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Start-up Sandbox Weekend

"If you want impact, sometimes you have to build it yourself"

What if you had 36 hours to build a venture?

CEL is bringing you the chance to stretch your creative muscles and test your ideas in one weekend*. You'll be amazed at what can be accomplished in 36 hours! Students bring the passion. We lend ideas, team members and tools to build something strong enough to withstand the waves.

*Passion required, sleep optional


This is a weekend to do something practical about the stuff you talk about wanting to do:

  • That problem you've always wanted to do something about
  • That product that you have dreamed of making
  • That service you see needed
  • That business or non-profit you want to launch

You can either:

  • Bring your own idea and start a team
  • Be inspired by others' ideas and join a team

You DO Need

You DO NOT Need

Willingness to work with others

A business major or expertise in business planning
Commitment to your project after you finish



  • Up to $500 in prize money
  • Automatic "finalist" status in the Social Venture Challenge


  • Open to all years, all majors who want to work together to make things happen
  • Free registration
  • Sign up as an individual or with a group


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Weekend Roadmap


The full, detailed schedule will be presented at the Opening Kick-Off on Friday. Here's an overview of what this fast-paced weekend has in store:

Friday, November 10 (KOSC, Chairman's Room) 

  • 7:00 p.m. // Kick-Off (Open to all of campus—walk-ins welcome!)
  • 7:30 p.m. // Open Mic for 60-Second Idea Sharing (share your idea or listen to others)
  • 8–10 p.m. // Team Up & Get to Work! (coffee and cookies provided for sustenance)

Saturday, November 11 (WorkBar Co-Working Space, Danvers)*

  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m. // Team Work
    • Market Research
    • Develop Prototype
    • Meet with Expert, Real-World Mentors
    • Customer Validation
  • We supply you with free food for fuel!

*Don't have a car? We got you covered! Transportation provided to and from WorkBar leaving Chapel Loop at 9:45 a.m. and departing WorkBar to campus at 5:15 p.m.

Sunday, November 12 (KOSC, Chairman's Room) 

  • 1–7 p.m. // Team Work
    • Idea Refinement
    • Practice for Pitch
  • 7–8 p.m. // Final Pitch! (Open to all of campus!)
    • Each team will present to a panel of outside judges who will be judging on three basic criteria: size of problem, impact of solution, and sustainability of impact.
  • 8–9 p.m. // Awards & Ice Cream Sundae Bar


  • DeWayne Davenport '98, DavCard Group

  • Michael Wheeler, Wheeler Design Group

  • Steven Byler '02, GrowthLab Financial Services

  • Paul Parisi, SaviorLabs

  • Jay Batson, Sigma Prime Ventures

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