So what is a Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. The events take place all over the world as part of the Startup Weekend nonprofit organization. This is Roanoke’s first … and definitely not our last Startup Weekend event!
Why do you think Roanoke is ripe for one of these?
There is a growing and active entrepreneurial and startup community in Roanoke, as well as growing development and design communities. We figured the Startup Weekend format would be a great way to bring individuals with different business backgrounds and experiences together and have some fun while doing it.
What sorts of people are you hoping to attract?
Entrepreneurial, creative, and inspired individuals who are looking for an opportunity to make new connections, work with new people, create new businesses, and learn from our community of entrepreneurs and business minds. Individuals can register as a Developer, Designer, or Non-Technical Business Professional.
How likely is it that a new business will sprout from this weekend?
Over 36 percent of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after three months. Roughly 80 percent of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend. Based on the our region’s growth in the startup space — and the success of teams coming out of local programs and competitions, we predict we’ll improve on these numbers.
Check here for more resources for Startup Weekend First-Timers: http://startupweekend.org/about/firsttimer/