StartUp Weekend is a global event which allows successful and budding entrepreneurs to build products and launch startups within 54 hours. It is a unique opportunity to network, socialize, receive advice from local and international mentors and thought leaders; learn new skills and possibly walk away with a job or an investor.
Startup weekends run in 478 cities around the world and over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
The Schedule of a Startup Weekend Event
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic structure. 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 close with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders and another opportunity for critical feedback.
What Startup Weekend Participants Told us
We have approached a few aspiring entrepreneurs who participated in the Startup Weekend event in Nicosia, Cyprus to give us the inside scoop of the event:
Andreas, a young promising entrepreneur, designed with his team Socialicious, an online platform that will enable people to order homemade food. He loves creating innovative things that change people’s lives and that’s why he decided to participate in the event. Andreas said that one of the challenges his team encountered during the event was to find a programmer; but with thorough scouting and networking they managed to find one. From here the only way they can see is up.
Adonis, another Startup Weekend participant noted that “I would recommend the event to other budding entrepreneurs in other countries….You end the weekend with amazing tools and exceptional experiences!”. He also highlighted that during the workshop “you can see your idea growing” and that through mentoring “your idea can expand significantly in many aspects”.
On the whole, whether entrepreneurs found companies, funding or received creative ideas from inspirational people; everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to face the challenges of the chaotic but fun world of startups.
Motivated to Apply?
If you are interested in participating in a Startup Weekend event, first check out the interactive Events map to find out whether there is a StartUp Weekend event in your city. Make sure you get some first-hand advice from Nicholas Nicoli, Communications Professor and a member of the organising team of Startup Weekend (Cyprus).