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Las Cruces, New Mexico (Former Mesilla Valley Hospice Administration Offices)

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Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups!

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

Why attend Startup Weekend Las Cruces?

Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to our Startup Weekend! Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top eight:

Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.

Co-Founder Dating:
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.

Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.

    Actually launch a business:
    Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

    Get face time with thought leaders:
    Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.

    Save money & get stuff:
    Startup Weekends typically cost between $75 and $150 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the coffee you can drink.

    Join a global community:
    Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.

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Nov 15
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Nov 17
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Judging & awards
  • Dinner
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Jason LaDere

Co-Founder & CTO at Ziippi   |   LinkedIn

Jose Rodriguez

Co-Founder of ROJO Ink

Gold Sponsors
Silver Sponsors

Beto Pallares

AdVenture Capitalist, President & CEO at Joseph Advisory Services LLC   |   LinkedIn

Andy Krafsur

Entrepreneur, CEO at Spira Footwear   |   LinkedIn

Carolyn Wincer

Head of Travel & Tourism Development at Virgin Galactic

Jason LaDere

Co-Founder & CTO at Ziippi   |   LinkedIn


John Mierzwa


Luke Nogales


Estela Hartley


E. Troy Tudor


Leah Messina


Jose Luis Carrillo


Jose Rodriguez

Contributing Sponsors
Zetdi Runyan Sloan
Leonor Arevalo
Tori Barron
Griselda T. Martinez
Christine Logan
Isaac Harder
Chris Lang
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