UP Summit

Startup Oasis Austin, TX : March 14 - 16

About Startup Oasis

In our second year, Startup Oasis is the place for everything startup related on 6th St.

Produced by UP Global and the Kauffman Foundation, Startup Oasis brings a safe haven escape for startups in the midst of the craze of the festival. By partnering with a variety of industry leaders, Startup Oasis brings the best programming and parties for startups on March 14, 15, 16. 

Location: Old School Bar & Grill

The best place to be on 6th, located at the corner of 6th and Trinity, Old School is hard to miss.  Join us for programming and parties on both floors this year. For more on the venue visit: oldschoolaustin.com 

Directions to Startup Oasis

Events at Startup Oasis

Saturday March 14

Pitch Like a Unicorn : Presented by EY
  • 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Pitching investors can be one of the most daunting yet important responsibilities of an entrepreneur. To help take some of the mystery out of the fundraising in this age of unicorns, we've assembled a team who will share tips and tricks on financing, pitching to investors and successfully growing a business. Join us to perfect your pitch and gain new ideas and more confidence in your next investor meeting. 12:00pm Taco Fiesta Lunch - 12:30pm Interviews on the do's and dont's of a pitch - 1:30pm Practice the Pitch mentor sessions

Kapor Center Diversity Lunch and Pitch Competition
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

The Kapor Center for Social Impact is driven towards leveraging information technology for positive and progressive change. Standing at the intersection of diversity and technology, we seek to disrupt the culture of mirror-tocracy and create a more merit-based tech sector that’s fully inclusive of communities of color, in particular black and Latino. Join us for a taco-style lunch as we discuss why a more inclusive tech sector is germane to the future of tech, followed by a moderated Q&A with social impact investors and a $500 start-up pitch competition for seed and pre-seed stage founders of color featuring a panel of judges that include Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation, Brian Dixon, Principal at Kapor Capital, and others. Interested in pitching? Please fill out the following form: http://goo.gl/forms/6HwNPjbM6k.

The Nasdaq Meetup
  • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Join Nasdaq and Nasdaq Private Market for an exciting new Meetup at SXSWi! We’re hosting a panel with an innovative group of Young Entrepreneurs talking about their experiences as Founder’s, followed by a Q&A session with some of our Freshman IPO Class companies sharing their story about going public, both moderated by POLITICO’s Bennett Richardson. Stick around for food and cocktails afterwards too. All welcome!

Happy Hour with Google Cloud Platform Team & TechShop Office Hours
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join the Google Cloud Platform Team for lightning talks and networking. If you have any technical questions, experienced Google staff will offer Techstop Office Hours to help you. Lightning talks include: GCP Overview, Revolution in Cloud Computing: Virtualization & Managed VMs, Revolution in Cloud Computing: Cloud Containers, Cloud Powering Your Mobile Development, and Case Studies on Game and Growth/Scale.

FinTech Startup Showcase
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

FinTech startups are some of the most groundbreaking and monumental startups we're seeing in 2015. Join us at Startup Oasis to see some of the best FinTech startups in Austin. All are welcome! Presented by FinTEx Chicago: FinTEx Chicago will help companies of all sizes take advantage of the power of adjacency through the formation of a business cluster focused on FinTech and FinServ in Chicago. This will allow participating companies to improve their businesses by becoming productive and more innovative.

Dallas Drops the Mic
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join the Dallas Startup Community in a truly epic happy hour where freestyles and mic dropping are expected. We'll show you why Dallas is the greatest place to create a company by bringing in our investors, startups, and all of the other pieces that make our startup community awesome.

Colorado Party
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Colorado is a magical place for startups. A perfect ballance of culture, work and places to play. The event is sponsored by: IMM Sticker Giant Pivot Desk Join us as we show you the best place to start your company!

Ignite @ SXSWi
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Enlighten us, but make it quick. Ignite is a series of 5 minute presentations about geeky subjects delivered in a format of 20 slides (15 seconds per slide, auto advancing). Want to speak? Fill out this easy form - https://startupweek.typeform.com/to/Py3XHY - Our speaking lineup has not been announced.

Oasis Startup Party
  • 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

This year, we’re offering up one of our party slots to the community we love the most, startups! Most startups can’t afford prime time party slots during the festival. So we’re breaking it up - 10 startups on each floor - each get an awesome area to showcase what they've got. Send in your inquiry if you're interested in being a part of the best startups on 6th street - specialevents@up.co.

Sunday March 15

Turnstone Presents: Women in Entrepreneurship: Scaling Your Venture
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This talk had so much excitement at CES that we're bringing it to Startup Oasis. Join Turnstone for a dive into the different perspectives for scaling your venture as a female entrepreneur. This event isn't just for women, men are welcome, too!

Office Hours
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for our Famous Office Hours! Bringing in the best mentors across the startup world, sit down and have 1:1s with some awesome advisors. Sign up for mentors and meet us at Startup Oasis 5 minutes before your time!

UP Global Community Leader Meetup
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Calling all UP Global Community Leaders! Yes, that means you, Digest Curators, Startup Weekend Organizers, Startup Week Organizers, Next Organizers, the works!! Join us at our venue to unite!

1 Million Cups: Organizer Gathering #1MCOG
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bringing together 1 Million Cups organizers across the country to share ideas and best practices on how to better collaborate and build startup communities. Signup is limited to current 1 Million Cups organizers.

  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

This networking opportunity will be your Iowa home away from home with a solid dose of networking, startups, bacon and “Iowa nice!” We will be showcasing tech and startup success stories from across the state.

ABQ2SXSW Startup Community Showcase
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Showcasing the scrappy startups, entrepreneurs and innovators from the Albuquerque area's emerging ecosystem.

OFF THE GRID // A Party Without Phones : Presented by General Assembly and Salesforce for Startups
  • 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

PUT DOWN YOUR DEVICES AND BE HUMAN: Remember life before everything came through a glowing screen? What if we weren't always feeling FOMO, weren't always taking selfies, weren't always distracted by some other thing in our feed? What if instead we were just present, here and now? What if we checked our phones at the door, hung out with incredible people, listened to great music, danced our faces off, and had a wonderful time being actual humans together? Well... we're doing just that, and you're invited. Join us on Sunday night at SXSW 2015 for one of the most unique experiences you will ever have. No distractions, no outside world, no digital interferance. Get ready.

Monday March 16

General Assembly Presents: How To Get Your First 5,000 Users
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Learn how to get the first users to your service, and then begin to build a community to accelerate your growth. Come and learn from the founder of a young startup in today's climate without the need for $1000s of marketing or heavy technical development. This class will teach you the easy, every day tips and tricks that make it manageable even if you're just starting up on your own.

Kauffman Research Presents: 4 Insights from the Fastest-Growing Companies
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

If you read startup media you may be left with the impression that most of the fastest growing  companies are based in Silicon Valley, and that they can only get any traction because they raised  massive amounts of venture capital. Yet, the data shows a very different picture. Our research with 479+ companies among the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies in America tells  another story: the vast majority of them are not based in Silicon Valley, and less than 6.5% of them  raised any venture capital. Join us to eat tasty tacos and learn from the research with these companies how to build great startups  outside the stereotypical startup hubs This presentation and lunch are hosted by the Kauffman Foundation, a multi‐billion dollar non‐profit  focused on entrepreneurship and the “dominant player in the entrepreneurship space,” according to  Steve Blank

Kauffman Research Presents: Quantified Entrepreneurship: How to Measure the Performance of Your Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

How many startups are there in your city? How much money are entrepreneurs raising in your  ecosystem? How many jobs local startups contribute to your economy? To learn how to answer these and other questions, come to this 1‐hour‐long hands‐on workshop with  researchers from the Kauffman Foundation. This workshop is ideal for entrepreneurship program  organizers, economic development professionals, and local policymakers and staff interested in  assessing the health of their entrepreneurial ecosystems. Join us for this hands‐on workshop and happy hour to learn, step by step, a data‐driven way to measure  your entrepreneurial ecosystem. Please bring your computer if you can. This workshop and happy hour are hosted by the Kauffman Foundation, a multi‐billion dollar non‐profit  focused on entrepreneurship and the “dominant player in the entrepreneurship space,” according to  Steve Blank.

Office Hours
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join us for our Famous Office Hours! Bringing in the best mentors across the startup world, sit down and have 1:1s with some awesome advisors. Sign up for mentors and meet us at Startup Oasis 5 minutes before your time!

CMX Happy Hour
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ah SxSW. The panels, the talks, the swag, the parties. It seemed only fitting that the CMX community took an hour to get together and be happy. We'll call it a Happy Hour. The amazing folks at UpGlobal has invited us to gather at their Startup Oasis! Come by have some drinks and hang out with other community professionals.

  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Have you learned that something about your startup wasn't working, and you cut it as a result? Maybe you were just wrong about a customer segment and stopped chasing them? Maybe you realized that a feature was just a giant waste and no one used it and you got rid of it? Maybe it was something internal - maybe you cut the Tuesday bagel meeting or demolished your fear of shipping early - we want to hear your story. Apply here (http://j.mp/demo_lish_app_sxsw) for one of ten spots to tell your story to a panel of startup. Best story wins the first ever, 3d printed wrecking ball trophy.

The Launch Party : A Kansas City Startup Community Celebration
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Powered by Techweek, sponsored by The Kauffman Foundation, join us to celebrate the LaunchKC Global Grants Competition! The LaunchKC Global Grants Competition is open to any startup across the globe, and we'd love to tell you more about it. Come join us!

The Lean Startup's Kickstarter Launch Party
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join members of the Lean Startup community to celebrate the kickoff of Eric Ries’ Kickstarter campaign launching at SXSW earlier that day. Are you curious about Lean Startup? A practitioner looking to meet others in the community? Just want to know more about the campaign and what Eric’s been up to? The event will feature a one-hour fireside chat with Eric.

DC Late Nite Lounge
  • 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM

Join CEA at Old School Bar and Grill for the DC Late Nite Lounge on Monday, March 16th from 10PM - Midnight. DJ set by Hank Schocklee.

Brought to you by
UP Global and The Kauffman Foundation