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The most frightening thing I’ve done recently also turned out to be the most rewarding.
About a month ago I attended a Startup Weekend in my resident city. I knew no other enrolled attendee and next to nothing about the process. But I had a keen interest in business, startups, and the unique opportunity SW offers to potentially build a business from the ground up. Within a weekend.
When I arrived on Friday night I was filled with a mix of anxiety, excitement and ambition.
I wanted some magic to happen.
After some ups and down moulding a good team, ours started working on a concept I felt had good potential. We were following the Lean Startup method and had worked out a problem, a solution and who our potential customers would be by the end of Friday night.
On Saturday morning we left the building to do some market validation. Unfortunately, after spending hours gathering data and customer validation we discovered that not only did our solution already exist, but in nearly the exact same form we’d envisioned.
We were disheartened and exhausted. But we still wanted to work together. We wanted to finish the weekend. We just needed a new business idea.
After a couple hours brainstorming over beer and craft hot chocolate we were left grasping at straws and coming up short.
We returned to the building together for what we thought would be our last meal as a team: fresh paella, a Startup Weekend Wellington tradition.
After the meal, we were prepared to disassemble and go home to a decent night’s sleep.
And then a little magic happened.
A Startup Weekend mentor approached us with some sage advice that changed our weekend.
She said, “I want you to know, every team reaches this point. Not only that, but every business reaches this point. When there seems no possible way forward and that no solution exists, it’s those who find a way and a will that succeed.”
Boom. We were back in. I forgot my own need to sleep and forgot the daunting fear of failure.
Our team chose to persevere over the remainder of the weekend and we pulled out a turn-around so profound that we earned the ‘Boomerang’ award from the SW mentors Sunday evening.
We were also the honourable recipients of the first standing ovation Dave Moskovitz, our lead mentor, longtime global Startup Weekend facilitator and organiser, has ever given a team during pitch practice in his entire Startup Weekend history.
And he stood and applauded us again when we were announced the weekend’s overall winner.
What began as an exercise to stretch my comfort zone became one of the most fulfilling 54-hour work periods in my recent memory. Meeting and joining the incredible team of my now-co-founders and winning Startup Weekend Wellington has started me (and I hope us) on a journey.
And I’m not sure that where that journey will take us nor where it will end. But I feel we can rest assured there will be more magic involved.
STARTUP WEEKEND RETURNS TO ATHENS OCTOBER 23RD-25TH!
If you’ve considered for even two minutes that you might like to become an entrepreneur, here’s why Startup Weekend is the place to start.
If you’ve ever had an idea that you wanted to share. If you like to compete…have fun…and make something from scratch, read why STARTUP WEEKEND is made for you.
If you like to design applications, code in JAVA or C++, or use WordPress applets…if you like to talk to customers about their problems, explain technical solutions in plain English, or make presentations in front of a roomful of people you’ve never met, learn why it would be a HUGE mistake to miss STARTUP WEEKEND.
Here’s the Not-David-Letterman Top 10 List of What to Expect.
10. Great munchies, a get-acquainted happy hour, and easy introductions to interesting new folks.
We’ll feed you, help you relax (a little), and have a bit of fun with an ice-breaker to two. Lots of people come on their own. You’ll meet people who are almost just like you and almost nothing like you.
9. A safe place to take a risk.
You might get a few laughs, but no one is going to call your idea dumb. Whether you know anything about technology or not, you’ll have a skill that some team needs. Part of the whole experience is putting yourself out there to be part of process.
8. 15 to 50 Fastball Pitches.
Right off the bat, anyone with an idea is invited to make a 1 minute pitch. Everyone votes with Post-it® notes. Over the next 50 hours, 10to 15 teams will turn a roomful of concepts into a bunch of companies.
7. Power teams.
This means you! Women and men. Millennials to Boomers to Gen X and Y. From multiple states, countries, continents, and cultures. Marketing, technical, finance, and more. A total mixed bag of value add.
6. All Action, no talk.
Tenacity. Passion. Determination. Once the top concepts are chosen, people self-select around those ideas. You’ll get a taste of what it takes to combine the right mix of talent to accomplish the near impossible. Who’s responsible for what? What are the deliverables? How fast can you get it done?
5. Concept validation.
Every good business plan begins with the entrepreneur surveying the market and talking to customers.
4. Minimal viable prototypes.
It’s a two-day hack-a-thon with a business spin.
3. Contacts, contacts, contacts.
The Ohio University Innovation Center will be packed with people you will be happy to meet: Wanna-be entrepreneurs, Gonna-be entrepreneurs, Already-are-entrepreneurs. Plus developers, designers, investors, mentors, business leaders, and more.
There’s an esprit and collaborative feeling that comes about when you fill a space created for entrepreneurs with a hundred folks who want to concentrate for three days and give it a try.
1. The whole startup experience compressed into 3/365th of a year.
From concept validation to prototype, STARTUP WEEKEND delivers a dose of it all.
There’s the risk of putting your idea out there and having it voted up or down.
There’s the challenge of building the right team. And having a great idea, only to discover that a competitor in Texas is already doing it.
There’s the reward of winning the business plan pitch and getting some cool prizes.
There’s the satisfaction of living up to the commitment of delivering results overnight.
STARTUP WEEKEND is one of the cornerstone events of the Athens entrepreneurial ecosystem. It is a catalyst for people to take risk and get a taste of what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.
Give it a try!
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Startup Weekend Athens
October 23rd-25th, 2015
Startup Weekend Athens 2015
Why should YOU attend Startup Weekend?
1. Launch a business!
2. Gain valuable insight from our coaches who have experience working with aspiring entrepreneurs.
3. Meet potential co-founders and business partners.
4. Collaborate with like-minded individuals to come up with an innovative idea. Then, find out if the idea has traction and how best to position yourself to make it reality.
5. Build your network. Meet creative, innovative people with whom you can solve problems.
6. Meet amazing judges and mentors and hear great feedback.
7. Learn a new skill. You’ll be fully emerged in all things startup, from marketing to technical development, and from design to pitching.
8. Get inspired by a group of entrepreneurs just like you.
9. Win cash prizes and make your idea happen.
10. Find out what you excel at in 54 hours. Spend the weekend perfecting your networking, pitching and brainstorming ideas.
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