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Take action and learn by doing, the Startup weekend will be centered on learning through the act of creating. Instead of listening to lectures, YOU build your own strategy and test it as you go. Step outside of your comfort zone and try something new. With an entire weekend dedicated to creating and collaborating with a shared goal, the Startup Weekend is the perfect opportunity to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different. The facts are over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months.  Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Learn from experts through their guidance and experience. Our Friday night speaker, Brian Zuercher, is the CEO and cofounder of Venueseen, a social media management platform and Instagram campaigns tool helping brands build relationships with their customers through visual marketing. Venueseen was recognized as the “Innovation Game Changer” at the 2012 Ohio Interactive Awards. Additionally, he has an extensive background in building and launching consumer products, including both Venueseen and FlyMuch, a tool focused on discovering and sharing recommendations at restaurants and attractions.  Brian isn’t bringing fluff.  He is bringing real roadmap material for you to start the weekend off right. Also, local tech and startup leaders will participate in the Startup Weekend as coaches and judges, displaying the importance of supporting local entrepreneurs. See our mentors here:  www.athensoh.startupweekend.org.

This isn’t just a happy-hour; take the opportunity to build a network that will last. The Startup Weekend attracts Athens’ best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor. We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.  Even some of you went on to be part of the Accelerator because of your Startup Weekend experience.

Your ticket covers seven meals, snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the coffee you can drink.  And, did we mention a world-famous t-shirt?

Startup Weekend not only provides you with the resources, expertise and information necessary to make your business idea a business plan…it also provides money to make your plan reality! There are prizes for first, second and third places. The first place winner will receive one month in our area’s new co-working space, AthensWorks along with $1,000 in gift cards for places like Amazon and Adobe.  Second place winners will receive $750 worth of prizes and the third place team wins $500 in gift cards.