That’s the idea behind Startup Weekend Harrisburg, scheduled for September 13-15, 2013 at Harrisburg University. The Harrisburg event is part of a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.
Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekend Harrisburg culminates in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend centers on action, innovation, and education.
“Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekend Harrisburg is the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup,” says Startup Weekend Harrisburg co-organizer Chuck Russell.
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. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, then register for this event,” says Russell.
Ticket prices range from $49 for students to $99.. There are specials for those who register early, too.
More information on the event, to register or to become a sponsor, visit online at http://harrisburg.startupweekend.org/