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Startup Weekend: What can you do in 54 hours?

What is it about?

Coming up with your own startup business over a weekend

Where did it all start?

The first startup weekend took place in Boulder, Colorado in 2007. The primary aim of the event was to brainstorm and create a single business idea and drive it to possible fruition, all over the course of a weekend. By 2009, the Startup Weekend had organized various events in USA and Canada. After receiving a grant from the Kauffman Foundation, the largest organization for entrepreneurship in the world, it expanded globally. Startup weekend was listed in Forbes Magazine as a “Name You Need to Know In 2011”.

Why attend Startup Weekend?

  • Not just learn from others but build your own business idea and test it as you go
  • Actually launch the business idea you come up with. According to startup.org, over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months.  Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
  • Co-founder dating: Find that perfect match who you could actually start a business with
  • Network with thought leaders: Various notable people participate in Startup Weekend as coaches and mentors. Use this opportunity to build lasting relationships and gain valuable firsthand knowledge from these individuals.
  • Step out of your comfort zone and achieve the extraordinary in such a small time frame.
  • Become a part of a global phenomenon and join hands with thousands on a mission to change the world in a weekend.

So, what can you really do in 54 hours?

Well that’s for you to decide. What we propose is: “no talk, all action”. And for a little inspiration, let us tell you about the Group Photo App, Groopic that was one of the winners of SW 2012. The idea then grabbed attention of a local government incubator and later got prominent coverage on international media including CNN and TechCrunch.

Usman Rauf