Finding time, as an entrepreneur, to launch (or even think of) innovations is often very difficult. The day-to-day tasks of sustaining a business can draw energy away from the creative impulses that originally fueled your vision.
Enter Startup Weekend. These are 54-hour events that are built to bring entrepreneurs, marketers, and people with lots of tech-savvy together for collaborations that energize, inspire and very often lead to the development of products. Here’s a description of how these weekends work, from the site:
Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.
Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
Here’s a video from the Startup site, with lots more information about these weekends.
The Startup Weekend community is global in scope, and surprisingly affordable:
Startup Weekends cost between $75 and $99 (less for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our global sponsors, a book from O’Reilly Media and all the coffee you can drink.
© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.