SEATTLE (Press Release – November 7, 2011) – Startup Weekend, the 54-hour event where innovative minds come together to conceptualize and launch companies, today announced that it will again be a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011. Founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, GEW is a worldwide celebration of creativity, innovation and ingenuity designed to inspire entrepreneurial thinking and encourage entrepreneurs to launch new ventures. In the United States, Startup Weekend will host more than 50 events during the Week, spurring firm creation from coast to coast.
Startup Weekends are three-day events – Friday through Sunday – where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and lobby others to join their teams. 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 feedback from a panel of experts. During the span of two weekends that bookend GEW, entrepreneurs all over the world will build enterprises through Startup Weekend events.
“Startup Weekend is a bedrock initiative of Global Entrepreneurship Week, serving communities and industries around the globe by connecting aspiration and imagination with resource and expertise,” said Carl Schramm, president of the Kauffman Foundation. “It is an important piece of the connective tissue that links the world’s startup ecosystem.”
Through local, national and global events, GEW spans 123 countries with more than 37,000 activities throughout the Week. From Nov. 14 – 20, GEW will showcase how ideas can be turned into reality, and how entrepreneurs with varied backgrounds and experiences can create sustainable businesses that create and move markets. Startup Weekend is a way to foster entrepreneurship and generate job creators.
U.S. cities with Startup Weekend events include New York, San Francisco and Washington. For a complete listing visit www.unleashingideas.org/weekend.
One winner will be chosen from every Startup Weekend in each city. From there, the winners will participate in the Global Startup Battle, where one winner will be chosen as the Global Startup Weekend Champion. The Global Startup Battle will start on Nov. 21, the week after GEW, where the winning teams will upload one-minute pitch videos into the Startup Weekend Facebook page (www.facebook.com/startupweekend). People will then vote for their favorite product, and the winner will be announced on Nov. 30, 2011.
The Global Startup Weekend Champion will win:
40 hours of web design services from Creative Design Agency BTrax, worth more than $6,500
A PR launch package
A table at the Startup Pavillion at Demo Asia in Singapore in February 2012, with an opportunity to present on stage at Demo Asia based on an audience vote. This prize is worth more than $7,000, and will give the Global Startup Weekend Champion a chance to show off their startup to investors and the media on a world stage. (http://demo.asia/2012)
A table in the Launch Pad at the Launch Conference in San Francisco in March 2012, with an opportunity to present on stage based on an audience vote. This prize is worth more than $3,000, and will provide the Global Startup Weekend Champion a chance to show off their startup to some of the most influential investors in Silicon Valley. Startup Weekend will cover the travel expenses of up to 2 team members with a cap of $3,000. (http://conference.launch.is/)
$5,000 legal package from Cooley LLP
Additional prizes will be announced as Global Entrepreneurship Week approaches.
About Startup Weekend:
Startup Weekend supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship by 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 25,000 alumni, 150 volunteer organizers and 60 trained facilitators spread across more than 175 cities in 100 countries. Startup Weekend: How to Take a Company from Concept to Creation in 54 Hours, a new book by Startup Weekend’s Marc Nager, Clint Nelsen and Franck Nouyrigat, will be published by Wiley and available at all retailers in November 2011. For more information, visit www.startupweekend.org. @StartupWeekend
Global Entrepreneurship Week:
During one week each November, thousands of activities around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial action while connecting them to potential mentors, collaborators and investors. In three short years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to more than 120 countries—empowering nearly 20 million people through 95,000 activities. Powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a growing network of 25,000 partner organizations. For more information on the US campaign, visit www.gewusa.org, and follow @gewusa on Twitter.