Team Summaries for Startup Weekend Valparaiso

We have 9 teams at Startup Weekend Valparaiso. Below are team names and short summaries of the concept.

GreenUniverse
App that gamifies topic-based learning about environmental and sustainability issues. The decisions that you make in the app can be shared with governments, brands or social groups to raise awareness about these issues and make the world a better place. Duolingo for ambientalists.

ZipCargo
Optimize space in cargo trucks. We provide a way for cargo trucks to optimize the leftover space that they have inside their trucks and generate new clients. We save companies cost of shipping by helping them find hidden inventory of shipping space.

Experiways
A platform to connect people that are trying to find their passions with people that are already developing this passion so they can share their experiences and insights.

UrbanBeat
App for users to get discounts and opportunities from brands when they are close to the brand’s location.

LoyalClub
A loyalty program ecosystem that allows users to use their loyalty points across the companies that are part of the network.

Wilin
Platform for a community of semi-professional translators to share their knowledge with everyone that needs low cost quality translations.

Myelin
We simplify the process for start-ups to make apps. We provide a group of modules that can be modified to create these apps.

No Me Robes
App that alerts you if your bicycle is getting stolen and allows you to track it to get it back.

SkillSwap
A platform that allows users to learn a new skill while also teaching someone else a new skill. Pay for skills by sharing knowledge.




Startup Weekend Kicks Off For the First Time in Valparaiso. Why Attend?

Spanish:

El proximo fin de semana del 14 al 16 de noviembre marcara el primer Startup Weekend en Valparaiso.

Esta es mi primera vez organizando un Startup Weekend, pero he atendido tres anteriores (Seattle, San Francisco y Amsterdam). Porque gaste mi propio dinero y tiempo para atender estos eventos?

La razon principal era para conocer y pasar tiempo con personas que estaban interesadas en cosas similares a mi. Para empezar una compania, no puedes hacerlo solo. Sin una comunidad de equipos, aportadores, partners y consumidores, una startup tiene casi cero probabilidad de exito. Obviamente es posible, pero no muy probable.

Para practicar pitching, como regla general, mientras mas oportunidades para practicar hablar en publico tienes, mejor seras como emprendedor.

Gana skills, experiencia de trabajar en equipo y enseñanzas para ayudarte en tu proximo emprendimiento. Empezar companias es dificil. Experiencia adicional y aprendizaje en situaciones estresantes con miembros de equipo pueden ayudarte mucho cuando los riesgos son mayores.

Conectarse con menotres y jueces. En cada Startup Weekend, hay varios mentores y jueces (puedes ver aqui para aprender quienes atenderan Startup Weekend Valparaiso). Puedes tomar la iniciativa y hablar con ellos y en un instante tener un network con mucha experiencia ya que ellos estaran alli explicitamente para ayudar a los participantes.

Entonces, quieres participar?

Nos encantaria que participes. Tickets pueden entontrarse aqui: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/valparaiso-startup-weekend-112014-tickets-13445308279?aff=UP+Community+Sites

English:
This coming weekend, November 14th-16th, marks the 1st ever Startup Weekend taking place in Valparaiso.

This is my first time organizing a Startup Weekend, but I’ve attended three previous (Seattle, San Francisco, and Amsterdam). Why did I spend my own money to attend those events?

The biggest reason was to meet and spend time with people who are interested in similar things. To build a company, you cannot do it alone. Without a community of team members, supporters, partners, and customers, a startup stands virtually zero chance of success. It’s of course possible, but not at all likely.

To practice pitching. As a general rule, the more opportunities to practice public speaking, the better off you are as an entrepreneur.

Gain skills, teamwork experience, and learnings to help you on your next startup. Building companies is hard. Additional experience and learnings in stressful situations with team members can be drawn on later when the stakes are higher.

Connecting with mentors and judges. At every Startup Weekend, there are several great mentors and judges (you can look to learn about the ones attending Startup Weekend Valparaiso). You have to take the initiative to speak to them, but it’s an instant in to new connections with lots of experience, since they are already in the same room with the explicit intent to help attendees.

So, are you in for this weekend?

We’d love to have you attend. Tickets can be found here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/valparaiso-startup-weekend-112014-tickets-13445308279?aff=UP+Community+Sites




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