Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Startup Weekend For?

It doesn’t matter what you do or where you come from, Startup Weekend is designed as an inclusive event and program that brings all sorts of people together including…

  • aspiring & experienced entrepreneurs
  • developers and other tech-related professionals
  • designers of all types
  • non-technical talent (i.e. business, sales, finance, legal, etc.)
  • students from colleges, universities, and even high schools
  • professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills
  • passionate visionaries
    and many more!

Your ticket includes:

  • Access to the full weekend-long event
  • Opportunity to pitch your idea on Thursday night @ Pitch Fire
  • Mentoring by all-stars from the startup community
  • Tasty meals all weekend
  • Collaboration with awesome professionals
  • All-star judges panel lead by startup leaders
  • A process for taking any idea from concept to creation in a matter of days, and
  • Over 75 awesome new friends!

Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then great!  We hope you pitch for the weekend.  If you don’t have an idea, that’s quite all right!  Come and spend the weekend, listen to the ideas being pitched, and see if something strikes your interest!  The weekend is all about learning about the startup ideation process and from your peers.

Why Should I Register?

Learn Something New: 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.

Networking: This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts the community’s best makers and do-ers.  And, 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 work with.

Mentoring:  Local leaders – business people, tech experts and entrepreneurs – participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. You’ll get some one-on-one  and group time with local experts who can help you with your ideas.

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.

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.
Join the Startup Community: Join over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.

I already have a business, is this event for me?  

Yes! Startup Weekend if for everyone.  What you know is valuable and you’ll have the chance to share your skills and experiences with others who want to learn.

I don’t have any ideas! 

Technically, everyone has ideas.  What you probably mean is, I’m not sure if my idea is viable. This is the perfect opportunity to explore that idea. Not every idea is viable, but Startup Weekend will help you determine if your idea has legs…and if it doesn’t, that’s okay, you will join another team and help take someone else’s idea from prototype to pitch.

Does my idea have to be an app or involve technology? 

No, all ideas are welcome.  You might want to start a chain of coffee stores (remember, Starbucks was a startup, at some point), create a wedding business, develop a new gadget, or offer a service.  But, if you do have an app idea, that’s okay, we love those too.  The point is, you’re not limited to any specific area or type of idea.

Is this event for experienced people only?

No. We welcome all levels of experience. No matter what your background, you’ll learn a lot from your team, other participants, the coaches and judges!  Plus, we need experienced people to help build the teams and share lessons-learned.

I’ve already participated in a Startup Weekend. 

Great! You can participate in as many as you like!  Just because you’ve participated in the past doesn’t mean you shouldn’t participate again. Each weekend is unique because the ideas are different and there are so many different people to meet.








How RAK Startup Weekend will blow your Mind

The RAK Startup Weekend is not just another startup weekend by Techstars and RAK Incubation, its really a unique event with the support of multi-international Tech players and Local Business Community.

The Startup Weekend in RAK will be a very rich event in terms of supporting your Idea to the maximum level with the help of experts in just 54 hours. Why? because speakers, mentors, and the jury are real industrial experts with proof tracking records.

Ras Al Khaimah is speeding to build its  Entrepreneurship Unique Eco-System with cutting-edge solutions to enhance start-up culture and knowledge in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Several focused Startups initiative was designed to enable a powerful platform for entrepreneurs and startups, offering unique multiple advantages through its startup framework, specialized industrial centers, training and mentorship, access to investors and decision makers. 

Startup Weekend in RAK will make a big difference for many people within our community, and it’s provided with the highest level of excellence. We ensure all details are simple, seamless and handled in a timely manner. 

At RAK Startup Weekend you will have the opportunity to meet decision makers at Government and Semi Government Level who invests in Innovation and Technology. Learn and share with Educators, Academics, and Industrial Experts. Additionally, get the benefits of networking with Older Entrepreneurs who went through the 360 Learning Degree.

 

 

 








10 reasons why you should attend

Startup Weekend Ras Al Khaimah is an exciting event that all budding entrepreneurs should attend. We will be hosting the weekend from October 12-14, 2017. We are looking forward to having our top experts, designers and developers guide the participants this year to convert the best ideas to minimum viable products (mvp).

Here are our TOP 10 reasons to come to Startup Weekend Ras Al Khaimah:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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!

Save Money: Startup Weekends are affordable. Your ticket includes seven meals, snacks, and all the coffee you can drink.

Interested in joining or have any questions, check out our website – www.swrak.ae. Reach out to us by sending us an email to: rasalkhaimah@startupweekend.org.








Startup Weekend Comes to UAE

It’s confirmed. Startup Weekend is coming to the UAE again, this time in the beautiful exciting emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Starting on the October 12th,  the RAK Incubation and Accelerator is going to open its doors to this exciting event.

We’re expecting a great group of techies, designers, entrepreneurs, marketers, and students and looking forward to seeing some great new startups come out of this weekend.

Tickets are on sale at an early-bird price. Student tickets are at 50% office (Ah!What it takes to be a student again). Just click on the Register button up above to get your tickets.

Stay tuned for more information on Startup Weekend Ras Al Khaimah.








Why attend Startup Weekend RAK?

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:

Education:
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.

Co-Founder Dating:
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 Winners

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).








Hotels close to the venue

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*)