Startup Weekend is scheduled to begin 6 p.m. Fri., Sept. 14, and run 54 straight hours through 9 p.m. Sun., Sept. 16, the weekend before StartupPALOOZA! on Sept. 18.
Think of the two events this way:
• StartupPALOOZA! is a showcase for early-stage companies that have developed services and products.
• Startup Weekend is a boot camp for those who are wondering if they have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, as the website puts it. ”The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?”
(So, at least theoretically, you could start your business at Startup Weekend, then take your better mousetrap to StartupPALOOZA!)
Startup Weekends are put on worldwide by a Seattle-based non-profit with support from the Kansas City-based Kaufman Foundation.
Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in more than 200 cities around the world – from Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, according to their website.
Here’s how it works:
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.
Startup Weekend will be at U of L Med Center 2, 1048 E. Chestnut St. on the eastern edge of downtown.
The price for the weekend is $99 per person, and you can register here. If you register as a student, the price is $49. Don’t ask us.