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 28th.
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. :)
Yes! This year we'll be accepting in-progress startups. You won't be eligible for normal prizes, but if our Microgrants committee likes your pitch, you may receive a microgrant up to $500 from Founders.
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. Send us a message and we can share some past slide decks 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'll take care of you.
Nope. You won't need to work overnight to get things done, and we believe people do their best work when they take care of themselves.
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 members from many different backgrounds!
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 on its own, and 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, participated in fellowships, and raised funding.
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We highly encourage forming teams at the event to gain new perspectives, though you're free to bring friends and stick together.
Check-in starts at 6 PM on Friday, October 5th. The event ends at 6 PM on Sunday, October 7th, with the networking dinner for finalists at 6:30 PM.
A laptop, charger, passion, and excitement!