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 SWM_Facebook profile-06Startup Weekend Maui returns on May 15-17, 2015!

Hosted by the Maui Economic Development Board, this event will provide active and empowered entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn how to launch a company in 54 hours. The event will be held at the Maui Research & Technology Center at 590 Lipoa Parkway in Kihei, Maui, Hawaii.

Startup Weekend brings together entrepreneurs of different backgrounds, including software developers, marketers, designers, and other enthusiasts. The event offers a fun, intense, risk-free way to get a startup off the ground; connect with other passionate and skilled individuals; and perhaps even find a co-founder or two to transform their ideas into reality.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekend culminates with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

“Startup Weekend is an adrenalin rush from the first pitch through to the last presentation,” said Gerry Smith of Maui Economic Development Board. “Coming in to pitch an idea on Friday night and leaving on Sunday evening with a startup company along with a bag full of new network contacts is an invaluable experience for any entrepreneur.”

For more information and to register for the 2015 Startup Weekend Maui, visit www.j.mp/startupmaui or call Gerry Smith at MEDB at (808) 270-6803.

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Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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Gerald Smith