6 Startup Weekend Success Stories


Leading up to Little Rock Startup Weekend, many people have asked us about the success that can be found from participating over the weekend.

For me: the answer is easy. It was life changing. I tasted the startup hustle at Startup Weekend Kansas City in 2011 and led me to working at the current startup I’m building at called Dwolla.

But for others it’s not just about personal growth. People want to know their idea can thrive in a constructive climate, that people want to build on that idea, and that the market validates the idea. Startup Weekend is that kind of space.

Out of hundreds of SW events, 35% of teams stay together after the event to keep building.  Ultimately, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd places don’t matter. Execution is what separates the great ideas from the great teams.

To get your mental juices flowing, here’s a quick list of a few teams that have gone from building at Startup Weekend, to actually seeing success in the marketplace:

Zapier – Startup Weekend Columbia, MO, 2011 The Zapier Story

DivShot – Startup Weekend Kansas City, 2012, Recently raised 1.1M seed round

Truckily – Startup Weekend Kansas City, 2012, Accepted into The ARK Challenge 2012

CloudMine – Startup Weekend Philly, 2011, The CloudMine Story

LaunchRock – Startup Weekend Philly, 2011, Launchrock lands on TechCrunch 3 days after SW

RecBob – Startup Weekend Iowa City, 2011, Just accepted into Nike’s Accelerator

FindMyTrain – Startup Weekend Phoenix, 2012, Post-SW success in Phoenix


We look forward to building with you next weekend! Make sure to send your friends to buy tickets ASAP!

–The Little Rock Startup Weekend Team