44 Responses

  1. Awesome, it is exactly what the Startup Weekend needed to have a more effective impact in newer communities. Thank you.

  2. This is really great Steve. Thank you!

  3. Hey Steve – Entrepreneur is spelled incorrectly on the homepage of the nexxt website (swnext[dot]org).

    Would love to incorporate startupplays.com in this program.

  4. So, is this aimed as a “Start Up Crash Course”? If so, this may be helpful and save me time.

    Jensen Vang Tickko.com

    Sent from my iPhone

  5. You the man steve, I look smart by repeating what you say :)

  6. Fantastic! Will this also include physical channel startups? Would love to get involved! Foodcubator, Inc.

  7. Steve – curious as to why Excelerate Labs is listed as a pre-accelerator. It looks like they self-identify as an accelerator, more similar to Techstars and Y-Combinator.

    (maybe there’s another Excelerate Labs, not the one in Chicago?)

    • Nick,
      The definitions have been fuzzy over the last few years as these programs emerge.
      One of things that are beginning to differentiate “accelerators” from pre-accelerators is whether they offer funding at the end of the program.
      For now, my definition is that if they don’t offer funding they’re not an accelerator. (Happy to see someone else take a crack at the taxonomy.)


      • I would draw a line in the point when you need to commit full time or not. In newer startup communitites there is a real need for part time programs, since there aren’t many success stories out there there’s a lot of uncertainty and fear in quitting your day job when you have no idea of how to build a business and probably bootstrap it.

        And yes, probably you won’t get any funding at the end if you haven’t committed fulltime, but you’ll be closer, and who knows you may even have traction and revenue :)

        I see it as something between the “entrepreneur for a day” of Startup Weekend and the fulltime entrepreneur.

      • Got it, thanks for the clarification!

  8. The world still doesn’t know all that much about entrepreneurship, but some of the things we do know are being made accessible which is so exciting for us. While we won’t be able to scale Steve himself around the globe, this model will deliver Steve’s curriculum in a highly effective, experiential way in communities around the world.

    Thank you for the post Steve and all of your help putting this program together! Looking forward to seeing everyone else at an event.

  9. Great! We need one (or more)in Spain!! We need a lot of entrepreneurs!! (over 5.570.000. :-)

  10. […] samarbejde, som skal munde ud i en hel ny type Startup-accelerator. Planen er over 4 uger at få over 10,000 virksomheder verden over igennem […]

  11. […] morning Steve Blank announced an “Experiential Entrepreneurial Education” program (called Startup Weekend […]

  12. This is just the beginning, we’ll learn more and more by addressing such a high volume of entrepreneurs! +1 thanks a lot to Steve / Udacity / Startup America and Techstars for supporting us. See you all at the NEXT event :)

  13. Steve,
    I am an Austrian entrepreneur in the health care space, part of the Udacity community and have been following the development of the Lean Launch Pad now for more than a year. I am really excited about the recent developments and would like to establish the Startup Weekend Next in Vienna, Austria. Austria needs more entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs using the right technology to get their businesses started.
    Could you please let me know who would be the person(s) to talk so that I can establish this effort over here.
    Thanks for your support.

  14. Steve,

    Absolutely awesome idea, thanks for continuing to pour your time into this. iCorps was unquestionably the best startup educational program I’ve had a chance to participate in and the structure and length of this program will help spread the meme wider.

    I’ve had a chance to work with some of the accelerators and investors here over the past few months; this type of program fills a much-needed gap in the ecosystem.

    I moved to Beijing, China this year and will start doing the ground work for organizing a Next program here next year.

    Will be back in Silicon Valley in early December, happy to help you out with anything while I’m in town.

  15. Excellent. This is a really exciting evolution, Steve! Scaling to the next level!!

  16. Just signed up to be a facilitator. You do need to photoshop a token girl in your Shake the World logo. Thanks.

    • Amy,

      I was happy to be able to just be barely competent enough to put the logos on the old Soviet propaganda poster.
      How about you be my official photoshop expert for the next image I do!

  17. I have a rubric to grade my students. Take a gander and let me know what you think, please https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Xa_kick7R8zAxxfV3KbqGKWueOB9KA23DSZ7CZByjX4/edit

  18. steve blank = genius

  19. […] 10,000 Startups – Startup Weekend Next (steveblank.com) […]

  20. […] out the post here.  Enjoy and […]

  21. Steve, Do you have plan to do this in Nashville, TN or Chattanooga, TN ?

    Sent from my iPad

    • Brij,

      That’s up to you. Startup Weekend Next requires 30 participants and a volunteer organizer and facilitator.

      See here.


  22. Steve, this looks great. How many people (which roles) do you recommend for the minimum viable team for Startup Weekend Next? Looks like you have one on deck for Denver, Colorado.

  23. Steve,

    We are a the biggest technical institution in Brazil with more than 2 million people trained by year. We want to foster entrepreneurship in a nationwide basis in our institution:

    How we can:

    1) Translate the material
    2) Use your platform with some volume discount
    3) Hire you as an advisor / coach?



  24. “Oh great… more content”, thought I, “Who’s going to be able to deliver on that promise. Let’s just take a wee peek.” Wrong! Just signed up. Awesome. Thanks Steve.

  25. Steve,   I am confused on how you are rolling this out.  I am interested in attending the class in San Francisco.  I was watching the list to register and the list went away.  What do I do now??  Can I still attend?   Jennifer


  26. 1. How different is the environment for start-up entrepreneurs in California cities than it is in NYC? There is always the image that entrepreneurship in the California cities is more glamorous. Younger, hipper, experimental, digital nomads, easier access to capital, board meeting in pajamas and so on. In your experience, is it necessarily true? I’m in NYC and the mind wonders.

    2. It seems as though the explanation of Startup Weekend Next could be simplified/clarified a bit. The impression is that it is going to be awesome(lots of content), but for some reason it is hard to understand what the roles/responsibilities are, what the course includes and so on. Also there seems to be strict requirements for organizers.(no nyc event yet) Somehow it is just difficult to understand. This is just be my take on it looking at the website. I am without coffee this evening.

  27. Steve,
    Thanks for inspiring and educating a lot of entrepreneurs. We would like to participate in Startup Weekend Next, from Chennai, India. How can we do that?


  28. Thanks Steve. Appreciate such a quick response.

  29. Hi,

    Just a suggestion, but could you setup a mailing list for new events? As you know a startup life is busy and I wouldn’t want to miss an event in Sydney

  30. Steve – is this happening in SFO ??? we would like to attend

  31. […] Startup Weekend Next – Steve Blank’s new “pre-accelerator” program is going to be a game changer.   I’m organizing Startup Weekend Next Beijing early next year. […]

  32. Hi Steve,

    I would like to recommend your Startup class to my Spanish speaking colleagues. Is there a time-frame for when the material will be made available in Spanish?


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