Startup weekend 2015 was my first involvement in the startup scene in Macedonia. I knew something was cooking around the startup scene in Macedonia but I never thought there are/will be so many enthusiasts in one room in one place. Together with a high school friend of mine, we bought tickets and went to Kafana to “discuss” possible ideas day before the event.
When Startup Weekend started we formed a team with two more members. The team – NCS – don’t remember what the acronym stands for anymore – won that years edition of the Startup Weekend and even though we are not working on the project anymore – we are not a failed startup just we didn’t manage to monetize the app. We all went on our separate ways creating better tomorrow in Macedonia and the region and we all know that startup weekend 2015 made us what we are today.
Last but not least, startup weekend is the only place where you enter alone and after 54 hours you exit with new test app, a godfather for your child, a team and bunch of friends, tons of mentors advice, free office space and legal help to launch a company. I always want to recommend business books but the best advice on how to start, ran and do business is Startup Weekend So don’t miss out this opportunity to join this Startup Weekend and experience those 54 hours that will change your life entirely!
Eventually, everyone one of us has come up with an idea to start a business, regardless of whether you have given more thought about it or just something you shared with your friends during coffee. And that’s the great thing, many ideas come from our everyday surrounding. Even the biggest companies today, such as Dropbox, Facebook, Apple and others started small. Just the conditions to try to start something new were very different then and now.
Today, thanks to the advanced technology and easy access to knowledge, we can search for a business idea very easily. One of the greatest benefits nowadays is Startup Weekend – a 54 hours event where motivated and ambitious people get together and share their ideas about a certain problem. They begin with pitching the ideas and then the participants vote for the ideas that seem feasible and provide a solution to a problem. Then, they form teams where each team works on the idea for the entire weekend.
During their work, they have mentoring sessions, where experienced professionals from different areas of expertise such as business, IT, marketing, graphic design, finance, developers, UX/UI designers, fundraising and many others. share their knowledge and market insights to help the teams create the best solution possible. The latest day the teams present their prototypes in front of a jury, consisted of highly experienced business people with different backgrounds. They have a task to listen and estimate each team and decide which ones will get a chance to continue to develop further their idea.
One of the biggest benefits for every participant is that you can finally present your idea to an audience that not only will be glad to hear it, but it can help you transform it into a real business. A second best thing that is happening during the entire Startup Weekend is the incredible chance for networking. You can contact directly every mentor and judge during the weekend, get to know them, their story, open new opportunities for your career. Also, you get a chance to win prizes that will help you transform your idea into a real business after the weekend is finished.
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