Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend! Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top eight:
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.
Build your network:
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.
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 you can actually launch a startup with.
Learn a new skill:
Step outside of your comfort zone. 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 just try something different.
Actually launch a business:
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
Get face time with thought leaders:
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
Join a global community:
Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Startup Weekend Al Ain (October 30-November 1) Winners received valuable prizes, donated by our Sponsors, that will give the startups the boost they need to succeed!
1st Prize: FENYAN
In5- incubation space up to 6 months, subsidizing trade license, mentorship and access to investors + Google 1 hour mentorship session + Ayman Itani- digital & social media kick-starter session + Potential- coaching + Microsoft- BizSpark package- open access to content and developer tools + Stationary.ae- business model canvas training.
2nd Prize: GO ABAYA
Aramex- office space, free usage of wifi and office supplies + Potential- coaching + Google 1 hour mentorship session + Ayla Hotel- dinner and 5 passes to Healthy Club + Microsoft- BizSpark package- open access to content and developer tools + Stationary.ae- business model canvas training + Oasis500 Bootcamp (3 seats).
3rd Prize: UAE Entrepreneur
Silicon Oasis Founders- Full day workshop and mentorship + Potential- coaching + Wamda- Wamda cards for the winning team + Microsoft- BizSpark package- open access to content and developer tools + Stationary.ae- business model canvas training + Oasis500 Bootcamp (3 seats).
To book hotels close to the venues, we suggest to use one of the following:
Hilton RAK 4.6kms (5*)
Double Tree by Hilton RAK 4.6kms (4*)
RAK Hotel 9.9kms (4*)
City Hotel 4.0kms (3*)