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Austin Hardware Startup Weekend Sponsorship Proposal

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About Startup Weekend Our mission is to teach and promote entrepreneurship in local communities. As a 501(c)3 charity, we rely on our partners to keep growing Startup Weekend around the world.

Startup Weekend begins on Friday where teams are formed. Teams spend Saturday and Sunday focused on customer development, validating their ideas and building prototypes with the help of experienced mentors. On Sunday, teams demo their products and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

About Startup Weekend The real value in a Startup Weekend is about learning through creation, developing deep relationships, matching potential cofounders and/or employers, and experimenting in a risk-free environment. It is also a Professional Development opportunity for participants to gain a hands on understanding of business processes.

Our Community is arguably the largest network of existing and aspiring entrepreneurs in the world. Our attendees are creative, influential and driven. These are the kinds of people that will bring your product back into the office on Monday morning after using it during the weekend.

Global Reach Event Stats: • • • • •

1500+ events 660+ cities 120+ countries 123,000+ attendees to date Average of 10 new ventures created

Global Social Media Stats: • 23 million impressions from our global Twitter Account • 52 million impressions via our global Facebook Page • 700,000 to 1 million impressions per event hashtag

Global Sponsors:

Local Reach 2013 Austin Startup Weekend: • 100+ Participants Anticipated For 2014: • 60 to 80 Participants • Visible to 900+ TechShop Austin-Round Rock members

Past Austin Sponsors:

Social Media Reach:

• 152,000 Facebook fans • 91,000 Twitter followers • 100,000 Newsletter subscribers

Who Attends? See who last year’s speakers, judges and mentors were at:

• Hardware Engineers • CAD/CAM Designers • Software Engineers • Robotics Engineers

• Up & Coming Entrepreneurs • UI/UX Designers

• Online Marketers • Maker Community Leaders

…and More

Why TechShop? TechShop is a membership-based, DIY workshop and fabrication studio that provides members with access to tools and equipment, software, instruction, and a community of creative and supportive people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make.

TechShop offers classes, workshops and instruction and meet-ups for people of all ages and skill levels in an innovative, supportive, and vibrant community.

Why Sponsor Startup Weekend? ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT Play a vital role in the development of your local economy by supporting endeavors for job creation, creativity and community growth. MAJOR REACH We have one of the world' largest global communities of entrepreneurs and leaders. Your reach for advertising and marketing opportunities extend on a local and global level. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Send members of your team so they gain a full understanding of a successful business process. Prototyping, market validation, manufacturing strategy, branding, sales, and more. VALIDATION Reach entrepreneurs from a variety of industry backgrounds (developers, designers, business, teachers, architects etc.) who could contribute to your platform and use your services. Also, witness firsthand how these entrepreneurs are using your product or service.

Supporting today's forward thinkers - tomorrow's leaders.

What We Can Offer $500 Silver (Meal) •Company name/logo listed on • Thank you & recognition during the meal you sponsor •Opportunity to display a sign or banner on the food table •Hand out materials, swag, and/or other related materials •Option to pay food vendors directly •Two tickets to the event

$1,000 Gold •Identified in all media materials for Startup Weekend •Company name/logo listed on •Thank you & recognition during Startup Weekend event •Opportunity to hang banners at the event •Hand out materials, swag and/or other related materials •Two tickets to the event

$2,500 Platinum •Custom survey of the startup community (we can create survey and produce report) •Invitation for a guest blog post on •Offer a prize to an individual via raffle/vote. (e.g. iPhone, netbook, software) •All benefits of Gold Sponsorship •Three tickets to the event

$5,000 Premier •Invitation to address the attendees for 3 minutes •Invited to set up a booth for your product/service during the event •Guest blog post on Startup Global homepage! •All benefits of Platinum Sponsorship •Four tickets to the event

We are a 501(c)3 charity -- your sponsorship is tax deductible.

Thanks for considering a sponsorship with Startup Weekend! For more information contact Richard Knight and Sam Spetalnick

Austin Hardware Startup Weekend - June 13-15  
Austin Hardware Startup Weekend - June 13-15