Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if their 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. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
In the past 3 years, 500+ startups have started & 15,000+ entrepreneurs have been inspired. Teams have even started to generate revenue during the 54hr event, and others have even gone on to raise funds from Business Angels or Venture Capitalists. None of these numbers take into account the networking, on‐going professional relationships, and amazing experience that take place at every event. Startup Weekend’s motto: Build Community. Start Companies. No Talk. All Action.
Around 100 entrepreneurs are expected to take part in the 52 hour startup marathon. Startup Weekend is an adrenalin rush of epic levels from the first pitch through to the last presentation. Coming in alone with an idea on the Friday night and leaving on the Sunday evening with a fledgling startup company, and a bag full of new network contacts is a unique experience only found at a Startup Weekend.
This edition of Startup Weekend Bangalore is being hosted on Jan 20 – 22, 2012 at Microsoft, Lavelle Road, Bangalore. Around 200 entrepreneurs are expected to participate in the event. With these attendance levels, we anticipate between 8‐12 “mini startup companies” being formed with the statistic of 1/3 managing to survive after 6 months.
SW Boot Camp
For the first time inIndia, SW will have boot camp for all the participants. The boot camp would be held at Google Office inBangalore on Jan 19 evening. We are bringing together technology experts from both Google and Microsoft to help educate attendees on different technologies. Boot camp will help participants decide on what technologies they want to use for their products.
Previous Bangalore Event:
First edition of Startup Weekend was held in March 2011. 15 teams were formed out of 105 participants. Many teams went on to start their own companies. List of teams can be found here : http://tinyurl.com/swteams2011
Gaurav and Pradeep were participants at First edition and this is what they had to say “We were just strangers under one roof when SW Bangalore 2011 kicked off. By the time the event ended, we had spent almost 54 nonstop hours as a team, built a POC, had pitched to the panel and had won the second place. Eventually, the two of us quit our jobs and decided to take our venture forward. But for SW 2011, forming our team would have been very difficult. SW helped us lay a good foundation and the experience will be etched in our memories forever”.
Here is a snapshot of some companies that have come out of various Startup Weekends
around the globe:
So, if you are interested in giving your startup idea a real good shot, then do register to attend Startup Weekend Bangalore at : http://bangalore.startupweekend.org/