TU Student Launch Pad hosted its first Student Startup Weekend for student innovators
and entrepreneurs in spring 2016. Check back to learn how you can participate in the
The Student Startup Weekend is a weekend-long, hands-on experience where student entrepreneurs
from different majors and educational backgrounds work to develop a startup. From
initial pitches to development workshops, students are guided through the early stages
of building a startup by experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts from the Baltimore
On the final day, one promising startup wins $500 and is admitted into the Student
Launch Pad's "Launch Program" to continue growing their venture.
Student Startup Weekend Winners
The winners of our first Student Startup Weekend were Towson University students Marissa
Karahuta and Allison Guerra. Their company, Book Bait, networks students through textbooks.
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More about student startup weekend
Any student is eligible to participate. It doesn't matter if you are an education
major or a business major, just bring an open mind and a great idea.
Any undergraduate or graduate student from any Maryland college or university is eligible
Only Towson University students are eligible to receive prize money. (The competition award will be processed as a scholarship and processed through the
Financial Aid Office and Bursar’s Office. In the unlikely event that this award pushes
you beyond any of your total financial aid limits, your other aid may be reduced by
the amount of this award, which could leave with no net gain or loss from this award.)
The goal of this program is to find promising student startups and put them on track
to successfully launch their venture. Interested students should follow the link below
to register. A member of the Student Launch Pad team will then contact you to answer
any questions you may have about the weekend.
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Entrepreneurs and other industry experts with diverse insights are needed to serve
as Startup Coaches to guide students through the Startup Weekend process. Coaches
help students to look at their startups from different perspectives and help them
to navigate any road blocks they may hit in building, validating, or pitching their
ideas. Coaches are asked to attend the entirety of the event, or for multiple days.
However, we understand this is a great commitment. As such, coach slots are broken
into 4 hour blocks.
Schedule / Structure
Coaches are on-hand to advise and guide students through the entire process. During
group work times, entrepreneurs and other industry experts discuss customer development,
validation, creating an MVP, as well as business essentials (marketing, finance, prototyping,
business planning, legal).