Building a vibrant, interconnected European startup community
Empowering, connecting and amplifying the efforts of grassroots community leaders
A non-profit dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship,
grassroots leadership, and strong communities.
We are on a mission to make the world a more innovative and prosperous
place, one community at a time. We believe that entrepreneurs are critical to
driving a strong global economy and a better world. We do our part by
supporting the grassroots leaders who are at the core of every strong
An Entrepreneurial World
The Greatest Force Advancing Human Welfare.
We believe that entrepreneurs are the leading drivers of prosperity, jobs, and innovation. Without
entrepreneurship, we would cease to move forward within our local economies and in our world.
With this belief at the core of our organization, we strive to support entrepreneurs and the
communities that allow them to thrive in any way we can.
Our journey began in 2007 when Andrew Hyde developed the concept of Startup Weekend in
Boulder, Colorado. In 2009, Marc Nager, Clint Nelson, and Franck Nouyrigat acquired the brand and
decided to operate as a non-profit with the goal of exposing more people to the transformative
power of entrepreneurship. Since then, we've become a global presence in over 500 cities and
we've catalyzed the entrepreneurial journey of over 150,000 aspiring innovators.
Now that we’ve grown and watched the entrepreneurial movement unfold, we aim to help create
and sustain strong communities through programs, resources, and a powerful network of leaders.
Who We Are
A world in which every person has the opportunity to experience
and become an entrepreneur.
Improve the global human condition by amplifying the efforts of
startup community leaders and their ability to create and sustain
flourishing entrepreneurial communities around the world.
Vision and Mission
Impact 1,000 cities by 2016
"Startup Weekend has created a brilliant
model that combines the ability to inspire
and ignite the entrepreneurial spirit with the
opportunity to roll up one’s sleeves to
execute and launch. They’re having real
impact in cities across the globe, teaching
aspiring entrepreneurs to be risk takers and
innovators. Startup Weekend enables
individuals to step up and be local leaders
in their communities while being part of the
broader global Startup Weekend community.
It’s fantastic, and we’re excited about this
passion that’s spreading all over the world"
- Mary Grove, Google
You can also innovate in big corporations
Startup Weekend at Coca-Cola
"At Coca-Cola, we believe that
entrepreneurs walk among us, and that
large organizations must embrace startup
skills to continue to be successful in a
- Carie Davis, global innovation director
For three days in June, 100 Coca-Cola associates in
Atlanta gathered to pitch ideas, form teams based on a
shared passion and mindset, and launch an idea. Teams
focused on creating a viable business model, building
prototypes to validate ideas with real customers, and
refining a pitch for a panel of judges.
Global Board of Directors
We’re on a mission to change the world, and just
crazy enough to believe that we can.
Action-oriented programs that power every step of the entrepreneurial journey.
The world’s starting point for
Pitch an idea, form a team, and become part of the world’s
largest entrepreneurial community in 54 hours. Startup
Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and
entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and
empower individuals, teams and communities.
Validate Your Business and Build a
Accelerate your customer development through an
experiential curriculum for aspiring founders. "Learn by
doing" alongside other entrepreneurs with hands-on
workshops and experienced skilled mentors who have
been there and done that.
A curated source for everything
entrepreneurial in your community.
Stay connected to people, events, and opportunities in
over 300 cities around the world, or subscribe to topical
reading lists for a curated selection of the best articles in
the global startup community.
What People are Saying
President of the United
States of America
When you’re free to have your own ideas,
pursue your dreams, start you own
businesses, server your communities, it
isn’t just good for your nations; it means
more prosperity and progress for us all. It’s
the same daring spirit that brings us
together to meet other challenges as well,
from hunger, to health to climate change.
In partnership with UP Global, we will help
support 500,000 new entrepreneurs and
their startups around the world.
What People are Saying
Startup Weekend is a global
phenomenon that has attracted and
encouraged a new generation of
entrepreneurs. Startup Weekend
has changed the world.
Founder and CEO of TechStars
It’s amazing to see what Startup
Weekend provides for individuals
and communities on an event
level, but the global community
that has been created as a result of
recurring events around the world
has resulted in an organization
with endless potential to be the
starting point not just for any
but also to ﬁnd a support system
in any community from which
they can grow and continue to
learn as an entrepreneur.
Managing Director at the
Foundrygroup and Author
Like Prometheus bringing ﬁre,
Startup Weekend provides
entrepreneurs worldwide with
hands-on training on how to build
and run startups,. These classes
range from a weekend of learning
how to work with a team on an idea
to a 5-week intensive program on
how to actually build a startup.
Startup Weekend is bringing
ﬁre to entrepreneurial
Author and Entrepreneur
Having participated as a judge at
the ﬁrst event in downtown Las
Vegas, I’ve been fortunate to be
part of the magic that a Startup
Weekend can create. The events
can be an amazing starting point
for anyone who wants to build
on an idea in a safe but action-
centered environment where
anyone and everyone can get
feedback on their ﬁrst steps. I’ve
watched the local downtown Vegas
startup scene accelerate its growth
as a result of Startup Weekend and
the vital role it can play in bringing
ideas and people together.
Zappos.com CEO and
These apps that people are creating
are not only helping people in all
kinds of ways -- they are generating
40,000 jobs in London alone.
Congratulations to the Telegraph
and the brilliant Startup Weekend.
Every one of those ideas seems
like a winner.
The Mayor of London
Europe Board of Advisors
Head of Google for
Entrepreneurs in Europe
President, UP Global
VP of Growth, UP Global
Startup Weekend Impact
Impact in life
65% Report SW had a substantial
impact on your life 1 year after
90% Continue working on startup
related stuff with someone at this
11% of teams will still be alive after
38% of attendees get at least one
job offer via the event
25% will change their career or
become a ‘full-time entrepreneur’
with in a year
27% attend startup weekend more
2013 Events & Programs:
Annual Volunteer Hours:
Offline Reach180 Different Cities
UP Europe is about building and strengthening existing
and new communities.
60.000 Startup Digest Subscribers
Sharing and providing curated information about
entrepreneurship and events around Europe.
Empowering people to become leaders and to give
back to their communities.
Goals for 2014
entrepreneurs at heart.
A continent of entrepreneurial
people, presenting many
opportunities and needs. Europe
has a rapidly growing startup
ecosystem that needs to be
developed with the help of strong
Why UP Europe?