By Will Haire Follow us on Twitter @SWStamford
Before I start, maybe I should give a quick overview of what Startup Weekend is: The concept of SW is that people with an idea for a startup, and people who have skills and would like to be part of a startup meet up and over the course of a weekend try to make something happen!
Attending a Startup Weekend is the best thing you can do to start your entrepreneurial journey. Below is a list of 8 great reasons I think you should attend Startup Weekend Stamford:
1. The Power of Networks
The Stamford Innovation Center & Fairfield County is a hub for creativity and entrepreneurship. There will be over 100 developers, designers, engineers, marketers, and entrepreneurs looking to build their professional network and launch a Startup.
2. Education Through Action
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. No more theory, no dry lectures, and no pompous instructors. You will actually build your own strategy, learn from mentors and other startup professionals, and launch your business through the school of Hard Knocks. After all, we are known as the City That Works!
3. Form a Startup Team
Whether you have the next big idea, or you want to be part of a team actively working to solve problems, you’ll be a member of a startup team! You will be making crucial decisions and be involved in the entire process start to finish.
4. Save Money & Win Prizes!
Startup Weekend cost between $125 and $135 ($105 for students). Your ticket covers seven meals, snacks, swag, and access to exclusive resources from our global sponsors. The winning teams receive thousands of dollars worth of prizes provided by our amazing sponsors. There are even prizes just for attending the event… That’s how cool we are!
5. Get involved in the Fairfield County Community
There is no better way to give back to your community than starting a business and stimulating the local economy through employment or local purchases.
6. Learn a New Skill
Being a member of a Startup Team will challenge you in ways you never thought possible. You will be challenged with developing solutions for a new business and working with a team. The whole weekend is a dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Stamford Startup Weekend is the perfect opportunity to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
7. Launch a Business!
By participating in Stamford Startup Weekend, your goal is to develop a web or mobile application with a viable and sustainable business model. After Startup Weekend, most teams continue to develop their project and market it to the world. Who knows, you may even start the next multi-million dollar Internet venture!
8. Join a Global Community
Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world. Come join the Stamford Innovation Center at our 4thannual Startup Weekend Event. We are committed to our community in developing local talent. Join Us!