By Bill Fallon
Those interested in the world of startups can immerse themselves in it at the third annual “Startup Weekend Stamford” at the Stamford Innovation Center, April 11-13.
The event is billed as an intensive, 54-hour, hands-on experience, where startup enthusiasts, developers and designers “will join marketers, product managers and business advisers to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups.”
Startup Weekend kicks off at the Stamford Innovation Center, 175 Atlantic St., Stamford, April 11, 6 p.m. “Demo Day,” with team presentations, judging and awards is April 13.
Tickets are $99 (students pay $49 with ID) and the price includes seven meals, snacks, coffee, and access to resources. The target audience includes: developers – software engineers, coders and developers; designers – such as graphics, UX/UI, etc.; and nontechnical skills like business, marketing and public relations.
Stamford Mayor David Martin will participate as a judge during the Sunday evening “Demo Day,” joining other leaders in the entrepreneurial tech world at the event. (Pre-mayoralty, his MBA is from Stanford, his undergraduate degree from MIT.)
“We welcome Mayor Martin’s participation in Startup Weekend 2014,” said Barry Schwimmer, founder and managing partner of the center. “Since the first Startup Weekend Stamford two years ago, we have seen interest in launching startups skyrocketing all along the I-95 and Merritt Parkway Connecticut corridor.”
The event starts with open mic pitches Friday night, April 11, in the SIC auditorium, when attendees have one-minute to pitch a startup idea. Teams will then form around the top ideas and work collaboratively on Saturday and Sunday, building a business model, coding, designing, creating a viable product and validating customer needs.
Business leaders will serve as mentors and coaches over the weekend, offering one-on-one advice to each team. The weekend concludes with final presentations on Sunday, April 13, when each team presents its business to a panel including venture capitalists J. Skyler Fernandes and Mark Wachen; SIC entrepreneur-in-residence Janis Collins; Life in Mobile CEO John Lim and Martin.
Winning teams will receive free, real-world help from top advisers and coworking space at the SIC.