What is Startup Weekend?
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 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. Amazing coaches will be around all weekend to give advice. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
Why attend Startup Weekend NoVA EDU?
Channel your passion: The EDU theme is for those passionate about improving the education space. Meet other education innovators from a variety of communities and collaborate on projects that impact issues you care about!
Build your network: This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or a even an investor.
Co-Founder Dating: We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
Learn a new skill: Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go! Step outside of your comfort zone! With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends is the prefect opportunity to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
Actually launch a business: Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
Get face time with thought leaders: Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as mentors and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
Join a global community: Join over 30,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
Event details can be found at: http://novaedu.startupweekend.org
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Big Data Meets EDU…at NOVA EDU Startup Weekend:
“The Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) has worked with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to prepare a live link to datasets that can be used by teams during the NOVA EDU Startup Weekend. This is the first Startup Weekend to highlight K-12 education data!
This release puts potential solutions in the hands of the public’s creativity. The educational datasets are primed for the creation of innovative software applications that can provide unique social value proposition for the developer and educational community to consider, access and use…” (Continue reading at StartUpWeekend.org and check out Apps4VA.org)
CIT Announces Host Committee for NOVA EDU Startup Weekend:
“NOVA EDU Startup Weekend is the kick-off event for the Apps4VA competition announced last month by CIT and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). It will bring together teachers, developers, designers, entrepreneurs and others to generate ideas, applications, and even start a business to improve the use of K-12 education data. It is the first Startup Weekend to focus exclusively on K-12 education data.
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events launched by the Kauffman Foundation to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Over 45,000 entrepreneurs and 5,000 teams have participated in 468 Startup Weekends, with 190 more planned…” (Continue reading press release: here)