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Startup Weekend Fargo

3/8/2013 6:30 PM - 3/10/2013 7:00 PM

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!

We are seeking the Red River Valley’s best developers, designers, and non-technicals. At StartupWeekend Fargo 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
>Meet great people
>Enjoy 7 great meals (included)
>Celebrate with a post-party
>From idea to business in 54 hours!


Friday, Mar 8
6:30pm Registration Starts at ecce
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
10:15pm Teams move to Loretta Building

Saturday, Mar 9
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, Mar 10
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
5:00pm FINAL PRESENTATIONS at Fargo Theatre
6:30pm Judging & awards
7:00pm Eats, drinks and fun!

Speakers |
Phil Soran Heather McDougall

Judges |
>James Burgum
>Susan Mathason
>Shane Neuerburg
>Miguel Danielson
>Joe Sandin
>Jon Strinden
>Jim Gartin
>Johnathon Rademacher
>Cathy King

Coaches |
>Dave Batcheller
>Dave Gorman
>Eric Ista
>Than Baardson

Organizers |
>Greg Tehven
>Andy Christensen
>Jim Gartin
>Maribeth Joraanstad
>Jake Joraanstad
>John Machacek
>Migues Danielson
>Ashley Morken
>Lisa Gulland-Nelson
>Josh Christy
>Shane Neurburg
>Cathryn Erbele

Learn More: Startup Weekend Fargo

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