Techstars Startup Weekend Louisville to Focus on Health and Healthcare for 13th Event

3 Day Entrepreneur Experience Returns November 9th through 11th

LOUISVILLE, KY, October 11, 2018: Organizer’s of Techstars Startup Weekend Louisville are mixing it up for their thirteenth event with a health and healthcare focus. The 54-hour event that turns ideas to business will kickoff Friday, November 9th at 6PM and wrap-up Sunday evening at the Thrive Center, a healthcare innovation hub in Louisville. Tickets are $45 per person for the weekend and go on sale today.

The three day event starts on Friday evening with dinner and 1 minute pitches. Every participant is allowed to pitch a “back-of-the-napkin” business idea. Then the ideas are voted on and attendees spend the rest of the weekend learning how to validate their idea and build a viable business model. Throughout the event, coaches from Louisville’s business community and universities challenge and mentor the teams to develop profitable businesses that meet market needs. The weekend concludes on Sunday night with a Shark Tank-like pitch competition judged by a panel of local entrepreneurs. Winners receive prize packages such as legal help, coworking space, software development, and more to help their business continue after the weekend is over.

However, for the first time in 13 events, this weekend will have a industry focus of health and healthcare. Lead organizer Austin Lopesilvero spoke of the decision as “an opportunity to bring something new to the event and highlight the innovation that is happening in our city.” Lopesilvero continued, “This is the first time Louisville is hosting a vertical-centered [Startup Weekend] event and we wanted to choose something that everyone could still contribute towards. Health and healthcare is a no-brainer because it affects us all. At some point, most of us have come up with an idea of how to make it better.” Whether you have a business idea that enables healthy lifestyles, helps solve the opioid crisis, creates an app for aiding mental health,  or you just want to make a difference in the field of healthcare, Startup Weekend is the perfect starting place to inspire action and bring ideas to life.

Louisville has had several businesses come out of Startup Weekend that are still pursuing their idea today and doing well. Agent Ally, winner of the last event, is a solution that helps insurance agents easily sign-up clients for medicare. They’ve continued to work on their idea and have recently won $25,000 from the Vogt Awards along with Fall 2017 winner Pascal Tags. Critterfacts, from Startup Weekend Louisville Fall 2016, has a native iOS app, is now at 30,000 users, and is about to launch their next product, Critterbox.

Often described as an MBA experience in one weekend, this is a can’t miss event for any aspiring entrepreneurs, creatives, developers, students, or beyond that wants to challenge themselves and help start a business and be a part of Louisville’s healthcare boom. Tickets include food, drinks, snacks, t-shirts, swag, and more. Information and tickets can be purchased at

Like most startups, Startup Weekend Louisville runs on a shoestring budget – all of the organizers, mentors and judges are volunteers. Organizers are asking local businesses to contribute financially or in goods or services to make this event possible. Contact with any inquiries.

About Techstars Startup Weekend Louisville

Techstars Startup Weekend Louisville has the world record for most consecutive Startup Weekend events by the same organizing team. Brought to Louisville in September 2012, this event has engaged with over 800 budding entrepreneurs. In the Spring of 2017, Mayor Greg Fischer recognized the event as one of the many events driving entrepreneurship and innovation in our city. The organizing team would like to thank the business community of Louisville for their continuous support through donations, coaches, judges, speakers, and prize packages. To learn more, visit

About Techstars Startup Weekend

Techstars Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where attendees learn how to build a company in a weekend. Since 2007, Techstars Startup Weekend has taken place in over 150 countries with more than 200,000 alumni. Participants take their product or business idea to the next level and join in a huge worldwide network of entrepreneurs.  To learn more visit

SWLou Teams Chosen and Going Strong

We have eleven (11) teams that have formed and are competing this weekend at Startup Weekend Louisville #8.  For a quick recap of the weekend so far, check out pictures and updates on Twitter (@SWLouisville and #SWLou).  Interested in watching the pitches? Join us at 5pm on Sunday at our host, UofL College of Business (Harry Frazier Hall, 110 W. Brandeis Ave., Louisville, Kentucky 40292)

  • Socrates, an anonymous question asking application for the classroon
  • Ali Khushub, makes wooden accessories out of historic wood
  • Fun Gym, improves the gym experience for begginners
  • Aqui, a quantitative faculty and student attendance tracker
  • Moonshine Energy, connects Kentuckians with renewable resources
  • Outdoor Tailgating Game, a new game, kind of like cornhole
  • Lists, a coupon app associated with your grocery list
  • We Care/Notify, notifications for companies when employees or families when people pass away
  • Biblio Shop, facilitates college students selling items to each other within a certain area
  • Stundent Loan Payment App, an app that transfers micro amounts out of your accounts and actually makes student loan payments
  • Snap Hunt, helps you find snapchat users

Visualizing the Hustle

It takes more than an idea. Starting a business requires ambition, intelligence, passion, and a plan. It takes long nights of deep thinking, weekends spent glued to a computer, and the stomach to handle all the unexpected success and failure entrepreneurship brings.

Most of all, it takes hustle.

CEO and founder of Uber, Travis Kalanick, spoke to a crowd of entrepreneurs at 2010’s Tech Cocktail Startup Mixology Conference. While there, he shared a nugget of entrepreneurial wisdom that helped ease the uncertainty that so often clouds startup development:

“Fear is the disease. Hustle is the antidote.”

For Startup Weekend Louisville’s 8th iteration, Forest Giant distilled Kalanick’s message into a design that reflected the spirit of Louisville’s entrepreneur community: hustle. Check out the video below featuring Creative Director Jon Shaw’s inspiration for the 2016 design.

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Forest Giant is company of designers, developers, and strategists driven by opportunities to solve complex problems using software and technology. Learn more about our latest project, Helm, at or view our work at Forest Giant is proudly based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Louisville’s Startup Weekend Announces Speaker, Judges, & Sponsors

LOUISVILLE, KY – Startup Weekend Louisville returns March 11 – 13 at UofL College of Business with an impressive lineup of local experts and sponsors. This bi-annual event connects Louisville entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and resources. Throughout the course of this 54-hour event, attendees share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.

Startup veterans and mentors will be on hand throughout the weekend to provide expertise and give talks on their experiences in the fast-paced world of technology startups. The weekend will start off with an opening talk by entrepreneur and Capture HigherEd CEO, Steve Huey. Sunday’s closing judges include Stacy Griggs, CEO of El Toro; Jackie Willmot, COO of XLerateHealth (& UofL MBA); and Moses Icyishaka, Analyst at Chrysalis Ventures.

“Startup Weekend is a valuable asset to the city of Louisville. It brings the city together in support of entrepreneurship and innovation.” says new Lead Organizer Austin Lopesilvero. “The Software Guild, first-time signature sponsor, has played a significant role in making this weekend a reality. Forest Giant and Composable Systems have also stepped up to the plate, bringing both financial support and promotional material, including this year’s t-shirt design.”

Here’s how it works: On Friday night, attendees will take the open mic to pitch their ideas to the group in 60 seconds or less. After groups form, the rest of the weekend will be spent formulating the most popular ideas with the help of mentors and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. By Sunday, teams will be ready to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges who will award prizes, including legal services, pre-accelerators and more, all of which are targeted to continue to help teams build their startups after the weekend.

Other sponsors of the weekend include Humana, UPS, New2Lou, Connecting Things, The Mayor’s Summerworks Program, Fort Phelps Legal and Business Counsel, LaunchIt by Nucleus, and Derby Wars. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Tickets are still available for purchase via Eventbrite.

About Startup Weekend Louisville: Startup Weekend Louisville is an intense 54-hour event where local entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts and anyone interested in building a business will come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup. Follow us on Twitter @SWLouisville.

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekend™ supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of nearly 200,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer organizers and 100 trained facilitators spread across more than 300 cities in 150 countries. Kauffman Foundation, Google, Microsoft, .Co, Sendgrid and Cloudmine are sponsors. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @startupweekend.


A Word from Our Sponsor: Forest Giant

Forest Giant will be sponsoring the eighth iteration of Startup Weekend Louisville to help develop the city’s growing business community. Founder and CEO Dave Durand has been an active participant from the start and recalls the early days before Startup Weekend Louisville began.

“When I moved to Louisville in 2004 there was a small entrepreneurial community. The web hadn’t blown up with chatter about startups; no one knew what a VC or a term sheet was. In 2010 we got involved with bringing accelerators to Louisville. Although the city really struggled to support those startups once they graduated, they empowered the startup community to see that there are outlets for them to learn and engage in building businesses. From that time period Startup Weekend emerged.”

Since the very beginning, Durand and the Forest Giant team have set out to innovate and inspire. Ranging from city-enhancing projects like Resurfaced to city-centric apps like Louisville Love, Forest Giant has played an active role in developing and representing the city. Sponsoring an event like Startup Weekend Louisville is in the same vein: making Louisville better, together.

During Startup Weekend Louisville’s inaugural event in 2012, the Forest Giant founder played a dual role as mentor and participant. Durand collaborated with three other local tech and business professionals to create CityAnchor, a blog aggregator that showcased the best Louisville-centric blogs in one place. Although competition was fierce, the team won.

“I have a special place in my heart for Startup Weekend to not only teach new entrepreneurs, but creatives, developers, and all minds alike. Startup Weekend is an essential piece for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Louisville. I am really excited that we have it here and am honored to play a part in helping to push the effort forward.”

Forest Giant is proud to be a part of the growth of entrepreneurs in the city of Louisville. The growth, energy, and good that will come from this year’s event and the events for years to come is something we are delighted to be a part of.

About Forest Giant

Forest Giant is company of designers, developers, and strategists driven by opportunities to solve complex problems using software and technology. Learn more about our latest project, Helm, or view our work at Forest Giant is proudly based in Louisville, Kentucky.

Startup Weekend Louisville Returns On March 11-13

During the weekend of March 11 – 13, Louisville will once again become a hotbed of startup activity.  Startup Weekend Louisville is a 54-hour event with a place for almost anyone – entrepreneurs, product developers, designers, makers, students, artists, engineers, marketers and inventors.  At Startup Weekend they’ll connect with peers, resources and mentors to help them jumpstart their business ideas. The College of Business at the University of Louisville, home to nationally ranked entrepreneurial programs, will host Startup Weekend Louisville.

How Startup Weekend Works

A Startup Weekend is unique – there’s nothing else like it. It’s not a pitch contest, it’s not a hackathon and it’s not a business plan competition. On Friday night attendees with new, undeveloped business ideas can make a 60-second pitch to the audience. After choosing the most popular ideas through a voting process, teams form organically around them. Then it’s a frenzy of business model creation, market validation with customers, and building a minimally viable product. Entrepreneurial leaders from the community offer support and critical feedback on Saturday and Sunday, and on Sunday evening each startup team presents to a panel of judges who select a winner. To help foster the nonstop startup experience, Startup Weekend includes meals and snacks for participants.

Like most startups, Startup Weekend Louisville runs on a shoestring budget – all of the organizers, mentors and judges are volunteers, and local sponsors contribute money, goods or services to help offset the cost of the event.  Participants can register by visiting

Louisville’s First Startup Weekend at The University of Louisville

Startup Weekend Louisville will be hosted at the University of Louisville College of Business.  “UofL College of Business students, alumni and faculty share a rich history of entrepreneurship and are frequently recognized in national and international rankings.  We are honored to host Startup Weekend’s budding entrepreneurs and look forward to what they create during the weekend event,” commented Interim Dean Dr. Rohan Christie-David.

Suzanne Bergmeister, a Startup Weekend volunteer, mentor and Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Louisville added.  “As the Entrepreneur in Residence, I share with students that no business plan or idea survives first interaction with customers.  Startup Weekend’s format teaches rapid feedback from potential customers so that the ideas can be quickly refined and improved.”

About Startup Weekend

Since its founding in Boulder, CO in 2007 over 1,500 Startup Weekends have been held in over 400 cities around the world. Over 100,000 entrepreneurs have been involved, and over 8,000 startups have been created. Google, Amazon Web Services and Coca-Cola are sponsors.