We are heading to three Techstars events this weekend, with two Startup Weekends in Mexico and one in New York City. Each location has their own topic of concentration for the weekend, just like they each have a distinct sticker. There will be a couple colorful and creative sticker sheets and one custom die cut sticker at these events, and we are excited for all of these participants as they find inspiration and put their ideas into reality.
Teams will be composed of individuals that come from business, creative and software worlds. Over the weekend these groups will discuss and build the various components of the idea and possible business, taking into consideration administration, finance, marketing, technology, engineering, graphic and web design, architecture, animation, and art. This mix of talent and personality helps create the setting for innovation, and we'll start our tour of these events with the two in Mexico before traveling to a travel themed event in New York City.
Startup Weekend Women Guadalajara 2017
We are starting in the State of Jalisco in Western Mexico at Startup Weekend Women Guadalajara, where they seek to encourage women's participation in entrepreneurship and technology in a safe environment. Their sticker sheet features nine tear-offs, with Startup Weekend logos and branding, plus some Techstars love and a couple sponsor logos. What a great use of space to incorporate all of these kiss cuts (where the sticker gets cut, but not the backing) onto the sheet in one layout. Kudos to the design team.
Thank you to venue sponsor Reto Zapopan, which is a program promoted by the Municipal Government of Zapopan. This space provides entrepreneurs with resources in a comprehensive program that provide consulting, mentoring, financing, linking and internationalization. They are looking for entrepreneurs who stand out for their valuable ideas, companies and initiatives. And of course without the organizers, mentors and judges, there would be no event, so shoutout to them.
You can find the team on Twitter and on the hashtag #SWWomenGDL.
Startup Weekend Social Innovation in Zacatecas
Heading over to Zacatecas, the capital and largest city of the State of Zacatecas, for Startup Weekend Mega Centro (Vertical Innovación Social) 2017, where the central theme will be social development. They aspire to drive innovation in four key sectors for the economy of the center of the country. Their sticker sheet has seven peels, with the event name Mega Centro dominating the sheet, and two fun Startup Weekend beakers in magenta and black-tinged blue. There are four colorful stickers that have the four topics of Mobility, Travel, Social and Agroindustry that the teams will address. Again, the design team form SWCentro knocked it out of the park as far as economy of visuals, use of colors and keeping the event branding on point. Well done.
Without the location, this event couldn't take place (right?) and the Zacatecas campus of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (or Tecnológico de Monterrey or simply as Tec), is providing the space for the creativity and energy of this gathering. This institution, known as ITESM has 31 campuses in 25 cities and it's one of the most academically recognized universities in the Spanish speaking world.
You can find the team on Twitter.
Startup Weekend Travel Tech New York 2017
Back up in the US, we are in the Big Apple with a slick custom die cut sticker that has a Startup Weekend beaker taking flight, which is perfect for this Travel and Tech themed edition. The lab people in the beaker are travel ready, and the plane is sitting on cloud in the sky that features the event branding. The whimsy on this sticker is just what carefree travel feels like, and this sticker will travel well. The team at Startup Weekend NYC team did a great job organizing and designing this event.
At Startup Weekend Travel Tech New York 2017, teams will be focusing on solving problems and filling gaps in the travel industry. The challenge from the organizers (thanks to them by the way!) is that teams will let their own experiences and desire for travel inspire them. The ideas can cover the gamut of tourism and travel, be it local or global.
Whether you have ideas to improve NYC subways systems or to make travel around the world easier, the ultimate objective of this event is to empower you to take any idea from concept to creation!
Big ups to Voyager HQ on 137 West 25th Street. They empower travel startup founders with connections to partner & investment opportunities, a clubhouse & co-working space in NYC, & industry professionals
More About Startup Weekend (from their website)
Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide high-quality experiential education for both technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. It begins on Friday afternoon with the presentation of business ideas and team building, continuing with brainstorming, developing a business model, creating a basic prototype and generating information that validates the existence of a business opportunity , As well as viability. Startup Weekend ends Sunday night with presentations and final demonstrations of the teams.