Jan 31 2013
Pasadena Startup Weekend – February 15th – 17th
 

Friday, February 15th – Sunday, February 17th: Pasadena Startup Weekend, 5 pm.

Get ready for Pasadena Startup Weekend! Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where 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. This event is open to everyone in the Pasadena community, not just to Caltech students. Registration is now open!

More info on Startup Weekends:  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. Visit the website (http://pasadena.startupweekend.org/) for more details.

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.  Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

For more information on the Startup Weekend program, watch this short video:

Startup Weekend – Full from Eighteen Eighty on Vimeo.

Pasadena Startup Weekend is going to open with a keynote address by local entrepreneur Bill Gross (Founder of Idealab and Caltech ME ’81) and have many prominent entrepreneurs and investors as visitors and mentors. Prizes include guaranteed access to the Art Center Accelerator, IdeaLab and the Silicon Beach Pitch Competition this summer, among others. In addition, 6 meals will be provided. At the end of the weekend, participants should have a working startup, have learned new things and know many new people (and be fed!).

Confirmed mentors and judges are:
Erik Hovanec
Karen Hoffman
Aaron Fyke
Ken Pickar
Errol Gerson
Aaron Fyke
Michael Olson
Anthony Chung
Todd Zino

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