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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.
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!
Starting a business is a huge undertaking that requires a diverse set of skills and the drive to turn an idea in to reality. The Entrepreneurial Crash Course is a free series of talks given by guest speakers and local experts on everything from evaluating an idea through to pursuing funding and pitching to investors. Guest speakers include leaders in the startup community, business experts, angel investors, venture capitalists, financial and legal experts. The series will be every Tuesday starting on July 17th at the Stimulus Westgate Training Facility at 11am to n00n.
Can I go to Startup Weekend Crane?
Startup Weekend Crane is open to everyone of all ages.
Is this only for web/mobile/technology ideas?
All types of businesses are welcome at Startup Weekend, from small local business ideas to scalable concepts that can turn in to world wide products.
Will someone steal my idea? How do you prevent this from happening?
If you’re very concerned, you can limit your pitch to the rough outline of the idea without giving away key information.The longer answer is that this is not something worth worrying about . Unless you are confident your idea is a ‘key-in-hand’, easy-to-implement innovation that hasn’t yet been thought of (which it almost surely isn’t), the advantages gained from getting broad-based feedback and a strong team motivated by collective ownership far outweigh the remote risks of someone stealing and executing on your idea. The truth is that over 90% of ideas pitched at any given Startup Weekend have already been pitched – probably many times – in the past. This doesn’t imply that the idea isn’t a good one, but rather that what truly matters is how well you and your team execute the idea.
I heard that there is technology I can license?
Yes! You can license NSWC Crane Patents and bring them to Startup Weekend. Check out the list of patents here. Licensing terms include $0.00 down and a 4-6% royalty for an exclusive license!
Can I come in with an operating business?
Yes, can attend, but you cannot pitch an operating business. Pitching is for idea stage only concepts without sales.
Can I get a ride to Startup Weekend Crane?
Possibly. The best option is to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Transportation to and from Bloomington is the easiest to arrange.
Have a question? Don’t hesitate to contact us!