Startup Weekend





Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups! Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

  • Industry: Nonprofit
  • Year Started: 2009
  • Organization Type: Non-Profit
  • # of Employees: 24 ( as of Jan 1, 2012)
http://startupweekend.org/
 

Marc Nager

Startup Weekend. Both a Swiss and US citizen, Marc has enjoyed an amazing 27 years exploiting the outdoors, pursuing seemingly risky endeavors, and a multitude of career paths. With a degree in International Business from Chapman University in Southern California he left his MBA program after the first semester to pursue new career path. Scratching his own itch to learn how to launch a startup, Marc found the opportunity to acquire Startup Weekend the for profit entity in order to turn it into a non profit and then went on a mission to scale it around the world. Passionate and curious about the world of startups, Marc has found a way to help others pursue their ideas and dreams. Startup Weekend has landed him in over 40 cities around the world where he’s listened, observed, and helped over 450 of the earliest stage startups. Among others, his pursuits have caught the interest from the likes of Entrepreneur Magazine and Forbes. Marc considers himself a do-er, an orchestrator of passions and talents, and an instigator. He has strong faith in always investing your time, energy and resources into “doing the right thing.” As an ambitious go-getter, he is dedicated to expanding his experience and understanding of startup ecosystems around the world. His efforts focus on increasing the levels and quality of support available for passionate entrepreneurs and communities. Entrepreneurship is something that can be taught & learned, and he’s on a mission to ensure the world knows.

  • Age: 31
  • Ethnicity: Caucasian
 
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