54 is a 3-day event where students from different backgrounds come together to form teams and launch a successful startup. No experience required. Just bring yourself, some friends and good ideas. Food and drinks will be provided.
54 is open to all majors and ages. We strongly believe that entrepreneurship isn’t tied to a major – anyone with a passion to solve a problem can build a startup.
We will be sending out acceptances on a rolling basis until the application deadline, which is Friday, September 15th.
You can still attend 54 even if you don’t pitch an idea; however, the exchange of ideas is what makes 54 great! We highly encourage brainstorming ideas. We want to be inspired by your passion!
Think of problems that you personally face every day or see in your community and how you would solve those! We also encourage practicing your pitch! Also, tell your friends and check out our Facebook event and social media links to get updates. :)
No. 54 is about building startups from the ground up.
Depending on the number of ideas pitched, you may be able to pitch two ideas.
No problem! You can still join a team and participate.
Absolutely. Just come up to one of the staff members and they can share them with you.
54 is a startup weekend where ideas are turned into a reality. Attendees come in on Friday and pitch ideas, form teams, and learn how to turn their ideas into a business with mentors' guidance over the course of the weekend.
54 builds strong friendships and sustainable businesses that last even after the event is over. Startups are powered aircrafts, not projectiles.
Cash Prizes: The top three teams will walk away with some money to help turn their idea into a reality.
Dinner: The top teams get a networking dinner with our sponsors.
Real Startups: Some of our past winners include Amber Waves, Mymetrics, and FreeSkies.
Absolutely! We will have a constant supply of snacks, coffee, and food – you take care of your startup, we will take care of you.
Yes! We want you to have fun and be fueled with your ideas and enthusiasm to bring your idea to fruition, thus, we provide space, food and drinks so you can make the most of the weekend. But at the same time, we encourage sleep!
Awesome! 54 is the perfect place to meet team members that can help bring your idea to life. Practice and do your research; no presentation slides please – you will have 60 seconds to convince attendees to join your team!
Yet! But bring a unique perspective :) Teams will need designers, developers, marketers, and you!
We provide cash prizes and a network so you have direction and motivation to continue working on your startup! However, learning how a company is started with your team and mentors is still a great experience and side project, as we understand that not everybody can commit to their own company full-time.
They’ve gone on to win the Cozad New Venture Competition, participate in startup accelerators, and been accepted to the Lightspeed Venture Partners Summer Fellowship in Menlo Park, CA, receiving space and funding.
Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We highly encourage forming teams at the event.
Check-in starts at 6 PM on Friday, September 22nd. The event ends at 6 PM on Sunday, September 24th, with the networking dinner for finalists at 6:30 PM.
Passion and excitement :D But a laptop and laptop charger should be enough!