Get Moving on Your Idea

The idea behind Rx Interactive, Inc. was one that was simmering in Del-Metri Williams’s mind for years before Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2015. She pitched it, but it didn’t move forward that weekend. She went on to learn how to do a startup over the course of the weekend and later launched it.

The team Del-Metri was on worked on a video question and answer service they called MetaWhat. She applied herself to it fully, aiming to win. Ultimately another team won, and the MetaWhat team didn’t continue working on the idea, but that didn’t detract from the value of the weekend.

MetaWhat team at Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2016
MetaWhat team at Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2016

Del-Metri came out of Startup Weekend convinced her idea could work. So she and her husband Rudy launched it. Rx Interactive’s goal is to use game mechanics to engage patients in learning so that they know more about the conditions that affect them and their treatments and ultimately lead to better outcomes. Unsurprisingly, Del-Metri and Rudy met two of the people who would later join the team at Startup Weekend.

Del-Metri says the weekend was a learning experience on how to do a startup, which prepared her for some of the work on Rx Interactive. In particular she said learning to talk to people before building was helpful. Using that approach, she has been able to get in front of people at the companies that will be her target market. Not only does she get information and advice from them to help target the company’s solutions, but she creates a warm market for the future.

Experience Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2016, November 4-6. Test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Fort Worth, and launch your next startup all in one weekend. Get your ticket now!




Startup Weekend Is About Much More than the Ideas Pitched

Chris Handy, a local marketing consultant, pitched at Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2015 but didn’t get enough support for a full team to work on the idea over the weekend. Of course it’s nice to take your idea all the way, but Chris’s experience illustrates that not all pitches will receive enough support for teams to form and develop them over the weekend. Most won’t. But ultimately, the impact of the weekend isn’t diminished, because the weekend isn’t always about your idea. It is also about learning new skills and getting to know others with similar passions—perhaps even a future cofounder.

Chris came to Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2015 with an idea for a service that would help businesses with their marketing by prompting them to generate content. His was one of 23 pitches Friday. When his pitch didn’t receive enough support, he joined another team. Together, that team developed an idea for an Airbnb-like service for longer-term stays. Out of nine teams, they were awarded first place on Sunday night. Chris found that working on another’s idea was still fun, provided variety, and allowed him to solve problems and learn.

If your idea doesn’t get enough support for a team to develop it over the weekend, don’t worry. As Chris points out, it may not be because the idea lacks merit. The people in the room may just be interested in other things, no matter how well you explain the opportunity.

Chris continued to develop his idea on his own after Startup Weekend. Initially hiring coding help, a CTO has since joined, bringing a depth of technical expertise Chris himself lacks. Given the connections made at Startup Weekend, it is no surprise to us that it was a fellow team member from the winning team. Chris says he knew it was a fit based on his work ethic, how he tackles tough situations, and how he handles pressure, all of which Chris knew well because they worked together over 54 hours at Startup Weekend.

Chris’s experience shows the connections that can be made at Startup Weekend if you come in with more than one goal in mind. We are excited to see what comes from teams in 2016.

Experience Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2016, November 4-6. Test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Fort Worth, and launch your next startup all in one weekend. Get your ticket now!




Clinicalsolutions.io got its start at Startup Weekend Fort Worth

Clinicalsolutions.io was recently accepted into Health Wildcatters’ 2016 cohort, but it began as an idea Irving Rivera pitched at Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2014.

Participants, judges, and organizers at the conclusion of Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2014
Participants, judges, and organizers at the conclusion of Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2014

 

The core of the idea hasn’t changed since he first pitched it at Startup Weekend Fort Worth: a marketplace that more efficiently matches potential clinical trial volunteers with medical researchers. Currently it can be expensive and slow for researchers to recruit volunteers for trials, particularly for rare conditions. The application process for patients can be tedious, and acceptance rates are low. If the patient wants to apply for another trial, he or she must complete another application. Clinicalsoultions.io provides a marketplace where patients can enter their medical data once and are then able to apply for any number of trials quickly and easily. It then analyzes applicants’ profiles against the research criteria for each trial, and provides pre-screened profiles to researchers. The service is free for patients. Researchers only pay a fee if they agree that a profile offered as a potential match is a good fit for their trial.

At startup weekend, a team of five came together around the idea. Irving had never met any of them before, but together they validated the market, developed the business plan, and built a mockup over the course of the weekend. At the end of the weekend they were awarded first place.

The team did not continue working on the idea after the weekend, but Irving continued to develop the idea as a class project in design. Later Adam Shed, who was on the Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2014 team with Irving; Stacey Gullen, who had been on the same team as Irving at an earlier startup weekend in Dallas; and Seth Dorris, who Irving had previously served with in the U.S. Army, each joined the team.

From Irving’s point of view, the best part of startup weekend is that everyone has to present. Even if you don’t pitch an idea, you have to talk about your skills and interests in finding a team to be a part of. In that way, startup weekend can sort people by similar interests and help them find useful collaborations.

Having participated in a few startup weekends, Irving suggests that people spend too much of the short time for their pitch focusing on the idea. He recommends giving more information about your background, particularly the insight it gives you to the problem, and the kinds of people you’re looking to have be a part of the team.

Experience Startup Weekend Fort Worth 2016, November 4-6. Test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Fort Worth, and launch your next startup all in one weekend. Get your ticket now!




The Who, Why, and What of Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are…

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs.  Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

Friday, November 20 – 22, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Location:
IDEA Works FW
600 E Rosedale St
Fort Worth, TX 76104

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Who you’ll meet at Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekends attendees’ backgrounds are roughly

  • 50% technical (developers, coders, designers)

  • 50% business (marketing, finance, law).

Why people come to Startup Weekend:

29% of Startup Weekend participants attend an event to network,

20% attend to develop/build a product

13% attend to learn how to create a new venture.

After the conference is over, roughly 80% of attendees plan on continuing to work on their startup after the weekend.

IDEA Works FW

What you’ll get out of the event:

  1. Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning by doing, whether you’re learning a new skill or a new way of thinking.  Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

  2. Co-Founder Dating: The people who come to Startup Weekend are serious about learning how to build and launch startups.  Create relationships that last long past the weekend.

  3. Have fun: During the weekend working alongside awesome people who share your ideas. Startup Weekend is meant to be fun and entertaining so enjoy it.

  4. Solve local problems with your ideas. Do you think that one of your idea can change your town or have a positive impact in your group of people? Bring your idea notebook with you and start making a positive change in your local community.

  5. Build Your Network: Startup Weekend works hard to recruit high quality, driven entrepreneurs- like you!

  6. Learn New Skills: With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or give marketing a try.  With nothing to lose there’s no reason not to step outside your comfort zone.

  7. Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): Startup Weekend is the epitome of Lean Startup Methodology.

  8. Mentorship: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends and give feedback to participants. Interact with the movers and shakers in your community.

  9. Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources: By participating in Startup Weekend you are given instant access to great products and tools. No one leaves Startup Weekend empty handed! Click here to learn more about some of the offers our Global Sponsors provide during the event.

  10. Save Money: Startup Weekends are affordable (typically $99, only $50 for students). Your ticket includes seven meals, snacks, and all the coffee you can drink.

Join our community for the 2015 Startup Weekend Fort Worth!




ClinicalSolutions Wins Startup Weekend Fort Worth

SWFortWorth

Startup Weekend Fort Worth
November 25, 2014

The very first Startup Weekend in Fort Worth wrapped up with six teams presenting Sunday, November 23 on the TCU campus to an eager crowd of supporters. Round of applause for all involved! Each team got five minutes to pitch and five minutes of Q&A with the judges.  It was rapid fire with each team going immediately after the next sharing what they created over the weekend. It was a tight competition and everyone should be proud of what they accomplished over 54-hours. Now to the winners!

First Place: Clinical Solutions

Clinical Solutions for clinical trials is the leading marketplace, connecting orphan disease patients to life saving medical researchers.

Second Place:  NotebookU

Notebook U helps college students connect, communicate, and collaborate with their classmates while improving their GPA.

Third Place: Climb

Climb is a social networking platform designed to bring a valued added experience to young working professionals. Climb allows young professionals to connect with each other while traveling.

Crowd Favorite: NotebookU

The judges shared feedback and suggestions to all of the teams that could be beneficial to them if the moved forward with their startups after the weekend and it was a great way to wrap up an event that was filed with support from coaches, mentors, organizers, and community resource providers.

SWFortWorth Judging

This was a great example of what community means in Fort Worth and our region. Congratulations to all of the attendees on a successful weekend. Many walked away with a new skill learned and new connections in the Fort Worth startup community.

We can’t wait to get started on the next event!




6 TEAMS PREPARE FOR FINAL PITCH IN FORT WORTH

 

STARTUP WEEKEND FORT WORTH (11/23/14) – 6 TEAMS PREPARE FOR FINAL PITCH!

Final pitches are tonight at 5:00pm in TCU’s BLUU Auditorium. Here are the remaining teams and what they are building this weekend:

 

Clinical Solutions

Clinical Solutions for clinical trials is the leading marketplace, connecting orphan disease patients to life saving medical researchers.

Climb

Climb is a social networking platform designed to bring a valued added experience to young working professionals. Climb allows young professionals to connect with each other while traveling.

Project Mercury

Project Mercury is a personal cashflow management tool that the pain and suffering away from budgeting and keeping control of your finances.

Elite Status

Elite Status is a membership web and mobile app that gives special VIP services for night clubs, events, lounges and bars.

Notebook U

Notebook U helps college students connect, communicate, and collaborate with their classmates while improving their GPA.

Measure What Matters

Measure What Matters is a tool to measure nonprofit metrics, increase social benefits and user engagement, and encourage donations.

 

SW FORT WORTH TEAM

Interested in watching the pitches? Buy a demo ticket here at:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-fort-worth-tickets-12697886721

Hope to see you there!




Reinvent Travel: Build Apps that Move the World

Sabre Dev Studio

Innovation is essential in travel and for Sabre. We are thrilled to be a sponsor of this weekend’s Startup Weekend in Ft. Worth. It’s a great opportunity for us to tap into the creative and technical minds that can be found at startups and events like these, as well as a show of support for the Dallas/Fort Worth community.

A little bit about Sabre® – we are a leading global technology provider to the US$6.6 trillion travel industry, headquartered right here in the metroplex. At peak times, Sabre processes over 100,000 transactions per second. Our technology and data-driven solutions help our airline, hotel and travel agency customers grow their businesses and transform the traveler experience.

Among the many solutions we provide to travel buyers and suppliers, one in particular caters specifically to the developer community – Sabre Dev Studio. Sabre Dev Studio is an open developer platform that provides access to over 150 APIs packed with travel shopping data, testing tools, documentation, prototypes and sample code, as well as other resources available from Sabre. Used by thousands of companies, from start-ups to large enterprises, Sabre Dev Studio helps power a vast array of travel applications. We look forward to seeing the ways in which Dev Studio helps inspire you to reinvent travel.

Interested? In addition to our sponsorship of this weekend’s Startup Weekend in Fort Worth, Sabre is offering to cover the event’s entry fee for anyone who brings a travel tech idea to us. For information on how to apply, please visit us here. See you in Fort Worth!

M. Sean Arena

Executive Director,
New Business Ventures
Sabre Glbl

sean.arena@sabre.com

Sabre


The Who, Why, and What of Startup Weekend

Startup Weekends are…

Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. The weekend events are centered on action, innovation, and education. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through testing, business model development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos to a panel of potential investors and local entrepreneurs.  Participants are challenged with building functional startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

Startup Weekend Fort WOrth

Who you’ll meet at Startup Weekend:

Startup Weekends attendees’ backgrounds are roughly

  • 50% technical (developers, coders, designers)

  • 50% business (marketing, finance, law).

Why people come to Startup Weekend:

29% of Startup Weekend participants attend an event to network,

20% attend to develop/build a product

13% attend to learn how to create a new venture.

After the conference is over, roughly 80% of attendees plan on continuing to work on their startup after the weekend.

TCU

What you’ll get out of the event:

  1. Education: Startup Weekends are all about learning by doing, whether you’re learning a new skill or a new way of thinking.  Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.

  2. Co-Founder Dating: The people who come to Startup Weekend are serious about learning how to build and launch startups.  Create relationships that last long past the weekend.

  3. Have fun: During the weekend working alongside awesome people who share your ideas. Startup Weekend is meant to be fun and entertaining so enjoy it.

  4. Solve local problems with your ideas. Do you think that one of your idea can change your town or have a positive impact in your group of people? Bring your idea notebook with you and start making a positive change in your local community.

  5. Build Your Network: Startup Weekend works hard to recruit high quality, driven entrepreneurs- like you!

  6. Learn New Skills: With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or give marketing a try.  With nothing to lose there’s no reason not to step outside your comfort zone.

  7. Learn How to Launch a Business (and Actually Do It!): Startup Weekend is the epitome of Lean Startup Methodology.

  8. Mentorship: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends and give feedback to participants. Interact with the movers and shakers in your community.

  9. Get Access to Valuable Startup Resources: By participating in Startup Weekend you are given instant access to great products and tools. No one leaves Startup Weekend empty handed! Click here to learn more about some of the offers our Global Sponsors provide during the event.

  10. Save Money: Startup Weekends are affordable (typically $99, only $50 for students). Your ticket includes seven meals, snacks, and all the coffee you can drink.

Join our community for the first ever Startup Weekend Fort Worth!

 




Fort Worth's First Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend Fort Worth
November 21st, 2014

Startup Weekend is coming to Fort Worth on November 21-23, 2014! If you’re not familiar, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business development folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Fort Worth and launch your next startup! We are proud to be sponsored and have support from Sabre and Texas Christian University Neeley Entrepreneurship Center.

Startup Weekend Fort Worth will also be taking place during the Global Startup Battle. An initiative created by Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle aims to generate a stronger global community of entrepreneurs through the largest startup competition in the world. During the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week, hundreds of Startup Weekend and other UP Global programs are hosted around the world and winning teams from each event move forward to compete with one another via a global video competition. Global Startup Battle enriches the global entrepreneurial community by creating a sense of inclusion between startup teams around the world.

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Attendees at Startup Weekend Fort Worth you will have the pleasure to hear from the keynote speaker Jonathan Coon and the story of his entrepreneurial journey as the founder of 1-800-CONTACTS, which sold in June 2012 for $900 million.

Mr. Coon’s favorite quote: “The difficult we do now. The impossible takes a little bit longer.” – US Army Corps of Engineers

All activities will be taking place on the Texas Christian University campus where we will be surrounded by a beautiful campus and a healthy amount of knowledge and ideas.

TCU

As an attendee of Startup Weekend Fort Worth you not only get connected with other like-minded community members but you are a part of building the entrepreneurial community Fort Worth while also getting access to some amazing prizes!

Prizes

  • A free .co domain name
  • $2,000 of credit on Google App Engine
  • $100 of AWS credit for hosting
  • 50 free moo.com business cards
  • Fun swag from Google, .Co and more!
  • Winners get a 3 month membership and coworking space at IDEA Works FW
  • Secured spot for a Dallas New Tech presentation
  • Featured article on LaunchDFW
  • Free incorporation from VentureDocs for the winning team and discounted for 2nd and 3rd place
  • Ability to compete in the Global Startup Battle competition ($500,000+ of prizes)

Join us for the weekend and connect with the judges on Sunday night. Startup Weekend Fort Worth is proud to have the following judges from the Fort Worth community:

  • Jorge Varela, Assistant Director, TECH Fort Worth
  • Robert Sturns,Domestic & International Business Recruitment Manager, City of Fort Worth & Director, Fort Worth Business Assistance Center
  • Hayden Blackburn, Director, IDEA Works FW
  • Michael Sherrod, William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence, Director TCU/Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurial Fellows
  • Cameron Cushman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, PhysAssist Scribes, Inc

You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity so be sure to register and bring your next big idea for this energy filled event! For more information and to register for the event visit fortworth.up.co.

Your City. Your Idea. Your Future.
The Rally For Innovation Is On!




Startup Weekend to Make Fort Worth Debut Nov 21-23

 

Startup Weekend
Fort Worth Nov 21-23

Startup Weekend is coming to Fort Worth on November 21-23, 2014! If you’re not familiar, Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event where developers, designers and business development folks come together to pitch an idea and launch a business, all in one weekend. It is a great opportunity to test startup ideas, meet potential co-founders, build the community in Fort Worth and launch your next startup!

Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend Fort Worth will also be taking place during the Global Startup Battle. An initiative created by Startup Weekend, Global Startup Battle aims to generate a stronger global community of entrepreneurs through the largest startup competition in the world. During the weekend prior to and following Global Entrepreneurship Week, hundreds of Startup Weekend and other UP Global programs are hosted around the world and winning teams from each event move forward to compete with one another via a global video competition. Global Startup Battle enriches the global entrepreneurial community by creating a sense of inclusion between startup teams around the world.

A look back at Global Startup Battle 2013:

  • 170 events in 40 countries
  • 15,000 participants
  • 135 million hours of work on innovations, companies, and technology
  • 325,000 tweets in 10 days and over a million contest page views
  • 1,000 video entries and over 150,000 votes
  • 60 million eyeballs on GSB in just 2 weeks

Attendees at  Startup Weekend Fort Worth you will have the pleasure to hear from the keynote speaker Jonathan Coon and the story of his entrepreneurial journey as the founder of 1-800-CONTACTS, which sold in June 2012 for $900 million. Mr. Coon’s favorite quote: “The difficult we do now. The impossible takes a little bit longer.” – US Army Corps of Engineers

You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity! There will be a lot coming out on the judges and sponsors in the coming weeks so be sure to follow onFacebook and spread the word. Early bird specials end on November 10, 2014 so be sure to register for this energy filled event! For more information and to register for the event visit fortworth.up.co.




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