Startup Weekend OU
Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
Friday, Feb 8
6:00pm Registration Starts, Dinner & Networking
7:30pm Speaker Phil Dow, CCEW Developer-in-Residence
7:45 pm Brainstorm Pitch Ideas
8:30 pm Project Pitches - Vote on Pitches & Self-Select into Teams
10:00pm Networking Event
Saturday, Feb 9
9:00am Breakfast & morning mentoring sessions
12:00pm Lunch & Speaker
1:00pm Working Session
5:30pm Dinner & working session
10:00pm Venue closes, but you can still work!
Sunday, Feb 10
9:30am Breakfast & working session
5:00pm Demo & Presentation Time
6:30pm Closing Remarks
Speaker | Phil Dow - CCEW Developer-in-Residence
As Developer-in-Residence at the Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth, Phil supports the Software Business Accelerator program with iOS and website development. He works one-on-one with students and SoBA teams to help them build innovative applications and websites, as well as increase their aptitude in software development.
Phil owns Sprouted, a software engineering business that produced Journler and Per Se, notebook and management applications for the Mac OS.
Phil holds a B.A. in Letters from the University of Oklahoma. From 2004 to 2006, he worked for the Fulbright Commission as an English teacher in Innsbruck, Austria.
Organizer | The Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth
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