Approximately one week before Startup Weekend, we host a half day Bootcamp. Many of you have been asking us just what you get out of bootcamp, so here are a few lines on why you should attend.

In a nutshell, the bootcamp will help you in a few ways. First, it will make you comfortable with the entire Startup Weekend experience as you’ll learn more details about the weekend. On top of that, you’ll get to meet people who will be attending Startup Weekend beforehand, so you’ll have a few familiar faces around you during the weekend. Second, it helps you get the most out of Startup Weekend. During bootcamp you’ll get to present and practice pitches, which has inevitably led to increased chances of success for teams during actual Startup Weekend. The top 3 teams, including the winner, at the last Startup Weekend all attended bootcamp.

We actually polled one our successful alumni from last year’s Portland Startup Weekend. Jeri Alcock, one of the founders of Good Works Now, said “When I showed up at Bootcamp I didn’t even know what a pitch was.  I was so nervous, I couldn’t get through my pitch at Bootcamp and I had to practice constantly for the Friday night pitch fire.  The Bootcamp experience prepared me to be successful at PDXSW and everything I learned at PDXSW I use now- when pitching, talking to potential investors and business planning.  It was truly the best investment I’ve made in getting my business off the ground.” If you haven’t heard, Good Works Now, a company that provides  Cloud based applications to manage your fundraising, board and online reputation, was recently chosen as part of the second class for the Portland Seed Fund.

If you have any questions about bootcamp or the Portland Startup Weekend experience, don’t hesitate to contact any of us. We’ll be posting the detailed agenda soon.  If you’re ready to sign up, just go to the orange registration link at the top of the page, and buy your bootcamp ticket for $10!

Bootcamp details:

  • Date                    Saturday, April 21st
  • Time                    12pm-5pm
  • Place                   TIE Westside Incubator: Suite 165, 19075 NW Tanasbourne Drive, Hillsboro, OR