Portland Startup Weekend Social Impact

    Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017

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Portland Startup Weekend Social Impact

Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017

Friday, May 19 - 21, 2017
Event starts at 5:30 pm

926 NW 13th Ave #200
Portland, OR 97209

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Learn Lean Techniques and Create a Social Impact Startup in 54 Hours!

Join with 99 other participants at Vacasa for Portland Startup Weekend Social Impact on May 19-21, a 54 hour experience, like a marathon for entrepreneurs. It is a valuable opportunity to learn from industry recognized mentors and start a business or non-profit that can be sustainable and make social impact!

Skills and techniques to be practiced include human centered design, prototyping, lean canvas business modeling, marketing research and customer validation. 

Enjoy incredible food and chill with others in water cooler moments. Lots of opportunity to interact with others and gain new perspective and awareness.

Startup weekend is organized by people like you who have experienced startup weekend and returned to volunteer and give back to the community.

With Startup Weekend Social Impact, we’ll provide focus groups in the building on Saturday so that teams don’t have to go too far to do interviews and customer validation. 

We’ll also provide several Saturday bootcamps leading up to Startup Weekend for participants to learn the additional tools and techniques ahead of time like small group facilitation, problem solving techniques, marketing research skills. 

Users who are not familiar with specific tech skills like slack, trello, google docs can get training ahead of time as well.

Now breathe and meditate on the revolutionary thought that social sustainability and capitalism are not mutually exclusive.

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Friday May 19th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

6:30 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:15 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

8:15 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

8:30 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

9:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday May 20th

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

8:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:00 pm

6:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday May 21st

8:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

12:00 pm

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

9:00 pm

9:30 pm
Go Home!

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Portland Startup Weekend Social Impact team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.

Venue Sponsor



Organizing Team

Startup Weekend Portland is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Yu
  • Dominic
  • Andrew


Lee Ngo
Educational Technology Community Architect

Lee Ngo is an educational technology community architect and founded his startup Scholar Hero through Startup Weekend. Previously, he worked for UP Global and remains involved in education-based initiatives such as Startup Weekend Education and the Greater Foundation. Most recently, Lee worked as an evangelist for Galvanize.

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