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Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

Thinking of starting your own business? Ready to learn some entrepreneurial skills while joining a startup team? StartupWeekend Chandler will be Friday evening, July 18 through Sunday evening, July 20, 2014 at Gangplank Chandler,  260 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler. Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feed back from a panel of experts.



Jul 18
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner, Pittsburgh Willy's gourmet hot dogs & Networking
  • Welcome
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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 you want


Jul 19
  • Breakfast at Infusionsoft, 1260 S. Spectrum Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85286
  • Teams meet at Gangplank to continue work
  • Lunch, Startup BBQ with Authority Labs
  • Check-in with facilitator
  • Coaches & mentors help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner, Floridino's Pizza
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Teams work as late as needed


Jul 20
  • Breakfast & coffee sponsored MarketingPress & Provision Coffee
  • Check-in with facilitator
  • Lunch sponsored by Telesphere (Dily's Deli)
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner (Someburro's) sponsored by Telesphere
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Thank you for a great Startup Weekend Chandler, see you at Roadmap to Launch 2014!
Stuart Preston
Troy Busot
Trish Gillam
Eileen M. Kane
James Boswell
Arian Shirakhoon
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Candi Luciano

Senior Creative Director & Dream Coach, Infusionsoft   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Candi Luciano is one of Infusionsoft's greatest leaders and total champion for dreaming. She actually started and ran her own small business prior to it being acquired and to joining Infusionsoft. She will lead the teams through a dreaming session on their startup on Saturday morning.


Neal Andres

Gaming & Communications Executive   |   LinkedIn

Susan Baier

Founder, Audience Audit   |   LinkedIn

Susan Baier is the founder of Audience Audit Inc., which develops custom quantitative segmentation research for marketing agencies, B2B and B2C companies, higher education, small business and nonprofits. Her expertise is built on more than 20 years in product and brand management, marketing, business development and strategic planning with Fortune 100 firms and small companies.

Jon Deiter

CFO / VP Finance and Admin at McMardon Investments, LLC / MAC6   |   LinkedIn

McMardon Investments operates in the areas of early stage company incubation (MAC6), investments, and real estate with the 4 pillars of Conscious Capitalism as guiding principles.

Jeff Weninger

Councilmember at City of Chandler   |   LinkedIn

Jeff Weninger serves as the Vice Mayor of the City of Chandler. He is also a Director of Greater Phoenix Economic Council. He owns and operates Dilly’s Deli and Floridino’s Pizza and Pasta

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