Win one of 3 FREE tickets to Startup Weekend Blacksburg

Attend the Crafting a Successful Mobile App talk on Wednesday, October 1 at 6 PM at TechPad for a chance to win one of three FREE tickets to Startup Weekend Blacksburg, Oct. 3 to 5, courtesy of Mindsense. All attendees will also receive a promo code for a discounted ticket to Startup Weekend Blacksburg ($30 off student ticket, $24 off regular ticket). Alexander Obenauer (CEO of Mindsense) will be sharing the steps he takes to turn an idea into a successful app.  Organizers will also be on hand to answer questions about Startup Weekend Blacksburg, Oct. 3 to 5.  It is a great opportunity to learn about Startup Weekend and to meet others preparing for Startup Weekend Blacksburg.

Free and open to the public. RSVP for the Crafting a Successful Mobile App bootcamp by Clicking Here.

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Win a FREE ticket to Startup Weekend Blacksburg

Attend the Art of Pitching boot camp on Tuesday, September 30 at 6 PM at TechPad for a chance to win a FREE ticket to Startup Weekend Blacksburg, Oct. 4 to 5.  Bob Summers (Chief Geek of Fitnet) will be sharing his knowledge on how to deliver the perfect pitch.  Organizers will also be on hand to answer questions about Startup Weekend Blacksburg, Oct. 3 to 5.  It is a great opportunity to learn about Startup Weekend and to practice your pitch for Startup Weekend Blacksburg.

RSVP for the Art of Pitching boot camp by Clicking Here.




A guide to Startup Weekend Blacksburg

If you’ve bought your ticket to Startup Weekend Blacksburg, Oct. 3 to 5, and are curious about what to expect or how to prepare, boy do we have a resource for you.  The Welcome to Startup Weekend guide provides a road map for the event and information on team building, project management, idea validation, team tools, and judging criteria.  If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, get too it already!

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Top 10 reasons to attend Startup Weekend Blacksburg

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Startup Weekend Blacksburg 2014 (Oct. 3 to 5) is just a week away and it’s time you jumped in. Want to know why? Here is our list of the top 10 reasons you should attend the event.  Be sure to get your ticket today!

1. You’ll meet awesome people!
Entrepreneurs. Developers. Designers. Marketers. Product managers. Startup enthusiasts. Tech guys. They’ll be there, and they want to meet you. Startup Weekend is more than just a place to give your idea wings—it’s a place to plug into a community of talent.

2. Access to blazing fast internet!
Startup Weekend Blacksburg will have a gigbit network connection via TechPad.  A gigabit network connection is 100 times faster than the average Internet link and can boost productivity by 10X or more for those who create in the cloud.  You’ll not only have access to the fastest internet in Blacksburg, but it is among the fastest in the world.

3. Less talk, more action!
The weekend is not some long, drawn-out business plan that will bore your team to sleep. This is fast paced, get ideas on the table, get them in production, see if they stick, and move on to the next task. Want to learn how to prototype an app? We’ll hold a mini-class on Saturday morning to show the non-tech person how to use free prototyping tools. Want to become a social media maven? This is the place to put that book learning to work. Mentors, fellow participants, tools and the Startup Weekend experience provide a rich hands-on learning experience.

4. Food!! Swag!! Stuff!!
That’s right, you get food at Startup Weekend! Startup Weekend Blacksburg costs $99 ($50 if you are a student) to get involved, but you get a of sweet stuff.  All attendees receive a snazzy T-shirt, free .co domain, $100 Amazon Web Services gift card, and  $500 Google Cloud Platform gift card.  They also have their meals and snacks covered throughout the weekend and access to an awesome set of mentors.

5. You get major face time.
Local tech and startup leaders will be at Startup Weekends as mentors and judges.  Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in Blacksburg and the New River Valley.  Just look at our judging panel, it’s made up of two investors and three successful entrepreneurs.

6. Co-founder dating.
Startups are about more than just an idea—it’s about the team behind it. Startup Weekend is the best way to find someone that you can actually launch a startup with. Thinking about launching a startup with someone right now? Bring ’em to the event and give the working relationship a test drive. It could save you years of heartache.

7. It is a great resume builder.
Startup Weekend is a global community with over 100,000 alumni, all on a mission to change the world.  Attending a Startup Weekend is a great experience and a perfect resume builder because its brand is recognition around the world.

8. There are some sweet grand prizes!
The winning team at Starup Weekend will access to NuSpark (including workspace and mentorship services) through the end of the year, a branding package from Venveo
(including logo, business card and letterhead design), a legal consultation with the Mitchell Law Firm and a 4-month membership to TechPad coworking space following time at NuSpark.  The second and third place teams will receive a three-month membership to TechPad.

9. You’ll be part of the innovation wave in Blacksburg!
Blacksburg has a rich startup community. Hundreds of avant-garde companies chose to make Blacksburg and the New River Valley home thanks to its energetic and authentically supportive culture that encourages and breeds innovation. Be a part of this growing movement, and launch a startup here in the greatest community in the country!

10. What else are you going to do…seriously?
Sit on the couch and eat potato chips? Naaaaah. Make your move. Take advantage of this weekend and sign up for Startup Weekend Blacksburg! Register for Startup Weekend today. Stop sitting and start making things happen!

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Who should attend Startup Weekend Blacksburg?

If you’re wondering if you should attend Startup Weekend Blacksburg 2014 (Oct. 3 to 5), here a some examples of people who should sign up.

1) Entrepreneurs or people with a great business idea! If you’ve thought of a great business but you haven’t been able to get it off the ground on your own, Startup Weekend is a great place to start. You’ll have a team of people all helping you create and launch a successful business, all in 54 hours.

2) Software Engineers, Coders and Developers. If you don’t have an idea, but you’re a developer, you should attend! Almost every business idea needs a developer (or two) to help get it off the ground. Not to mention that Startup Weekend Blacksburg will have a gigabit connection via TechPad.  That means you’ll be able to build apps using connection speeds that are 100 times faster than the average Internet link and can boost productivity by 10X or more for those who create in the cloud.  Incentive enough for any developer to attend!

3) Marketing enthusiasts. If you love marketing and can think quickly on your feet, come to Startup Weekend! During the event, you’ll work quickly to reach out to the community to see if your team’s idea is viable. Teams do on-the-spot market research, creating surveys and putting them out on social media, and then analyze the data to help define and form their business. Marketing professionals also play a huge role in how the business will be branded and talked about after launch. You’ll go back to work on Monday exhausted, but excited to bring some new ideas in to what you already do.

4) Graphic Designers. Whether it’s a product or a website, Startup Weekend teams need designers to help with this process. By the end of the weekend, teams should have a functioning website and/or a product model to show the judges!

5) Lovers of All Things Startup. Maybe you don’t have an idea (or maybe you have too many), but you love the world of startups. Whether you have experience with startups or not, every team needs people who are excited about startups and who will help motivate and inspire.

Be sure to get your ticket to the 2014 Startup Weekend Blacksburg, held October 3-5, today!  Will you be there? Tweet (#swbva14) us or Facebook us and let us know!




A look back at the 2012 Startup Weekend Blacksburg

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to attend the 2014 Startup Weekend Blacksburg.  Two year ago, the 2012 Startup Weekend Blacksburg sold out a week in prior to the event.

Here is a recap of the 2012 event:

Winning-T-ShirtNinety people attended the first ever Startup Weekend Blacksburg – held September 14-16, 2012 – with nine teams pitching on Sunday. Top honors went to team ResumeX, an application that facilitates the digital transfer of resumes between applicants and business at career fairs.

Pivotal Testing, an idea conceived by Blacksburg High School alumnus and Virginia Tech student Braden Croy, placed second in Startup Weekend Blacksburg. The application allows teachers to create tests that students can take from their cell phones or other touch screen interfaces.

Within weeks after Startup Weekend Blacksburg, Pivotal Testing was well on its way to launching. Five days after the event, the startup received some working capital by winning $1,000 through the RBTC’s “Small Bucks, Big Bang” competition. In October, it was invited by Fortify VC to pitch at Distilled Intelligence 2.0 in Washington, DC. By December, Pivotal Testing successfully piloted its application through a course at Virginia Tech where 2,500 students answered over 60,000 questions using it.

Be sure to get your tickets to the 2014 Startup Weekend Blacksburg, held October 3-5, today while tickets are still available.




T-Shirt Design Finalized for Startup Weekend Blacksburg

Now that is some pretty sweet swag!  Check out the official 2014 Startup Weekend Blacksburg t-shirt.

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The artwork depicts a caricature of Kent Square, the venue for Startup Weekend Blacksburg, and was designed by Chris Coleman of the Montgomery County Public Information Office.

Be sure to get your ticket to Startup Weekend Blacksburg, Oct. 3 to 5, so you can sport one of these classy tees. All attendees receive a complimentary t-shirt.

 




FREE Startup Weekend Boot Camp Series

Expand your startup skills tool belt, meet incredible people, and and set yourself up for success at Startup Weekend Blacksburg 2014. In preparation for Startup Weekend Blacksburg, a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation, Startup Weekend Blacksburg is offering a FREE series of bootcamps focused on building your startup toolkit.

These events are designed to integrate you into the startup mindset and build your comfort level with entrepreneurial skills. If you’re not sure whether to attend Startup Weekend Blacksburg, this is a great opportunity to test the waters. Each topic is self-contained, so feel free to attend any or all of the bootcamps.

 

Rapid Android Development
Date: Wednesday, 9/24/2014
Location: TechPad, downtown Blacksburg
Cost: FREE
Speaker: Bill Rascher; Director of Software Engineering, Atomic Axis

Want to get your hands dirty developing a mobile application? This bootcamp is focused on the basics of Android development. We’ll focus how to quickly prototype and work with fast iterations to turn your idea into reality as quickly was possible. Building is a major part of Startup weekend, so this event will set you up for success.

For more information about the Rapid Android Development Bootcamp or to register, visit blacksburg.up.co/events/4930.

 

The Art of Pitching
Date: Wednesday, 9/30/2014 at 6 PM
Location: Techpad, downtown Blacksburg
Cost: FREE
Speaker: Bob Summers; Chief Geek, Fitnet

How do you sell your idea in a matter of seconds? The process of pitching is an art that is best mastered with practice. Learn what makes an engaging and effective pitch, and have an opportunity to pitch for feedback.

For more information about the Art of Pitching Bootcamp or to register, visit blacksburg.up.co/events/4940.

 

Crafting a Mobile Apps
Date: Wednesday, 10/1/2014 at 6 PM
Location: TechPad, downtown Blacksburg
Cost: FREE
Speaker: Alexander Obenauer; Co-founder & CEO, Mindsense

Are you passionate about what cool things people can do on their mobile devices? Learn about the process of creating a mobile application from the ground up. We’ll go through the process of ideation, refining, designing a user experience, and prototyping.

For more information about the Crafting Mobile Apps Bootcamp or to register, visit blacksburg.up.co/events/4941.

 




Student Tickets $50!

Startup Weekend Blacksburg (Oct. 3 to 5) is right around the corner. Tickets are flying and won’t be around for long. If you’re a student at Virginia Tech, Radford University or New River Community College looking to attend Startup Weekend Blacksburg, be sure to take advantage of our student discount.

Use the promo code STUDENT when checking out to get your ticket for just $50.00

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The ticket price includes: meals and snacks throughout the weekend, a snazzy T-shirt, free .co domain, $100 Amazon Web Services gift card, and $500 Google Cloud Platform gift card.

The winning team at Starup Weekend will access to NuSpark (including workspace and mentorship services) through the end of the year, a branding package from Venveo (including logo, business card and letterhead design), a legal consultation with the Mitchell Law Firm and a 4-month membership to TechPad coworking space following time at NuSpark.  The second and third place teams will receive a three-month membership to TechPad.

Want to attend Startup Weekend Blacksburg?  Be sure to purchase your ticket today!  Those using the student discount will need to bring and show their student ID at the door.

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