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Startup Weekend for Impact Entrepreneurs


  • Berkshire Community College 343 Main Street Great Barrington, MA, 01230 United States (map)

Impact Entrepreneur and Techstars, in partnership with Google and 1Berkshire, are pleased to invite you to the first Startup Weekend for Impact Entrepreneurs

Turn Your Socially Impactful Idea Into a Business in 54 Hours at Startup Weekend

Do you have a Socially Impactful idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start? Even turn it into a business?  

Kick start your idea and change your life over the course of 54 hours at Techstar's Startup Weekend  for Impact Entrepreneurs.  Startup Weekend in Great Barrington, MA is designed for you to bring your social impact business idea or business concept to life.  We want you to come with your idea that can provide a measurable benefit to human and/or natural communities.  We welcome ideas across all social and environmental disciplines and technologies including environmental, sustainability, housing, food and agriculture, wellness, mindfulness, women's empowerment, education, technology, data, AI, healthcare, pollution, waste, climate and hunger.

What You Get in the Full Weekend Long Experience:

  • Learn from the best!  Impact Entrepreneur brings it's powerful network of world-class thought leaders and impact investors as your mentors, panelists and judges throughout the weekend.  

  • 54 hours of workshops, coaching, mentoring, panels and business building to fully develop and validate your social impact idea.  

  • Sound advice from expert panels on how to start a Socially Impactful business

  • The chance to pitch your idea and have it validated by an expert panel of judges and business leaders

  • The opportunity to work on a team of like-minded individuals and learn how to develop a business plan

  • Ideators come here to see your idea turn into a business

  • Develop your own professional network with other socially minded individuals and entrepreneurs

  • One-on-one consultations with experienced and amazing mentors who will guide you and give you feedback

  • How to validate and present your idea

  • ATTEND DEMO SUNDAY with the judges

  • Not selected: Learn how to work on a team building a business plan

  • Opportunities for valuable informal conversations with fellow participants and invited experts over 7 delicious meals throughout the weekend.  

  • All the internet and coffee you can consume

Who Should Attend:

  • Everyone who has an idea to make the world better.  No business experience required!  (We provide the mentors)  

  • People of all ages from Teen to Retired.

  • Innovators and Disruptors.

  • Serial Ideators!

  • Anyone who wants to work on a business (No idea or experience needed - just a willingness to work hard). 

  • Life-long learners.

  • Networkers who want to meet like-minded individuals and make new friends.

  • There are NO bad ideas.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of Energy! And a new idea!  Please note that this has to be a new idea, not an exiting business.

What will you do in the 54 hours of this weekend?

Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer.  

On Friday night you will pitch your own idea and/or listen to others.  Then vote on the most interesting ideas and then form teams for the weekend.  The teams will develop and validate your ideas and share them with the group and judges on DEMO SUNDAY.  

Why are we organizing this weekend?

We are long-time residents of the Berkshires, dedicated to our community with a desire to develop a thriving eco-system for entrepreneurs. This is a not-for-profit event designed to find the entrepreneur spirit in all of us.  

We aim to attract talented innovators and disruptors from around the Northeast and to establish Great Barrington and the Berkshires as a regional center for social and environmental innovation.

Impact Entrepreneur
 and Techstars Startup Weekend have combined to bring your socially impactful ideas to life at Startup Weekend for Impact Entrepreneurs.  If you have an idea that is great for individuals, the community or the environment this is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced and awesome social impact entrepreneurs and mentors, all in one weekend.