Calling all entrepreneurs! If you’ve always wanted to start your own business but aren’t sure how, now is your chance to get together with local startups to form teams, learn new skills, and share ideas. Startup Weekend Chandler will take place Friday evening, November 15 through Sunday evening, November 17, 2013 at Gangplank Chandler.
“Startup Weekend is the best networking event you can go to”, said Ben Hall, co-organizer for Startup Weekend Chandler. “It isn’t just talking about what you can do, you actually have to do it. By the end of the weekend you will have produced something; it may not be a full fledged company yet, but you will have started towards something. I go to startup weekends as a developer to meet people and find the people that are great at what they do. Katie Hurst is coming out to be the Startup Weekend Facilitator. We are going to have great food, lots of people, and we are all going to be ready to work.”
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The format goes like this: the event is open to the public, people come and pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from the audience. Talent will work together around top ideas (as rated by their peers) and then it’s 54 hours of creative, coding, designing and marketing frenzy to culminate ideas and put together a pitch to present to a panel of local experts and entrepreneurs for critical feedback.
Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product.
On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feed back from a panel of experts. The judges for the event are Troy Busot (@TroyBusot) from Athlinks.com, Kyle Stewart (@KyleRStewart) from MoxieApp.co and Eric Schedeler (@ClubSched) who is a media executive and angel investor.
Startup Weekend Chandler is located at Gangplank Chandler, 260 South Arizona Avenue, Chandler. For more information and to register for Startup Weekend Chandler, click here.
Read about other Startup Weekends that happened in AZ and the winners on AZTB.