the product; basic prototype building; group get-together for drinks and to talk about the products everyone is working on.

Sunday:
09:00: The day’s work starts again.
11.00: Lunch
11:30: Pitch Training Workshop (1-2 people per team)
15:00: Dinner
18:00: Sink or swim time for those looking for a weekend launch (presentations starts)
20.00: Pizza and judges evaluation
21:00: Presentations from each group
22.00: Off to a bar for a post-event drink!