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Startup Weekend 2017



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“Startup Weekend is a 54-hour business plan competition merged with a hackathon structure, so people of all different industries and backgrounds come together and build a business,” said Darlene Fukuji, associate director of the Fred Eisner Center for Entrepreneurship.

This past November, students from different grade levels and majors came together for Startup Weekend 2017. They formed teams based on interest and skills and, with the help of coaches from different fields, created plans for viable businesses, all within 54 hours. All participants walked away from the competition with a business plan they could pursue and continue to work on after the weekend’s conclusion.

On day 1, participants pitched their initial ideas, and networked among each other to learn more about the concepts and each others skills. Participants voted for the top pitches and formed their teams for the weekend.

On day 2 teams continued to hone their ideas and went out into the community to test their market viability. Coaches, active in the start-up community, were on hand to help teams one-on-one.

The weekend concluded on day 3 with final presentations. Teams presented their final, fleshed-out and tested business plans to their peers, coaches and three judges from the start-up community.

Which team walked away with first place bragging rights? Check out the video.