As we get ready to ring in 2020, we’re thrilled to announce some exciting new additions to our Techstars Startup Weekend programs.

In 2020, we’re focussing on creating truly connected, vertical-focused initiatives. (A vertical event is one with a theme specific to a particular industry—like FinTech or Travel—or social or environmental challenge—like Diversity and Inclusion or Sustainability.)

Quite simply, we want to bring together the incredible passion and energy from across the network to increase our impact on critical challenges. We’ve seen great successes at events like Global Sustainable Revolution and Global Startup Weekend Women, which we’d like to build on in 2020. 

The verticals themselves have been chosen based on the most popular Startup Weekend verticals. We also considered current industry and innovation trends and will be focusing our regional initiatives on industries that are popular and meaningful to each region. 

We’ll be holding 6 regional initiatives and 4 global initiatives in 2020.

Our first global initiative will be Next Gen – our first-ever global startup weekend youth initiative, focused on connecting & empowering high-school and college youths around the world with the global Techstars network. You can read more about this exciting global initiative here.

Our Community team will work closely with a top Community Leader organizing team to ensure success and who will help execute on a larger scale. These teams will have a proven track record of event-organizing success, industry knowledge and be plugged into their local networks. Each local event will still be 100% community-led. 

To find out more, please join us for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on January 9, 2020 where we will discuss our calendar, event details, how to get involved, and any other questions you might have. 

Thinking of running a Startup Weekend in 2020? APPLY HERE to be a part of a global or regional initiative.


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