So, you have heard of Startup Weekend, but what’s it all about?
Startup Weekend is no ordinary event. It’s where like-minded entrepreneurs gather for a weekend of company creation. In 54 hours, you take an initial idea from the Friday night pitches through to a mind spinning startup company on the Sunday night.
Don’t assume it’s just for developers. Its marketing maestros, design gurus, business development wizards, legal geniuses, and the specialist of startups – the jack of all trades, coming together as one, creating a harmony that can only be envied by the corporate world.
It’s all about bringing together the knowledge of the local entrepreneur scene, and helping those in need to find their feet in the world of startups.
Friday night is all about networking and the pitches. Those with an idea give their 1 minute elevator pitch to the crowd. Teams form around the most popular ideas. From there on, within 48 hours you have to deliver a product and business plan that can stand up to the harsh light of day. Mentors will be on hand throughout the weekend to help you fine tune the idea that was only conceived 12 hours ago, into a working company with huge potential profits in 36 hours.
Sound intense? It is!
Sunday night is where the judging panel comes in. Seasoned professionals that have been through the startup mill many times over will scrutinize and find the holes in the plan to evaluate the chances of real world success.
From there? Well, it’s all up to you. Startup Weekend can only help you start your dream. It’s up to you to live it out.
Toronto’s 2nd Startup Weekend is just around the corner – June 3-5, 2011. After an amazing kickoff event in September 2010, Toronto is ready to do it again, bigger and better.
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