startup weekend des moines



Weekend DSM

@Maple Studios

January 12 – 14, 2024

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What is startup weekend?

This in-person event is meant to bring together designers, developers, marketers and startup enthusiasts to share ideas, form teams and launch startups.

The event is open to the community – anyone who wants to be a founder, startup enthusiast, or learn about innovation through new ideas.

Day 1

Friday, January 12th 6pm – 8pm


Local pitch examples

Startup Ask Me Anything

Prep for pitches

Day 2

Saturday, January 13th 9am – 6pm

9am Announcements

9:30am Pitch fire commence!

10:30am Voting & team formation – work begins!

5pm Business Model Canvas

7pm Check-ins

Day 3

IN PERSON (subject to change)
Sunday, January 14th 8am – 6pm

Breakfast provided

Teams work uninterrupted from morning until mid-afternoon

Wrapping up their product/prototype and presentation

2pm, tech-checks and dry-run

3pm, community joins for networking

3:30pm, Pitch time!
Each team has 4 minutes to pitch and 2 minutes of Q&A from the judges

Top teams awarded prizes

How can I get involved?


Startup Weekend DSM is Friday January 12th to Sunday January 14th, 2024, featuring events, workshops, and parties.


Techstars Startup Weekend is powered by volunteers and anyone can get involved, regardless of background, experience, gender, age, skills, or ability.


This event wouldn’t be possible without all of our incredible sponsors supporting entrepreneurship in Des Moines! Find out more about sponsoring Startup Weekend DSM.

What is techstars?

Techstars is a global accelerator network that provides
early-stage startups with access to mentorship, funding,
and resources to help them succeed.

facilitator & judges

our mentors

Thank you to our Partners

Maple Studios

1207 Maple St, West Des Moines, IA 50265

January 12 - 14th, 2024

Friday 6:00 PM – Sunday 6:00 PM

Sunday 3:00 PM Pitches! (Open to the community)

Maple Studios
1207 Maple St,
West Des Moines, IA 50265

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