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November 17, 2023 | 8:00 am - November 19, 2023 | 5:00 pm

JOIN US¬†for a transformative weekend of entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity at Durham’s Techstars StartUp Weekend focused on Sustainability.

In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows and pressure that make up life as a startup. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors, Investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help YOU get started. Your community Is here to help you!


Open to all community members in Durham, If you have an Idea that will affect a Sustainable change In the Human, Environmental, Social, or Economic condition, techstars Startup Weekend Is for YOU. This event is designed for anyone who has a passion for creating innovative solutions to pressing sustainability challenges. Startup Weekend is a three-day program where aspiring entrepreneurs can experience startup life.

No Ideas? No Worries. Join a Team and work with them!


Taking place from November 17-19, 2023, this event will be hosted by Knox St. Studios & foundit by Duke Engineering. As one of the world’s leading academic and research institutions, Duke University has a unique prowess for driving innovation. This event will provide an excellent opportunity for participants to tap into the resources and expertise of Duke’s vibrant innovation ecosystem. During this exciting weekend, participants will work alongside a diverse group of entrepreneurs, innovators, and experts to develop and refine their business ideas.


Your ticket will grant you access to:

  • Hands-on activities aimed at providing participants with the tools and resources they need to launch their own Sustainability startup
  • A Restorative breakout activity,
  • A dope industry kick back event on Saturday night
  • Lots and lots of good food and coffee!
  • Access to people making big footprints in the industry

We request a small donation (See tickets) so that you have some “skin” In the game, AND to ensure we can keep these events going for future Innovators and disrupters just like you! But don’t worry, you’ll get some swag!

Participants will also have the opportunity to work closely with experienced mentors, who will provide guidance and support as they develop their ideas. The weekend will culminate in a pitch competition, where participants will have the chance to present their business ideas to a panel of expert judges, and investors and compete for valuable prizes.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in the world of Sustainability, entrepreneurship, community, and innovation at this Techstars StartUp Weekend. Join us from Nov 17-19, 2023, and take the first step towards turning your innovative ideas into a reality!

Meet Our Awesome Facilitator: Austin Lopesilvero (He/Him): StoryBrand Certified Guide & Creative Swiss Army Knife | Community Builder & Connector | Business Made Simple Certified Coach

As the founder of Aspen Studios, Austin helps organizations craft compelling stories that connect with their audiences and drive results. He is a StoryBrand Certified Guide with over 10 years of experience in creative, marketing, and content strategy. Austin has worked with diverse clients, from startups to nonprofits, to create engaging and impactful digital and social media campaigns, websites, videos, and podcasts. Austin has also been a lead organizer and facilitator for several Techstars Startup Weekends.


November 17, 2023 | 8:00 am
November 19, 2023 | 5:00 pm
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