10 Communities. 10 Startup Weekend. 10 Stories Across Borders. #HappyBirthdaySW

We’re celebrating Techstars Startup Weekend’s 10th Birthday! ❤ #GiveFirst

On July 7th, 2007, the first Startup Weekend was held in Boulder, Colorado with 80 entrepreneurs. In 10 years, we’ve grown to: 
13,837 community leaders in 153+ countries
4,531 Startup Weekend events
363,000+ Startup Weekend attendees 
45,375 Teams 
$410M+ in funding secured

Happy Birthday Startup Weekend!

Techstars Startup Weekend is 10 years old! And we’re just getting started in South & Central Asian region with 130+ SW India since 2011, 50+ in South Asia (excluding India) & 20+ in Central Asia. We’re also excited to announce that we will be bringing the first Techstars Startup Weekend program to Maldives (#SWMalé) and Uzbekistan (#SWTashkent) in late 2017.

It’s almost the end of July & we’re continuing with the #HappyBirthdaySW and #StartupWeekendTurnsTen to celebrate the impact of our entrepreneurship programs with our worldwide community and teams around the world and I’m honoured to share with you my favorite 10 Stories from 10 Startup Weekend building 10 Communities in 10 APAC Capital Cities across 10 South & Central Asian Countries including India (10 new States). Thank you to everyone who’s played a part in building this startup community and shaping this global entrepreneurship movement. We are so proud of our worldwide community and wouldn’t be where we are today without all our great community leaders and Startup Weekend advocates around the world. Check out our “Thank You” video!

As an Indo-Asian startup innovation Community Architect, I am responsible for the cultivation and sustained growth of vibrant startup ecosystems in India, SAARC nations and Central Asian countries. I’m always excited to welcome thousands of new entrepreneurs every year through Techstars Startup Weekend, and honoured to have facilitated over 30 Startup Weekends across Asia.

  1. Startup Weekend India #SWIndia

The Startup Weekend India community includes over 10 new States (And some of these states include, SW Rajasthan, SW West Bengal, SW Kerala, SW Gujarat, SW Goa, SW Odisha, SW Delhi, SW Tamil Nadu, SW Manipur, SW Uttar Pradesh, SW Telangana, SW Karnataka, SW Punjab, SW Haryana, SW Uttarakhand, SW Andhra Pradesh, SW Telangana, SW Maharashtra, SW Jammu & Kashmir, SW Himachal Pradesh, etc.)

1st Startup Weekend Noida (Uttar Pradesh)

2. Startup Weekend Pakistan (#SWPakistan)

Startup Weekend Lahore, Pakistan (March 2015) #SWLahore

3. Startup Weekend Bangladesh (#SWBangladesh)

Startup Weekend Dhaka, Bangladesh (May 2017) #SWDhaka
Startup Weekend Dhaka (Nov 2015) #SWDhaka

4. Startup Weekend Bhutan (#SWBhutan)

#SWBhutan community from 1st, 2nd and 3rd Startup Weekend Bhutan in Thimphu (2016–17) #SWThimphu

5. Startup Weekend Afghanistan (#SWAfghanistan)

Building Afghan Entrepreneurship at first Startup Weekend Kabul, Afghanistan (March 2016) #SWKabul

6. Startup Weekend Sri Lanka (#SWSriLanka)

4th Startup Weekend Sri Lanka in Negombo #SiliconBeach (May 2017) #SW Negombo
2nd Startup Weekend Sri Lanka in Colombo (Oct 2016) #SWColombo
First Startup Weekend Sri Lanka in Jaffna (June 2016) #SWJaffna

7. Startup Weekend Nepal (#SWNepal)

9th Startup Weekend Kathmandu (Greenovation) in Nepal (Nov 2016) #SWKathmandu

8. Startup Weekend Kazakhstan (#SWKazakhstan)

Startup Weekend Astana in Kazakhstan (Oct 2016) #SWAstana

9. Startup Weekend Tajikistan (#SWTajikistan)

First Startup Weekend Tajikistan in Dushanbe (Nov 2016) #SWDushanbe #SWTJ

10. Startup Weekend ASEAN (10 Countries in One ASEAN) #SWASEAN

Startup Weekend ASEAN (2015) was organised in KL Malaysia (video), where entrepreneurs from all over South-East Asia collaborated in Generation Startup Weekend, an effort by Techstars Startup Programs and its partners at MaGIC (Malaysian Govt.), YSEALI, and the U.S. State Department.

First of it’s kind — Techstars Startup Weekend ASEAN in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Aug 2015) #SWASEAN

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars Community Programs, are action-oriented, highly inspirational and experiential programs in your community that powers every step of The Entrepreneur’s Journey, that include Techstars Startup Digest, Techstars Startup Week, and Techstars Startup Weekend.

At Techstars Startup Weekend, you’ll be immersed in the ideal environment for startup magic to happen. The hardest part of starting up is starting out. In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help you get started.

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Reach out to me if you’re interested to bring Techstars Startup Programs to your community.

One of my favourite Startup Weekend picture, kicking off the first SW SriLanka #HappyBirthdaySW

We want to say thank you again, from everyone at Techstars, for all the hard work and time that you give to support your entrepreneurial community! We’ll continue to celebrate our communities throughout the month and would love to see your favorite Startup Weekend story or picture. Share with us online using #HappyBirthdaySW.