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Techstars Startup Weekend

Our most popular three day in-person event is back, this time with inspiring sponsor techstars!

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Learn how to think, work, and build like a startup in just 3 days. Techstars Startup Weekend is an exciting and immersive foray into the world of startups. Over an action-packed weekend, you’ll meet the very best mentors, investors, co-founders and sponsors to show you how to get more done faster - and maybe even start that Business.

Come with, or without a business or social enterprise idea, join a team and startup in just three days. This high-energy weekend will give you a fast-track experience of turning your ideas into reality. Perfect for all student and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh.

Meet like-minded people, learn new skills and have something to add to the CV. Learn how to test your idea and have a go at starting up. You’ll have business advisers, student ambassadors and our strong entrepreneurial community to help you along the way.

It’s completely free and we’ll feed you for the whole weekend.

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Why not try the Startup Basics and the Startup Builder?

These two workshops are very similar to the Techstars Startup Weekend. Come along to Startup Basics to take your startup idea, no matter how early and we'll help you get it into shape and the Startup Builder will help you develop further. 

Find out more and book the Startup Basics and/or the Startup Builder now 


What to expect

Those with startup ideas will pitch them to the group, you’ll join a team you like the sound of best and work together over the weekend to make it happen. This weekend will help you learn about the foundational elements of starting a business or social enterprise.

  • Day 1Get into teams and start building something incredible.
  • Day 2All about validating your idea and making sure you are building something people want. You’ll also have plenty of team working time to make good progress on your business.
  • Day 3 This is the final day! Learn how to best pitch your idea and present your idea to our panel of judges. This is followed by celebratory drinks and networking.

This year we have partnered with University of Edinburgh Schools, including the Business School, Edinburgh Earth Initiative, Edinburgh Futures Institute and the School of Engineering.  

Who can attend?

All current students and recent alumni (two years post-graduation) from the University of Edinburgh.

You don’t need any experience in enterprise to take part, the event works best when we have a mix of students from all courses and backgrounds.

Time commitment

The event is taking place Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th March 2023. 


  • Friday: 5pm – 9.30pm
  • Saturday: 9am – 10pm
  • Sunday: 9am – 8pm

Only book if you can attend the whole weekend

Where is it?

Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS 

What to bring?

We'll have plenty of materials such as flip chart paper and marker pens but you may wish to bring your own tools to get the most out of the experience, such as:

  • Laptops 
  • Mobiles
  • Camera
  • Chargers 
  • Creative tools (Lego, playdough, additional coloured pens)
  • Prototyping materials (some teams have build models for their demos)
  • Hoodie/jumper - make sure you're comfortable  

Please feel free to bring along anything else that is likely to help you be creative and productive. We will have lots of food and snacks on offer throughout the weekend but please do bring along your own if you think you might get hungry. 

If you have any additional questions contact Jack at 

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Can't make it? Why not try...

Startup Basics - workshop 

You have a startup idea, what now? Come along to this event with your startup idea - no matter how early and we'll help get your idea into shape. We'll cover the Lean Canvas, value proposition  customer discovery, public speaking and validation. For all students and recent graduates from the University of Edinburgh. Multiple dates available. 

Find out more and book now


Startup Builder - workshop 

Build, develop, grow. Develop your startup idea further and learn more about making a prototype, an MVP, pitching, building a team and setting SMART goals. For all students and recent alumni from the University of Edinburgh. Multiple dates available. 

Find out more and book now 


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