Unite. Explore. Launch.
Launch Weekend is the only homegrown event for new ideas in Tri-Cities. We live in a place full of smart people and great ideas, but so many are waiting for "Some Day" to get started. Are you tired of waiting for "Some Day"?
Well, "Some Day" is now officially March 31st, 2017!
You'll find a great idea you love, then see what you can do in one weekend to make it real. We've seen products, businesses, non-profits, and movements through Launch Weekend. We're here to find the most diverse people and the most diverse ideas. Anyone can pitch an idea on Friday night - including YOU if you have one - making Launch Weekend the place for turning ideas into action overnight.
You'll help build the future you want to be apart of by choosing the next generation of ideas that sprout and take root in your community. The Tri-Cities Launch event series been able to have:
- 7 Big Events With Countless Small Ones
- Over 130 Ideas Kicked Off In Style
- Over 430 People Inspired & Connected
This is your chance to join in and see what we can do together having fun along the way. With 3 unforgettable days, 7 meals, a T-Shirt, and a brand new community waiting for you - Launch Weekend is ready for you! Are you ready?
The event starts at 5PM on Friday and ends on Sunday.
While the total end-to-end duration is 54 hours, you get to choose your own schedule for the weekend as long as you attend the opening team formation (6PM to 9PM Friday) and final "Demo Dinner" (5PM to 9PM Sunday). All the time in-between is for researching, validating, and working on your team's idea.
Friday: Unite - 5PM to 9PM
Friday night turns strangers into teams. After a quick dinner at 6PM, anyone can pitch an idea in 60 seconds (no slides). Voting guides team formation - or bring your own team - and everyone gets to work finding their path forward until the venue closes.
Saturday: Explore - 9AM to 9PM
All day Saturday gives teams time to explore their idea. Each team defines the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) for the weekend, find the market that's hungry for their idea, and capture their progress. They have access to mentors to help overcome roadblocks (legal, technical, etc), plus breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Sunday: Launch - 9AM to 9PM
Sunday puts teams in front of the world. After finishing what they can all morning and afternoon, with breakfast and lunch provided, the final event is a the "Demo Dinner". Anyone from the community can come watch as the teams pitch to the world. A combination of popular, real-time voting and judging panel determines the top 3 teams of the weekend.
In special partnership with WSU Tri-Cities, we've been able to also cut the price in half for students and faculty (higher education or high school, 18+ only).
We all believe in the vision of making Tri-Cities a world-class place for startups and small business, so please take the opportunity we have created.
Weekend Events Since 2013
Launch Weekend follows a local tradition of bringing people together to make new ideas into reality. Originally, this weekend event was presented using the international format known as "Startup Weekend" to promote rapid-prototyping of business ideas.
As time went on, we realized the needs of Tri-Cities were different. We wanted to include every idea - especially those Startup Weekend might label as "only small businesses" or "only social action" - into the mix, because entrepreneurship is for everyone. We want every idea - from business to art, and culture - mix in one place.