Startup Weekend: How to approach the event and get maximum things out of the weekend


In November 2014, our team Ubrand won Startup Weekend Hyderabad. We were also fortunate to be selected in top 6 ideas in women’s track for Global Startup Battle, San Francisco. The team consisted of 6 members. I am Pawan, one of them. I had been to Startup Weekend Mumbai 2014 too, before this but did not win anything in my first attempt. This time I decided to approach Startup Weekend in a different way and I could see the effect in the result. Startup Weekend has given me so much in my life and hence wanted to return the favor and hence, I decided to write this article.

Generally this is what happens in Startup Weekend: (First day) Everyone pitches an idea, voting happens, teams are formed for the 8-9 top voted ideas; (Second day) Brainstorming, meeting with mentors, customer validation and making the product and (Third day) final presentations and Q&A session and declaration of winners.

The following are my main learnings from my Startup weekends: (Forgive me, the article is slightly extensive but it will give you a feel what it is all about)

Understand your strengths:

The very fundamental thing you need to be prepared with is an understanding of what skill sets you have. Are you a confident developer? Are you good with quick wire-framing? Are you good at presenting ideas? Are you good at planning tasks? Are you good at identifying skill sets among others? Are you good with selling stuff? Are you good at making presentations? Are you good with designing UI /graphics?

It is important to understand that when you are trying to work in a startup ecosystem, you need to bring in some skill sets on the table. For that, first step is to understand what those skill-sets are for yourself and this is where Startup Weekend comes into picture. It is like a microcosm of the startup ecosystem.

It is absolutely fine if you do not have expertise in any of the skill sets but the least you can do is to make them better by either preparing /practicing more on those skill sets or coming to Startup weekend to learn more and get a head start on learning them.

The Pitch

Personally, for both of my Startup weekends, I screwed up the pitch big time. I felt like Rahul Gandhi while pitching the idea. I had no idea of what I was speaking. However, as soon as I finished my pitches, I was mature enough to understand that this is just the beginning. I personally feel the more uncomfortable experiences you have in your life, the stronger you become, the more confident you become. I treated it as one more uncomfortable experience and moved on. And as a result, I was pretty confident in the final presentations and Q and A.

Go with idea which you feel needs you, not which is glamorous

People feel that the first-day pitch is the most important aspect of Startup weekend. I feel it’s about 20 percent important in general (unless your key strength is presenting ideas), the rest 80 percent is you selecting the right idea to work on. If you have been in startup circles for some time, you must already know that no idea is unique nor owned by anyone. Idea is just an energy which some people are able to detect and express it much better than others. It is the actual end product which matters. Hence, be very careful with ideas you choose to work upon. What I always do is make a list of interesting ideas from all the pitches and what I can contribute (from skills point of view) in that idea to turn it into a successful product.

Finally, I decide to select the idea which has

  1. a) Tremendous potential impact and business value (and not just social value or glamor created by the pitch itself)
  2. b) Which is almost new and not worked upon already by the pitch-maker. This will expose you with many new aspects of the product and also, will give you a sense of ownership.

In my first SW, I went for a not-for-profit social product which is still very close to my heart but it could not convince judges especially business aspect of it. It is kind of funny when our business model is the only aspect which gets scrutinized in the final presentation for a product which was not-for-profit. But the fact of the matter is, in order for anything to be successful, it should have a strong business proposition. However, this becomes extremely difficult job to come with one for social ventures. Hence, it’s ok to go for slightly conservative ideas where you can attach an already proved business model.

Honesty with mentors

Mentors are not there to validate your ideas. Stop selling your ideas to them. This is the most general tendency I have seen in other teams. The best way is to treat mentors as your team. Pitch them your idea, ask for their inputs on what is good and what could be improved. The best thing about SW is that the mentors are (at least, 90 percent of them) very experienced with products and so, they are exceptional in asking the right questions and sometimes, even in answering them. And have someone in your team to note all the points which you discuss so that you can prepare for final Q&A round from this set of questions.

 Keep up your enthusiasm

One more thing I have observed is teams lose out on initial excitement and enthusiasm after the first day. That affects the quality of work. It just becomes a competition, a competition of perception of the products and not the product itself. The reality becomes clear directly in the final presentations. (Well, that is also a perception but its perception based on actual work) So, don’t fall in that trap of competition because each team’s approach and stress on various aspects of the product will be different, it’s the end result that matters.

 Do something concrete, quick prototyping

I have seen so many great presentations, great individuals, great teams fail in SW because they didn’t have anything working. All they had is a plan. I also take this opportunity to say that if you don’t build a prototype, your probability of winning goes down by about at least 50 percent. I was fortunate that I had two very talented developers in my team who stayed up all night and finished the prototype in one night. That is the spirit of Startup Weekend. So, pick a developer or at least somebody with wire-framing skills in your team and an urge to do extra ordinary things in extremely less time. Otherwise, it’s going to be an uphill task to win this competition.

 Close as many hypothesis-proof-conclusion cycles as possible

Building something is important, but in parallel, you need to ask all the fundamental questions about the product and its market. Those questions are brilliantly articulated by Startup Weekend team. Answer all of them using some facts or proofs. Those proofs could either be in form of customer validation (surveys or personal interviews) or actual data. Use reliable sources before quoting something. I also recommend taking a deep dive and going through 2-3 relevant research papers (We went through at least five of them). The main reason is you should be able to write what is our hypothesis about what should work, why it should work and then prove it. This kind of structured thinking will help you all your life if you decide to work on products professionally in future.

Customer validation: Half the battle won

What better than customers wanting to use your product before you even build it. We were lucky that we had two clients already ready to tie up with us when we were finished with the prototype. But its not that simple. We almost spent a day in finalizing the core and our market and direct customers. To be very honest, we finalized on the core of our product in late Saturday evening, when most of other teams had started preparing final presentations on Sunday evening. After that, overnight we developed a prototype and went to customers on Sunday morning and generally when they see actual working product, they can actually validate your product.

Take lead and identify traits of team members as fast as possible and distribute the work

As you must have realized by now, making a full android app, going through 5-6 research papers, meeting 50+ potential end users, meeting 10+ potential clients and collecting data and figures etc. is not a work of one extraordinary team member, it’s a team effort. Use team efficiently by division of work. Identify or ask team members what they are good at and which aspect would they like to work on and then clearly make division of work. Also, remember, a wise Guru once said “No one likes to be managed but every one longs to be involved.” Involve all, give them responsibilities and you will see at the end of 72 hours, you would do something magnificent.

 Network with people any way, genuinely

Yes, you are there for a competition. Yes, you have loads of work to complete. But networking and helping other participants is also very important. I remember sharing my past research paper on market analysis to a competing team since they were working on the similar product. We still are in contact because that action was bona-fide and I also remember helping couple of other teams with positioning and product. Also, I had good talks with people from different spheres of life in SW and that became very important part of my learning. And yes, at the beginning it’s very very awkward.

Do not under estimate final presentations – do something unique

Presentations are not everything but if you don’t present good, it will blur all your efforts. So, prepare hard for presentations from Sunday morning. And try to be different, unique. In our case, we were the least impressive speakers among all other teams. However, I did read somewhere that a good presentation is when you know when to modulate your pitch and not to be consistent. That will bore the hell out of audience and none of us very capable of changing pitches. However, we figured out that all three of us had different voice pitch. So, in the final presentations, all three of us presented in a round robin fashion and I think we did pretty good job. We also placed funny images and gifs in between to keep the audience attentive while not overdoing it too. You can do something more unique and get some cherry points for the presentation efforts.

Generally pre worked ideas do not work

I might be slightly inexperienced to make this conclusion but I have not seen pre worked ideas winning this competition. This may be because it generally becomes one man show or teams generally become too much aggressive to defend some aspects because they have worked a lot on them.

For my first SW event, I pitched something which I worked on for more than 3 months and I failed miserably because I could not complete what all things I needed to say in one minute. So, for the second time, I had an idea but I didn’t go very deep into it, just prepared for the pitch for half a day. Though while pitching it was rejected, I found a team with a similar idea, joined that team, and worked on an amalgamated version of our ideas.

 Don’t be selfish

Yes, you have come for a competition. Yes, you want to learn everything. But, you also need to understand that there are team members who might have just joined the team to learn few things. Help them, teach them, show them how it’s done, involve them and I am sure they will never forget you for rest of their lives.

So in conclusion, irrespective of who wins the competition, you get following things out of SW:

  • You learn life in less than 72 hours: The more problems you solve, the more things you will achieve
  • You get incredible opportunities: You may get startup offers or you may get opportunity to continue work on same idea with same team after the competition in the actual world. This can be your entry point to startup ecosystem.
  • Confidence and feel good factor: At the end of third day, you will feel that you are much confident after this experience and you will feel good about yourself and your decision to join the event.
  • You will have one more adventure for rest of your life to tell it to your grand kids

So, in conclusion, the point when you decide to come for Startup Weekend, you are giving yourself an opportunity to change your life forever.

Authored by

Pawan Sevak

Startup Weekend Hyderabad
November 20th, 2015

Startup week-end Orléans : les résultats de la 2e édition après 54heures de travail !

La 2ème édition du startup week-end Orléans vient de se dérouler les 9-10-11 octobre à l’Hôtel Dupanloup. 86 inscrits étaient présents vendredi soir et 32 d’entre eux ont « pitché ». Sur ces 32 idées présentées, 10 ont été retenues. Après 54heures de travail, le jury a délibéré dimanche soir pour remettre 3 prix et un prix coup de cœur pour l’équipe la plus connectée.

Pour la 2ème année consécutive, un Startup Week-end a été organisé à Orléans les 9-10-11 octobre à l’Hôtel Dupanloup. Les participants ont eu 54 heures pour monter une start-up, coachés par des mentors.

Vendredi soir, les 32 porteurs de projet ont eu une minute pour « pitcher » leur idée. Après avoir échangé avec les uns et les autres, tous les participants ont voté pour leurs idées préférées.


31 pitchs pour 10 équipes retenues 10 idées ont été retenues :
– Starting casting, devenu Casting up (24 voix) : un agrégateur d’annonces publiées sur les sites de casting qui propose également des formations pour les artistes ou passionnés par le monde artistique

– Sinoji (23 voix) : une plateforme Web de mise en relation de porteurs de projet et de porteurs de compétences afin d’aider à la création de startup (en échange d’actions)

– Poneo (23 voix) : une application de mise en relation des centres équestres de passionnés de chevaux

– HabiWeb, devenu Wif’Air (20 voix) : le WiFi pour tous (une solution Web collaborative)

– Economie collaborative de confiance, devenu TrustR (17 voix) : une plateforme de collecte d’informations, d’avis, de commentaires associée à des services multiples

– Booking minute, devenu Roof minute (16 voix) : une plateforme de mise à disposition d’espaces dédiés au co-working pour des temps limités

– Eco-couple, devenu HappyTri (15 voix) : une appli pour optimiser le tri à la source et le recyclage des déchets grâce au code barre des produits – ALT TAB GG (13 voix) : le 1er média en ligne français sur le e-sport (jeux vidéos en ligne)

– Shag, devenu Comptoir des Potes (13 voix) : une interface de création de communautés sportives au sein des bars qui retransmettent les événements sportifs

– Déguise-toi en Thug, devenu Star face (13 voix) : un site e-commerce de vente de masques de déguisement en papier pour les hommes

Les équipes se sont constituées naturellement, regroupant des compétences différentes et complémentaires. Elles ont eu ensuite 2 jours pour finaliser au mieux leur projet avant le « pitch » final le dimanche soir.

3 lauréats et 1 prix coup de cœur
L’équipe gagnante du 1er prix, félicitée par Olivier Carré, député maire d’Orléans (au premier plan)

Après avoir écouté les 10 pitchs de 5 minutes, le jury a délibéré pour choisir les 3 projets vainqueurs. Le jury était composé de 7 personnes : Christine Broudic (la République du centre), Jérôme Valette (Sigrénéa), Philippe Fraysse (TREES-CIA), Sylvie Lefevre (GFI), David Gurfinkel (Kiwik), Joris Rrenaud (The Family), Stéphan Vromman (Bulbin Town).

> Prix coup de cœur Orange : ALT TAB GG
Etienne Bordry, directeur région Orange a remis un prix coup de cœur pour l’entreprise qui a été le plus connectée pendant tout le WE. Il a offert un accès aux ateliers du programme Orange Fab France de la saison 4.

> Prix coup de cœur jury : StarFace
Le jury a tenu à remettre un coup de cœur pour le projet StarFace qui a retenu son attention.

> 3ème prix : Comptoir des Potes
Daniel Pierre, président de la Fondation de l’Université, a remis aux lauréats du 3ème prix :
– 2 mois à l’espace de co-working du Lab’O offerts par le Startup WE Orléans
– Des heures dans l’espace de co-working offertes par Be-coworking – Des heures de formation offertes par The Family
– Un roll-up offert par Easyflyer

> 2ème prix : Ponéo
Laurent Fesneau, président de la Caisse Locale du Crédit Agricole, a remis aux lauréats du 2ème prix :
– 2 mois à l’espace de co-working du Lab’O offerts par le Startup WE Orléans
– Des heures dans l’espace de co-working offertes par Be-coworking – Des heures de formation offertes par The Family
– Un kit de communication offert par Infinite

> 1er prix : Roof Minute
Olivier Carré, député maire d’Orléans a remis aux lauréats du 1er prix :
– 6 mois dans l’espace de co-working du Lab’O offerts par le Startup WE Orléans
– Des heures dans l’espace de co-working offertes par Be-coworking – Des heures de conseil offertes par Aktan
– Des heures de formation offertes par The Family
– Une traduction de site offerte par Word Up
– Un mini Ipad pour chaque membre de l’équipe offert par le Startup WE Orléans Le Startup WE Orléans a offert à toutes les autres équipes 2 mois de coworking au sein du Lab’O pour travailler sur leur projet.

Merci Vanessa De Broucker pour cet article !



Poneo : application de mise en rélation des centres équestre et de passionnés de cheval

Envie de faire du cheval ? Pas envie de passer une heure à chercher des infos ?

Poneo vous permet de trouver, réserver et payer une prestation équestre de qualité, au plus près de chez vous grâce à son service de géolocalisation et sa base de donnée regroupant plusieurs milliers de centres équestres partenaires !

Cette jeune équipe dynamique et complémentaire est composée de trois développeurs, deux graphistes, deux marketers et une ambitieuse chef de projet, qui a toujours vécu dans le monde des chevaux.poneo

Pauline Lassus, 27 ans, consultante, dit souvent que le cheval c’est son dada, et elle compte bien vous faire partager sa passion à travers une offre innovante, mettant en relation l’offre (centres équestres) et la demande (particuliers) sur une toute nouvelle application pour smartphone.

A qui s’adresse Poneo ? A la fois aux cavaliers occasionnels qui ont envie de faire du cheval sans engagement, à tous ceux qui aimeraient passer un bon moment et au professionnels du secteur équestre qui souhaiteraient augmenter leur comptabilité.

L’acquisition d’utilisateurs : Nous allons d’abord créer une communauté Poneo sur les réseaux sociaux composée à la fois par ceux qui ont une licence d’équitation mais également à ceux qui ont envie de passer un bon moment que nous allons l’entretenir avec des actions de Growth Hacking.

La monétisation de la plateforme : un commissionnement de 12% sur chaque transaction qui se passe sur le site.

Leurs attentes : “un soutient pour que Poneo passe d’une idée à un vrai projet d’entreprise et qu’on puisse par la suite lever des fonds. “

HappyTri : optimisez le tri à la source et le recyclage des déchets

Si toi aussi tu t’es posé la question ‘’dans quelle poubelle je mets ça ?’’ Lors de ton tri sélectif, l’application HappyTri est là pour toi !

Il suffit de photographier le code barre de ton produit avec ton smartphone afin de savoir dans quelle(s) poubelle(s) il faut que tu mettes ton déchet.

happy tri

L’objectif est de permettre :

-De ne pas te tromper de poubelle

-D’optimiser le tri à la source et le recyclage des déchets

-De faire un suivi de tes déchets tout en gagnant des récompenses (bon d’achat, cadeaux, réductions…)

L’équipe :

  •                 Arnaud Jeansen – Porteur de projet, Manager
  •                 Damien Picard – Développeur
  •                 Guillermo Medina – Marketeur
  •                 Stéphane Guinet – Commercial, marketing
  •                 Karine Vignal – Communication, Gestionnaire de projet
  •                 Ashish Sauba – Graphiste
  •                 Nathalie Fernandes –Graphiste, gestionnaire communication


Notre application s’adresse à la collectivité pour réduire ses coûts et aux habitants afin qu’ils prennent part à un acte eco-citoyen.

L’économie réalisée sur la gestion des déchets sera investie dans l’application et la communication par les collectivités. La participation de partenaires permettra de proposer une gratifications aux utilisateurs.


Notre but : s’amuser autour d’un projet enrichissant et qui nous tient à cœur.




Roof Minute : des locations en temps limité, pour des espaces dédiés.

Fort d’une expérience de 4 ans de RBnB, accueillant 600 clients, nos porteurs de projet démontrent que des nouveaux besoins émergent de la part des particuliers ou de professionnels.

Ces besoins peuvent être par exemple des locations en temps limité, pour des espaces dédiés. Des séances de travail individuelles ou coworking, des temps de repos ou de loisirs sont bien souvent suffisants.

Fort de ce constat, l’équipe Roof Minute a l’ambition d’offrir une plateforme de mise à disposition de ces nouveaux services.

Les utilisateurs : loueurs et locataires.

Roof Minute

L’équipe Root Minute démontre depuis vendredi une complémentaire et cohésion avec pour ambition l’incubation !

La solution de mise en relation déploie les dernières technologies de géolocalisation et d’interfaces web et mobile

Le modèle économique s’appuie sur un pourcentage du prix de la location

Leurs attentes pour ce dimanche, poursuivre les travaux et obtenir financement pour le développement et déploiement de l’application.


Truster : plateforme de collecte d’informations, avis, commentaires associée à des services multiples

En 2015 les exigences des clients et la véracité des prescripteurs développent de nouveaux champs de croissance pour les offreurs par une seule voie possible – La confiance !TRUSTR

Une plateforme de collecte d’informations, avis, commentaires associée à des services multiples est donc crée depuis Vendredi : TRUSTR

A qui on s’adresse ? Toutes nouvelle structure d’économie collaborative naissante afin favoriser son apparition sur la toile , et les acteurs existants

L’équipe  est composée de sept personnes polyvalentes et complémentaires autour de la relation client .

La science, l’économie, le numérique sont au centre de la conception de cette solution

La monétisation est axé sur des partenariats et des offres de services

Les attentes Ce Startup Week end est un tremplin pour la mise en relation avec les acteurs existants et les jeunes pousses en cours de Création. TRUSTR veut incuber.

StartupWeekend Orléans – c'est maintenant !!!

«Innover c’est facile. Il est plus difficile de transformer une innovation en vrai business».

Alors ! A vos méninges pour innover durant tout le WE.
C’est parti pour la 2eme édition de StartupWeekend Orléans 2eme édition !!!!

Merci à Bruno Martin notre facilitateur pour sa présence ce weekend 😉


80 pizzas plus tard, nous sommes prêts pour le PITCH FIRE… vous avez 1 minute pour présenter une idée …

N’oubliez pas… le H tag à utiliser ce weekend est #SWORLEANS, partagez, likez et gagnez le MINIONNNN swo   234


Innovation, numérique, FrenchTech, startups….la Mairie d'Orléans

Vous l’ignoriez peut-être, mais vous vivez dans un « creuset technologique fertile », une ville numérique, « riche de jeunes entreprises très innovantes ». mairie

Vous aussi vous avez des idées innovantes et vous voulez faire partie de cet écosystème ?
Orléans vous propose pour 1 weekend, du 09 au 11 octobre, pour transformer une idée innovante en entreprise viable.12105790_771010156343482_4335553885426978946_n
La mairie d’Orléans soutient la 2eme édition StartupWeend Orléans en tant que partenaire diamant.
StartupWeekend Orléans est un concours, let the best startup win ! La mairie d’Orléans offre aux gagnants pendant 6 mois, une place au LAB’O et les organisateurs de StartupWeekend Orléans offrent à tous les participants 2 mois dans cet espace de travail unique sur le territoire.

Vous auriez un weekend pour créer une entreprises, une minute pour nous convaincre (LE Pitch) et 14 000 m2 pour faire émerger et développer vos projets d’entreprises.

Le LAB’O, c’est quoi ?
Projet démarré en 2014, la Mairie d’Orléans lance un pôle numérique géant sur Orléans pour accompagner les startups et les entreprises.

Suivez toute l’actualité de l’incubateur géant ici !

Vous cherchez une très bonne raison de participer au ‪#‎SWOrleans‬ 2015 ?! Voici ce qu’on peut gagner ! 

N’hésitez plus, inscrivez-vous !!!

Le H tag à utiliser ce weekend est #SWORLEANS !!!


I premi di Startup Weekend Lecce 2015


Indubbiamente al termine della Startup Weekend Lecce ognuno avrà un bagaglio di conoscenze sulla creazione di business model, presentazione di una propria idea innovativa, metodi di brainstorming e tante altre riflessioni intorno all’avvio di una startup. Tutto ciò in un’ottica di crescita che solo iniziative mondiali come questa possono offrire e che il territorio leccese porta avanti con tanto entusiasmo e creatività. Inoltre, come in ogni competizione che si rispetti sono previsti dei premi da assegnare alle tre migliori idee di imprenditoria innovativa. Quest’anno i premi sono elargiti da The Qube.

The Qube è un’associazione di startup dinamica e interattiva in grado di contaminare le persone, creare occasioni, costruire team, avviare progetti innovativi e imprese, ed ha sede a Lecce. Nello specifico, si occupa dell’organizzazione di:

  • Momenti di formazione
  • Coaching e mentoring attraverso incontri one-to-one
  • Eventi di Networking
  • Momenti di co-working e co-progettazione
  • Attività ricreative per agevolare le relazioni sociali.

Se vuoi saperne di più visita il loro sito.

Ora ecco i premi riservati ai primi tre finalisti di Startup Weekend Lecce:

1° Premio – 3 Mesi di coworking con 12 h di mentoring 

2° Premio – 2 Mesi di coworking con 8 h di mentoring

3° Premio – 1 Mese di coworking con 4 h di mentoring.

Più uno a sorpresa da parte di Fablab Lecce.

Non dimenticare che il Gruppo Giovani Imprenditori di Confcommercio Lecce ha riservato anche un Premio Innovazione del valore di 2000 euro in servizi. Clicca qui per leggere il bando.

Ed ora cosa aspetti ad iscriverti?

Startup Weekend to kickstart Pangasinan entrepreneurs



The Province of Pangasinan, wired by its quality human resources, potential IT locations and corporate assets, bolsters its entrepreneurial ecosystem by partaking in the first-ever Startup Weekend in Northern Luzon. Hosted by Pangasinan ICT Council, it debuts in Lingayen on November 6-8 at Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center.

Startup Weekend serves as a catalyst for individuals to share their ideas, explore opportunities, and take risks in a safe environment with access to proper tools.

Pangasinenses with different skillsets – primarily developers, coders, designers, business people, and students with technical background – are qualified to join the three-day event.

The Provincial Government has always been supportive of events that showcase young Pangasinenses’ ideas and talents. Time has come for the young to co-create the future of our province that we envisioned for the next generation, their children and their children’s children. Let them excel through technology, let them be heard and be mentored through events like this,” says Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr.

The Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-ICTO) also expressed support for the Startup Weekend which is part of a global movement to spawn fast-growing ICT businesses in the Philippines.

A key facet of the Startup Weekend – and a central value for participants – is the spirit of complete collaboration and ownership. It shortens their way to success and eliminates early startup mistakes that inexperienced founders eventually encounter during the early phase of the business“, says Vanj Padilla, President of Pangasinan ICT Council (PICTC).

The mission
Participants embark on an intense 54-hour course which focuses on building from scratch a web or mobile application that could form the basis of a viable start-up business. No talk, all action.

Aspiring entrepreneurs get a minute to pitch their ideas before a vote is applied by a group. Contributors will split themselves among the selected projects to lend their skills in making the product. Teams will form organically, consolidate, and begin working. Curating the right mix of enthusiastic local participants is part of the magic of the Startup Weekend.

This experience shows how much can be achieved with limited time and resources. The fast pace requires teams to focus on the needs of the customer, and creating something that they actually want. It is common for teams to pivot to a new solution, or even a completely new idea after understanding their potential customers.

We’re teaching skills through the lens of entrepreneurship, but we’re also trying to have communities build themselves. At Startup Weekend, participants should secure their idea, and have passion to pursue it. Logically, to execute those ideas, they should know who their target market is“, says Tzar Umang, the Chief Operating Officer of Yolanda’s Atrium Events Services, and one of the event’s mentors.

After spending the weekend testing the market, developing a business plan, and building a product, each team has five minutes to pitch their product to a panel of expert judges.

The winning team leaves with a handful of valuable prizes, including potentially meeting with venture capitalists who are interested in continuing development for their products. They will also be given the opportunity to compete nationally, and represent the country in the global scale.

Should you choose to accept the challenge to kickstart your business idea, learn some new skills or just be part of a fun filled weekend with a group of passionate forward thinking locals, then register today at

In promotion of the first Startup Weekend Pangasinan, this blog post is the first of a series by and for the startup community in Pangasinan. All inquiries can be directed to