As Mike Kowalchik pointed out yesterday on the Greenhorn blog, the structure of standard entrepreneurial networking events where you’re quickly pitching your idea may not be the best way to find a co-founder; when you’re trying to find a business partner, there are many elements that have to come together for it work and many question you need to try to answer. The amazing part about Startup Weekend is that many of those pieces can come together in just one weekend thanks to the event’s unique structure.
Why Startup Weekend is the Best Kind of Founder’s Dating
Preface: Startup Weekend is a 54 hour startup event that provides networking, resources and incentives for individuals and teams to go from idea to launch. They connect you with local developers, innovators and entrepreneurs to build community and start real companies. People pitch ideas and form teams on Friday night and then try to build prototypes/demos and organize basic business planning in one weekend, culminating in a judging on Sunday night. Winning teams receive prizes including cash, in kind services and mentoring. You can learn more about the event here.
1) This is the right group of people
The first step in finding a great cofounder at an event is having the room filled with the right types of people. Fortunately, anyone who signs up for an event built around trying to start a company in 54 hours is clearly a bit of an “entreprenerd” (credit @JoshSamBob). Anyone who isn’t serious about startups will quickly stand out like a Star Trek geek at a Star Wars convention. Find the Han Solo to your Chewbacca.
2) You see how people work……..
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