Startup Weekend 2017 @ LMU

From November 17-19, 2017 Startup Weekend took place on the LMU campus. Startup Weekend is powered by an organization called Techstars. Techstars hosts tons of startup weekends around the world for the purpose of people coming together to form startups over the weekend. Startup Weekend started at 5:30 P.M. on November 17 which was a Friday. When I arrived there was dinner provided by a sponsor, in fact every meal provided at Startup Weekend was sponsored. People then begun networking during dinner, and shortly after we all entered a different room. Within this room, people begun to pitch their ideas to everyone else at Startup Weekend. A total of 44 people pitched their ideas out of about 150 people who attended Startup Weekend. After people pitched their ideas, they then wrote their ideas on giant post-its to put on the walls for people to vote on. Attendees of Startup Weekend then put small post-it notes on the ideas they thought were the best. The best ideas, ideas with the most post-its, were then selected to stand at the front of the room and briefly state their ideas again. These top ideas then dispersed within the room. People then chose the idea they liked the most and joined that team. I did not pitch an idea, so I joined a team in support of someone else’s idea. Over the weekend, the team I joined engaged in hours of brainstorming which was really fun! I learned a lot from this process and it encouraged me to get more into business. Throughout the weekend, my startup team worked on the startup and would have check-ins, in which each startup team met in a room with all the other startup teams and talked about their progress. A variety of mentors would also mentor the startup teams, so it was really great getting feedback from a range of different mentors. Once my startup team finished with all of our brainstorming we constructed a pitch. On the last day of Startup Weekend, there was a pitch event in which each startup pitched. It was really entertaining watching each startup pitch! Once the pitches concluded, the top 3 winners were announced and all of the winners received prizes. I really recommend Startup Weekend! If Startup Weekend is hosted on a college campus it is $50 for students, generally, and if a person is not a student, then it is $100. So, people do not have to be in college or go to that particular college to attend Startup Weekend.

 

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