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You can show your support for Marc and Startup Weekend by voting here for the Do-Gooder of the Year. 

“Helping others become entrepreneurs is perhaps the only thing more dignifying than actually being one.” – Marc Nager

Startup Weekend is honored to share that our own Marc Nager has been nominated for the Geekwire 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.Screen Shot 2013-04-24 at 5.38.33 PM

Marc purchased Startup Weekend in 2009 with Clint Nelson, making a major change in its business model: they registered the company as a non-profit. Franck Nouyrigat joined the company in February 2010 and the team of three worked feverishly 24-7 out of a condo in Seattle to make entrepreneurship accessible around the world. Together, they made  the ultimate goal of empowering individuals around the world a reality by leveling the playing field and focusing on education as the most sustainable route for aspiring entrepreneurs.

2012 proved to be a year of growth: not only did Startup Weekend host over 500 events around the world, it reached a milestone of creating 100,000 entrepreneurs. To commemorate the occasion, Nager and the team were invited to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in December.


In October of 2012, the company also launched its newest product: NEXT; a five-week entrepreneurial course with its first series based on Steve Blank’s customer discovery methodology.

Throughout the journey, Marc has been hands-on every step of the way.

“Marc has done for startups what Thomas Edison has done for books, providing a new sense of strength and hope to all of the ideas that would have otherwise remained in the dark,” Seattle Tech Meetup organizer Red Russak said.  “It takes a truly selfless individual to commit themselves to a career of helping others succeed.”

At the end of the day, Startup Weekend’s success is about its people — and we’re fortunate to have one of the strongest communities in the world. From our Organizers, Facilitators, partners, board members, to the entrepreneurs that attend the events —  it is clear that Marc’s vision of creating global impact and sharing in this movement with a passionate community is a powerful reality.

“A true public servant, Marc is living the dream of helping others realize theirs,” Russak said.  “Hats off to a true champion of making things happen!”


Marc at Startup Weekend’s Annual SoSummit 2013 in Rio de Janeiro 

Marc and the Startup Weekend team have no intentions of slowing down. In 2013, the company plans to open new regional offices, launch over 100 new NEXT course locations, and is planning the consolidation of more related activities.

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

The Geekwire Awards will be announced on May 9th at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. You can vote for Marc and learn more about the awards here.