What is Startup Weekend?

Join us for Columbia, Missouri’s 8th Annual Startup Weekend!


So… what is Startup Weekend? 

Startup Weekend is a weekend-long event that brings together developers, designers, marketers, and business-minded folks to validate a business idea and develop a viable business they can ideally continue after the weekend is over.

Our goal is to create an environment where passionate people can come together to learn from each other, meet impactful mentors in the community, understand how to validate a business idea and achieve more than you thought possible in one weekend.


Who should attend?

This is an event for anyone who is looking to learn what it is like to start a business. Whether you have a business idea to pitch or are looking to learn more about the startup world, you will walk away from the weekend having learned more about yourself and the roller coaster experience of validating a business idea.


Has anyone ever “made it big” after #SWCOMO?

We have seen multiple successful companies result from Startup Weekend Columbia over the years including Zapier, EquipmentShare and more. But even if attendees don’t walk away from the weekend with a company they want to continue, they leave with additional skills and experiences that make them an even more valuable member to the Columbia economy and entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Okay, I’m interested! Give me the details.

This 54-hour event will begin on Friday night with participants pitching ideas for a new business venture to the audience. Attendees will vote on their favorite ideas and the most popular pitches will be selected as the ideas the community works on that weekend. Participants will join an idea to work on for the weekend.

Saturday will focus on validating the idea with potential customers and developing a business plan.

On Sunday evening, each team will present in front of a panel of judges and general audience to showcase all they accomplished.

This year’s event will be held Friday, October 5th – Sunday, October 7th at the Veterans United Building on Buttonwood. We expect to have a full event again this year, so get your tickets ASAP!