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Startup Weekend’s Impact Report tells the story of where we’ve been in 2012. Find out more about our progress in community building, supporting and educating entrepreneurs, and the sponsors, volunteers, organizers and community builders who took the journey with us.

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2012 proved to be a year of growth, learning, and a renewed sense of purpose for Startup Weekend. We reached a monumental goal – the creation of 100,000 entrepreneurs – and we were honored to commemorate this achievement by ringing the New York Stock Exchange bell on December 28th, 2012.


In our Impact Report, we cover stories from our global community including Nagla Metwally’s website to help mothers find nurseries in Egypt, one woman’s Croatian startup that re-purposes plastic bags into eco-friendly accessories, and Global Startup Battle 2012. During Global Entrepreneurship Week, 500 teams were formed at 67 events in 34 countries around the globe in what was by far the largest startup competition to ever take place. GSB took place during Global Entrepreneurship Week and in one week, received 155 million impressions. 111 startups sent in video entries over Facebook before Groupnotes from Toronto, Canada was announced the winner.


A few more numbers at a glance: In 2012, there were … 

  • 3k organizers and facilitators
  • 4k judges and mentors
  • 300k hours volunteered to impact the community
  • 111 countries impacted

At the heart of everything we do is our second-to-none global community – without our community, none of this would be possible, and we dedicate these accomplishments to your hard work and passion.


We also want to thank our Partners who have helped us scale to a level we could not have acheived on our own: Microsoft BizSpark, Google for Entrepreneurs, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, Amazon Web Services, Dot.co, SendGrid, CloudMine and Domain.com.

As we move into Q2 of 2013, our goal is increased consolidation of related activities and more unification within communities and their leaders.

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