I’ve never heard of StartUp Weekend before I was commissioned to photograph this – but what a great event!
StartUp Weekend is: “a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
“All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.”
I don’t think I’ve ever been in a room so full of talented, energetic and motivated individuals – it was an invigorating experience. Can’t wait for the next challenge, so I can attend as a participant!