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Lehman College CodeJam 2017

We are excited to announce our sponsorship of the first-ever CodeJam at Lehman College in New York. CodeJam was started by the chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) at this Bronx-based senior college that's part of The City University of New York system. Their goal is to celebrate Lehman College students’ diverse skill-set and focus on innovating for the university community.

Lehman College is a very diverse university made up of students from many different backgrounds. When NSBE heard SHPE was joining Lehman College, NSBE decided that it would be best to collaborate with the group to better serve our university’s expanding, diverse community. As part of that new alliance with one another, the group decided to design a new combination logo, and that's what they printed up for their custom die cut sticker. They started by joining the NSBE green and SHPE blue colors with a gradient that meets in the middle, which represents the new community they have created. The logo is made of two shapes that form an upright letter N (representing NSBE) and a sideways letter S (representing SHPE). Pretty cool use of typography and shape on a custom event sticker.

CodeJam is open to Lehman College students from all majors and skill levels, and it's an opportunity for participants to put their classroom learning into a real-world settings, while also making new connections and creating something innovative for Lehman College. We sponsor many different kinds of events, but lately we've been working with some technology-focused initiatives like hackathons, robotics competitions, and Startup Weekends. We love seeing youth involvement in entrepreneurial activities that can provide an educational, aspirational public service to their community.

Some background on where this all began, from the group themselves.
In Fall 2014, a group of Lehman College students banded together to establish NSBE at Lehman College and now we have partnered with the Lehman SHPE chapter to organize workshops, study sessions, talks/seminars, hackathons, and several other events throughout the year to support the goals of NSBE & SHPE and help our members from all backgrounds and majors achieve success in academia and their future careers.

You can connect with the teams and the event on their social media streams: Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Startup Weekend Chicago Maker Edition 2017


This weekend the City of Broad Shoulders will be hosting Startup Weekend Chicago Maker Edition, where participants will pitch startup ideas that include the development of a physical product or software and the delivery system. Successful startups will leverage a team of diverse skill sets that include business, marketing, tech development, and design.

The die cut sticker that the team designed really uses our custom shape option to its full potential, with a massive robot towering over the skyscaper-filled skyline of Chicago. And forming the head? The classic startup weekend beaker. Then they use the city street level for the text that promotes the event. With a simple black-and-white vector treatment, this sticker will pop off laptops and just about anywhere, and the custom shape lets the design shine.

We are sponsoring another Maker based Startup Weekend in France this weekend, so clearly it's a popular Startup Weekend theme. Like we said in that other post, Maker culture is sweeping the globe with its technology-DIY aesthetic. By combining open-source hardware and engineering-based tools like electronics, robotics, and 3-D printing, there goal is for makers to learn skills and apply them to the real word.

This year's event has partnered with mHUB, Chicago’s first innovation center focused on physical product development and manufacturing. Therein, participants will have access to 63,000 square feet of state-of-the-art machines, workspace, and material. mHUB helps focus Chicago's manufacturing ecosystem into a space that attracts world class talent to drive greater productivity and problem solving.

Huge thanks to all sponsors, mentors, judges and organizers for making this weekend happen for all participants. We look forward to seeing what you build.

Startup Weekend Aguascalientes, Derby and Lille Maker


Three of our sponsored Techstars Startup Weekend events will be happening this weekend, with two in Europe and one in Mexico. A couple have special topic themes, which helps focus the weekend around a specific industries for teams to solve a problem. All three have die cut stickers en route, and we will start with our friends in Aguascalientes before hopping across the Atlantic to the UK and France.

As with every Startup Weekend, it's all about action and creation. We love following the companies that come from each cohort weekend. With hundreds of events, the possibilities for real change are truly endless. Big thanks to all organizers and best of luck to all attendees, and thanks for letting us tell your story. We work with amazing communities through our Techstars partnership, and we get to ship internationally and learn about new countries in the process.

Startup Weekend Aguascalientes

Down in the state capital of the same name, Startup Weekend Aguascalientes will be contributing to the ongoing social, economic, and aesthetic revitalization process of the region with two different startup themes: fashion tech and manufacturing. Teams will tackle different problems in each track. They went with a circle sticker that incorporates the startup beakers in the grey background, and then there's two different lab people as designs for the different tracks. They finish with a pop of color on the bottom, using a purple hue with almost seventy-five percent magenta and a quarter black as the grounding element.

Startup Weekend Derby

We are very excited for Startup Weekend Derby to host their first-ever Startup Weekend. They ordered up a rectangle sticker in a bold cyan that incorporates the Startup Weekend beaker and fills it with a few fun lab people. There's an illustration of a ram above the location type for a piece of artwork to tell a local story, as the town's football club is the Derby County F.C. Rams, who are notable for being one of the 12 founding members of the Football League in 1888. Basically the entrepreneurial spirit runs deep in Derby, from the soccer pitch to the startup boardroom.

Over 54 hours starting Friday and ending Sunday afternoon, strangers will be connecting, discovering and founding an idea that might become a company. They'll come to the table with ideas, look for like-minded folks for a team, and speak with real customers to solve problems. One perk of Startup Weekend is the access to experienced mentors that help craft the message and the idea. Then at the end of the weekend, team will take the stage to present to a panel of seasoned entrepreneurs with backgrounds in design, development and startup investment.

Stay tuned for event updates and announcement via their Facebook page and their Twitter feed @SWDerby.

Startup Weekend Lille Maker

The folks in France are taking a fun spin at Startup Weekend Lille Maker by introducing the Maker movement into the entrepreneurial conversation. If you're not familiar with Maker culture, it's a a technology-based extension of DIY culture. There's a tech component, as maker culture in general supports open-source hardware and combines that with engineering-oriented pursuits like electronics, robotics, and 3-D printing. There is a strong focus on using and learning practical skills and applying them to reference designs. It's like old school shop class with a tech approach.

One requirement for this Startup Weekend will be that the jury will take into account the realization of a working prototype during judging. To accomplish this goal, teams will have access to 3D printers, laser cutters and other machining tools, and they will also be able to use open-source hardware like Arduino and Raspberry. Bonus: they will get a budget of 100 euros to realize the prototype.

They went with a white rectangle sticker in that features their location in red type and the beaker with a 3D printer filling the beaker with printed creation. It makes for a whimsical take on the branding, which we dig. The team at Lille Maker put together a really slick three-minute video in advance of their weekend.

Startup Weekend Lille Maker from Julien Jauffret on Vimeo.


Startup Weekend Blois and Fargo



We are sending sponsored stickers to one event here stateside and one in France. As always with a Techstars Startup Weekend, our teams have two nights and two days to turn an idea into a business.

Startup Weekend Fargo

At Startup Weekend Fargo, the organizers am are seeking the Red River Valley's best developers, designers, marketers, and other non-coders. They ordered up a die cut sticker featuring a deep navy blue background and a custom shape of a horse atop their big, block type. Benefits at this year's edition are pretty sweet, check the list:

  • Catered food - seven meals total

  • Coffee, coffee, coffee

  • Startup Weekend Fargo t-shirt

  • Fantastic working space in downtown Fargo

  • Discounts for some of the best startup tools

  • Access to some of the area's best startup mentors

  • Beautifully locally-crafted trophies for the top 3 teams.  Winning team also receives free team logo shirts courtesy of Heat Transfer Warehouse.

  • A fun party courtesy of Eide Bailly to end the weekend

Startup Weekend Blois

Heading across the pond, we are stoked for Startup Weeknd Blois. Blois is a hillside city on the Loire River in central France, and this is their inaugural Startup Weekend. Their custom rectangle sticker is printed on purple, with the iconic Startup Weekend beaker framed by Gothic towers as a nod to the architecture of the region. They also included their social icons so that folks can connect with them online. Nice job on the designers by incorporating branding and messaging.

Startup Weekend Bermuda, Cork & Startup Weekend CEG Edition


We are doing some serious globetrotting this weekend, with Techstars gatherings in three countries, including two island nations. We'll be sending die cut stickers to Bermuda, Ireland and India, and we have a few stories for each of these stickers. Startup Weekends are all about entrepreneurship and community, and that's why we sponsor these events with our stickers.

Without further ado, we begin our journey.


Let's Head to the Caribbean

On the main island of Bermuda (did you know there are 181 in the entire territory?), Startup Weekend Bermuda has a classic rectangle die cut sticker on our premium white stock. They're using the Startup Weekend beaker design with orange, cyan and a pastel green that create a bright, tropical color treatment. Plus, there's a small bubble with the "i" for inspired business, which is the theme for the weekend. Thanks to all the coaches and mentors and the organizing team. With winter returning here at the home office in Colorado, the pink-and-blue sandy beaches of Bermuda sound mighty nice right now.


Off to the British Isles

On the third largest island in Europe, Startup Weekend Cork takes over Ireland's "rebel city" (they had some serious beef during the War of the Roses) for a weekend of inspiration and business building. They have a super fresh die-cut sticker with a custom shape that features a bunch of twists and turns. The centerpiece of this sticker is the bold, red type topped by the city skyline, and there's an event hashtag that brings home the message of where to connect to the masses. You can connect with #SWCork folks at the weekend on Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat.


To the Bay of Bengal

On India's Chennai, on the Bay of Bengal in eastern India, is the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu state, where Startup Weekend Chennai will be rocking a super-fun, high quality vector illustration of a Madras style building on their die cut sticker. This will be a fun sticker for any laptop because it's so visual and distinct to the local architecture. And check out the swag package that each Startup Weekend Chennai Team gets:

  • $300 worth of Google Cloud Platform credits to build mobile and web apps.

  • Free .co domain.

  • Demo Pod for winning team and 2 complementary passes for first 3 team at August Fest

  • @Works - Incubation call for top 5 teams.

  • 1-Year Annual TiE Membership for the winning teams.

  • Meetings with Mentors and Investors ( after the event ) for taking the prototyped product forward.

We are proud sponsors of these Startup Weekends because they bring people together and they feature creative energy like nothing else. More about Startup Weekends from Techstars:
The hardest part of starting up is starting out

At Startup Weekend, you’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen. Surrounded by smart, passionate people and with the best tools and approaches at your disposal, you’ll take giant leaps toward creating a business, becoming a founder, and connecting with the right people and resources.

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started. Your community is here to help you — find an event today!

Startup Weekend Parma and EuroSeattle Startup Weekend


This weekend we have Techstars Startup Weekend events in two countries, Italy and the United States, and both are rocking our custom circle stickers.

Startup Weekend Parma

In Italy, Parma Startup Weekend has opted for a clear sticker that's using the beaker design and big, bold serif font for the location. You've likely heard of Parma from the eponymous cheese and prosciutto that has made the region famous. This is a first-time event for this city, and we want to wish all participants an enjoyable weekend of networking and brainstorming. Big thanks to the team for getting the inaugural edition off the ground.

EuroSeattle Startup Weekend

Here stateside in the Pacific Northwest we have a die cut sticker featuring a unique design. The organizers decided to have fun with a local legend and create a mascot for EuroSeattle Startup Weekend using Bigfoot, the mythological ape-like creature said to inhabit the dense rainforests of the region. But, unlike the Bigfoot, sarting a company in just 54 hours is not a myth when it comes to Startup Weekend. Playing on the theme the event will be stocked with delicious European food.