Buffalo Startup Weekend enters its 7th annual run next weekend, September 29th through October 1st at Dig Buffalo, 640 Ellicott St. The 54-hour crash course on entrepreneurship explains how to grow a simple idea into a full-fledged, successful business.
The event kicks off with networking on Friday night at 6 p.m., where all guests are invited to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the ideas and from there the coaches mentor the groups on how to create a business model, design their website, and supporting marketing collateral, market validation, and coding basics.
“What we like to see is a lot of people who come to Startup Weekend who maybe don’t necessarily have an idea, but have the energy to put some creativity into it,” said Janae Pitts, Co-Founder OneTen Capital.
Startup Weekend brings together talented people. Each idea and team member brings a unique point of view and skill to the table. Attendees take their learnings from being able to freely express their thoughts among peers and really launch their entrepreneurial career.
Brendon Dever, co-founder of Heads Up Solution, won the competition in 2013. His takeaways from the event enabled him and his team to raise private and public capital funding, which was used to research the market and develop their technology to fit.
“Startup Weekend is an opportunity to take control over your career and life,” Dever said. “If you have a dream to chase, Startup Weekend is the perfect starting point.”
The event culminates with presentations on Sunday afternoon, when the winning teams are able to present their business plans to local leaders serving as judges.