"Startup48 is probably the best way to propel your idea from a dream into reality in just a weekend's time. It's fun meeting other people who are just as passionate about their ideas and incredibly valuable to get the feedback of experienced business owners." 

-- Justin Vajko

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Venue

JAMF Software
215 Riverfront Terrace,
Eau Claire, WI  54703


Local Amenities

Transportation & Lodging is not included in ticket price and is the responsibility of the attendee. 

We have two hotels that are conveniently located in downtown Eau Claire

Meals will be provided for the entire event, however you may want to get out and try some of our local places for yourself. To the left is a map that highlights some of our downtown eateries - but this is by no means an exhaustive list. 

Coaches and organizers will be available at the event in case you need any recommendations!

How the Weekend Works

 

Get your pitch ready...
Show up, register, we will play a fun ice breaker game and  you get a yummy dinner. Then you get 60 seconds or less to pitch your idea for a startup. Everyone votes, teams form & magic happens!

...Work with your team...
You and your team will work together to make a Minimal Viable Product (MVP). Don't worry about the acronym - you will have access to mentors and coaches all weekend long.

.... and present your MVP!

What started out as a nifty 60-second pitch is going to be your 5 minute presentation to a panel of judges. Show them why your Startup is the best. The 5 minute presentation is followed by 5 additional minutes of Q&A.

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STARTUP 48 Schedule

Friday, October 20  

6:30 pm | Registration
Arrive at the venue, grab your Weekend Swag Bag and meet everyone! 

7:00 pm | Dinner & Friends
Eat good food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know the other participants 

7:30 pm | Welcome & Speaker

 
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Speaker Zach Halmstad

Zach Halmstad co-founded JAMF Software (now Jamf) in 2002. His work in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s IT department fueled his interest in streamlining information technology administration. The tools he created to efficiently setup and maintain computers at UWEC became the foundation and motivation to start Jamf.

Zach is a longtime resident of Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where he studied music and computer science.

 

8:00 pm | Pitch Your Idea
You have the opportunity to share your idea in a 60-second or less pitch! Tell us what and who you need to make it a reality.

9:00 pm | Cast Your Vote
All the awesome ideas are narrowed down to a few that will be developed in 48 hours

9:15 pm |  Build Teams
Teams form around the top voted ideas

10:00 pm | The Fun Begins!
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work at the venue, or go somewhere else to have a change of scenery. 

Saturday

8:00 am | Rise & Shine
Arrive and enjoy breakfast & coffee

8:30 am | Begin Work
Teams continue to work through the morning. Make sure you have looked at the mentor schedules and signed up for times  

12:00 pm | Lunch & Break the Ice
Grab a bite to eat and enjoy a special

1:00 pm | Work Time
Coaches and mentors will be available to assist teams with any issues they may be having

6:30 pm | Dinner

7:30 pm | Work Time
Coaches and mentors will be available to assist teams with reaching their Minimal Viable Products 

10:00 pm | Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work at the venue, or go somewhere else to have a change of scenery. 

Sunday 

8:00 am | Rise & Shine
Arrive and enjoy breakfast & coffee while you wake up!

10:00 am | Work Time 

Pitch mentor

12:00 pm | Lunch

12:30 pm | Coach Meetings
Coaches and mentors are available for last minute one-on-one meetings … ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm | Presentation Prep & Tech Check
These final hours are focused on perfecting your presentation and tech-check for the final presentations

4:00 pm | Dinner
You may be tempted to skip dinner to practice on the presentation - please don't. It will be delicious - we promise :) 

5:00 pm | Final Presentations
Your team will have 5 minutes to present your MVP to a panel of judges - followed by 5 minutes of Q&A

7:00 pm | Judging & Awards
Time to find out who takes home the big prize package! 

8:00 pm | Wrap-Up

8:30 pm | After Party
Well, you don't have to go home - but you can't stay here! Join us at the Plus (just a couple blocks away!) for the after party 

 
 

Don't miss the event that has been called "the most fun you can legally have in 48 hours!" 

--Justin Vajko, 2015 & 2016 participant

 
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