opencoffeeThis Monday, March 14, we will hear from the winners of this weekend’s Startup Weekend.

During the weekend of March 11 – 13, Louisville will once again become a hotbed of startup activity. Startup Weekend Louisville is a 54-hour event with a place for almost anyone – entrepreneurs, product developers, designers, makers, students, artists, engineers, marketers and inventors.

At Startup Weekend they’ll connect with peers, resources and mentors to help them jumpstart their business ideas. The College of Business at the University of Louisville, home to nationally ranked entrepreneurial programs, will host Startup Weekend Louisville.

A Startup Weekend is unique – there’s nothing else like it. It’s not a pitch contest, it’s not a hackathon and it’s not a business plan competition. On Friday night attendees with new, undeveloped business ideas can make a 60-second pitch to the audience. After choosing the most popular ideas through a voting process, teams form organically around them. Then it’s a frenzy of business model creation, market validation with customers, and building a minimally viable product.

Entrepreneurial leaders from the community offer support and critical feedback on Saturday and Sunday, and on Sunday evening each startup team presents to a panel of judges who select a winner. Those winners will be the guest speakers at Open Coffee this Monday.

Please join us this Monday, March 14, at 8 a.m. at iHub for Open Coffee. Thanks as always to Heine Bros for the coffee and to Nucleus for letting us use their iHub facility.

Upcoming Open Coffee Speakers:
March 21: UofL’s Institute of Product Realization discussion with David Adams
March 28: Normalyte CEO Sam Lee
April 25: Madison Cork – Cracking the Communication Code

Open Coffee Louisville: Fostering Discussion Around Entrepreneurial Topics
8 a.m. Mondays — 204 S. Floyd St.
Twitter: @startupLou @OpenCoffeeLou

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