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Fifty-four hours, dozens of people, hundreds of great ideas, and 60 seconds – all for the opportunity to change your life and start something amazing, meaningful, or just downright cool.  On August 15 – 17, Breckenridge joins more than 500 other cities in 100 countries when it hosts its inaugural Startup Weekend.  The very first Startup Weekend was held in Boulder, CO.

Startup Weekend gives anyone the opportunity to pitch an idea in 60 seconds or less to a group of local executives, entrepreneurs, designers, developers, founders, startups, digital experts, and students.  After a vote, teams organize around the top ideas and have just 54 hours to research, create, develop, design, analyze, and present their business model to a panel of expert judges and local startup veterans.

Those whose ideas were not chosen can continue to participate as team members.  The winners will receive three months of free office space and other prizes to help their idea become reality after the event.

Startup Weekend is a great opportunity to network.  Even if you don’t have an idea or don’t want to pitch, the first gathering on Friday night is the perfect time and opportunity to find out more about the event and connect with some of the top business leaders and entrepreneurs in the local community.

Oh, and did we mention there will be food and beverages?  We can’t wait to hear your fresh idea Friday night!

Breckenridge Startup Weekend starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 and runs through 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Colorado Mountain College in Breckenridge.  For more information or tickets, visit www.breckenridge.startupweekend.org.

Or connect on social media at www.facebook.com/swbreck or on Twitter @SWBreckenridge.

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Kelsey Lyons