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!
Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event that immerses you in the experience of launching a startup. How far can you go from idea to solution and executable business in a single weekend?
The event centers on building a web or mobile application that could be the basis for a credible business. After 500+ Startup Weekends world-wide, this will be the first dedicated solely to healthcare’s unique problems.
The weekend will bring together people with different skillsets – clinicians, software developers, graphics designers and business people – some to passionately pitch their ideas and find a team, others looking to join a team to build a compelling solution. Seasoned entrepreneurs, developers and designers, people who’ve been there before, work with you as coaches and mentors throughout the weekend. The event culminates with back-to-back presentations from each team and a jury determining which teams go home with the prizes and the glory!
Whether an actual product and business emerge on the other end or not, Startup Weekend is a unparalleled experience in terms of the learning achieved and the relationships built over the weekend. Still, some teams have gone on beyond the weekend to found new companies, continue the work and drive the product to market.
You know there is a better way for our healthcare system to function. Join us for an unforgettable weekend turning that conviction into action!
Friday, Feb 15
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, Feb 16
9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
9:30am Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
1:00pm Call for needs & skills
2:00pm Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
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, Feb 17
9:00am Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
10:00am Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
12:30pm Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
3:00pm Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
5:00pm FINAL PRESENTATIONS
7:30pm Judging & awards
9:00pm Go home!
Speaker: Roy Rosin | Chief Innovation Officer, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Roy leads efforts to develop new methods of delivering health care at a lower cost, improve patient outcomes and generate non-traditional business opportunities.
Prior to joining Penn Medicine, Roy served as the first Vice President of Innovation for Intuit, a leading software company best known for Quicken, QuickBooks and TurboTax. He oversaw changes in how Intuit manages new business creation, allowing small teams pursuing new opportunities to get to market and experiment rapidly. He also served as General Manager for Intuit's consumer division, responsible for a portfolio of businesses including Quicken software.
Roy was part of the management team that rapidly built Intuit's consumer web businesses. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and graduated with honors from Harvard College.