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Dubois Center 1050 S. Knoles Drive Flagstaff AZ 86011,+Northern+Arizona+University,+Flagstaff,+AZ+86001/@35.1780705,-111.6557888,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x872d8f7a424855ff:0xa7c4f7eaeba70861

NAU and the LaunchBox Student Incubation program invite you to come to NAU's Startup Weekend to get exposure and experience with entrepreneurship, without losing all of your money!

What to Expect:

Friday night, anyone can pitch their ideas and receive feedback from their peers. Teams will organically form around the top ideas and then it is a 48-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. Teams will work Saturday with few interruptions including presentations and lunch/dinner. Come Sunday, teams will work uninterrupted and the weekend will end with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders and another opportunity for critical feedback. This event is not just for business majors- there is something for everyone. Whether you are looking to become the next Steve Jobs or meet people with similar interests, everyone is guaranteed to leave this event with more than they came with. The winning team will receive 1 year of incubation in the LaunchBox Student Business Incubation program through the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET).

Why Attend A Startup Weekend?

Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend!  Since your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top eight:

Education:  Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating.  Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. Use the resources in this toolkit to help you get started:
Build your network: This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.
Co-Founder Dating: We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
Learn a new skill:  Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
Actually launch a business: Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months.  Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
Get face time with thought leaders:  Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
Save money & get stuff: Startup Weekends typically cost between $75 and $150 (less for students).  Your ticket covers 6 meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the coffee you can drink.
Join a global community: Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.

Early-bird tickets for Startup Weekend costs $25 for NAU students ($35 regular price) and include 6 meals and all the coffee you can drink and, of course, a life changing experience.




Oct 10
  • Registration/Arrival
  • Welcome & Agenda
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Pitch Warmup
  • Pitches start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Teams formed, work assignments discussed, time to go home for the evening!


Oct 11
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and dividing up workload for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day


Oct 12
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Party!

Martin Casado

Senior Vice President

Martin Casado joined VMware in August of 2012 with the acquisition of Nicira Networks, a company he co-founded.
He currently serves as VMware’s Chief Technology Officer of Networking and Security. Casado co-founded
software-defined networking and was recognized for that work by ACM with the Grace Murray Hopper award for
the Outstanding Young Computer Professional of the Year for 2012-2013. While at Stanford, Martin co-founded
Illuminics Systems, an IP analytics company, which was acquired by Quova Inc. in 2006. Prior to attending Stanford,
Martin held a research position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he worked on network security in the information operations assurance center (IOAC).
Casado received his Masters in Science and PhD from Stanford University in Computer Science where he remains a Consulting Assistant Professor. Casado received his Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University in Computer Science and Engineering.

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