Protests in Ukraine delay Startup Weekend event: ‘We literally had people shot in the streets’

Tetiana Siianko was preparing to host a Startup Weekend event for women in Kiev, Ukraine, late last month. Unsurprisingly, amid the violent protests and civil uproar in the city, plans changed. “The event was cancelled because we literally had people shot in the streets,” Siianko said. “Our energy was more needed in the fight for democracy…. Read More


UP Global, Google to support women entrepreneurs with new worldwide initiative

The lack of females in startups and tech is a big issue to many, and now, Seattle-based UP Global is teaming up with Google in an effort to help support women entrepreneurs. UP Global, the Seattle non-profit that formed last year through the combination of Startup America and Startup Weekend, is launching an initiative called “Startup Women,” that… Read More


New Startup Weekend hackathon provides opportunities for disabled community

There’s a regular Startup Weekend event going on next month in Portland, but with a little twist: Full accessibility to people with disabilities will be provided. PDX Startup Weekend Access is the first-ever Startup Weekend that will offer tools like Braille print-outs or sign language interpreters. This isn’t a Special Olympics edition of Startup Weekend,… Read More

Shauna Causey (Photo: Erynn Rose)

Tech Moves: Shauna Causey named VP at UP Global; etc.

—UP Global, the Seattle non-profit that formed earlier this year through the combination of Startup America and Startup Weekend, has named former Decide.com exec Shauna Causey as vice president of marketing. In the role, Causey will help extend the organization’s international presence. Prior to Decide.com, which sold to eBay earlier this year, Causey worked at Nordstrom,… Read More


9 Startup Weekend champs face off at tonight’s Northwest Startup Battle

In what’s equivalent to a startup all-star event, nine Startup Weekend champions from around the Northwest region are competing tonight at the first-ever Northwest Battle. At the Impact HUB Seattle, the past champs will pitch against each other in front of judges — Greg Gottesman, Marc Nager, Mike Fridgen, Shauna Causey, Rebecca Lovell — and 300… Read More


President Obama pledges support for global startup efforts, taps UP Global to help support 500,000 new entrepreneurs by 2016

The government may be shut down. But you can’t extinguish the entrepreneurial fire that easy. In video remarks at the 4th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today, President Barack Obama stressed the importance of entrepreneurship and he singled out Seattle non-profit UP Global (best known for its Startup Weekend events) to help carry… Read More


Smart sunglasses and intelligent ear plugs: Bad-ass innovation from Startup Weekend Maker Edition

Earplugs that adapt to your environment. Sunglasses that block blinding light at night. A device that connects to weights that measure reps. These were just a few of the kick-ass innovations built at the first Startup Weekend Maker Edition ever. Startup Weekend is widely known for the 54-hour entrepreneurial bootcamps it runs around the world that focus on… Read More

Zac Cohn

Geek of the Week: Zachary Cohn is spreading the startup mindset

Zachary Cohn is involved in the startup world in a variety of ways — working with startups, organizing meetups and helping established companies learn to think more like startups themselves. As Zac puts it, he “loves making things happen, organizing people and communities, and solving problems that matter.” He’s also an early adopter of technology,… Read More


Reflections from Startup Weekend Baghdad: The entrepreneurial spirit is alive in Iraq

Editor’s note: Othmane Rahmouni, a Senior Product Manager with Microsoft Advertising, traveled to Baghdad for the first time in his life to advise and mentor more than 120 startuppers at the first-ever Startup Weekend Baghdad. Read on to hear about his experience. This journey from Seattle to Baghdad started in early June when I was invited to… Read More


Why this Microsoft manager is headed to Iraq for the first-ever Startup Weekend Baghdad

If you’re reading an article about Baghdad right now in the news, chances are it’s about recent violence that resulted in the deaths of 1,045 civilians and security officials in May alone. But here’s something a little more positive going on in the city: The first-ever Startup Weekend Baghdad. Startup Weekend, the Seattle non-profit organization backed by… Read More


Calling all entrepreneurs: Startup Weekend and Startup America launch UP Global

Startup Weekend is joining forces with Startup America to launch UP Global, a new program designed to help entrepreneurs through the entire startup journey. As part of the effort, UP Global will combine the education-oriented programs of Startup Weekend with the regional community networking programs of Startup America. “Startup Weekend and Startup America Partnership have been among the drivers… Read More


‘Picklestyle,’ the ultimate ‘Gangnam Style’ parody

We’ve all heard K-pop legend Psy’s chart-topper, “Gangnam Style.” His outrageous dance moves and catchy harmonies quickly went viral after the song’s release in July. For many, the song has run its course. But if you’re still hungry for more, we found the solution: “Picklestyle.” It’s pretty much exactly what it sounds like — a personified… Read More


Watch Marc Nager and The Startup Weekend crew ring the opening bell on the NYSE

This is an honor that usually falls to the CEOs of fast-growing publicly-traded companies. But not this morning. Marc Nager and other team members from Startup Weekend, the Seattle non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurial education throughout the world, took center stage Friday morning at the New York Stock Exchange by ringing the opening bell. Why… Read More


Startup Weekend to ring NYSE Opening Bell, marking entrepreneur milestone

Startup Weekend has come a long way since its birth just three years ago, and the non-profit will celebrate the creation of 100,000 entrepreneurs by ringing in the NYSE Opening Bell next Friday, Dec. 28. The Seattle-based entrepreneurial education non-profit hosts 54-hour coding marathons where teams of geeks develop and design new products. The organization hosts the events… Read More


Startup Weekend looks to stamp out 30,000 entrepreneurs in new 4-week training program ‘Next’

Call it Startup Weekend on steroids. The Seattle nonprofit today is unveiling a new four-week training program that’s designed to get people off their duffs, pursuing that entrepreneurial idea that’s been gathering dust for too long. Dubbed Startup Weekend Next, the program is a departure for the organization, which up until now has been known… Read More

Startup Weekend organizer Marc Nager

Expanding into event listings, Startup Weekend buys StartupDigest

Startup Weekend announced today that it has acquired StartupDigest, the email newsletter which lists startup-oriented  events in 99 cities around the globe. Startup Weekend’s Marc Nager offered this explanation of the acquisition, terms of which were not disclosed. “Startup Weekend is where you go when you have an idea, but before that realization, where do… Read More


Tech Moves: Startup Weekend lands Microsoft vet; Glympse recruits from Amazon; and more

Startup Weekend already hosts hundreds of events around the globe each year, and now the Seattle-based entrepreneurial education non-profit is looking to get even bigger. The organization just hired Ludovic Ulrich, the former global program manager for Microsoft’s BizSpark program, as chief development officer. “Ludovic brings with him incredible experience and insight to help us continue developing… Read More