October 28th, 2010

Startup Weekend Portland crams founders, builders, and promoters into a 54-hour entrepreneurial hotbox once again


Startup Weekend Portland crams founders, builders, and promoters into a 54-hour entrepreneurial hotbox once again

So there you are. You’ve got a killer startup idea but you’re having a hard time finding someone to help build it. Or maybe you’ve got no ideas but you’re itching to build something. Maybe you just want to help someone realize his or her dream.

Well get those entrepreneurial juices flowing, my friend. Because it’s getting near Startup Weekend time again. That’s right. Startup Weekend Portland is being held November 12th through the 14th at NedSpace Old Town.

What’s a Startup Weekend, you ask? Well, it’s a hybrid unconference of sorts—with some formalized schedule—designed to help people with ideas collaborate with people who can help them bring those ideas to fruition. The hope is to form the makings for a viable sustainable startup within 54 hours.

Startup Weekend is 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 skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.

What’s more, the organization just got a grant from the Kauffman Foundation to help them with their efforts to educate would be entrepreneurs.

Around here. Startup Weekend has already made a mark on the startup scene. Startup Weekend Portland’s most noteworthy alumni include Mugasha, a site for sharing, promoting, and organizing DJ sets, and CPUsage, a company focused on making use of idle computer time for enhanced processing—which also made the cut for the Bend Venture Conference, this year.

This time around, the event is being managed by Michael Coates of PUSH Business Consultants and Thubten Comerford of Social Potency. They’ll be running the show and rounding up interesting speakers to give the attendees some food for thought. All while helping folks form a bunch of companies over a weekend.

Sound interesting? Well what are you waiting for? You can register for Startup Weekend Portland today for $75. Students can register for a discounted rate of $40. Or if you’d just like to attend the final day, you can get in for $20. Still not sure how the whole thing works? You can attend a Startup Weekend bootcamp the weekend prior for $25.

For more information, visit Startup Weekend Portland.

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5 Responses to “Startup Weekend Portland crams founders, builders, and promoters into a 54-hour entrepreneurial hotbox once again”

  1. Great read, Dave, and look forward to following your growth. Appreciate the details on Portland, but you forgot to mention their huge selection of IPAs! Kidding, of course, and wish you every good thing.

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