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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Entrepreneurs, Get Ready for Startup Weekend!

Startup Weekend

If you think you have a revolutionary idea that only needs a push to get off the ground and become the next big startup, then you shouldn’t miss Startup Weekend.

Startup Weekends are 54­-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.

Although any idea can be pitched, almost 95% of the projects are mobile or web focused. 

The biggest benefit about these events is that, unlike any others, it’s not about sitting and listening to theory. As their site says it’s “No talk, all action”. Usually Fridays are for networking and listening the ideas from entrepreneurs by giving them 60 seconds in front of the microphone. 

The ones with the most potential will be selected, mentored and will work together during the whole weekend to prepare a demo and presentation which will be shared on Sunday with the judges. The judges will then select the top 3 projects. 

If you’re wondering who is behind this event, although there are hundreds of volunteers that work to creating this entrepreneurial community, there are also “galactic partners” like Google for entrepreneurs or global partners like Coca-Cola. Although OfficeList is not affiliated in any way, we know that the creation of new companies is what helps a strong economy grow and motivates younger generations to create. 

This event currently takes place in 478 cities around the world; so regardless of where you are, you can look for your local Startup Weekend here and start thinking of that pitch that will make you stand out from the crowd. 

Only a few weeks ago (Aug 9th), Startup Weekend Las Vegas took place and the winner was Plus1 Analytics, an application designed to assist casino staff track high rollers and VIPs in real time, improving efficiencies and customer service while minimizing uninformed risk to the casinos. 

Some of the following startup weekends for September are:
  • Sept 6th: Tempe, AZ

Remember, 60 seconds is all you get. Just like an elevator pitch where you need to sell your idea going straight to the point and showing why it’s so unique. Once you get your idea going, don’t forget to give us a call and we’ll help you find an office!

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