Welcome – Startup Weekend Hartford & Ottawa
Startup Weekend organizers in Hartford, Connecticut have partnered with those in Ottawa, Canada to establish the first-ever transnational Startup Weekend competition. The event will virtually link the two cities over the course the weekend, this October 18-20, pairing select sets of teams and mentors to collaborate, create and compete for prizes and honor, using the latest in communications technologies. The Hartford base will be held at the uniquely equipped Connecticut Institute for Primary Care Innovation at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. The Ottawa base will host its event at Shopify, a long-time event sponsor and local startup.
Headlining the weekend as featured speaker is Jeff Hoffman, co-founder and partner at ColorJar and a former founding team member of Priceline.com. He will virtually connect to speak before the weekend’s participants on Saturday evening.
Don’t miss this first-of-its kind Startup Weekend – to participate in a local team or to toss your hat in the ring to be part of a virtual team.
What is Startup Weekend?
Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback. Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups.