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Chandler, AZ – Local collaborative workspace, Gangplank, will host Startup Weekend, a high energy event where entrepreneurs are challenged to create a business in a weekend.

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs are challenged to create a business in a weekend. During that weekend they explore the viability of their business idea. 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 minimum viable product with the help of business mentors. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

HiringSolved Sponsoring the Weekend That Started Them

Startup Weekend Chandler’s primary sponsor is Gangplank Chandler-based, HiringSolved, “like Google for talent.” To HiringSolved Founder Shon Burton, “Startup Weekend is pretty special for me personally. I think it’s an amazing event with fantastic “startup energy” that can be immediately be sensed in the air. Also, this is where my startup got it’s start.

“In 2011 I walked into Gangplank. I had moved from San Francisco to Chandler and was having trouble finding ‘my people:’ the geeks, nerds and creativeness that I knew I needed to connect with to survive here in the desert. Mission Accomplished, Gangplank turned into my supernode, connecting me to the community, showing me that “my people” not only existed in the desert but were in fact, thriving.

“After finding Gangplank I learned of a Startup Weekend event happening in the space. I attended the ‘founder dating’ session, where I met my CTO and Co-Founder Trevor Olson. Fast forward to today, our company, HiringSolved has 10 full time and 12 part time employees, and over 20,000 users. We have raised $3.5 Million from some amazing investors. We compete on a global scale, going toe-to-toe with the billion dollar giants that we are disrupting every day.

HiringSolved Cofounders
HiringSolved Co-Founders Trevor (left) and Shon (right)

“Running a startup is both a grand adventure and a supreme challenge. It’s the Olympics of business –A fiercely competitive sport filled with uber-talented competitors. It’s an honor to compete. Win or lose it’s a life changing experience. Startup Weekend is the qualifying round.

“To every person who has an idea and just needs someone to help build it. To everyone who can build things but wishes they could find people to sell, market and support them. To all those people who dream about starting a business. To those who wonder if they’ve got what it takes to compete… to win. This is your chance. Don’t let it pass you by.”

This is Your Chance

Dreamers, makers, and risk takers will be coming together to join this fast-paced weekend challenge on November 20th, 2015. A few will win prestige, and many will win life-changing relationships.

Registration is available at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-chandler-november-20-22-2015-tickets-18231739624

Website:

http://www.up.co/communities/usa/chandler/

Gangplank is a group of connected individuals and small businesses creating an economy of innovation and creativity. We envision a new economic engine comprised of collaboration and community, where industries come together to transform our culture.

Public contact: Chandler@StartupWeekend.org

Christopher Murray