At Startup Weekend Denver IoT & Smart Cities and Ahmedabad, Budding Entrepreneurs Craft Their Future

Startup Weekend Ahmedabad Sponsoored Die Cut Stickers 2017 blog

There’s no weekend quite like a Startup Weekend, where inspired people from the creative, development, and business fields gather to take an idea from concept to creation in a few short, action-packed days.

Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, sponsored stickers will be at two different continents for Startup Weekends. One will be happening in our front yard here at Galvanize Golden Triangle in Denver, while the other one is farther afield at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad, India. Both events have custom shaped die cut stickers on site, with Denver rocking circles and Ahmedabad sporting squares.

We are going to start  with the sticker above that will be on the Indian subcontinent before finishing up in our home state of Colorado.

Startup Weekend Ahmedabad

We’ve sponsored a few Startup Weekends in India, and we are pleased to be heading to Startup Weekend Ahmedabad hosted by the Gujarat University Startup And Entrepreneurship Council (GUSEC) at Gujarat University in the western Indian state of Gujarat.

Through GUSEC, GU has pioneered the country’s first support system for non-tech innovations, as GU is primarily a university focussed on non-tech disciplines such as science, arts, commerce, law, and medicine. GUSEC has also pioneered ‘Research to Revenue’, the first of its kind initiative for a research university, with the aim of converting 5% of research into commercialized products, services or technology. (From the GUSC website)

The entrepreneurial spirit is a big part of this region, and it is home to one of the world’s first seaports, and features civilization back to the time of the Ancient Greeks. But as we fast forward to the modern day, we see that aspiring & experienced student entrepreneurs, designers of all types, and non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.) will all congregate to come up with the next big idea.

They have a slick square custom shaped sticker with the city of Ahmedabad in the foreground on an orange, brown and deep purple color treatment that has a shining sun illuminating the iconic Patang Hotel revolving tower restaurant. Ahmedabad is the sixth-most-populous city in India with a metro-area population of over 7.8 million. Ahmedabad has emerged as an important economic and industrial hub in India, and now Startup Weekend participants will drive that future forward.

Of course, a Startup Weekend can’t happen without all of the people behind the scenes, from mentors and coaches to judges and organizers.

Startup Weekend Denver IoT & Smart Cities

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The organizing team in Denver decided to mix it up for this Startup Weekend, focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities as the theme of their weekend. Since this is a Internet of Things + Smart City edition, teams will be focusing on ideas that solve problems in the IoT realm. We’re more connected than ever, with the integration of internet ready devices as part of our every day life. And as far as Smart Cities go, people are always flocking to cities. As such, urban development groups have to be visionaries to blend technology to secure and manage a city’s assets for the betterment of everyone, whether those people are residents, tourists or people doing business.

They went with a really fun custom shape on their die cut, with the event branding at the top in green, and then a purple, mountain-framed cityscape that’s buzzing with tech activity, from drones and satellites flying overhead of Denver’s skyline. Of course the Startup Weekend lab beaker is front and center, demonstrating the experimental nature of the event.

Big shoutout to all of our organizers, and best of luck to teams as they form and start building these creative solutions. Thanks to Galvanize Golden Triangle campus for serving as the venue host. Galvanize campuses are home to an eclectic mix of entrepreneurs, skilled programmers, expert data scientists, and people motivated to make an impact.

This video tells more of the Startup Weekend story. Give it a quick watch.

Startup Weekend – Trailer from Eighteen Eighty on Vimeo.

Entrepreneurs gather in Mexico and France for Startup Weekend

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The spirit of innovation is on tap for this weekend, with two events in Mexico and one in France. There are a couple fun sticker sheets and a custom shape sticker en route to these far-flung lands, all with great uses of color, local flavor and some fun iconography. You never know what you’re gonna get out of a Startup Weekendit’s all about invention, after allbut these folks know they are getting some great stickers.

Let’s start our tour of these three Startup cities as they kick off their weekends.

Startup Weekend Internet of Things

Startup Weekend Internet of Things will be taking over Guadalajara, and this is team that we’ve supported for two other events this year. With the Internet of Things (IoT) becoming more of everyday life (think of your Bluetooth-connected car, the Alexa in your home or the  Siri in your phone), how we search and interact with digital technology is changing. A startup weekend focused on 54 hours of iterative solutions for these emerging needs, some that consumers might not even know they need. It’s an exciting time for new businesses in this space. They printed up a  sticker sheet that have four peel offs, in a blue-and-light-green treatment, with the event branding a big type, and three themed stickers, a light bulb, the Startup Weekend beaker and a network connection that represents IoT. This will be an enjoyable sheet for attendees to get creative.

Startup Weekend Chihuahua

Heading north from Central Mexico, up next is Startup Weekend Chihuahua.

They are having a traditional Startup Weekend, which means 54 hours of brainstorming and creating products, services or business that are still-to-be discovered. There will be teams formed, ideas, pitched, mentoring given, and it all ends with a panel of judges who will assess the best of the best. Their sticker is a custom shaped die cut that features local architecture and a Startup Weekend lab person rocking a mustache. The crimson and burnt-red tone make for swatch that works well together for standout-branding.

Startup Weekend Aix-Marseille

Hopping the pond over to the southern coast of France to Technology of the Arbois in Aix-en-Provence for Startup Weekend Aix-Marseille. This team designed a striking purple sticker sheet that highlights five peel offs, one a Startup Weekend beaker, an event hashtag (#SWAM) and two square peels. The dominant element, other than the color, is a cicada, which is a well-known resident of Provence in the summer time, as their song echoes through the region in the bucolic afternoons of the French sojourn. We really enjoyed their Team page, with the custom faces that match the color of the sticker.

 

Startup Weekend Chennai

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We are traveling to Tamil Nadu state in India for our weekly sponsorship with this edition of Startup Weekend Chennai 2017. They went with a rectangle shaped custom sticker in a simple Kelly Green color and a Startup Weekend beaker design with their location tag below the art element. Then they feature the event name and their title sponsor, Google for Entrepreneurs.

Let’s get into a little play-by-play for the three days ahead, since Startup Weekends start fast, move fast, and end fast. After all, it’s only 54 hours from pitch to launch, so it means there’s not a lot of time for talking and everyone is focused on one thing: action.

Friday everyone meets and all registered attendees pitch their ideas in an attempt to inspire others to join their teams. It’s a bit of a scrum as everyone sorts out what they want to work on. Saturday and Sunday is where the teams debate, build, pitch and build some more. They focus on building a prototype of their idea, whether it’s a software application or a physical device. During two-day period, teams will also focus on customer development by validating their ideas and practicing proven Techstars startup methodologies to build a minimum viable product.

Sunday night brings the big reveal, where teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges. Along the way there is plenty of collaboration and feedback from mentors and facilitators. We want to give a big thanks to the organizing team and fellow sponsors, and we wish everyone the best of luck as they innovate in Chennai.

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 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 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!