Startup Weekend is where entrepreneurs, developers, and designers get together to form new businesses in a 54-hour marathon of inspiration, perspiration, collaboration, and fun! We attract people with all skill levels in a friendly, welcoming, yet challenging environment.
People with technology related ideas share their ideas, form teams, build products, and launch new start up companies. Web developers, designers, marketers, product managers and start up enthusiasts come together to pitch in and develop ideas into working business models. You don't have to have an idea of your own either. You can come along to share skills and work on an idea that takes your interest.
This year, there is a focus on developing ideas from the rural and food production sectors. We want people to come forward with ideas on primary industry innovation and how to improve things on the land using technology as tools.
So if you have a killer idea, can write code or make a widget, or can design things then join us at the best entrepreneurial event Hawkes Bay has ever seen!
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Why attend a Startup Weekend?
- Learn how to startup through doing it instead of just reading about it
- Build your network by spending a weekend with Hawkes Bay's doers and makers
- Meet potential co-founders, there’s no better way to find people you want to work with
- Step outside of your comfort zone – Try your hand at something new
- Actually launch a business – Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months
- Get face time with local tech and startup leaders as coaches and judges
- Join a global community of over 45,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world
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What happens at Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend starts on Friday evening 1st August, with an icebreaker game and dinner, and then people have 1 minute to pitch their businesses concepts to the crowd. 8-10 concepts will attract viable teams around them. By late Friday night, you will have sketched out your concept in some detail and everyone will have roles assigned and an inkling of how they’re going to achieve their goals over the weekend.
Saturday morning is all about validation – you’ll be contacting potential customers and finding out if there’s really a market need for what you’re building. If not, you’ll need to pivot based on the information you’ve picked up by “getting out of the building” and talking to people. Meanwhile, your developers and designers will be furiously building your products (or mock-ups), and your team will be attracting partners, advisers, and customers. You’ll need to start preparing your final 5-minute presentation on Sunday morning, because your team will need to pitch it by dinner time. After that, prizes will be awarded to the best teams.
Where you go from there is up to you. Exciting businesses have come out of Startup Weekends, but the real value is in the skills, new friends, and access to resources you require
Whether you are just want to find out what the world of startups is like in a fun environment, you’re a developer or designer looking for the next big thing, or an entrepreneur looking for a team to turn your idea into reality, Startup Weekend is a fantastic way to test your own abilities and meet great people along the way.
Today’s the Day!
It’s not too late to sign up to Start Up Weekend Hawke’s Bay – there are still places available for coding developers, graphic designers and non-technical roles like in marketing or sales until 5pm today.
Buy your tickets today.