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Startup Weekend San Fernando Valley

1/18/2013 6:30 PM - 1/20/2013 9:00 PM

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Share ideas, form teams, and launch startups. At Startup Weekend you will start a company during a weekend together with a bunch of enthusiastic people.

  • Pitch an idea
  • Form a team
  • Build a prototype
  • Validate the market
  • Make a business model
  • Win prizes
  • Gain new connections
  • 7 meals

From idea to business in 54 hours

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 co-founder, 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, Jan 18

6:30pm    Registration Starts
7:00pm    Dinner & Networking
7:20pm    Welcome & Speakers
7:30pm    Pitches Start
9:00pm    Attendees vote for the top ideas
9:15pm    Teams start forming and discussing ideas
10:00pm  Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday, Jan 19

9:00am    Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
9:30am    Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
12:00pm  Lunch
1:00pm    Call for needs & skills
2:00pm    Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
6:30pm    Dinner
7:30pm    Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
10:00pm  Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday, Jan 20

9:00am    Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
10:00am  Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
12:00pm  Lunch
12:30pm  Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
3:00pm    Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
4:00pm    Dinner
7:30pm    Judging & awards
8:30pm    Wrapup
9:00pm    Go home!

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