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Calling all Entrepreneurs, Startups and Innovators:  Mark Your Calendar for Summit County Startup Weekend April 10-12

Fifty-four hours, dozens of people, hundreds of great ideas and 60 seconds, all for the opportunity to change your life and start something amazing, meaningful or just downright cool.

startup200115_zesp0135 (x6)Summit County organizers announced a new name and new dates for the 2015 Startup Weekend.

“Mark your calendar for April 10-12, 2015 for Summit County Startup Weekend,” says Larry Sullivan, lead organizer of the Summit County event. “We had a phenomenal level of enthusiasm and participation for our first Startup Weekend in August in Breckenridge that we knew we needed to host another one and expand the scope to all of Summit County and beyond.”

Winners of that first Startup Weekend Kyle DeFrew, Lindsay Balgooyen and Dan Balgooyen have launched their idea – Gr8tful Giveback – to connect corporations and business contributors to nonprofits and charities. Their goal is to revolutionize cause marketing.

“Startup weekend was more beneficial to us than we could of ever hoped for,” says Lindsay “All of the coaches and mentors were extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and volunteered their entire weekend to help us in any way they could.”

Since startup weekend, Gr8tful Giveback has been working on their website and app and plan to beta test both this winter. They’re already hiring a tech position and this spring will be applying for the Boomtown Accelerator program.

Startup Weekend gives anyone –- like Lindsay and her team — the opportunity to pitch an idea on Friday night in 60 seconds or less to a group of local executives, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, founders, startups, digital experts and students.

After a vote, teams form around the top ideas and then they launch into 54 hours of creating, designing, researching, analyzing, developing, coding and teamwork all to present to a panel of expert judges and local startup veterans. Prizes will be awarded to help the teams put their ideas into action and build a startup.

Startup Weekend 2014. Photo by Amy Kemp
Startup Weekend 2014. Photo by Amy Kemp

“The phrase that “It takes a village” is true when creating your own startup or even a startup community,” says Sullivan. “Summit County has caught the startup bug. Two new coworking spaces ELEVATE coSPACE and evo3 Workspace are examples of the infrastructure that has been built recently that plays an important role in creating the ecosystem for a healthy startup community. Many talented individuals and companies from the county are actively involved in building the buzz and the support network young entrepreneurs need to succeed.”

Even if you don’t have an idea or don’t want to pitch, come, says Sullivan. If you’re intrigued with the idea of a startup or want to support a startup idea, this is the right event for you to attend.

According to Sullivan, Friday night is the perfect time and opportunity to find out more. “Who knows,” he says, “you might get inspired to pitch an idea or join a team.”

Summit County Startup Weekend starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 10 and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday, April 12 in Frisco. Visit www.bit.ly/summitcountysw for more information.

Or connect on social at www.facebook.com/summitcountystartupweekend or on twitter @summitcountySW.

 

 

Amy Kemp