Prize Packages – Startup Weekend Tampa 2016

Startup Weekend Tampa is all about becoming an entrepreneur in just 54 hours. You’ll accomplish more in one weekend than you otherwise would have with months of effort. But the real test for your business comes after the doors close on Sunday night – when the spotlight is gone and you crash from your weekend-long emotional high, will you be ready to build your startup? Over the course of the weekend, we want to make sure that we teach you useful skills and put you in a position to form lasting relationships with peers, mentors, judges, and sponsors. Our hope is that you can carry that momentum into your new life as an entrepreneur.

For teams that place in the top three at Startup Weekend Tampa, our community partners have made generous donations to ensure you have the resources you need to accelerate your startup after the event ends.

Below you’ll find the prize packages for first, second, & third place and the Community Leaders that made them possible.

First Place – Estimated $10,000 in value

Station House – Free 6 Months Coworking for 3 people, 6 hours of conference room time per month, 1 hour mentorship with Steve Gianfilippo

Tampa Bay Wave – 6 Months Free Coworking

Reef House Media – Free Intro Video Package

Alex Sink – Lunch with the team

Tony DiBenedetto – Lunch with the team on the Tribridge campus

Reuben Pressman – Lunch with the team at Check I’m Here

RIDG – Free 3 Hour Interactive Custom Visualization Story Session

Riehle Photography – Free Team Shoot in Studio

The Business Show with Jamie and Kelly – Free guest appearance on air highlighting your business

MyArea Network – Article Highlighting Company and Social Media Shoutout

MyArea Network – 5 Marketing Consulting Hours

Topher Morrison / Key Person of Influence – 3 hours consulting and pitch feedback

Ark Applications – 5 Hours Free Consulting

AppNexus – 3 Hours Free Consulting

Rashkin Law – 3 Hours Free Consulting

De La Pena & Holiday & Law / Brent Britton – 1 Hour Free Consulting

Red Wall Marketing – 4 Hours Marketing Consulting

FullShore Solutions – Free Consultation and 10% Discount on Services

Second Place:

Station House – Free 4 Months Coworking for 3 people, 4 hours of conference room time per month, 1 hour mentorship with Stationhouse owner Steve Gianfilippo

Tampa Bay Wave – 4 Months Free Coworking

Ark Applications – 3 Hours Free Consulting

MyArea Network – 3 Marketing Consulting Hours

AppNexus – 2 Hours Free Consulting

Rashkin Law – 2 Hours Free Consulting

De La Pena Law – 1 Hour Free Consulting

Red Wall Marketing – 2 Hours Marketing Consulting

FullShore Solutions – Free Consultation and 10% Discount on Services

Third Place:

Station House – Free 2 Months Coworking for 3 people, 2 hours of conference room time per month, 1 hour mentorship with Steve Gianfilippo

Tampa Bay Wave – 2 Month Free Coworking

Ark Applications – 2 Hour Free Consulting

MyArea Network – 2 Hours Free Marketing Consulting

AppNexus – 1 Hour Free Consulting

De La Pena Law – 1 Hour Free Consulting

Rashkin Law – 1 Hour Free Consulting

FullShore Solutions – Free Consultation and 10% Discount on Services




Who can pitch at Startup Weekend?

By: Allison Barkley

Here at Startup Weekend Tampa we get asked a lot about who is able to participate in the weekend.

The simple answer is: Everyone!

Startup Weekend attendees come from backgrounds in development, programming, business, education, PR, marketing, finance, law and more. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you’re motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas, you’ll fit right in.

We know. Computers are hard. You don’t know how to code. The truth is, the teams that win at Startup Weekend are the teams with good ideas and presentations – the teams that can most effectively validate their concept and communicate the market potential as well as their ability capture that market. The judges are not there to do a code review. As long as you’re good at something and you make it a point to be useful somehow, you will be. The people who are not useful at Startup Weekend are the people who show up on Friday having firmly decided that they cannot be useful.

Wait! Before you register we have some simple guidelines to keep everything fun.

 

Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to participate on a team. This is important not only to preserve the mission of Startup Weekend (teamwork!) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for all working teams. Each person will get 60 seconds to pitch their idea to the audience. Only 10-15 ideas will be selected to move into the weekend. The teams that move on are decided by the attendees’ votes.

You can’t pitch your existing business/app. Startup Weekend is designed to be the most effective platform for growing new businesses from the ground up over the course of a weekend. A key facet of the weekend and a central value for participants is the spirit of complete collaboration, buy-in and ownership. We’ve found that having existing businesses in the mix undermines this spirit, in addition to creating an imbalance between those ideas that are truly ground-level.

In summary, Startup Weekend is an event to bring two types of people together: people who have ideas, and people who can execute those ideas. They work together to build a business over a 54-hour period, with enough research and hard work done to hit the ground running with the business when they’re ready.




Startup Weekend Tampa: Your Community Resource

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By Irene Monokandilos

Startup Weekend Tampa is a fifty-four-hour event for developers, designers, enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs pursuing an encouraging space to hack their latest, and sometimes oldest, ideas. But, as we know well at Startup Weekend Tampa, starting can often be the most formidable opponent to any endeavor, and finding an empowering environment to grow our ideas is no easy task. Your community is here to help. At the heart of our event are community sponsors, local businesses whose aid allows Startup Weekend Tampa to offer unmitigated access to a number of venerable mentors, a slew of potential consumers, talented collaborators, curated coaching and esteemed judges to help you dive in, develop and seek validation for your startup.

We understand that this high-energy weekend can seem as daunting as it seems exhilarating, so our team reached out to former Startup Weekend Tampa participant, Rish, to share his experience and speak to why Startup Weekend Tampa is the place for you this November 11-13. Rish attended Startup Weekend after years of toying with new ideas, with marginal knowledge about marketing or how to approach obtaining validation – a developer with an impassioned idea: a passwordless authentication system for all of your internet needs.

With little to no knowledge of what Startup Weekend could do for him, Rish took a leap of faith after a simple google search. On the first night of the weekend, Rish chose a place among developers, designers, and hustlers (motivated non-technical participants from an array of backgrounds), then pitched his idea to a room of like-minded, equally zealous individuals in only sixty seconds. The best eight pitches would proceed to form teams, developing their startups over the weekend. Rish gained little traction, his pitch for a login with no username or password received only four votes – an outcome he attributes to not actively seeking out support from peers. Undeterred by the events of Friday night, Rish quickly pocketed the first of many lessons: the importance of being a go-getter when it comes to obtaining validation.

Rish returned the next morning, with no team, to a room of welcoming volunteers who recognized his determination and sought to elevate him to success after seeing his prototype. With the help of the invested volunteers at Startup Weekend, Rish borrowed diverse talent from every team and utilized the resources available to him to develop his business over the course of the next day. On Sunday night, Rish pitched his business to the crowd, and a panel of judges, in just five minutes. After the event, volunteers encouraged Rish to join the after party to celebrate the weekend’s work and discuss his plan with judges and mentors who believed in his business, including Greg Ross-Munro of Sourcetoad, the premiere custom app development shop out of Tampa. Rish followed this advice, and in the after party space created a lasting connection with Greg. Under Greg’s mentorship, Rish’s startup flourished well beyond Startup Weekend. SuperAuth, “the world’s first truly passwordless authentication system,” is gaining traction and achieving success daily.

With the resources made available to him during Startup Weekend, including sponsors and mentors like Greg, Rish not only grew his business plan and prototype but learned how to pitch to both potential consumers and sponsors. Rish “talked like a developer on Friday, and like a businessman on Sunday.” His experience is an example of how all of Startup Weekend’s moving parts – its volunteers, sponsors, mentors, and judges – are deeply committed to helping participants at all times. Like Rish, no matter where you are in the process on Friday night, you will leave Startup Weekend prepared to take the next steps on your personal road to success having met mentors, collaborators, and supporters along the way.  If you have an idea, a skill, or even an inkling of startup enthusiasm, join us at Ybor City’s Cuban Club this November for an experience that, in Rish’s words, will “change everything.”  




Jacksonville Startup Weekend 2016 – A Grand Success!!!

Congratulations to easyASIN, “a startup that helps Amazon sellers easily match, monitor, and optimize their product listings on Amazon “for securing first place at the 2016 Jacksonville Startup Weekend! More than 72 aspiring entrepreneurs and mentors participated in the 54-hour event held Sep. 9-11 at the University of North Florida, Student Union Building.

Event featured 30 ideas pitched, and 6 startup teams worked tirelessly over 54 Hrs. Winners received prizes worth more than $21,000 of in-kind services to help them launch their new businesses. The grand finale on Sunday, attended by Mark Dawkins (Dean, Coggin College of Business- UNF), Judges (Ted Willich, Juliet Negrete Anderson and Craig Mandeville), Sponsors (SBDC, iStart Valley, Jaycon Systems, RZI, Wilson Dutra, NLP Logix, PS27 Ventures), Media partners (Jacksonville Business Journal, Florida Times Union), Mentors, and Participants was well received.

The top 3 winners are:

1st Place – easyASIN:  Helps Amazon sellers easily match, monitor, and optimize their product listings on Amazon

2nd Place – UAV Me: Aerial photos at your service

3rd Place (also Crowd Favorite) – Vestiti:  The world is your wardrobe

 

The other startups created during the event were as follows:

ReAppoint:  Get Scheduled!

Thumbs Up Funds Up:  Wealth through wisdom

Easy Tour:  TravelGuide Setter

The top three teams from the 2016 Startup Weekend will receive the following as their prizes.

  • Venture Capital Consulting and detailed report (limited hours) – PS27 Ventures
  • 100 days of free office space – PS27 Ventures
  • $500 gift Certificate for services, $100 gift certificate for online store – Jaycon Systems
  • Business and Trademark consultation and plan (limited hours) for startup or small business. – Sarah Gulati
  • Free attendance to Startup Series Workshop – Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
  • Obtain feedback on your ideas from Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs – Sramana Mitra – 1 Million by 1 Million
  • Guaranteed spot in next cohort for Bunker Lab Jacksonville
  • Coverage on the leading local publications (Florida Times, Jacksonville Business Journal)
  • Apart from intangible valuable experience gained within 54 hours, here are the tangible benefits for each of the participants.
  • Google Cloud Platform is offering all Startup Weekend participants $300 in credits to help build web and mobile app
  • .CO – All participants get access to a free .CO domain

 

See you all in 2017!!




2016 Startup Weekend Jacksonville Prizes

2016 Jacksonville Startup Weekend organizers are pleased to share that the top 3 startup teams will receive ~$21,000 in-kind services.

In kind Services for top 3 teams include

  • $500 gift certificate for services from Jaycon Systems [ winner – $250, runners up – $150 , 2nd runners up – $100 ] – Jaycon Systems
  • $100 gift certificate for online store [ for winner ]  – Jaycon Systems
  • Venture Capital Consulting and detailed report (limited hours) – PS27 Ventures
  • 100 days of free office space – PS27 Ventures
  • Business and Trademark consultation and plan (limited hours) for startup or small business. – Sarah Gulati
  • Free attendance to Startup Series Workshop – Small Business Development Center
  • Obtain feedback on your ideas from Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs – Sramana Mitra – 1 Million by 1 Million
  • Guaranteed spot in next cohort for Bunker Lab Jacksonville
  • Coverage on the leading local publications

Apart from intangible valuable experience gained within 54 hours, here are the tangible benefits for each of the participants.

  • Google Cloud Platform is offering all Startup Weekend participants $300 in credits to help build web and mobile app
  • .CO – All participants get access to a free .CO domain

Registration Price includes 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 3 Dinners during the event with non-stop supply of snacks and beverages. We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone, or a team of people, with whom you can actually launch a startup.

Register by Sep 4th to get early bird pricing.

Website:  @ jacksonville.up.co/events/9498

Twitter: @StartupJax

Twitter Hashtag: #swjax

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StartupJax




How to Get the Most Out of Startup Weekend: Beverage Edition

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This is the third installment of our series on Startup Weekend: Beverage Edition, so here goes!

You’ve bought your ticket and the weekend is quickly approaching. You suddenly realize that you have no idea what to expect and you start to panic. What do I need? Who is going to help me build my business? What if nobody likes my idea? Will there be food? Did I leave the oven on? What is the meaning of life?

Stop. Take a deep breath. We’ve got your back.

Here is a list of the things you should bring:

  • Laptop + charger
  • Phone charger
  • Business Cards
  • Something to take notes on
  • A paper ticket is not required. Your name is on a list.
  • Students bring your student ID
  • ALL OF THE ENERGY

When you arrive on Friday night you’ll have some time to mingle with your peers before we get started with initial pitches. You’ll be in a room with a ton of talented and motivated individuals so use this time to get to know them, to scope out who you’d like to work with, and maybe even get people thinking about how brilliant your business idea is. After everyone grabs some pizza and the organizing team does brief intros we’ll jump right into initial pitches. If you came to Startup Weekend with an idea this is your chance to win over the crowd.

What types of ideas can I pitch?

You can pitch pretty much anything you want, but you will need to get other people to support your idea. The theme for the event is the Beverage Industry so it should probably be somehow related to it. You can only pitch one idea, so if you have multiple, pick your best one & roll with it! Additionally, the purpose of Startup Weekend is to launch new startups and pitching an existing business isn’t permitted. You want the others on your team to be your cofounders, not just employees, so they’re willing to put in the sweat equity even after Startup Weekend is over and you’re on your way to creating an awesome startup! Enough talk about your idea, let’s pitch!

You, a microphone, and 60 seconds to convince everyone that your idea deserves to be built.

  • Who are you and what is your background? (5-10 Seconds)
  • What is the problem that your product is solving? Or begin with a story (10-20 Seconds)
  • Explain the product and how it solves the problem (10-20 seconds)
  • Who do you need on your team (a developer, marketing, designer?) (5-10 seconds)
  • Finally, make up a name for your startup so the facilitator can give it a title

After everyone who came with an idea does an initial pitch we’ll narrow the ideas down through a voting system. There could be 50 ideas pitched and somewhere around 10 will be chosen to be worked on over the course of the weekend.

What if my idea doesn’t get chosen?

Chin up. You’ve got two options:

  1. Join someone else’s startup. You’ve got skills and they’ve got needs. Figure out which idea you can get behind and become a cofounder.
  2. Convince at least 3 other people that your idea deserves to be built and recruit them to join your team. I hope your sales skills are better than your initial pitch because you have to have at least 4 team members to move forward with the idea. We’ve seen teams who didn’t make it through initial pitch voting go on to win the weekend!

Keep in mind when choosing your team, it is good to find people with complementary skills. You’ll want business people, marketers, designers, developers, and hustlers to help you bring your startup to life.

Now you’ve got an idea and you’ve got a team. What’s next?

Friday night you’ll flesh out your idea and figure out what role everyone is going to play. Consider using this time to research competitors as well as nail down your value proposition and how you plan to validate it. Accomplish as much as you want before you go home and get some rest or stay up all night working.

Breakfast will be served at 9:00am on Saturday & Sunday. And you’ll be working till 5:00pm on Sunday. Go home to get some rest when you need it or stay up all night to finalize your pitch.

Everything that happens in between then is totally up to you.

You’ll need tenacity, passion, determination, and a great attitude to stay productive and positive throughout the course of the weekend. Get to know your team and how they operate to ensure that you’re getting the most out of everyone. Our organizing team and experienced mentors will be there to guide you throughout the course of the weekend. We’ll also have some lean startup concepts and scrum/agile development principles to get you thinking, not to mention tons of food, coffee, and Red Bull. We’ll lay out the judging criteria for you early so you can keep that in mind as you are building your minimum viable products and honing in on your business model. Come Sunday you should be getting ready to pitch. This could be a working demonstration of your product, a video, or anything you can come up with to win the judges over.

This weekend is going to be intense, but more than anything it should be fun.

Startup Weekend is a one of a kind event where you can get some real hands on experience. It is one big learning process so don’t stress too much when everything doesn’t go smoothly. You’re going to meet a ton of incredible people that are driving towards their passions and the energy that you all create is going to leave you feeling like you could take on the world.

So congratulations, you’re about to build something remarkable!




Startup Weekend tackles the Beverage Industry (pt. 2)

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This is part 2 of our exploration of Startup Weekend & the Beverage Industry! In short, Startup Weekend is a 54 hour, action-oriented competition of innovation in enterprise, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. People of all ages and walks of life come together to build and launch businesses and then pitch them to a panel of highly esteemed entrepreneurs and professionals from around Tampa Bay. Startup Weekend has held 2000+ events in 135+ countries around the world, and we are looking forward to hosting yet another successful event this May. Startup Weekend: Beverage Edition will be one of the few places in the southeastern U.S. where both innovators and entrepreneurs from across various states will come together to develop new products for consumers. Our goals for this event are to facilitate innovation, start new trends, and solve problems prevalent in the beverage industry, while still having some fun!

Some of the keys for success in the brewing industry are:

  • the establishment of brand-names
  • product marketing
  • effective quality control
  • management of seasonal products
  • access to niche markets
  • ability to control stock in hand, effective cost controls
  • and establishing links with potential suppliers
  • check out our write-up of the Beverage Panel we hosted last week for more

Startup Weekend will offer everyone the chance to learn and develop all of these characteristics mentioned. Since the event will be attended by entrepreneurs and professionals from around the U.S. who specialize in the beverage industry, the event will be one of the few places around to develop any beverage related idea, product, or business to share with the world!

This is how Startup Weekend works: First, Pitch an idea, vote for your favorites, and form your team or join someone else’s. Second, Put your talents to work and build a real product, team, and brand for execution in the real world. You’ll have 54 hours which means you can stay up all night at our host partners institution if you so choose to. Third, put final touches on your presentation to blow the Judges away & win Startup Weekend! Look out for our third installment in this trilogy for more info & details about this Startup Weekend.

In short, Startup Weekend: Beverage Edition will be an event that anyone with a passion for brewing (including but not limited to: alcoholic and soft drinks) will not want to miss! Because of the fact that aspiring beverage entrepreneurs will be able to develop a competitive advantage that will help fend off competition from it’s main rivals, not to mention, develop valuable skills and connections within Tampa Bay and beyond that will be extremely beneficial in the short and long-run. So what are you waiting for? Click here to obtain tickets and gather more info on the event. We look forward to seeing you there!




Startup Weekend, Beverages, and Santa Claus (pt. 1)

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What if I told you that one of the oldest American industries still has room for improvement? What if I told you that you could be the one to help move this multi-billion dollar enterprise forward? The beverage industry wields great influence and their branding has fundamentally changed American culture. The industry’s long history, however, has caused the key players to establish their niches and stick to them. Startups can help move the industry further and faster than we can imagine. Every year, these small firms enter the market with their innovation and cutting-edge ideas. Just ask the entrepreneurs who contributed more than half a billion dollars to the industry in just the last year! Though the beverage industry is big and old, there is plenty of room for entrepreneurs.

It only took one good idea to move Coca-Cola from a drink company to the pinnacle of cultural symbolism. One hundred years ago, Santa Claus was nothing like the jolly old man we have all come to know and love. In the early 1900s, “Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf,” but in the 60s Coca-Cola began running advertisements with the image of the now iconic Christmas hero. This single idea transformed Christmas from the pious holy day to the consumerist holiday it has since become.

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Startups help create a platform for established corporations like Coca-Cola to consider new ideas. Tampa has been an ideal environment for startups, but many still struggle to obtain simple elements like consulting or networking. There is still room for improvement in the ways small businesses obtain access to the tools corporations have had for decades. We offer Startup Weekend: Beverage Edition to bring the entrepreneurship community together to support their efforts. Find out more about Startup Weekend: Beverage Edition in Part 2!

(“The True History of the Modern Day Santa Claus,”)




Startup Weekend Judging Criteria

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So you got out of the building & did your market & product validation. That’s awesome! You’re working on refining your MVP for Sunday’s final presentation, maybe you even had to pivot your idea based on the feedback you were getting. So now what? If you’re not aware the Startup Weekend judging criteria is broken up into three sections, teams are judged according to the following 3 criteria (weighted equally):

Business Model

    • How does the team plan on making this a successful business? Have they thought about (either solved or identified problems) competition, how to scale, acquiring customers, their revenue model etc?

Customer Validation

    • Are teams building something that people actually want? How well does the team understand their customer and their customer’s needs. Did the team get out and talk to customers? What is the value proposition to customers?

Execution & Design

    • Have they established a “Minimal Viable Product” for the weekend (software, hardware, etc.)? *Note: an MVP is the minimum set of features to be able to start collecting data. Does it deliver a compelling and captivating user experience? Were they able to demo something functional?



How To Get The Most Out Of Startup Weekend

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You’ve bought your ticket and the weekend is quickly approaching. You suddenly realize that you have no idea what to expect and you start to panic. What do I need? Who is going to help me build my business? What if nobody likes my idea? Will there be food? Did I leave the oven on? What is the meaning of life?

Stop. Take a deep breath. We’ve got your back.

Here is a list of the things you should bring:

  • Laptop + charger
  • Phone charger
  • Business Cards
  • Something to take notes on
  • A paper ticket is not required. Your name is on a list.
  • Students bring your student ID
  • ALL OF THE ENERGY

When you arrive on Friday night you’ll have some time to mingle with your peers before we get started with initial pitches. You’ll be in a room with a ton of talented and motivated individuals so use this time to get to know them, to scope out who you’d like to work with, and maybe even get people thinking about how brilliant your business idea is. After everyone grabs some pizza and the organizing team does brief intros we’ll jump right into initial pitches. If you came to Startup Weekend with an idea this is your chance to win over the crowd.

You, a microphone, and 60 seconds to convince everyone that your idea deserves to be built.

  • Who are you and what is your background? (5-10 Seconds)
  • What is the problem that your product is solving? Or begin with a story (10-20 Seconds)
  • Explain the product and how it solves the problem (10-20 seconds)
  • Who do you need on your team (a developer, marketing, designer?) (5-10 seconds)
  • Finally, make up a name for your startup so the facilitator can give it a title

After everyone who came with an idea does an initial pitch we’ll narrow the ideas down through a voting system. There could be 50 ideas pitched and somewhere around 10 will be chosen to be worked on over the course of the weekend.

What if my idea doesn’t get chosen?

Chin up. You’ve got two options:

  1. Join someone else’s startup. You’ve got skills and they’ve got needs. Figure out which idea you can get behind and become a cofounder.
  2. Convince at least 3 other people that your idea deserves to be built and recruit them to join your team. I hope your sales skills are better than your initial pitch because you have to have at least 4 team members to move forward with the idea. We’ve seen teams who didn’t make it through initial pitch voting go on to win the weekend.

Keep in mind when choosing your team it is good to find people with complementary skills. You’ll want business people, marketers, designers, developers, and hustlers to help you bring your startup to life.

Now you’ve got an idea and you’ve got a team. What’s next?

Friday night you’ll flesh out your idea and figure out what role everyone is going to play. Consider using this time to research competitors as well as nail down your value proposition and how you plan to validate it. Accomplish as much as you want before we kick you out of the venue around 1:00am and after that it is your call whether you go home and get some rest or stay up all night working.

Doors will be open from 9:00am to 1:00am on Saturday and you’ll be working from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday.

Everything that happens in between then is totally up to you.

You’ll need tenacity, passion, determination, and a great attitude to stay productive and positive throughout the course of the weekend. Get to know your team and how they operate to ensure that you’re getting the most out of everyone. Our organizing team and experienced mentors will be there to guide you throughout the course of the weekend. We’ll also have some lean startup concepts and scrum/agile development principles to get you thinking, not to mention tons of food, coffee, and Red Bull. We’ll lay out the judging criteria for you early so you can keep that in mind as you are building your minimum viable products and honing in on your business model. Come Sunday you should be getting ready to pitch. This could be a working demonstration of your product, a video, or anything you can come up with to win the judges over.

This weekend is going to be intense, but more than anything it should be fun.

Startup Weekend is a one of a kind event where you can get some real hands on experience. It is one big learning process so don’t stress too much when everything doesn’t go smoothly. You’re going to meet a ton of incredible people that are driving towards their passions and the energy that you all create is going to leave you feeling like you could take on the world.

So congratulations, you’re about to build something remarkable.




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