Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
Of course, everyone loves prizes and wants to know what they are, so here’s a first run.
From Rackspace, 1st Place – $24k in Cloud hosting credits for a period of 12 months, 2nd and 3rd Place – $12k in Cloud hosting credits for a period of 12 months
5 copies of Camtasia Studio for Windows/Mac provided by TechSmith.
2 team sets of licenses for each team member to choose the IDE of their choice from JetBrains.
1 year of Silver, 1 year of Bronze, and 6 months of Bronze organization plans from GitHub.
2 hours of consulting time for each winning team from The Younity Group to help you launch your startup.
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
Call for needs & skills
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
Judging & awards
Co-Owner, Relational Architect @ The Grove, Dallas CoWorking
Justin Nygren is the Co-Founder and Relational Architect of The Grove, Dallas Coworking. His passion is connecting people to the relationships and resources they need to pursue their passions and dreams.
VP of Engineering at WellMatch, Senior Software Engineer
Dave is a senior software developer, team lead and architect with over fifteen years of experience in a variety of languages and frameworks, including Ruby on Rails, Java and C#.
Chairman at Symphonic Source, Inc, NTAN Angel Investor
Founder & Creative Director of Swash Labs.
CEO and co-founder of Epic Playground, Inc, Entrepreneur-in-residence at The DEC
Co-founder and Executive Director at Tech Wildcatters
Advanced Mobile Applications Manager at AT&T
Anthone is known for his creativity, unique blend of business acumen, sales leadership, and technical skill set as well as strategic vision to achieve business goals. Anthone held various leadership positions within Sprint Nextel, Corrigo and AT&T, and was President & CMO of a Dallas based Mobile Application Development Company. He built the business from $388k in annual revenue to $3.2 million in less than 12 months.
Director of Product Management at MutualMind, a Digital Strategist at BuzzShift
Eric is a published author in marketing and business, award-winning front-end developer and guest blogger for AdAge. He specializes in social media, marketing, and analytics to help build better brands.
David has a long list of technical experience and specializes in intellectual property, distributed computing, web and iOS app development, UX design, and multiple programming languages under his belt. If you need any development help, David will be here to help.
As a reformed IT engineer, Brett took the plunge headfirst into mobile development and hasn't looked back. Brett has experience in web and mobile, specifically Android, and has started building Google Glass apps.
Kevin is a successful strategist, marketer & cross channel evangelist with 20 years of experience assembling and leading cross-functional teams in settings from corporate environments to startups (entrepreneurial). He is experienced as a finance/accounting professional with a deep understanding of data, analysis & reporting.