Start Up Weekend Designed to Foster Entrepreneurs and Innovation

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Calling all Thunder Bay Entrepreneurs

THUNDER BAY – BUSINESS – Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.

Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.

Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks.

When? Friday, January 16 – 18, 2015 Event starts at 4:30PM

Lakehead University Faculty of Law (PACI Campus) 401 Red River Road, Thunder Bay, ON

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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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

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.

All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs.

The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

First Place: $500 in Professional Services from the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre.

This can be used for marketing, travel, infrastructure, or anything else that brings your idea to the next level.

Also included is an Innovator Membership at the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre (valued at $450 per year).

Second and third place prizes are the same, but with $300 and $200 worth of Professional Services.

To Get Involved: www.startuptbay.com

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