Local Startup Weekends Abound: PDX, PSU, Eugene, What’s the Difference?


Portland Startup Weekend Fall 2012 LogoPortland Startup Weekend is back with its 7th event November 16-18. Plus two new Startup Weekends to broaden the opportunity for anyone to come try out the startup lifestyle: Portland State University Startup Weekend, October 5-7, and Startup Weekend Eugene, October 12-14. It truly is a trifecta of Startup Weekend events, as described by Rick Turoczy in Silicon Florist.

Eugene Startup Weekend LogoAll three events will follow Startup Weekend’s 54-hour format. Offered to all participants is the unique experience to work with a cross-section of people from local startup communities, including local incubators and investors. All three events are also open to the public.

Portland State Startup Weekend LogoThe PSU event, however, has a few differences. It is being marketed more specifically to students, faculty and alumni. The focus is on building a welcoming entrepreneurial spirit on campus and in the community. Another difference is in pitch topics and judging. The Startup Weekend format typically lends itself to technology/software/web products. However, PSU Startup Weekend is designed to encourage a wider array of projects including food/beverage products, retail concepts, social good enterprises, and many more. In Startup Weekend style, there are no bad ideas while pitches are in-action — but popular vote decides who gets go-ahead to form weekend teams. Judging criteria at PSU is also being modified to best size-up more diverse Sunday night presentations.

With an expected range of non-tech teams, PSU registration is more relaxed. Participants sign-up as either students or non-students. Portland and Eugene are intentionally seeking mix of skills typically needed for tech-related startups. For those events, participants register by skill category: developer, designer, or business developer. Or, in Portland Startup Weekend slang: hacker, hipster, or hustler!

Slots are still available at all events — but don’t delay if you’re planning to come! PSU kicks off in less than two weeks, Eugene in 3 weeks, and Portland is expected to sell out! Here are registration links: