Launching a Startup over just one weekend

September 12, 2009

What if I told you there is an a event where designers, developers, entrepreneurs and other innovators gather to network, share resources and ultimately launch startups over the course of a weekend?

Now imagine it’s not just a one-time event…but actually happens throughout the year and in cites across the globe!

Guess what? There is such an event…it’s called Startup Weekend and if you have a fantastic idea for a startup that you want to get off the ground or just want to get in on the startup action…then this is the event for you.

I attended the recent Startup Weekend event in San Francisco and it was awesome!

How’s it work?

  • The Pitch : After a bit of socializing and networking attendees begin pitching their ideas…you can pitch an idea if you have one or just listen in to see if any of the ideas strike your interest.
  • Teaming Up: After all the ideas have been pitched, attendees go around the room and chat with the people who pitched the ideas they were most interested in to see if they would like to team up and actually develop the idea.
  • Development: Coding, coding and more coding! Over the course of the next two days the teams work hard to develop as much of the idea as possible and hopefully have something to launch by the end of the night Sunday.
  • Presentation: Finally, the teams present what they have been working and discuss what worked, what didn’t and decide if there is a future for the company.

Needless to say it’s a guaranteed action-packed weekend ripe with opportunity to meet people and just possibly launch a business.

One success story from the recent San Francisco event… foodspotting was developed to the point where they received an investment in seed capital right on the spot!

So don’t miss out on the fun, keep your eyes peeled for a Startup Weekend coming to a city near you.


4 Responses to “Launching a Startup over just one weekend”

  1. itsjeremy Says:

    That sounds like a lot of fun. I tried checking out the site via the link above, but it keeps timing out ;(

    Thanks for the info on this and will look for something coming to Michigan!

  2. Juna D Says:

    Sounds like a great idea. I wonder if the idea for startup weekend was developed in a weekend? Kind of wish I knew more coding.

  3. amokana Says:

    no morocco :( again … man, it feels like i live in the naked hobo version of the countries : no one cares about him, and definitly no one want to get near him although he was friends with the most popular guy in college ( The Moroccan-American Treaty of Friendship in 1786 )

  4. Alan Says:

    Sounds great – talk to us about doing one in NY & L.A.

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