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2017 Startup Weekend Angers and Twin Cities Youth

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With a new year brings a new round of Startup Weekends, and we're continuing to join forces with Techstars for events around the world. This weekend we have stickers heading to France and to Minnesota to circulate at events.
Startup Weekend is a volunteer-driven global grassroots movement of passionate entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower communities to launch world-changing ideas. It is the largest community of entrepreneurs in the world and has hosted 2000+ events in 200+ countries since 2007. 

Let's start in Europe before heading back home to the USA. Before we go, a big thanks to the all of the organizers, mentors, facilitators and participants who help put together Startup Weekend.

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Startup Weekend Angers


Startup Weekend Angers, a city in western France about 200 miles southwest of Paris, will be getting a rectangular-shaped sticker on our kiss cut product. They have the classic startup weekend beaker filled with lab people, but everyone is wearing a funny hat or holding a prop. Then they have their city name with a flower and a sign-like treatment, a light green and a dark green keep the colors single and in one tone for maximum readability and event branding.

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Startup Weekend Twin Cities Youth


Back home in American, custom die cut stickers will be spread in Minneapolis at Startup Weekend Twin Cities Youth. Their sendup of the Startup Weekend logo has the Twin Cities city skyline in the background with a brush font for the "Youth," tagline. Youth Startup Weekend gather high school students together for a weekend of entrepreneurial motion. Startup Weekend Youth Twin Cities will be the second youth-version of Startup Weekend in the Midwest.

Here's a video that sheds more light on what happens at a Startup Weekend.


Startup Weekend Rajkot 2016

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We have a Startup Weekend in western India on the Kathiawar peninsula in the country's Gujarat state. The folks at Startup Weekend Rajkot ordered up a custom die cut sticker from our brand spankin' new die cut machine. Just look all of these beautiful colors serving as a backdrop for a simple vector outline of Ganhdi strolling with his walking stick, who was born and raised in a Hindu merchant family in coastal Gujarat. Fitting, then, that's he's on this bold, memorable custom shaped sticker for an innovation-themed event.

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things. The motto: No talk. All action.


All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.



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Startup Weekend Jamundi 2016

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Just outside of Santiago de Cali, one of Colombia's largest cities and the only major Colombian city with access to the Pacific Coast, is the town of Jaramundi, which is developing along with Cali (that's what the locals call it) as one of the country's growing economies. So it's no surprise that this weekend we are sending startup sticker love to Startup Weekend Jamundi, a town that rests at the foot of the Farallones de Cali, a range of mountains in Colombia's West Andes. They have a super fun custom kiss cut sticker featuring bright colors, a unique drop shadow on the sticker itself and of course the Startup Weekend branding with a little local flare. We really dig the paper airplane motif, because since it's a Startup Weekend, the ideas will be flying (and we hope landing!). This community has brought together a sweet list of speakers and a full schedule, and there will be plenty of ideas and developing and pitching and mentoring going on all weekend. After all, it's all about: Pitch. Build. Launch.

Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together Jamundí designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.


All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!


If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur and contribute to a more sustainable world, be part of Startup Weekend Jamundí.



Here's a video that sheds more light on the concept of a startup weekend.

Startup Weekend Guadalajara

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This weekend we have a Startup Weekend in Mexico. Our friends at Startup Weekend Guadalajara really brought it with a colorful custom sticker sheet that 13 different peel offs, including eight different Startup Weekend "lab people" designs. These are the types of whimsical, yet refined, designs that work so well on sticker sheets. They also have an event logo with a soldier wearing a helmet, plus a few quotes and sponsor logos. A well-rounded, well-thought-out set of stickers.

Startup Weekends are "all action and no talk," where participants have a learning experience and total immersion for 54 hours where they can start a new business or incubate a new product idea.
60-second pitches result in the formation of small teams around the best concepts. 54 hours are spent focusing on customer and product development, validating ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced mentors. Finally, each team has the chance to present their results and receive feedback from a panel of industry experts.

Before we go, a big thanks to all of the other sponsors, the organizers, the mentors and the judges. These weekends are always a community effort, and when the village gets together, magic can truly happen.

Startup Weekend Armenia Turismo in Colombia

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We're hot off two weekends of Global Startup Weekends, and the trend continues this weekend in Colombia at Startup Weekend Armenia Turismo.

The topic will be travel and tourism, and it's taking place at a unique venue, the Hotel Karlaka, with lodging like their famous Houses in the Air, houses built four meters above the ground, embedded in eucalyptus trees in bamboo, plus many local adventure tours. For their custom logo stickers, they have a fun take on the Startup Weekend lab people against the skyline of Armenia, plus a use of green and yellow to highlight the natural world of the location. Well designed by the team, for sure.
Startup Weekend is a 54 hour event that brings together Armenia designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and embark on a three-day frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback!

Tickets for this weekend include a full meal during the weekend and a full stay during the event. Attendees also get the benefits and discounts of our global sponsors, plus counseling from national and local mentors. After this Startup Weekend, people who were on site will have a network of new developers, designers and entrepreneurs who are also excited to be agents of change in the country.

Thanks to the organizers for all of their hard work getting this weekend off the ground in such a cool location with a cool topic.

Global Startup Weekend Means Innovation Around the World

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Wow is all we can say about Global Startup Weekend. Ten different TechStars startup weekend sponsored stickers are traveling the world this weekend, and we couldn't be happier for our startup community, and we couldn't be prouder of our organizing teams. Here's to everyone involved from Canada to Italy to Greece to England to California to South Korea to Australia to France to Canada to Honduras and Colombia.
Startup Weekend Santa Cruz is a grassroots event, organized by volunteers who currently live and/or work in Santa Cruz. This is a unique opportunity for developers, designers, social justice advocates, environmentalists, entrepreneurs, students, engaged citizens, marketers, product managers, changemakers, nonprofit leaders, startup enthusiasts and many others come together to team up and build several new social enterprise startups in just 54 hours! Startup Weekend is part of the largest entrepreneurial community with 80,000 past attendees of 905 weekend events in 501 cities within 135 countries, as of 2014. This is big, and we are excited to see which companies sprout during our weekend!

Startup Weekend Quebec City has a custom shaped startup weekend cannon beaker ready to blast some entrepreneurial energy across Canada. Startup Weekend Exeter features a black rectangular sticker with a peel-off of the startup weekend beaker inside. Startup Weekend Rome has the Startup Weekend beaker wrapped in the famous Colosseum with bold grey text. Startup Weekend Trikala printed up a custom shaped silhouette of the local clock tower, located within the medieval fortress of the old town. Startup Weekend Santa Cruz has a green circuit board on a square with a black hand cupping the SW (Startup Weekend) and SC (Santa Cruz). Startup Weekend Mackay has a black square with rounded corners and pink rocket ship along with the Startup Weekend logo branding. Startup Weekend Seoul sports a green circle with a vector outline of the city and mountains and their event hashtag. Startup Weekend Strasbourg has a lime green custom shape with the Startup Weekend lab people and the outline of the local cathedral. Startup Weekend Ottawa has really detailed sticker, with a flying loon as the dominant theme, a crown atop with a beaver and trees below, and a hashtag #hustle in the middle under the Startup Weekend beaker that has a maple leaf coming out in a bubble. Startup Weekend Pasto has the lab people in local attire and some Andean style art part of the branding. Startup Weekend San Pedro Sula is an Education themed Startup Weekend, and the lab people are wearing mortar boards. A rocket flying off completes this sticker.

Whew that's quite a roster! One of the coolest parts of these global sponsorships is that we get to see little slices of regional life in these places, with stickers that represent the cultures and cities in unique (and colorful!) ways. We look forward to seeing the ideas that come out of this weekend of innovation around the world.