Startup Weekend to Host Events in More than 130 Cities During GEW
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Startup Weekend to Host Events in More than 130 Cities During Global Entrepreneurship Week;
More than 1,200 New Startups Worldwide Projected
Global Startup Battle Will Pit Best and Brightest Startups from Around the Globe to Vie for Prizes
SEATTLE – Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 – With Election Day over, another battle is brewing. This weekend and next, Startup Weekend, the 54-hour event where innovative minds conceptualize and launch new companies, will kick off the 2012 Global Startup Battle, with events taking place in more than 130 cities during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). Global Startup Battle has the potential to enable thousands of new startups from Kansas City to Croatia and Milwaukee to Ethiopia to be formed worldwide.
"The stakes are higher than ever this year – Global Startup Battle has more than doubled in size from 67 events in 2011," said Marc Nager, CEO of Startup Weekend. "With registrations at an all-time high, startup communities around the world can expect a surge of founding teams and innovative ideas."
Startup Weekends are three-day events – held Friday through Sunday – where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. The Global Startup Battle takes place over the course of two weekends during GEW – Nov. 9 - 11 and Nov. 16 - 18 – when entrepreneurs from around the world will attend a Startup Weekend and have 54 hours to pitch an idea, build a team and form a company.
One week following GEW, beginning Nov. 21, the winning teams from each event will have 24 hours, 15 words and 90 seconds to create a video to pitch their startup. Once all the videos are posted, voting will open up globally allowing anyone around the world to cast their vote for his or her favorite startup, resulting in 15 top teams. Finally, a panel of judges including Brad Feld of the Foundry Group, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, TaskRabbit founder Leah Busque, prominent fund manager Chris Hollod and actress/serial entrepreneur Jesse Draper, will decide which team is left standing. The winning startup team will be announced the first week of December.
Last year’s Global Startup Battle champion, AfterShip, launched a service for e-commerce merchants and buyers that provides live notifications for customers and gives merchants the opportunity to personalize their shipments with up-to-date messages that bolster customer service capabilities.
This year’s victor will receive a prize package worth more than $50,000, including:
A trip to San Francisco to tour Googleplex and meet with founders, mentors, and investors - Sponsored by Google
$5,000 in-kind PR Launch Package - Sponsored by Geben Communication
$5,000 worth of Design Services - Sponsored by Btrax
$5,000 Incorporation and Legal Package - Sponsored by Cooley LLP.
$20,000 in Google Cloud Credit - Sponsored by Google
And more to be announced
About Startup Weekend
Startup Weekend™ supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 75,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer organizers and 100 trained facilitators spread across more than 350 cities in more than 100 countries. Kauffman Foundation, Google, Microsoft, .Co, Sendgrid and Domain.com are sponsors. For more information,
visit www.startupweekend.org or follow us on Twitter @startupweekend
Global Entrepreneurship Week:
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Now in its fifth year, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to 129 countries—empowering nearly 20 million people through 125,000 activities over that time. Powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a growing network of 24,000 partner organizations. For more information, visit www.unleashingideas.org and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.