Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus

  • Fri, March 22, 2019
  • 6:30 PM
  • Sun, March 24, 2019
  • Script Drop Inc., 855 Grandview Ave., Columbus, OH 43215
  1. Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus

    Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019

  2. Overview
  3. Schedule
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus

Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019

Friday, March 22 - 24, 2019
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Script Drop Inc
855 Grandview Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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Ready to spring your ideas into action?

Join us on March 22-24 for the next edition of Startup Weekend Columbus at the new ScriptDrop location. 

What happens at Startup Weekend? In 54 hours you and your team of talented people across all disciplines will turn an idea into a reality. This is where entrepreneurs, designers, coders, hustlers, and innovators in Central Ohio come together to prototype and validate business ideas for viable ventures.

It all happens in one weekend, so bring lots of energy!

On the first night you'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Feel like you might not be totally prepared? Don’t worry, we all begin at the same starting point. This means your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues.

Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely!

Please refer to for the weekend schedule. We'll update this site continuously with more mentors and judges over the next few weeks. Everyone is welcome and no previous entrepreneurial experience is necessary!

It’s a full weekend of discovery, connection, and fast launch of ideas to businesses. Don’t wait, get your ticket today!

Early Bird Tickets are available for a limited time! ($50 instead of the full price of $100)

Looking to watch and not participate for the whole weekend? Pick up a Demo Day ticket to watch the final pitches on Sunday evening. This applies to Sunday only.

What's included:
  • A weekend-long event to build and launch a business concept with a collaborative team
  • Space to work for the weekend at the beautiful new ScriptDrop office space
  • Invaluable access to a community of entrepreneurs, mentors, and experts (even more coming soon!)
  • Access to the top entrepreneur and tech talent serving as mentors throughout the weekend
  • 3 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts (We feed you good food!)
  • An awesome t-shirt
  • All the coffee, soda, energy drinks, and water you could ever need
  • An amazing experience and chance to get a taste of the startup world
  • And probably more
Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now! What are you waiting for? Get your ticket before they sell out! (because they will sell out).

We look forward to you joining us for another great event! 

(psssst, students! - use promo code STUDENT for $50 tickets. Student Photo ID required on the day of event)

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “”.

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Friday March 22nd

6:30 pm


Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm

Dinner & Networking

Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 pm

Welcome & Speakers

Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm

Pitches Start

Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm


Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm

Form Teams

Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 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 March 23rd

9:00 am


Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am

Begin Work

Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm


1:00 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!

6:30 pm


7:30 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 March 24th

9:00 am


Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am


Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm


12:30 pm

Coach Meetings

Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 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

8:30 pm


9:00 pm

Go Home!

Coaches and Mentors

Matt Carlson
Senior Manager, Design and Web

For over 20 years Matthew has worked with both small and large businesses to craft engaging user experiences and designs. He brings a proven knowledge of branding, creative strategy and leadership to print and digital projects. From designing logos, laying out brochures, developing websites or mobile apps, to building and leading creative teams, he has the vision, creative direction and business understanding to ensure a successful delivery of all types creative projects.

Andrew Frank

Throughout his technical journey, Andrew Frank has had the opportunity to solve complex business problems as a Developer, Architect, Development Manager, and Technical Lead at companies ranging from startups to established enterprises. Technologically, he has had the chance to work with many technologies and frameworks, including ASP.NET [], C#, Java, Ruby, PHP, JavaScript, and Angular. Along the way, he has also had the privilege and joy to coach and mentor developers looking to establish and further their careers in meaningful ways.

Carolyn Morgan
User Experience Researcher

Academically trained political scientist turned UX researcher, Carolyn has worked in a variety of spaces - academic, corporate, and non-profit - to deliver data-informed insights and decisions.  Through her various research projects she's worked with librarians, students, directors, designers, developers, journalists, immigrants, refugees, politicians, police, soldiers, ambassadors, business people, neo-Nazis, and Antifa. Her UX superpower is curiosity, followed closely by empathy. She's an advocate for humans - not just users and will ask the questions needed to get the information required to deliver.

MacKenzie King
Director, User Research and Design

Mackenzie believes in customer led innovation and has worked with clients across industries to help them integrate their customers' voices in their innovation process from the fuzzy front end of a business challenge to co-creating a design strategy or business model, to iteration and implementation.  She has engaged physicians to design smart devices that integrate into complex hospital informatics systems; NYC students to create a hip hop-themed college prep high school, Millennials to design the car of the future and community leaders to envision an innovative live-work development. With over 10 years experience, she now serves as Director of Design Research and Insight Translation at Lextant. Her clients have included Best Buy, Nissan, P&G, Pepsico. Mackenzie holds a design degree from Pratt Institute and a MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus 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.

Signature Sponsors

ScriptDrop provides prescription delivery by seamlessly connecting pharmacies to our network of couriers. We are the first medication delivery program that integrates directly into the pharmacist’s existing workflow—making the delivery process more efficient for the pharmacy and leading to a seamless delivery solution.

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Organizing Team

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

  • Andrea
  • Vijay
  • Matt
  • Eric
  • Nora
  • Sandhya
  • Jeff
  • Ryan
  • Matt
  • Yi-Ruei
  • Dylan
  • Trevor

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