We know you’ve got a great idea. Now it’s time to take that leap of faith and see if your big idea can become a big business. And there’s no better time to start than now. It’s a new year, a fresh start and time to launch your business idea. So start this month by attending Startup Weekend 2011, the perfect opportunity to see if your business idea is feasible, achievable, and of course, profitable.
In April 2011, entrepreneurs and big thinkers are invited to attend Startup Weekend—an intense 54-hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skill sets—primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people—to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. Even more importantly, Startup Weekend has become a networking opportunity unlike any other in Kansas City. This January, Startup Weekend sets sail with a workshop and networking event to kickstart the intense weekend in April.
“Most networking opportunities are quick exchanges of business cards,” says Steven Chau, local organizer of Startup Weekend in Kansas City. “Startup Weekend actually allows entrepreneurs to work together throughout the weekend. It feels like a summer camp and helps to create entrepreneurial camaraderie. It’s an energizing experience that actually allows entrepreneurs to make friendships.”
This January, entrepreneurs are invited to attend Startup Weekend’s workshops where they can learn about lean startup methodology through interactive challenges and learning experiences. The Startup Weekend competition will then commence in April with a panel of judges and a plethora of business pitches.
“My main goal is to provide an event for budding entrepreneurs,” says Chau. “Events like this allow entrepreneurs to work on problems that they are passionate about. That’s extremely empowering.”
So if you’re looking to pitch your business idea, look no further than Startup Weekend—taking place in our very own backyard! This is Kansas City’s third Startup Weekend, and is looking to be its most successful.
Startup Weekend allows for like-minded people to come together and achieve a common goal. If Startup Weekend sounds like the event for you and your big thinking, be sure to check out the Startup Weekend website for more information.
Written by Allison Way. Allison is a writer and videographer for Think Big Partners. Check out more of Allison's articles on the Kansas City Entrepreneurship Examiner, Helium, BrooWaha and eZine.
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