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Startup Weekend Comes to Tulsa

Startup Weekend Tulsa | Energy Edition, a national entrepreneurship boot camp, kicks off in Tulsa May 1-3 at The Fly Loft, 117 N. Boston Ave. This 54-hour event is the first to focus on the energy industry and provides the networking, resources and incentives for individuals and teams to go from idea to launch. Registrants will be divided into groups with the task of launching a startup company.

“Tulsa is an amazing city for entrepreneurs,” says Scott Phillips, Startup Weekend organizer. “This city has a long history of innovation in the energy industry.”

On Friday, the event will launch with open mic pitches. This will help attendees focus on ideas and inspire others to join their startup team. Over the next two days, teams will focus on idea valuation, startup methodologies and product development. Participants will also have unprecedented access to the Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa where they can fast track the development of product prototypes. The weekend will come to a close with groups demoing their prototypes and receiving feedback from a panel of experts.

Interested in participating in Startup Weekend? Here are our top reasons to participate:

  1. Education: Startup Weekend is all about learning through the act of creating.
  2. Build your network: This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best movers and shakers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.
  3. Co-Founder Dating: We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
  4. Learn a new skill:  Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends is a perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language or try something new.
  5. Actually launch a business: Over 36 percent of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after three months. Roughly 80 percent of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
  6. Get face time with thought leaders:  Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges.
  7. Save money: Startup Weekends typically cost between $75 and $150. Prices include seven meals, snack, all the coffee you can handle and access to exclusive resources from our sponsors.

Event sponsors include Cultivate918, Williams, i2E, TYPros, The Forge, George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Tulsa Regional Chamber. Partners for the weekend include Civic Ninjas, Tulsa Web Devs, Code for Tulsa, OU CCEW, Fab lab Tulsa, Nerdy Girls and the OSU Riata Center for Entrepreneurship. Tickets for Startup Weekend Tulsa | Energy Edition are $75 each and available at Tulsa.startupweekend.org.

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