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Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids 2015.
Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids 2015.

Startup Weekend has been in Iowa since 2009, touching hundreds of lives, but for the first time community builders from across the state are collaborating to bring multiple events to fruition at once.

Five Startup Weekends will happen Nov. 20-22 in Iowa, including Council Bluffs, Ames, Cedar Falls, Iowa City (that’s us!) and the Quad Cities.

As organizers, we’re thrilled by the chance to increase connections and opportunities across the state. For this special collaboration, teams will be able to videoconference with mentors from across the state and learn alongside more fellow entrepreneurs.

Some background: Startup Weekend is an exciting event that begins with participants pitching ideas on Friday evening, and then forming teams around the most promising concepts. These teams spend the weekend creating a business model, developing prototypes and seeking their first customers. The event culminates with presentations to a panel of local judges and mentors Sunday night.

Several notable Iowa startups have found their initial idea at Startup Weekend, including:

  • CareDrop, a support network for non-professional caregivers nationwide and current participant in the Iowa Startup Accelerator (Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids 2015)
  • Fanstreamm, a mobile sports ticketing application and graduate of the NMotion Accelerator (Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids 2014)
  • Goquets, a quick and easy way to order beautiful flowers and current participant in the Iowa Startup Accelerator (Startup Weekend Ames 2013)
  • NextStep.io, a health tech startup that pairs fitness tracker data with health coaching and graduate of Techstars (Startup Weekend Iowa City 2011)

These five cities will also be part of the Global Startup Battle, happening in 200 cities around the world during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The winning teams from each city’s event will compete in a global video pitch challenge to see who created the best new idea.

Long story short: You want to be there.

Get your ticket today!

Sarah Binder