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After being part of the winning team at Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids 2014, Josh McNary reflected on the experience on his blog. Now as a Startup Weekend organizer and volunteer in Iowa’s Creative Corridor, Josh shares some of what makes the weekends special. Find the full post on mcnary.me.

Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids 2014.
Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids 2014.

Expectations & Surprises

  • I knew I would be surrounded by amazing people, some of which I knew and others which I wanted to get to know.
  • I expected I would learn from and help others via building a business in 54 hours. No matter the outcome, it was going to be a lot of hard work and fun.
  • I knew we would have a lot of coffee and eat really well.

Superb People

The weekend identified and highlighted great people wanting to further themselves, great ideas, our community, and serve others via their vocations.

New Ideas

Some ideas were better than others, but all of them were new ideas in the eyes of the beholder and forced those attending to think about possibilities.

Endless Energy

Early or late each day, teams were working away, making things happen via coding, calls, and business planning. No matter where you turned something awesome was getting accomplished.

Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids 2014.
Startup Weekend Cedar Rapids 2014.

Closing Momentum

By the time the weekend was wrapping up, the attendees were beginning to get tired and stressed for pitching their ideas, but the momentum for the community was hitting a feverish level.

Help the Region

If the community, entrepreneurs, and business can find ways to replicate the trust, drive, and passion of that experimental weekend – there is no reason this area cannot thrive. All you, I, and we have to do is do it.

Why would you not want to be part of an event offering such amazing opportunities and features? Even if it is only for a short weekend? Find the next Startup Weekend in Iowa at swia.co!


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