Startup Weekend Tips & Info!


Startup Weekend will be hosted at the future home of U of M’s TechArb:

500 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI

There is a parking garage right next door–parking is free on Sundays.

There’s also street parking all around the surrounding areas.

Event Schedule:
Startup Weekend begins Friday evening and ends Sunday evening. The hours of Startup Weekend are as follows:

Friday – 6 PM – 11 PM
Doors open + Registration: 5:30 pm
Kick-off: 6:30 PM
Pitches begin: 7:30 pm

Saturday – 9 AM – 11 PM
Doors Open: 9 AM
Lunch: 12:00 PM
Dinner: 6:00 PM
Doors Close: 11 PM

Sunday – 9 AM – 9 PM
Doors Open: 9 AM
Lunch: 12:00 PM
Dinner: 4:30 PM
Guest speaker Ben Kazez of Mobiata: 5:00 PM
Guest speaker Michael Gaiss of Highland Capital Partners: 5:15 PM
Final pitches begin: 5:45 PM

Doors Close: 9 PM

This schedule is subject to change. Please note that if you arrive before 9 AM, you may not be able to enter the building immediately. The doors will be locked throughout Saturday and Sunday–be sure to exchange numbers with your team to get access to the building.  The organizers will also be able to let you in and out, so be sure to let someone know when you’re heading out.

What you should bring
Startup Weekend is an intense event. To get the most out of the event, here are a few things you should consider bringing:

You’ll pretty much be spending your entire weekend researching, designing, writing or coding. Without a laptop, it might be hard to participate, but you can still play an important role on your team.

Chargers for your laptop and phone + Wifi Cards
All that coding and working takes a toll on your laptop!  Be sure to bring extra charger–we’ll be providing wifi onsite but it’s best to bring your own cards as well.

A product idea or concept
During the Friday night pitch fire session, EVERYONE has the opportunity to pitch an idea.

Questions? Email Nancy at  See you on the 21st!

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