Startup Weekend: What can you do in 54 hours?
What is it about?
Coming up with your own startup business over a weekend
Where did it all start?
The first startup weekend took place in Boulder, Colorado in 2007. The primary aim of the event was to brainstorm and create a single business idea and drive it to possible fruition, all over the course of a weekend. By 2009, the Startup Weekend had organized various events in USA and Canada. After receiving a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, the largest organization for entrepreneurship in the world, it expanded globally. Startup weekend was listed in Forbes Magazine as a “Name You Need to Know In 2011”.
Why attend Startup Weekend?
- Not just learn from others but build your own business idea and test it as you go
- Actually launch the business idea you come up with. According to startup.org, over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
- Co-founder dating: Find that perfect match who you could actually start a business with
- Network with thought leaders: Various notable people participate in Startup Weekend as coaches and mentors. Use this opportunity to build lasting relationships and gain valuable firsthand knowledge from these individuals.
- Step out of your comfort zone and achieve the extraordinary in such a small time frame.
- Become a part of a global phenomenon and join hands with thousands on a mission to change the world in a weekend.
So, what can you really do in 54 hours?
Well that’s for you to decide. What we propose is: “no talk, all action”. And for a little inspiration, let us tell you about the Group Photo App, Groopic that was one of the winners of SW 2012. The idea then grabbed attention of a local government incubator and later got prominent coverage on international media including CNN and TechCrunch.
And what must you be doing this Valentine’s Day?
Dating your co-founders.