Entrepreneurs from all over New England are prepping for a pretty hardcore weekend right now. Beginning on Friday at 6:00pm and ending on Sunday at 6:30pm, Microsoft N.E.R.D is playing host to yet another binge thinking event for young techsters: Startup Weekend.
Started in 2007 by TechStars employee Andrew Hyde, this event gives attendees 54 hours to team up, form a business plan, develop a pitch and present.
“Sound intense?” Asks the event’s website. “It is.”
This event will no-doubt bring together investors, programmers, marketers, designers, mentors and a whole slew of speakers, including: Jason Schupbach, Boston’s creative economy industry director; Scott Kirsner, tech writer extraordinaire from The Boston Globe; Justin Levy, new media marketing guru; and a cadre of others.
BostInnovation will be there as well, following all the new ideas from concept to pitch. While there’s no guarantee that any of the companies beginning at Startup Weekend will continue to push forward after the event has come to a close, there’s a good chance some serious pain-points and tech solutions will be formulated.
In just a few short years, Startup Weekend has become a global event, with cities like Tokyo, Vienna, Athens and New York all riding the wave of excitement. Last month, 10 Startup Weekends were held in two countries, spurring over 70 startup projects and involving over 650 entrepreneurs.
Boston Startup Weekend’s Twitter hashtag this weekend will be #SWBoston. If you’re going to be there, look for us, and don’t forget to leave your thoughts leading up to the event in the comments section.
Editor’s Note: The BostInnovation blog will be hard launching at our url, BostInnovation dot com (the former host of our Boston tech tweet aggreagtor), on Monday, December 7. This means most of our coverage of Startup Weekend will be found at that url, not on this seed blog. We’ll do everything we can to redirect you to the new site when fresh content becomes available there. Thanks for your patience.