In an effort to hunt for interested developers and brainstorm the business model, cofounder of Mastermind Studios leaves for the startup weekend today evening.. hopefully he will be able to recruit some passionate minds that are eager to boost up the education status of the country by leveraging technology. Our best wishes are with him, the event will conclude in three days, Arjan returns on Sunday evening.
Startup Weekend is a registered not-for-profit organization based in Seattle, Washington, USA, that organizes 54-hour weekend events during which groups of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more pitch ideas for new startup companies, form teams around those ideas, and work to develop a working prototype, demo, or presentation by Sunday evening. Startup Weekend has grown into an organization with a global presence.
Founded in July 2007 in Boulder, Colorado by Andrew Hyde, Startup Weekend brought together 70 entrepreneurs to try to create a startup in just 54 hours. The model quickly expanded to cities around the world. In January 2010, Marc Nager and Clint Nelsen took over full ownership and registered the organization as a not-for-profit, relocating to Seattle. As of the acquisition, Startup Weekend had organized approximately 80 events in the USA, England, Germany and Canada. In February 2010, Franck Nouyrigat joined as a Co-Director and CTO.
Startup Weekend events span the course of a weekend (approximately 54 hours), and are generally composed of 60-120 participants (although events in the past have averaged 13–300+). In addition to attendees (otherwise known as ‘Weekend Warriors’), the event attracts speakers, coaches, panelists (generally well-respected members of the local startup community or notable names in the tech industry), and various sponsors and company representatives.
Global Startup Battle
Startup Weekend launched the Global Startup Battle in 2011 during Global Entrepreneurship Week. The 2012 battle included 10,000+ participants, 1,200+ teams, taking place in 100+ cities around the world. Global Startup Battle has three phases: First, the team must win the local Startup Weekend. Second, the team must win a Facebook popularity contest by receiving votes. Only the top 15 teams move on to the final stage. The final stage is a judging panel.
Awards & recognition
In November, 2012, Startup Weekend launched its second annual Global Startup Battle.
In February 2011, Startup Weekend was featured on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine.
In September, 2010, Startup Weekend received a grant from The Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation for entrepreneurship in the world.
In November, 2010, Startup Weekend was listed in Forbes as a “Name You Need to Know In 2011”.