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Dayton Startup Week: One Community, Unlimited Possibilities

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Dayton Startup Week visits Ohio's aviation capital this week, where innovation and collaboration will take to the skies. For five days, the sixth-largest city in Ohio will see local entrepreneurs will meeting at sessions, pitching at meetings and attending educational sessions.


Startup Week is a five-day Techstars celebration of community, and this week it's time for Dayton Startup Week 2017. where a classic circle sticker in the orange branding of Startup Week will be making the rounds. There's a city skyline wrapped around a three-part event slogan: One Week. One Community. Unlimited Possibilities. Then a big, bold type treatment for the event branding and year help bring this 3.5"x3.5" circle sticker to life.


Startup Weeks are an expanded version of Startup Weekends, something we sponsor all year round.  These events are a new type of conference that build momentum and create opportunities around entrepreneurship for local communities. What we are most excited about for these gatherings is that they are volunteer-led by entrepreneurs and they are hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces that have sprung up around a host city. The schedule is packed with different tracks, ranging from  information about seeking venture capital and building great company culture to securing IP and food-filled mixers and networking sessions.



The folks at Dayton Tech Guide put out a really nice video as a promo for the event, and you can check it out on their YouTube page. We want to thank the organizing teams and all of the volunteers that helped make this event happen, and we looking forward to seeing what this community builds. There's quite a list of incoming startups that are making waves in Central Ohio.

Startup Weekends in Breckenridge and Louisville: The Idea Awakens

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Every now and again we see some really unique stickers from our sponsorships, both of these Startup Weekend die cuts feature something interesting worth a story. We'll visit Louisville in Kentucky and Breckenridge in Colorado, where a group of entrepreneurs will gather to build an idea from scratch and bring it to life in 54 hours. We love knowing that our in-kind sponsorship helps bring together designers, programmers, marketers and anyone else interested in learning how to awaken their greatest ideas.

Startup Weekend Louisville


Now this is one sticker that really knocked our socks off, and not just because we love Star Wars here at the StickerGiant World Headquarters. We print so many Techstars Startup Weekend stickers (like, on a weekly basis) and this one stands out for it's type, color and custom shape.

The design team pays homage to the classic Star Wars movie logo typography for the event branding and then sandwiches a fun tagline in the font ITC Serif Gothic that says "The Idea Awakens" in the place where you'd see "The Force Awakens" text in the most recent edition in the trilogy series. The rounded edges of the stickers are perfectly die-cut thanks to our laser cutting machines. We look forward to seeing all these new ideas and this fun sticker making the rounds through the Louisville Startup community, where there are currently 198 companies with an average valuation of $2.1 million.

It's already starting out to be a great beginning to the year for Louisville startups, and here's a list of 11 different companies to watch this year from Techflier.com.

A big thanks to the organizing team for bringing the 10th edition of Startup Weekend to the city of Louisville.

Startup Weekend Breckenridge


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Up here in the mountains of Colorado, Breckenridge Startup Weekend will spend three days brainstorming and building ideas for a new business. Big thanks to facilitators, judges, mentors and the organizing teams, and venue sponsor ELEVATE Breck & Main Street Station.

They have a custom shape that echoes the mountains of Summit County in Colorado's high country, with the peaks forming the top of the sticker and creating a dramatic silhouette.

Here's a quick video for more about Startup Weekend.


Startup Weekend - Trailer from Eighteen Eighty on Vimeo.

More about our Techstars partners


Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond. Techstars Startup Programs include Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, and Startup

Techstars Events All Over: Startup Weekends in Newfoundland, Athens, Yankton, Norman and the Mexico UnSummit

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Five total Techstars events with Startup Weekends in Oklahoma, South Dakota, on the Canadian island of Newfoundland, in Athens, Greece, and in Mexico. Lots of Startup Weekend logos on die cuts and one really sweet sticker sheet.

Startup Weekend Western NL


Let's start in Newfoundland, the most easterly province of Canada, where Viking explorers first landed. Grenfell Campus, part of the Memorial University of Newfoundland in the city of Corner Brook. Startup Weekend Western NL. This team went with a die cut sticker and a classic Startup Weekend beaker design in kelly green and their event logo in strong sans serif type. Best of luck to the teams on their ideation.

Startup Weekend Athens University


Heading east from the Atlantic, we visit Startup Weekend Athens hosted at Impact HUB Athens. The event helps individuals with interests in technology, design, engineering, business and manufacturing. They have a die cut sticker in a pleasing pastel green, that features the Startup Weekend beaker adorned with laurels in a nod to their Grecian roots.

Startup Weekend Yankton


Over in South Dakota, we join this startup community for the second Startup Weekend Yankton. Their green-and-grey die cut sticker is a circle shape that centers the Techstars beaker desogm on top of the historic Meridian Highway Bridge, which is now a non-motorized walking and cycling path. The bridge spans the Missouri National Recreational River that is also featured on the sticker design. We are excited for teams to get together and start building new business ideas, and we dig the local flavor on this custom event sticker.

Startup Weekend OU


Startup Weekend OU returns to the University of Oklahoma at OU's Innovation Hub, where over the course of 54 hours and entrepreneurship blitz will take ideas from conception to validation. They have a rectangle shaped sticker on a green background with an illustration of the Memorial Union clock tower and the OU logo in their branding. Again, great localization on this custom sticker that stands out for folks that know the area.

Mexico UnSummit


We'll end south of Mexico City in the town of Cuernavaca for Techstars Mexico UnSummit 2017. This gathering brings together the organizers and facilitators of Startup Weekend in all of Mexico, with the goal of uniting the entire national community to learn from each other and share experiences from different communities.

They have a slick custom sticker sheet with a map peel off, two branding text stickers (one with the hashtag #TacosyTequila that we just love), two Mayan-meet-tech event stickers for a total of four magenta-hued stickers and one navy blue. Powerful design, bold color and creative layout make this sticker sheet worth every attendee's laptop real estate.

Pretty cool event because it will give a change to focus energy on advancing the vision of Startup Weekends for years to come. Each city and group brings a perspective to the table, and we look forward to seeing more innovation from our neighbors and friends in Mexico. It's these international partnerships that help strengthen bonds.

More about our Techstars partners


Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding, and beyond. Techstars Startup Programs include Startup Weekend, Startup Digest, and Startup Week

Startup Weekend Oxford, Cluny & Mexico City 2017

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We have three Techstars startup events in progress for the weekend ahead, with a returning favorite and a few new installments to highlight. All events take place in other countries, with Mexico, France and England on deck for a weekend of business, building and networking. Die cut stickers were the order of the weekend, and we'll discuss all of the custom shapes and designs below.

Let's start in Mexico City, where we are revisiting after three other events last year. For this edition of Startup Weekend CDMX 2017 they have a deep black sticker sheet that has five peel offs, with four circles featuring the city's iconic Angel of Independence statue known locally as El Ángel and a small rectangle for the event branding.

Our favorite from last year's Mexico City Startup events was the Startup Weekend Kids version. It goes to show that you can build a community with hard work and innovative ideas, and they are working hard in Mexico's capital to create opportunities for entrepreneurship. Check out their Twitter account @SWMexicoCity to follow the action live, and if you're in town head over to venue sponsor WeWork to join the event.

Heading to Startup Weekend Oxford, England, we have a first-ever gathering at one of the oldest universities in the world (Oxford--think the Harvard of the UK). Their custom shaped sticker with scalloped sides call attention to the spire-filled skyline of the town, with the historic Christ Church Cathedral and Tom Tower on each side of the sticker. Big thanks to The Oxford Launchpad at the Said Business School at the University of Oxford for holding court during the weekend. If you're inclined to check in, follow Startup Oxford on their Twitter account @OxfordSW.

Finally, we finish in Cluny, France for another first time event, with teams gathering in this town that was founded in the early 900s. Cluny holds many stories in its rich history, and teams will harness their creativity in groups as they prepare to launch the next great idea. You can watch the weekend unfold on their Twitter account @SWCluny. They have a rectangle sticker on white with large, blue type highlighting the event's name, with the Startup Weekend beaker in front of the spire of the local abbey. They use the complementary color of yellow to give some contrast to the blue, and it makes for a standout design.

ABOUT STARTUP WEEKEND


We sponsored Startup Weekend events all around the world because they are a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 2900 past events in 150 countries around the world.

In just 54 hours, participants 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.

If you have an idea for a startup, then great. We hope you pitch for the weekend. If you don't have an idea, that's quite alright! Go and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched and maybe something strikes your interest. The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process.

Startup Weekend Bermuda, Cork & Startup Weekend CEG Edition

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Oulu Startup Week and Startup Weekend

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Sponsored die cut stickers are heading to Finland for a Startup Weekend/Startup Week combo put on by our entrepreneurial friends in the city of Oulu. This city is in the country's central region right on the shores of the Gulf of Bothnia and is home to 198,804 inhabitants. Iy is the most populous city in Northern Finland and the fifth most populous city in the country.

Oulu Startup Week will be a seven-day celebration of the local entrepreneurship community. Startup Week brings entrepreneurs, local leaders, and friends together for a week to build momentum of opportunities around Oulu’s one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial identity hosted in the entrepreneurial spaces we all know and love. They are rocking a rectangle-shaped die cut with a bright cyan background and the Startup Week globe design.

Startup Weekend Oulu is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business development folks come together to form teams, validate their ideas, build new products and launch startups, all in one weekend.  It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Oulu and launch your next startup. For this event, they chose a custom circle sticker with their event name and the Startup Weekend beaker brand on a sea-foam green.

Startup Weekend and Startup Week are Techstars events that are part of a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 3,000 past events in over 150 countries around the world. To date Techstars events have witnessed thousands of teams being created with the help of nearly 200,000 community members. The community of people is what brings us in and why we love sponsoring such inspiring events.