Event starts
Friday, April 22, 2022
At 5:30 pm


Seneca One
1 Seneca Street
Buffalo, NY, 14203


General admission – $40
Student admission – $20

Have an idea or a problem but don’t know where to start?

Buffalo startup weekend is for the dreamers, the builders, the adventurous. For those who strive to see their visions go from idea to reality!

During this weekend you will immerse yourself in a community of entrepreneurs, learn from leaders and work with a team to build dreams.

For those bold enough to leap, a new opportunity awaits!

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You’ll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.

Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. 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. You’ll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.


Buffalo Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:

  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend

  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors

  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world

  • All the internet and coffee you can consume

  • A t-shirt to commemorate the event


Friday, April 22, 2022Saturday, April 23, 2022Sunday, April 24, 2022
5:30 pm – Registration & Networking Hour
Arrive at the venue and check in
9:00 am – Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
9:00 am – Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
7:00 pm – Dinner
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches,
get to know fellow participants
9:30 am – Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up
workspace for the weekend
10:00 am – Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity
to ask questions
7:20 pm – Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and
introduce speakers, coaches, and
community leaders
12:00 pm – Lunch12:00 pm – Lunch
7:30 pm – Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch
1:00 pm – Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports,
call for help
12:30 pm – Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
9:00 pm – Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches
2:00 pm – Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one.
They are here to help!
3:00 pm – Presentation Prep
& Tech Check

Final hours of work time should be
focused on perfecting your
presentation, tech-check for final
presentations also takes place
9:15 pm – Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing
6:30 pm – Dinner4:00 pm – Final Presentations
10:00 pm – Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an
inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct
about what resources and skills are
needed for the weekend. You may stay
and work as late as the venue will allow
7:30 pm – Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports,
call for help
5:00 pm – Judging & Awards
10:00 pm – Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay
and work as late as the venue will allow
5:30 pm – Wrap-Up
6:00 pm – Go Home!

Sponsors & Partners

Premier Sponsors


Platinum Sponsors


Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors


Organizing Team

Jordan Walbesser

Jordan Walbesser

Dan Abbotoy

Dan Abbotoy

Venture Herd
David Brenner

David Brenner

Brandon Sanzo

Brandon Sanzo

Yamu Media
Vinko Pavlovic

Vinko Pavlovic

Yamu Media
Megan Baldi

Megan Baldi

ZiZo Technologies
Asif Hossain

Asif Hossain


Interested in being a judge, mentor or sponsor?

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