What is Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend is a weekend event in cities around the world. A highly motivated group of developers, business managers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and more meet and in a short 54 hour event work on building projects out. It is very much like an unconference, where the attendees show decide the outcome of the experience.
What is the weekend like?
The weekend is fun, mentally simulating and always profitable (2 of those are true)! It starts Friday at 6:30 pm and finishes up Sunday at 6pm, the hours in between are up to the community. Startup Weekend gets everyone in the same room, sometimes clothes and always feeds. What is next is really up to the people that show up, it is your drive and passion that will lead the weekend.
How did it start?
It was a late night in June of 2007 at TechStars when the idea was coined. Danny Newman and Stan James discussed how they missed collaborating on projects with others now they were working on bigger projects, later David Cohen and Joe Scharf pushed founder Andrew Hyde to take the concept into reality.
What is the agenda?
Have you ever worked at a startup? Startup Weekends don’t really have agendas, just general times when the building is open for everyone to meet and work. If you are an agenda driven person, Startup Weekend might not be for you. You make the agenda based on the people, ideas and mood. Is the expectation to launch a startup in one weekend? That is generally the goal but launching and incorporating are totally up to the teams that are put together at the start of the event. The excitement of launching makes the weekend thrilling. Go for it!
Yes. Depending on the number of attendees your number of projects will vary but typically 6-9 are formed in a given weekend. How are details like legal, ownership, members etc handled? The people working on the products will determine these issues during the weekend. Startup Weekend, LLC will not retain ownership of any company coming out of the weekend and does not issue any shares.
Is everyone who attends a participant?
Again, this will be determined by the participants. It is your weekend, but don’t show up to watch. Participate! What happens once the weekend ends? Above all, we hope that a strong community bond will form. Beyond that, it depends on the group. Past weekends have seen groups work beyond the weekend and continue to build and market their products. Several projects have incorporated as companies and a few have raised angel rounds. Skribit is an example. Aren’t people concerned about someone running away with their idea? Given the nature of the event, and the fact that it will be live twittered/blogged/streamed etc., trade secrets will be difficult to enforce. We suggest that if you have an idea that you don’t want taken, then don’t present them. The purpose of the event is to build community, so consider working on projects that introduce you to working with cool people.
Do You Sleep At the Event?
Yes. Definitely! Generally the hours are Friday from 6-10pm, Saturday from 9am-10pm and Sunday from 9am-6pm. If you have reasons to be away during the weekends, by all means feel free to do so (kids soccer game, dinner with the Prime Minister, etc).
Who Runs Startup Weekend?
Startup Weekend LLC is run by the community supporting entrepreneurship. Every weekend has a facilitator that is approved by Startup Weekend, LLC. In Calgary the Justin is our facilitaror, and Alex, Devesh and Luis are organizers.
Is Startup Weekend a Company?
Yes, Startup Weekend is a startup in its own. The company and Trademark are used to make sure the quality of each Startup Weekend.
Can I sponsor the Weekend?
Yes you can, in two ways. You can be a local sponsor for one weekend or a national sponsor for all the weekends.