Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding start-ups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
How a Startup Weekend Works: anyone is welcome to pitch their start-up 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.
Last year the winner of the first Startup Weekend Kitchener Waterloo was HomeFed who pitched a platform to connect travelers with home-cooked and authentic foods wherever they are, by matching them with enthusiastic local hosts who will cook for them.
Our Co-Founder and CMO John Stix worked all weekend long as a mentor to these young entrepreneurs, and helped with the business development and marketing plans for the third and first place winning teams.
This weekend he’s at it again at the Communitech Hub.
Who will be Canada’s next hotshot entrepreneur? If you want to see what it takes, you can follow online LIVE online here, and on Sunday night, watch the awards presentation.
(A good bet is, the teams that have the best shot will be sitting with John.)