Do you have a great idea for a business or a startup, but you don’t know who to pitch it to? Where to find people to help you? How to start? Here’s a tip: find out when a Startup Weekend event is happening and register.
Silicon Valley is a bustling hub for technology startups, and with so many smart people rubbing elbows here in the Bay Area, the next successful startup could just be an introduction away. This October 14-16, Startup Weekend comes to San Francisco in an Education edition hosted at the headquarters of Grockit, a company that offers free online test prep. The focus is on products and business ideas that revolve around education.
Whether you’re a graphic designer, a coder, a business savvy professional, an educator, or just someone with an amazing idea for a product, you’re invited to join a team, pitch an idea, work your butt off, present, and possibly win some cool prizes that will help get your company off the ground. Even if you end up working on someone else’s idea, it’s a unique opportunity to meet some driven people and roll up your sleeves to get something done.
Startup Weekend is part of a new wave in the startup movement, bringing together teams of people that want to build startup companies. It’s like the Bravo show, Project Runway, except instead of Tim Gunn walking around doling out fashion tips, you’ve got CEOs, educators, and mentors offering their business experience and advice to help your team build the next great startup. The weekend itself is a marathon event, where attendees work long hours to put together a prototype and prepare for a final presentation in front of a panel of judges on Sunday. Arrive at a Startup Weekend with your idea and a computer, and you might just find yourself leaving on Sunday night with a product that’s ready to launch and a Rolodex full of contacts that want to help you.
You can view past Startup Weekends and learn more about the upcoming Education Technology-focused Startup Weekend at http://sfedu.startupweekend.org/. Tickets are $75 and include all-weekend entry and participation, 7 meals, and the potential to create something amazing.
WHEN: October 14-16, 2011
Startup Weekend Education, San Francisco
500 3rd Street, Suite 260
San Francisco, CA 94107
TICKETS: $75 per person; register as a developer, designer, educator, or as someone with a non-technical background (business, marketing, PR, etc.)