Less than 2 months after finishing Startup Weekend Bergen as runner-up, Loredana Cobzariu was ready to sell her handmade statement jewellery through her stunning web-shop: http://www.lory.no/
The website was realised thanks to Simerjit Singh Dhammi – one of Startup Weekend Bergen’s fantastic mentors – and his company Tenk.IT that offers digital solutions to small and medium sized enterprises. Tenk.IT most generously offered the crafting of the web-shop as a prize for the team finishing second during the last Startup Weekend held at BI Bergen.
Loredana herself describes the experiences during and after Startup Weekend as transformative: “Thanks to Startup Weekend Bergen I have gained more confidence and released all my dreams to reality.” – she says.
Startup Weekend’s motto is “No talk, all action” – and Loredana and her team followed the advice splendidly. They used the weekend for in-person customer validation, crafted a wholesome brand experience and showed a preliminary website during the Sunday night pitch. The judges were impressed by this development and gave much credit to team’s ability to start selling immediately.
At Startup Weekend, participants get a go at their startup ideas during one weekend and receive sound advice and invaluable help from local entrepreneurs and startup experts. Thanks to enthusiastic and dedicated individuals like Simerjit who shared his experiences from his own startup Tenk.IT, the Startup Weekend experience helps to add momentum to local startup communities.
Tenk.IT’s Simerjit enjoyed the Startup Weekend concept and is looking forward to the next event, saying: “Our experience with Startup Weekend is that this is a very good opportunity for entrepreneurs of all ages to fulfill their dreams. You get the opportunity to genuine feedback from other entrepreneurs, mentors and judges, while providing time to work and develop your idea.”
Want to try it out for yourself? If you have an idea or are simply curious about how to start a business, then consider joining the next Startup Weekend in Bergen held on Nov 14 – 16. You do not need a team to take part, teams are formed organically on site.
Meanwhile, have a look at lory jewels yourself and claim a 15% discount using the promo code supbergen (valid until 31/10/2014)!