We are so excited to announce the final schedule for the first Start conference. We designed the weekend, with the purpose of reinventing what a conference means. Instead of networking, we designed for connection. Instead of sitting, we designed for movement. Instead of focusing on speakers, we chose to focus on you. Over the weekend we commit to:

  • Making you feel at home and safe to try and play
  • Making you feel a part of a village and inspired by others
  • Making you realize your power and potential

On day 1, you will hear from over 30 speakers about their personal stories of starting. Start talks are up to 10 minutes talk, that will keep you engaged, and focused on the early phase of a company or a project including stories of failure, luck and hard work.

Throughout the day, our founder Jessica Semaan, will lead you through exercises from the flagship Passion program, to connect with your passions, your meaning and pick your passion project goal for the weekend. If you want to go deeper you can attend the one hour Find Your Passion workshop in the afternoon. You can also attend one of the panels: Successful mompreneurs, or launching a successful Kickstarter.

In partnership with Vango, we will ending the day with a pop-up gallery and cocktails on the panoramic third floor, at Sunset time.

On day 2, We have curated over 30 workshops, with some of the best instructors, with topics ranging from rejections, to pricing to watercolor. You can attend up to 3 workshops, or simply work on your passion project. This is also a time to discover the burgeoning neighborhood over lunch with new friends. At the end of the day, we recommend you hang out with your tribe, maybe go dancing, or if you will be pitching at The Passion Project Awards, prepare for that.

On day 3, you will reconvene in the morning to have a closing circle with your tribe and reflect on what you have accomplished over the weekend. Then you will join the fun of The Passion Project Awards, where 9 contestants will pitch their projects with the chance to win up to $3000 in gifts and cash. The conference will close with a boozy brunch, prepared by head Airbnb chef, Anisha Jagtap, and the tunes of London based DJ Chvck.

You can find all the workshop details here, and be sure to get your tickets as they are selling out.