Startup Weekend Women’s Edition


CHICAGO! Are you ready to be part of the inaugural Startup Weekend Women’s Edition?

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We’re assembling 100 of the most talented women and men for an exclusive edition of Startup Weekend on June 20 – 22, 2014!

The entrepreneurial talent we see from the women in our community is inspiring, and we are excited about co-hosting an event that will showcase co-creation of the most innovative minds in Chicago. The Startup Weekend Chicago experience is being re-imagined. Our intention is to provide an event where men and women can connect, combine and renew each other’s resources and capabilities to create value through new forms of interaction, service and learning mechanisms. 

Startup Weekend Chicago Women's Edition



Attend a MVP Bootcamp June 9th to get us all in the building mode.
Chicago coaches and mentors guiding teams from ideation to co-creation.
Meet 100+ talented and diverse people and build long-lasting relationships.
Join a global community of over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni.
Get one-on-one time with thought leaders in your community.
Pitch to like-minded people committed to launching a startup in 54 hours.



What is a Startup Weekend?

An event in which a people meet to work together to create a startup in 54 hours.

Why a women-focused Startup Weekend?

The entrepreneurial talent we see from women in Chicago is inspiring, and we are excited about creating an event that will showcase it.

Is there a theme for the event?  No, you can create whatever you like!
How big are the teams?  Teams of 2 to 5 (men or women) should be formed.
What if I sign-up alone or don’t have a group? 

Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone attending. We will help everyone form and there will be lots of time to mingle and get to know other attendees.

How much does Startup Weekend Women Chicago cost? We are asking for each participant to pay $99 which will help us cover some of the food costs.
Is it possible to get a ticket to  attend the presentation session at the end of the weekend?

Yes, are selling tickets for $25 to see the demo presentations.

Who is this aimed at? Women and men of any age with programming, design, user experience, business or project management skills.
What do I need to bring?  A laptop, and a desire to contribute! You must be able to attend Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Can men attend?

Yes, 100% diverse collaboration.

What language can I code in?

Anything you desire!

I can’t code, can I still attend? 

Yes! In fact, a well-rounded team of different skill sets is what we would like to see (Think Hipster (designer), Hacker (programmer) and Hustler (marketing and business – growth hacker).

I’m still not sure if I should go… 

There is great opportunity for women to get more involved and test their ideas, this is an opportunity to reinvent our environment and build conditions for both women and men to thrive and do more of what they love.


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Thanks, Startup Weekend  

Refund Policy:  No refunds will be granted within 7 days of the event if food and drink have already been ordered. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup. Terms of Participation Agreement: It is our job to provide you with an incredible networking and learning opportunity. Our intention is that you meet some amazing people that you might actually start a company with, build relationships with coaches, and learn from your peers. The event is intended to be a collaborative forum for sharing, learning, building, and having fun. As such, by registering as a participant, you acknowledge that any ideas shared by you or anyone else over the course of the event are contributions to the overall experience and community. If you as a participant are worried about someone stealing your ideas, please reconsider your participation in the event itself or simply refrain from sharing specifics about your idea.   As a member of your startup community, you agree to to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with proper care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree to not hold Startup Weekend, your local volunteer team, or any of the event supporters liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident.  By Participating at the event, you grant Startup Weekend permission to capture photo/video of the event. You can find the exact legal terms on our FAQ Page but to summarize, we want to share your success with the world.