Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
Video of Day 1 & 2
STUDENT COMPETITOR’S RESOURCE WEBSITE
Event Location: Crittenden Middle School 1701 Rock St Mountain View, CA 94043
TICKETS TO STUDENT’S DEMO NIGHT (SUNDAY 3PM)
How is this Startup Weekend different?
This one’s for the kids! Innovators Peter Skillman and Tom Wujec created a marshmallow challenge to see who could build the tallest tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti. The results? Kids outperformed adults, especially MBA students. Why? Kids aren’t locked into existing solutions, kids aren’t distracted jockeying for position, and most importantly, kids take risk! All of the pitches on Friday and companies demoed on Sunday will be by middle school students, and solve problems in the education space, broadly defined (not restricted to K-12 or other “formal” education settings). There will be particular interest in exploring how real life and digital games can be used to improve learning. There is an optional game based workshop offered Saturday and a special game based prize category.
Startup Weekend EDU Mountain View will be like none other done before.
For the first time, we are going to take the young people who know most about schools, middle school kids, and put them in the center of innovating.
I’m a kid, I don’t know anything about coding or business?
What you do know, no marketing expert can compete with you, you know a school inside and out! Over the weekend, we will teach you the skills to create your startup.
I’m an adult, how can I be involved?
We are seeking mentors and coaches to help middle schools create their education innovations. Who knows schools better than kids, and who is free from restraints more than kids? Join us! We guarantee that the adults will gleam as much wisdom from this gathering as the kids do.
We are seeking two type of volunteers:
1) Mentors: adults interested in shepherding a specific team of students. Idea mentors have entrepreneurial or Startup Weekend participant experience. Mentors sign up here.
2) Coaches: experts working in the education technology space interested in giving real life feedback to all the teams of students. Coaches email: firstname.lastname@example.org
So what does the weekend look like?
Friday night is all about networking and the pitches. Those with an idea who are brave enough will stand in front up to 100 strangers and give a 1-minute elevator pitch to the crowd. Teams form organically around the most compelling pitches, and then spend the next 48 hours (minus sleep and eating) hacking away on your product and business plan.
Saturday and Sunday are work days – you and your team validate the problem, market, and customer, ideate and iterate relentlessly, and prototype your team’s solution. Mentors will be on hand throughout the time to help you your idea from a fledgling concept into a working company with huge potential in less than two days. While a small web app or other interactive deliverable is ideal, example final products include promotional websites, mock-ups, or anything else that would convince an audience that your product is viable, compelling, and worth developing further.
Sunday night is where the jury panel comes in. Seasoned startup veterans will scrutinize minimally viable products (MVPs) to evaluate your chances of real world success, and the most promising product will win its team a grab bag of great prizes to launch your company. From there? Well, it’s all up to you. Startup Weekend EDU can only help you start your dream. It’s up to you to live it out.
Here’s some examples of startups that have come out of Startup Weekend EDU:
+ ImagiLabs’s Challenge Box- Educational adventure games for kids age 8-12 and seek to inspire them to explore real challenges until they find their moment of triumph
+ Qeyno is a career exploration game that helps inform students about possible STEM career options & offers guidance on how to achieve them
+ Kidfit Academy- A nonprofit running interactive physical & health education curriculum that empowers students to take control of their health & wellness with fun technology
Here’s some of the things you get from attending
+ A free .co domain name
+ Cool event wear
+ Awesome coaching by education startup industry leaders
+ Kid approved snacks and lunches for the whole weekend (breakfast and dinner not provided)
The winning teams will receive
+ 1st Place: a private consultation with preeminent investor and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki
+ 1st Place: A private consultation with a Facebook innovator at Facebook’s Headquarters (Menlo Park, CA)
+ 2nd Place: A private consultation with a Google innovator at Google’s Headquarters (Mountain View, CA)
+ First through third place will get a chance to present their plans to Mountain View Whisman School Board
+ Game Based Learning Prize: a private consultation at Electronic Arts (Redwood City, CA) with the Experts at GlassLab
+ Student Audience Favorite Prize: a private consultation with Mike Sego (developer on the Sims, former CEO of Gaia Online) at Facebook’s Headquarters (Menlo Park, CA)
Startup Weekend EDU Mountain View Questions, contact:
Chris Chiang at: email@example.com