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Check your calendar right now! Look at the weekend of February 6 – 8, 2015. If you don’t already have high priority events on that Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday, put Startup Weekend Green Bay (SWGB) on your calendar for those days.

Here’s the official explanation of what Startup Weekend is: “Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups.” You can find out lots more about Startup Weekends by poking around on the Startup Weekend main website, http://startupweekend.org/, or by doing a Google search for “startup weekend.”

The first SWGB event happened in February 2014, and people enjoyed it so much that they decided to make it an annual event. You can read a short summary of SWGB 2014 at http://greenbay.startupweekend.org/2014/02/24/startup-weekend-wrap-up/.

Startup Weekends are participant-driven events. If you live in northeast Wisconsin and are highly interested in the concept of this event, please consider helping with the planning and preparation for SWGB 2015. Your help is needed to make sure people know about the event, to personally invite people to participate in SWGB, to identify and help recruit mentors, and to generally make this a fantastically fun and worthwhile event. If interested in helping, email us at greenbay@startupweekend.org.

We especially need help recruiting an interesting and effective mix of participants for the event. Creating a new startup company isn’t an activity for everyone, but there are thousands of people in the Fox Cities, the Green Bay area and other parts of northeast Wisconsin who will enjoy being part of a startup. We need to let those people know about SWGB so they can connect with like-minded people in the startup community. This year one of my goals is to maximize the variety of people participating on SWGB startup teams. Here’s a prioritized list of the demographic groups I’m targeting to connect with and recruit for SWGB 2015:

  1. Developers (computer programmers, website developers, app developers, etc)
  2. Designers
  3. Marketers
  4. Females
  5. Middle school and high school students
  6. Different ethnic backgrounds

There will be a series of blog posts on this website about SWGB, so come back often! Until your next visit to this blog, you have three assignments:

  1. Block out February 6 – 8, 2015, on your calendar for SWGB.
  2. Start making a list of ideas for launching a new startup.
  3. Spread the word to others about SWGB 2015.

If you are willing to help spread the news about SWGB to one (or more) of the above groups of people, and to help recruit SWGB participants from those groups, please contact me at bwaldron@gmail.com.

Chris Schmitz