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Grand Rapids Startup Weekend 2013

1/18/2013 6:00 PM - 1/20/2013 4:00 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!


6:00PM - Registration Opens & Dinner

7:00PM - Pitches Start
9:00PM - Attendees Vote for the Top Ideas
9:15PM - Teams start forming & discussing ideas
10:00PM - Break off to a bar or coffee shop to continue the 
discussion & attempt to paper prototype out their application

9:00AM - Arrive, Simple Breakfast & Coffee
12:00PM - Lunch with Speaker
6:30PM - Continue Working
7:30PM - Dinner
10:00PM - Mid-Weekend Check-In, Startup Reports, Call for Help

9:00AM - Arrive, Simple Breakfast & Coffee
10:00AM - Call for Help (this is self motivated, so don't be shy)
12:00PM - Lunch with Speaker
3:00PM - Judging & Awards
3:30PM - Cleanup with Everyone's Help
4:00PM - Go Home!

Learn More: Grand Rapids Startup Weekend 012013

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