Nashville Holds its First Startup Weekend

April 10, 2015

12:30 pm

This weekend, beginning tonight at 6:30, the startup community in Nashville will host its first-ever Startup Weekend, a non-profit community building event that brings together entrepreneurs, designers, developers and startup enthusiasts for 54-hours of taking business ideas from concept to launch. Teaching and promoting entrepreneurship through the act of creation, this weekend-long event will take place April 1012, 2015 at the Entrepreneur Center. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, participants have the opportunity to develop new relationships, match potential cofounders, validate ideas and experiment in a risk-free environment. It is an opportunity to simulate an entrepreneurial experience in an incredibly condensed period.

Around 80 attendees are expected to participate over the weekend. The event begins with individuals who pitch their startup idea in 60 seconds or less. Top ideas will be voted on, teams will be made and the weekend will begin. Local CEOs, founders, and startup veterans will be on hand as mentors to provide guidance as the teams work to turn their ideas into developed companies. The weekend will culminate on Sunday with presentations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.

The mission of Nashville’s first Startup Weekend isn’t just limited to creating startups, but supporting local business by encouraging growth and innovation. Ninety-five percent of attendees say they would attend again, over thirty-five percent of Startup Weekend startups are still going after three months and roughly eighty percent of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend culminates. Startup Weekend is the perfect opportunity to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language or just try something different. For many, it is the first step on an entrepreneurial journey.

Startup Weekend Nashville is being organized locally by Eduardo Altamirano of Mosaic Nutrition, Suki Mulberg Altamirano of Lexington Public Relations, Stuart Brent of Ignite Your Match, Daniel Johnsen of ShakeSpot, Kirsty Hughan of Seamless Marketing and Phil Shmerling of InCrowd Capital.

Tickets to Nashville Startup Weekend, which include meals for the weekend, are available for purchase for $99.00 at Startup Weekend enthusiasts everywhere should support the folks in Nashville by tweeting them encouragement.

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Previously the Managing Editor at Tech.Co, Ann Diab has a background of launching and nurturing of startups and tech companies. Empowering and educating entrepreneurs and startups to better productivity and culture is her passion. Growth Manager at WorkingOn to enable folks all over the world to enjoy work and improve communication. Follow me on Twitter.

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