Kickstart Weekend

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PSU Kickstart Weekend

Kick-off your year of entrepreneurship at PSU with a fun, intensive two-day session!

During two evenings and one day, you will work with teams, mentors from the Portland Startup community, PSU faculty, and staff to experience innovation in action and grow and sharpen your entrepreneurial skills.

This is when we move from ideas to action. As a participant, you will form teams, develop potential solutions, and present your ideas for a chance to prizes to take your idea further. You'll meet with startup and industry leaders to validate ideas, get some coaching, and then to iterate your idea based on market research.

PSU Kickstart Weekend Schedule 2020

DAY 1

5:00 PM Registration begins - Arrive at PSU Business Accelerator and get checked in

5:30 PM Dinner & Networking - Connect with fellow students over dinner

6:30 PM Welcome - Our facilitator will the get things started and review our agenda for the weekend

7:00 PM You pitch your idea - You have one minute to share your idea and convince others to join your team. Don't you have an idea? Don't worry - You don't have to pitch!

8:00 PM Participants vote on ideas - You'll vote on the best ideas.

8:30 PM Selected ideas announced and teams are formed - Did your idea move forward? Great - Now you have to recruit people to your team! If your idea didn't get selected or you didn't pitch an idea, find an idea you're interested in and join them!

9:00 PM Teams assign roles - Now that you've formed a team, it's time to get to work. You'll decide how you can best contribute your skills, and divvy up the work.

DAY 2

8:30 AM Arrive - We'll fuel you up with a simple breakfast and coffee

9:00 AM Morning announcements - We'll make sure you and your team have your marching orders for the day

10:00 AM Get to work - Go out into the community and test your idea. Meet with potential customers and partners and find out if your idea has legs. The judges will be looking to see what market research and validation you've conducted.

10 AM - 12 PM Meet with mentors - You'll have access to startup leaders and industry experts - Take advantage of their expertise and find out what they think of your idea.

12:00 PM Lunch

12 PM - 2 PM Meet with mentors - You'll have access to startup leaders and industry experts - Take advantage of their expertise and find out what they think of your idea.

2:00 PM Prepare for final presentations - Get ready to present your idea to our judges. Remember, there's a prize on the line.

3:00 PM Check in - Our facilitator will do a final check-in with the teams to make sure they're ready to present.

4:30 PM Dinner

5:00 PM Final presentations start

7:00 PM Final presentations end

7:15 PM Panel

8:30 PM Judging and Awards - We'll announce the winners of Kickstart Weekend

10:00 PM Leave