Marc Nager Explains Startup Week, the New Event That UP Global/Startup Weekend Is Launching

May 31, 2014

12:00 pm

On Thursday, we reported that Startup Weekend founder Andrew Hyde was returning to the organization to launch Startup Week, a weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship that will be held in 20 cities.

Yesterday, we sat down with UP Global CEO Marc Nager at the UP Summit in Las Vegas to learn more. “It’s a really simple concept,” he explained – a five-day program, with different tracks or themes, where community leaders are empowered to organize events that are typically scattered throughout the year. 

Nager admitted that similar events exist, but UP Global has some advantages. They’re working with a core team of almost 60 people now, and their larger community includes about 7,000 volunteers and an extended network of about 20,000 people. Startup Week is a way to mobilize these people, who have so much initiative and desire to support entrepreneurship. 

“Working with champions and community leaders around the world, it’s like ‘Give me the framework. Tell us what to go do,’ and people can really execute on that. Especially if it’s part of something bigger and cohesive that gives them the tools where they can just go have impact and not worry about trying to create something from scratch,” said Nager. “It’s that validator that helps drive alignment, create density, create clarity for the entrepreneurs, the stakeholders, and the leaders within a community.”

With the re-hire of Hyde and the merger with Startup America, who has been mobilizing communities for years, the future Startup Week will be a confluence of the past and present. “It was an incredible opportunity to bring Andrew back on the team,” Nager said. 

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact [email protected]

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