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

Startup Weekend Aguascalientes, Derby and Lille Maker

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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.

 

Pachuca Startup Week 2017

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Pachuca Startup Week gets bonus creativity points for their custom sticker sheets going to attendees all week as they roll out fun events around entrepreneurship.

They have a jam packed week of events for networking and learning as they feature hands on workshops, meet ups, talks and more around business in Pachuca de Soto, Mexico.

The Pachuca Startup Week sticker sheet features four total custom shaped peel offs, including a big Startup Week snow globe that contains a node to the local architecture and a fun “Made in Pachuca” peel that promotes Startup HGO (Hidalgo) a Pachuca-based startup incubator focused on eCommerce.

We sponsor Startup Weeks and Startup Weekends with custom stickers in association with Techstars, and we are so excited to see local business communities rallying together for a common purpose. “Startup Week is more than a conference, it’s a celebration.”

Startup Weekend Blois and Fargo

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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.

Tampa Bay Startup Week 2017

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We have stickers on Florida’s Gulf Coast for the third Tampa Bay Startup Week, which is now in full swing through Friday with local events all around the Bay even into Pinellas County. This year they have a custom die cut sticker with event branding and a beach-theme Startup Weekend snow globe design in a bright, bold orange swatch.

We’ve been sponsoring this event since its inception (see the 2016 stickers and the 2015 stickers). This year close to five thousand participants will join over 80 events at venues in both Downtown Tampa and Downtown St. Petersburg. There are inspiring speakers and plenty of engaging sessions for budding entrepreneurs who want to network in the Tampa Bay area. We are always stoked to see our Techstars community get together.

You can follow the action on Twitter at @tbstartupweek and the hashtag.

 

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.