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  • Why should I attend Startup 48?
    This event is for anyone who is interested in entrepreneurship and wants to meet like-minded individuals in our community. Attendees have a wide variety of backgrounds - including developers, coders, designers, marketers, financiers, and business owners. Regardless of your background, everyone from serial entrepreneurs to those who are just curious about startups are encouraged to attend! Bottom line: if you are motivated to build a startup or product, and are up to a challenge, this event is for you!
  • If I can only attend two of the three days - can I still participate?
    Due to the nature of the event, everyone is expected to participate all three days. If you have questions about a particular circumstance, please contact us.
  • Can I pay at the door?
    No. Because the organizers of the event need to order food and supplies, payments must be made in advance. If you are unable to pay online or need an invoice sent to you - please contact us via email.
  • Is this event student friendly?
    Yes! University and college students are encouraged to attend. Discounted tickets are available during checkout (must show a student ID when registering on the first day of Startup 48).
  • What type of ideas and/or startup types are normally at this event?
    The goal is to create an MVP (Minimal Viable Product) within 48 hours. Many ideas for Startup 48 center around web services, apps, and technology. We have also had services businesses, and products where a mock-up of a functional product can be designed over the weekend.
  • Can I pitch an existing business/product idea?
    No - because the goal is to take an idea and work as a team to create a minimal viable product you can not pitch an idea that already has been created. You are allowed (and encouraged) to research need and the market for your idea.
  • Am I expected to stick with my team and continue working on the idea after the event?
    While most teams choose to continue working together, it is not required.
  • What should I bring to Startup 48?
    All attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops, tablets, cell phones, etc. Wear some comfortable clothes, and be ready to collaborate and have fun! All meals, along with an assortment of beverages will be provided and are included with your ticket purchase. No alcohol is permitted at the event venue.
  • Is transportation and lodging provided?
    Attendees are responsible for their own transportation and lodging. Free street parking is available, and there is a reasonably priced parking ramp directly behind the event venue.
  • Tell me more about the legal and code of conduct terms at the event.
    REFUND & TRANSFER POLICY Startup 48 will honor refund requests up to 14 days prior to the first day of the event. We do not offer refunds after this deadline due to the need to pre-purchase food, drinks, and supplies. If your ticket is not eligible for a refund, we encourage you to transfer it to another individual. In the unlikely case that Startup 48 is canceled, the event will be rescheduled and your ticket will remain valid. Refunds can be requested for the ticket amount. Startup 48 will not be liable for additional expenses such as but not limited to transportation and lodging. All refund and transfer requests should be sent via email to Be sure to include your full name, and best way to contact you. CODE OF CONDUCT Startup 48 is an event all about sharing: sharing ideas, methodologies and lessons. If you are truly concerned about your ideas or intellectual property being stolen, please reconsider your participation in Startup 48. As a member of the startup community, and by registering and attending Startup 48, you agree to be inclusive of any and all people and their ideas. You agree to act professionally, treat everyone with respect, and treat the event facilities with care. You agree that you are responsible for any accidents or damages that you cause. You also agree not to hold Startup 48, your organizing team, or any of the event sponsors and/or supports liable for any loss, damage, injury, or any other unforeseeable incident. LEGAL TERMS & CONDITIONS By participating in Startup 48, each Participant grants Startup 48, the Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation, and its licensees, successors and assigns a non-exclusive, perpetual, non-cancelable, royalty free, fully paid up, worldwide right and license to edit, modify, adapt, translate, exhibit, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer of, reproduce, copy, create derivative works from, distribute, perform, display and otherwise use all and/or any part of such Participant’s names, likenesses, photographs, voices and images of all persons referenced and/or appearing in materials generated at the event, without limitation, anywhere in the world in any form (tangible or intangible, permanent or ephemeral, including, without limitation, audio, video, print, electronic, written, and photographic) and via any transmission medium (including, without limitation, television, radio, Internet, and print) now existing or that may exist in the future for advertising, trade, promotion, publicity and other related purposes without compensation and without notice to or consideration, review or approval from Participant. Each Participant further agrees to (i) be questioned or interviewed (whether in person or by other means such as email or phone), filmed and/or photographed and available for interviewing, filming, photography and for other public relations, marketing and promotional activities associated with the Event, as reasonably required and directed by Startup 48, (ii) allow Startup 48 to make contact with the Participant (whether in person, by phone, email or otherwise) for the purpose of requesting further information from the Participant in relation to their participation or for any other purpose related to Startup 48. Each Participant represents and warrants that neither its participation, nor Startup 48's exercise of any of the rights granted to it under these Terms will (a) infringe or violate any rights of any third party or entity, including, without limitation, those relating to patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, moral rights, mask works, defamation, privacy, publicity, false light, misappropriation, confidentiality, and/or any contractual or other rights recognizable under any applicable law, rule, regulation, ordinance, judgment or decree (collectively, “Law”), or (b) otherwise violate any applicable Law.
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