What can you build in 54 hours at the 2019 Maverick Breakthrough Weekend?
Join highly innovative and motivated people who want to turn an idea into a startup.
Pitch your idea, form a team, and start a business in only 54 hours. Make new friends, find future collaborators, and enjoy free food, drinks, and snacks throughout the weekend.
Breakthrough Weekend is led by The Startup Collaborative and hosted by the Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Franchising. At this event, you will learn the first steps in starting a business and gain and understanding of what it will take to navigate the road ahead.
From Ly Phan, a 2018 Breakthrough Weekend participant and winner of the 2018 BigIdea! Pitch Competition:
"I'm really grateful that I had a chance to attend Breakthrough Weekend. Not only did I make many great friends, but also learned a lot about starting a business. Breakthrough Weekend gave me the confidence to pitch my own idea, which I did at the BigIdea! Pitch Competition, and won!"
Order of Events:
5:30 PM: Doors Open // Check-In // Networking
6:30 PM: Kickoff and welcome from facilitators, hosts
7:00 PM: CEOs pitch concepts, share any pre-work or validation thus far
7:30 PM: Team formation // for pre-work teams: review of all LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2 prework, including transcripts from customer discovery interviews and Lean Canvas
8:30 - 9:30 PM: Pre-validation workshop
9:00 AM: Breakfast and All-Hands Review
9:30 AM: Concept messaging group workshop
11:00 AM: 1x1s with directors, mentors // work time
12:00 PM: Lunch // MVP workshop // Free time for teams that finish early (Aksarben)
3:00 PM: Ice cream and mentor review
5:00 PM: Deadline to distribute prototype survey (final customer discovery loop)
6:00 PM: Dinner and All-Hands Reviews
7:00 PM: Reception at Liv Lounge
9:00 AM: Brunch and all-hands review
10:00 AM: Final prep // 1x1s with mentors
12:00 PM: ALL-HANDS PITCH REVIEW
2:00 PM: PITCH SHOWCASE