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Startup Weekend is happy to announce our partnership with VerticalResponse.  VerticalResponse Inc. is a leading provider of self-service email marketing, online survey, social media and direct mail marketing solutions for small businesses.

The VerticalResponse partnership will help Startup Weekend with our mission of educating entrepreneurs and arming them with tools, such as marketing technologies and mentorship, needed to successfully launch their ideas.

“As an entrepreneur myself who launched VerticalResponse and grew it into a profitable business that’s now going 10 years strong, I know firsthand how important it is to have the right resources and support to help bring your ideas to life,” said VerticalResponse CEO Janine Popick. “Partnering with Startup Weekend and helping today’s generation of entrepreneurs around the world is a natural fit for us.”

VerticalResponse will be present at several Startup Weekend events as a judge and on-site mentor. VerticalResponse representatives will be on hand to help participants refine their presentations, advise on any developer questions or issues, and integrate custom email marketing and/or online survey functionality into their product prototype. Participants who integrate VerticalResponse into their final product prototype will receive a free VerticalResponse email partner account, valued at US$2,000.

Additionally, VerticalResponse will offer teams at every Startup Weekend 1,000 free email credits, with the winner receiving 10,000 credits.

VerticalResponse will be at the Chicago Startup Weekend, to be held July 22-24, 2011. For more information, visit www.chicago.startupweekend.org.