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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
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. Startup Weekend is a great forum to connect with speakers and local experts on everything from evaluating an idea through to pursuing funding and pitching to investors. Guest speakers & coaches include leaders in the startup community, business experts, angel investors, venture capitalists, financial and legal experts. Sign up now, tickets are going quickly!
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Can I go to Startup Weekend Bloomington?
Startup Weekend Bloomington 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.
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 Bloomington?
Possibly. The best option is to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Transportation to and from somewhere around Bloomington is the easiest to arrange.
Will this take a lot of money, like for food & drinks?
This is one of the great things about Startup Weekend – Your ticket basically pays for all the awesome food you will be eating while at Startup Weekend. We feed you 7 meals while you’re there, with a wide variety of selection. If you have any special dietary needs, please indicate those when you buy your ticket, or email us at Bloomington@startupweekend.org.
Have a question? Don’t hesitate to contact us!