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Catalyze CU Kicks Off Fourth Demo Day


Catalyze CU, the University of Colorado Boulder accelerator, will be celebrating their fourth cohort of participants. They printed up a classic circle sticker of their logo that features the black and gold colors of the CU Buffs and a laboratory theme using a beaker representing the many ideas that bubble up in their accelerator.

Catalyze is CU-Boulder's eight-week summer startup accelerator designed for students and faculty. Catalyze CU combines world class mentoring and equity-free grants with promising ideas and technologies. There were almost 50 applications submitted, and the following eight candidates will make their way to Demo Day pitches on Thursday, July 27th at 6pm at the Canyon Gallery and Theater. Check out the list of these aspiring teams that will give five-minute business pitches.

  • Give & Go Automates the film editing process for sports teams & coaches, making it 72x faster than current methods

  • Glimpse Allows users to explore the world using a social app while supporting local residents

  • Myra Makes Inspires future problem solvers by creating fun products with adventure-based challenges

  • Pastificio Produces traditional artisanal Italian pasta using organic and heirloom whole grains

  • ReForm Makes a novel, low-cost adjustable prosthetic socket for lower limb amputees

  • The Space Research Company Provides easier access to basic space research using a small satellite biological research platform

  • Specdrums Creates a collaborative musical experience with a device that allows you to tap on different colors to produce sound

  • Very Important Teacher (VIT) Allows parents and businesses to recognize teachers using gifts and rewards

Currently in its fourth year, the program for university-affiliated companies is hosted out of the Idea Forge, a cross-disciplinary design and innovation space on campus housed in the  College of Engineering and Applied Science. Interested companies apply, interview and are accepted to be part of Catalyze CU. The selected groups then receive structured programming, access to network of mentors and $4,000 in equity-free funding to develop their businesses.

Also, check out a special event with Bill Aulet, Director of the Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship at MIT, and Brad Feld, entrepreneur and venture capitalist. They will be hosting a fireside chat on Wednesday July 26, 2017 at 10:30- noon in Visual Arts Complex (VAC) 1B20 on campus to talk all about university entrepreneurship.

StickerGiant is proud to sponsor for the third year in a row, and you can read about Catalyze CU Demo Day 2016 and Accelerating With Catalyze CU from the 2015 edition. Past successes of the CU Boulder accelerator program include Shinesty, Mallinda, Kitables, JustLegal (formerly Congo), Stateless (who moved on to be in the Techstars accelerator) and HiveTech Solutions.

Dayton Startup Week: One Community, Unlimited Possibilities


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


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

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

Startup Weekend Breckenridge


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


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


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



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.