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Seattle, WA – April 3, 2012. Startup Weekend™ today announced a one-year Global Partnership with .CO Internet, the company behind the fast-growing .CO domain extension.  Through the partnership, .CO domain name scholarships will be granted to all Startup Weekend participants, reaching more than 45,000 entrepreneurs in over 100 countries across the globe. The domain name scholarships will help these entrepreneurs kickstart their businesses with a 12-month .CO domain registration at no cost to them for the first year.

“.CO has quickly established itself as the hot, new domain of choice for startups worldwide,” said Marc Nager, CEO of Startup Weekend, “and we couldn’t be more excited to be able to provide Startup Weekend participants with the chance to launch their new products, services and brands on the .CO platform.”

Since the recent launch of .CO, over 1.3 million .CO web addresses have been registered in more than 200 countries, making .CO a global Internet phenomenon and new entrant into the World Finance 100. Following the lead of many of Silicon Valley’s most notable startup evangelists, such as Angel List (angel.co), 500 Startups (500.co), The Founder Institute (fi.co) and Startup America Partnership (s.co), web savvy entrepreneurs are increasingly leveraging .CO web addresses to turn their innovative ideas into successful businesses and brands.

“We’re beyond inspired by the work that Startup Weekend is doing to help aspiring entrepreneurs to come together, build teams and launch startups,” said Lori Anne Wardi, Vice President of .CO Internet.  “As a startup ourselves, we’re honored to be able to grant the next generation of startups with scholarships to access the .CO domain names they need to position their new businesses and brands for global success.”

The .CO domain name scholarship program will kick off at over 40 Startup Weekend events to be held during the month of April in China, India, Norway, France, Algeria, Albania, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Czech Republic, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, Belarus, Iceland, Denmark, Canada, Australia, Poland, Turkey, Uganda, Mongolia, the Philippines, and the United States.

About Startup Weekend™ Startup Weekend™ supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 45,000 alumni, 300 volunteer organizers and 70 trained facilitators spread across more than 200 cities in 100 countries. For more information, visit www.startupweekend.org or follow us on Twitter @startupweekend.

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Maris McEdward



About .CO Internet S.A.S. .CO Internet is the company behind the fast growing .CO domain. In less than two years since its launch, .CO has become one of the most successful global domain extensions in history, with more than 1.3 million web addresses registered by people and companies in over 200 countries. From start-ups and small businesses to big brands and multinational corporations, .CO is increasingly becoming the web address of choice for innovators and entrepreneurs the world over. For more information about .CO, please visit www.go.co or follow us on Twitter @dotCO.

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Lori Anne Wardi