Techstars' Startup Changemakers Richmond

Startup Weekend is a three-day program where aspiring entrepreneurs experience startup life. It is a creative and collaborative educational event over a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. 

Open to the public, anyone can develop and pitch new startup ideas. From executive product owners to independent inventors, all are welcome. The weekend includes creating a business model, validating it with potential customers, and competing within a supportive community. This global event series is led by Techstars, event sponsors, and affiliates. 

Techstars is a global investment business that provides access to capital, one-on-one mentorship, a worldwide network, and customized programming for early-stage entrepreneurs.  

  • Techstars has invested in 3,700 early-stage startups. 
  • Venture portfolio with a market capitalization of $8.1 billion. 
  • Startup Weekends have been held over 7000 times in over 150 countries. 
  • Attracting 19,000 community leaders and reaching over 428,000 entrepreneurs. 
  • Engaging an array of stakeholders – government agencies, universities, and nonprofits. 

Community engagement and experiential learning are vital to the mission of the University of Richmond. This collaboration is a part of our broader effort to “enhance and grow meaningful opportunities for engagement in our city, region and the world.” 

Innovation and entrepreneurship are vital aspects of both student learning and our regional economy. Advancing this public event demonstrates our continued commitment to product development, business growth, job creation, income mobility, and cooperation across the agencies and organizations supporting entrepreneurs. 

Techstars Startup Weekend Richmond will be held March 22 - 24, 2024 at the Robins School of Business. Techstars’ sponsors include GoDaddy, Brex, and LinkedIn.  

Organizations interested in serving as Delivery Partners – those stakeholders sending participants and mentors with new venture experience, as well as organizations interested in contributing as Event Sponsors should contact Dale Fickett at

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