Create. Collaborate. Innovate.

Launch a business in 54 hours.

Who is Columbia Startup Weekend for?

Dreamers

Are you ready to bring your idea to life? Whether your goal is to start a side project or the next “it” startup, Startup Weekend sets the stage for you to be action behind the ideas in your head.

Drivers

Whether you have a new idea or want to be a part of team of people driving the action forward, Startup Weekend brings smart people together so ideas can become reality.

Creators

Use your talent to make startup magic. Startup Weekend is a chance to make something out of nothing.

Collaborators

Spend the weekend with 125 other talented individuals. Whether your goal is to learn a new skill, meet your co-founder, or just have some fun, you’ll be sure to be in great company.

All it takes is a weekend.

Columbia Startup Weekend was created to bring the local entrepreneurial community together so that ideas can be sparked and startup magic can happen. Ideas are pitched, teams formed around those ideas, and then the weekend is spent diving into making the idea into a business with the support of great minds serving as mentors to the teams. At the end of the weekend, the teams present their businesses to panel of judges and the top three teams are named.

Whether you enter the weekend to start a company, find a cofounder, develop your skillsets, or simply have fun, Startup Weekend sets the stage for great things to happen.

This event is proudly a part of the global Startup Weekend community.

Columbia Startup Weekend in the news.

The weekend.

Columbia Startup Weekend will take place at the Museao Building.

Our venue is your playground from the Opening Pitches to the Final Presentations.

Registration includes all seven meals for the weekend (featuring local restaurants!), as well as snacks and refreshments (did we mention free beer all weekend?).

The community is welcome to attend the Opening Party, Pitches and Final Presentation.

Columbia Startup Weekend is proudly presented by

Want to help bring this event to life? We have various levels of sponsorship options. Contact us about becoming a Columbia Startup Weekend sponsor today.

What to expect.

The weekend is what you make of it.

Friday, September 11th

  • 6:00pm Registration/Dinner
  • 7:00pm Welcome/Pitches
  • 9:00pm Get started! You are welcome to work at Museao all night!

Saturday, September 12th

  • 9:00am Breakfast
  • 10:00am Mentors begin arriving (let us know how we can help)
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 5:00-8:00pm Dinner
  • 10:00pm Late Night Snack

Sunday, September 13th

  • 9:00am Breakfast
  • 12:00pm Lunch
  • 3:30pm Tech Check
  • 4:00pm Dinner
  • 5:00pm Final Presentations

Meet the Judges

The Mentors

Columbia Startup Weekend Alumni