Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Announcing: Startup Weekend Columbia!

As many KC entrepreneurs know, Startup Weekend Kansas City was a huge success back in April.  While over 80 visionaries and entrepreneurs chugged Mountain Dew and chewed on Twizzlers, eight new companies formed within the walls of bizperc in just one short weekend.  Two went on to become actual running companies. 

So it's no wonder Startup Weekend is making its way to Columbia, Missouri for the first time.

Startup Weekend Columbia will take place from September 30th until October 2nd at Museao (3500 Buttonwood Drive).  The Startup Weekend Columbia crew welcomes all entrepreneurs, visionaires, innovators, and technology experts to join them for a 54-hour event that focuses on building web or mobile applications in the hopes to developing credible businesses. 

"Startup Weekend Columbia is a platform for sharing ideas," says Kelsey Meyer, head organizer of SUW Columbia (and Director of Awesomeness at League of Innovators).  "There are so many entrepreneurial opportunities going on in Columbia.  We wanted to create one event that brings people together to promote entrepreneurship."

Kelsey could not be more spot-on.  With recent entrepreneurial developments such as League of Innovators, the McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and many others, Columbia is booming with innovation and startup excitement.

"We have so much talent in this town," Meyer says.  "Columbia is trying to encourage the talented people to stay here.  Startup Weekend will help to promote entrepreneurship within the community.  We have a vibrant startup environment here- now it's time to show it."

Startup Weekend would not be possible without its stand-out sponsors.  A special thanks to The League of Innovators,, Williams Keepers, Growth Partner, Subway,,, REDI, and Reynolds Journalism Institute for making the weekend possible. 

Tickets for Startup Weekend Columbia are on sale here. Be one of the first to spark the Startup Weekend flame in Columbia, Missouri and watch your idea come to life!

Written by Allison Way

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