During May 2016, we held the second annual Editions Month. This initiative was created to highlight new editions of Startup Weekend, focusing on industries, themes and audiences.
Editions of Startup Weekend bring together entrepreneurs and industry experts for all kinds of innovation and community building – they are an invaluable tool for Community Leaders to foster the diversity required for thriving entrepreneurial communities. With ideas from all around the world, this year’s Editions Month spotlighted the unique talents and resources of communities in 49 Cities and in 49 countries around the world.
Throughout the initiative, we ran a contest with our organizers, where we encouraged them to tell us the story of their events to win funds for building their local startup community. The entries were judged by a committee of Facilitators and other Organizers, who decided on the winners based on the following criteria:
- Inspiration & Passion
Judges praised on all entries with comments such as, “I really liked the approach of telling the stories and showing examples of experiences during the event, which highlights the most of any event and how it impacts people, and the most important part, the community.”
We are proud to announce this year’s winners!
Nairobi, East Africa
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Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Thank you! To our community leaders, organizers, mentors and local judges, who for each event take the time and dedication in order to improve their communities and who work as volunteers for the cause of bringing entrepreneurship to every corner of the world. Also, thanks to our sponsors for supporting our events around the world and making them possible.
We’d also like to give a special thank you to the amazing judges of Editions Month 2016!
To close out UP Global’s Editions Month campaign, I’ll be hosting a diversity edition of Startup Weekend in Miami. To be held at VentureHive, one of Miami’s top startup accelerators, this event is lead by Paula Celestino, a previous Startup Weekend Tampa winner who co-founded KlosetKarma from her experience, an app that monetizes your wardrobe.
While this is not my first time in the glorious state of Florida, this is my first time in Miami, which means I’ll be full of regret if I do not accomplish the following.
1. Take a photo of myself wearing pastel colors.
I prefer to wear darker tones (black, grey, blue, etc.) – and this will not do in sunny south Florida. Fortunately Miami is one of the fashion capitals of the world, so I should be in good hands.
2. Find a proper place to “get jiggy with it.”
Yes, like to most of you, Will Smith is pretty much the cultural ambassador of Miami to the rest of the country. My goal is to find out exactly what he was talking about in that video so many years ago. Also, I now feel super old.
3. Eat the best Cuban sandwich I can find.
This is all Jon Favreau’s fault. I had my first Cuban ever… in Seattle. I can only presume that somewhere in Miami will patronize that experience … by welcoming me as their patron… perhaps serving it with some Patron?
4. Try to look somewhat sexy through salsa dancing.
Of all the items on this list, I am the most confident in accomplishing this one.
5. Jump sideways while pretending to fire two guns in air.
The ish is gonna get REAL.
6. Find some Heat merchandise for my brother-in-law.
For reasons I do not understand, my Filipino brother really likes the Miami Heat. I’ll have to get him a Wade jersey to help him through the tough times.
7. See if I look good walking around South Beach in a speedo.
Of all the items on this list, this is the one I am least confident in accomplishing.
8. Learn some Spanish. After all, this is America.
During my brief time in UP Global, I worked with an amazing bilingual team and wish I could communicate with them on their level. I only learned how to laugh. Jajaja.
9. “Seriously, Paula. We’re going dancing, right?”
I will start a dance party AT the event if I have to. Speaking of which…
10. Inspire a new community of Miamians into the startup life.
Of course, the greatest thrill of all is to pass on the experiences that I had at Startup Weekend to a new community. I am especially proud to be a part of an event that’s emphasizing diversity and openness – one of the fundamental tenets of UP Global is “radical inclusion,” where everyone should have a chance to experience what’s it like to be an entrepreneur.
Just a few weeks away. I can’t wait to get this show started!
Lee Ngo, Facilitator
Startup Weekend Miami Diversity
Lee Ngo is an UP Global community leader based in Pittsburgh, PA.