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This week, CEO Marc Nager was nominated for a Geekwire award along with three Startup Weekend alumni. Several Startup Weekend teams were highlighted in the press and we were featured inWall Street Journal’s Accelerator series.

Marc Nager Nominated for Geekwire’s Do-Gooder of the Year Award

We are excited and honored that our own Marc Nager has been nominated for Geekwire’s “Do-Gooder of the Year” Award. Sponsored by the Seattle Children’s Hospital, the award is designed to recognize the people who are making the community stronger through philanthropic efforts and all-around good deeds.

In 2009, Marc purchased Startup Weekend with Clint Nelson with the ultimate goal of empowering individuals around the world by leveling the playing field and focusing on education as the most sustainable route for aspiring entrepreneurs. Marc started his journey working 24-7 out of a condo – now, Startup Weekends have taken place all around the world, with 500+ events in 2012 alone. This past December, Marc and the leadership team rang the New York Stock Exchange to celebrate Startup Weekend’s influence on over 100,000 entrepreneurs.

”Seattle is a city I’m proud to call home — and one that Startup Weekend as a global movement owes so much thanks to,” Marc says. “I’m honored to be among some other incredible candidates and I’m looking forward to celebrating with Seattle’s finest at the Gala.”


Marc with Startup Weekend Facilitators at the 2013 annual SOSummit in Rio de Janeiro

We also would like to thank the entire Startup Weekend community: our amazing Organizers, Facilitators, Partners, board members and entrepreneurs — without you, none of this would have been possible. Vote for Marc here.

Find out more about the history of Startup Weekend and Marc’s story here.

Kyle Kesterson, Denny Luan, and Cindy Wu Nominated For Geekwire’s Young Entrepreneur Of The Year

We would also like to congratulate Startup Weekend alumni Kyle Kesterson, Denny Luan, and Cindy Wu for their nominations in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category. Kyle is the founder of Freak’n Genius, and Denny and Cindy recently co-founded Microryza. View Geekwire’s story on the nominations here.


Customer Discovery Starts with Empathy — Forbes

NEXT Director Keith Armstrong discusses the often misinterpreted art of “Customer Discovery.” In this piece, he emphasizes that this process truly begins with empathy.  When conducting Customer Discovery, entrepreneurs should avoid assuming what their potential customers might say or feel and instead remain open, listen carefully, and pay attention to their potential customers’ body language and what they personally choose to highlight in conversations for the most helpful customer feedback. Check out the full article here.


Swipe Launches Into Beta As A Web App To Create And Share Presentations To Anyone On Any Device — The Next Web

Last week, we shared Swipe’s Startup Weekend Oslo story. This week has been a big week for co-founders Horia Cermusca and Håkon Eide: they just launched their beta app at the Microsoft Bizspark Startup Rally Competition at The Next Web Conference on April 25. Learn more about the presentation tool company and the launch here.


Startup Weekend Education Alumni AspirEdu To Compete For Multiple Prizes This Year — Huffington Post

Startup Weekend alumni AspirEdu’s has had an exciting year since their launch. The team attended Startup Weekend Edu, where they created their student risk assessment software and then went on to receive grants through Startup Weekend Orange County, the Everywhereelse.co Startup Conference, and the Florida Atlantic University Business Plan Competition. Next up: the team, led by CEO Kimberly Munzo, will be competing as a finalist in the Milken-Penn Education Business Plan Competition to be held in Philadelphia in May. Congratulations to AspirEdu on their recent success! To read more about AspirEdu, see yesterday’s post.

Joey Pomerenke: Entrepreneurship Degree Requires a Different Approach — The Wall Street Journal

Chief Marketing Officer Joey Pomerenke was a featured mentor in the Wall Street Journal’s Accelerators series this week and provided insights on the topic of entrepreneurial programs for undergraduates. Joey discusses the importance of learning by doing and suggests that business schools model an entrepreneurship degree after accelerator programs grassroots methodologies, and hands-on experiential learning. To read more, visit the Wall Street Journal article here. 


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