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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.
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!
Will you join our next adventure?
Startup Weekend Oslo VI will take place on May 24-26, and will feature the best business ideas in town. Here is a video showing the basic concept from our recent held Startup Weekend for Military Veterans:
Startup Weekend Military Veterans 2013 in Norway. Mission: further equip veterans to be entrepreneurs from Startup Weekend Norway on Vimeo.
You are perfect for Startup Weekend if:
- You have a business idea and you want to find the time and the right people to work on it
- You want to learn more about entrepreneurship and be surrounded by people with same mindset
- You want to help develop other people’s business ideas (e.g.: develop a website, design a product, help with marketing/ sales etc.)
Startup Weekend is an intense weekend-long event, focusing on taking ideas to a business concept that could form the basis of a credible business. It brings together people with different skill sets – software developers, graphic designers, business people and other creative individuals – to build products and ideas, and develop a commercial case around them.
- Friday: you pitch your business idea (if you have one), you meet your co-founders and create the teams.
- Saturday: you WORK, together with specialised coaches.
- Sunday: you present your work and demo to a specialised jury.
In some cases a brand new business idea turns into a full-time job for the team members, such as Pido. Soundrop, Swipe, Clicklift – from previous Startup Weekend events. The event will take place in English to ensure as many people as possible can attend.
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