CoMo Events: Start Up Weekend

Since opening this past Spring, The League of Innovators has proved to be much more than a co-working space. Through their events they have brought new ideas and connections to the Columbia business community and have turned The LOI into an ideas lab. Now they are taking that to the next level by hosting a Startup Weekend in Columbia.


Startup Weekend is the unique chance to start a business in two days.  It’s a hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs can not only find out if startup ideas are viable but also find the mentoring and team they need to make that business succeed. The weekend begins with open mic pitches on Friday where attendees share their best ideas and hope to inspire others to join their team. A vote is taken and the top ideas are worked on over Saturday and Sunday. The focuses include customer development, idea validation, LEAN Startup Methodologies and producing a minimal viable product. Mentors are available to help guide the teams. Here is the schedule for Columbia’s Startup Weekend.


This will be a chance to immerse yourself in the world of entrepreneurship and to network with the community that the League of Innovators has built. Plus possibly be part of a new business. Over 36% of Startup Weekend businesses are still going strong 3 months after being formed. Consider this fantasy camp for the innovation set.


Convinced? Register here. Tickets are only $75 until August 31st. That includes all events, meals, access to resources and mentors, and a book from O’Reilly Media. And coffee, lots and lots of coffee.


Not convinced? Check out these eight reasons to attend from the Columbia StartUp Weekend Site (adapted from the Startup Weekend official site):

1. Education:
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go. Learn from mentor and Inc. 500 triple recipient Brant Bukowsky at Startup Weekend Columbia!

2. Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor. Brent Beshore, on the judges panel, is always looking for companies to invest in under his company AdVentures.

3. Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with. This is way less awkward than speed dating.

4. Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are prefect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different. Our speaker Tim Miles will challenge you all to learn new skills and use them strategically.

5. Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend. Columbia is an amazing place to launch a startup because of the incredible talent we consistently get from the Universities and the low cost of living.

6. Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community. Check out the mentor/judges/speakers lists to see what amazing people you can connect with.

7.Save money & get stuff:
Startup Weekends cost between $75 and $99 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our global sponsors, a book from O’Reilly Media and all the coffee you can drink. ALL MEALS ARE FREE!

8. Join a global community:
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world. Columbia is one of the smaller cities hosting Startup Weekend, and we are honored to be included in this amazing organization. Join us!


Want a ticket for free? The League of Innovators is giving one reader of The COMO Collective a ticket to the event. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling them why you want to attend. Winner will be chosen at random a week from today.


  1. Thanks for the great article Kate! We are excited for Startup Weekend and can not wait to hear the great ideas!

  2. Nice to see things like this happening in Columbia! I’m interested in going, sounds like fun!

  3. My current gig has me working from home with a company in KC, and while it’s good, nothing beats closely working in-person with people. I would love to be able to attend Start Up Weekend to get a little taste of that energy again.

  4. I’d like to go, if for nothing else to at least gather some ideas and knowledge about building a business so I can implement them later in my own business.

  5. What a neat idea! Even though I have a handful of businesses, I’d love to come to gain inspiration and ideas!

  6. I am really excited for start up weekend and would like to go to learn more about building a business. As a student I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work with a bunch of different people from different background and learn some new skills.

  7. Stephen Douglas says:

    This looks exciting. An opportunity to network and be collaborative is always a good thing.

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