Startup Weekend West Michigan

Friday, January 14th thru Sunday, January 16th Startup Weekend West Michigan recruits a highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more to a 54 hour event that builds communities, companies and projects. It is known for its quick decisions, inventive problem solving, unique facilitation technique and letting the founders show what they can do. The program has already met with success in over 52 cities and 12 countries and growing! The participants that attend a Startup Weekend decide what they want to tackle over the weekend and come out at the end with several developed companies or projects. Attendees are responsible for bringing the same desire and passion to the project and walk out of the room with the task at hand, in a short 54 hours. Sound intense? It is. What do Attendees get? Startup Weekend provides an unprecedented level of networking, team building, learning, and life changes for its attendees and their communities. Don’t forget that there will be 6-7 meals and drinks provided. There is a reason that most attendees come back for every event – it’s just plain fun and provides amazing opportunities you can’t get anywhere else. Sometimes a company emerges, sometimes one doesn’t. Some companies go on to produce revenue or get seed funding, but every time people leave with more experience, insight, knowledge, friends, and resources than they came with. Schedule Friday: * 6:00 PM o Everyone gets together; figures out who else is there; what would be interesting to build. o Dinner * 7:00 PM o Pitches start (if you have an idea for a product you pitch it to the group). * 8:00 PM o Teams start breaking off (generally about nine teams will form during the weekend, creating nine products or companies). * 9:00 PM o Hopefully teams have solidified their concept and created an elevator pitch (even a simple one) by now. * 10:00 PM o Break off to a bar or coffee shop to continue the discussion and attempt to paper prototype out their application. Saturday * 9:00 AM o Breakfast o Crowds pour in; work starts on development. * 12:00 Noon o Lunch o Speaker/Entertainment * 3:00 PM o More coding, business plan development, and a special guest (music, vc, sponsor etc). * 6:00 PM o Dinner o Special guest drop-ins and pitches from the teams. * 9:00 PM o Gut check on the product; basic prototype building; group get-together for drinks and to talk about the products everyone is working on. Sunday * 9AM o Breakfast o The day’s work starts again. * 10:00 AM o Projects are being developed; live website with signup is possibly set up * 12:00 Noon o Sink or swim time for those looking for a weekend launch. o Lunch * 2:00 PM o Presentations from each company; what worked, what didn’t, what could go better and contacts are exchange for those continuing in the future. * 3:30 PM o Cleanup begins with everyone helping * 4:30 PM o Building vacated

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  • David T.

    Amazing! Huge turnout, tons of food, and great energy!

    January 17, 2011

  • Randy H.

    This was an incredible weekend that far exceeded my expectations. I can't wait for the reunion.

    January 17, 2011

  • David V.

    An amazing weekend. Great speakers with valuable insight. An excellent opportunity to meet different people with many talents.

    January 17, 2011

  • Aaron S.

    one of the best ways to see if you have a good idea and if you're able to pull together a team to make it happen.

    January 15, 2011

  • John R.

    Good ideas on how to prepare for the Startup Weekend. Also- if you haven't done so...please make sure you register on the site. Thanks

    January 4, 2011

  • John R.

    Marc Nager, Director of Startup Weekend sent me a list of a few businesses that had their beginnings at a weekend event. 54-hours can be powerful.

    December 20, 2010

  • John R.

    Hey everyone...make sure you go the Startup Weekend West Michigan site to register. (red button- upper right)

    December 20, 2010

  • Aaron S.

    Oh man, last year was AWESOME. Excited to see what happens this year and who all will be coming out.

    1 · August 11, 2010

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