Startup Weekend – a nonprofit that delivers hands-on entrepreneurship education to teach people how to develop the skills, connections and confidence needed to launch a company – is opening its first regional headquarters, with offices in London and Mexico City. The Seattle-based organization is on track to organize more than 500 Startup Weekend events this year, with 65 percent of them occurring internationally.
“The most important thing we could be doing for society, our economies, and the world right now is helping more people become successful entrepreneurs,” explained CEO Marc Nager. “We’ve had demand for more than 2,000 events this year in over 100 different countries. Regional operations will allow us to scale faster and continue to feed a fundamental shift in communities that are trying to create more vibrant startup ecosystems.”
Startup Weekend’s 20-person staff works with thousands of organizers across the globe to put on 54-hour educational events. The goal is to increase the quantity and quality of entrepreneurs by delivering intense learning experiences that show participants how to build teams, validate ideas and learn how to actually take the first steps in launching a business.
Highlighting the need for a bigger global presence, Startup Weekend is already providing a launching pad for many innovative ideas and companies such as:
• Zaarly is a mobile marketplace that lets individuals buy and sell services with people nearby
• Eventup connects people who are looking to find and book the perfect venue for their event with venue owners who are looking to rent out their space
• Launchrock’s social landing pages help businesses build momentum and excitement around upcoming launches
• Look.io, a mobile chat platform, was recently acquired by LivePerson
The regional offices in London and Mexico City are just the beginning of Startup Weekend’s global expansion. According to Nager, the organization is considering expansions into India, China and Brazil in the near future.