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Register for first Syracuse Startup Weekend
Participate in the first Syracuse Startup Weekend, Nov. 4-7. Individuals can launch a business in 54 hours or participate as a mentor.
CenterState CEO will launch Startup Weekend in Syracuse to help turn innovative ideas into growth-ready businesses. Startup Weekends have been hosted in more than 150 cities all over the world. At the Syracuse event, developers, designers, marketers, product managers and innovators will share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups over the course of 54 hours.
In other cities, this intense event has successfully provided entrepreneurs with the tools to rapidly turn ideas into businesses. More than 36 percent of businesses created at startup weekends are still in existence after three months and approximately 80 percent of participants continue to work with their team after the weekend.
Syracuse University is a platinum sponsor of this year’s Startup Weekend.
Startup Weekend is open to anyone. Typically, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. Mentors with expertise in areas such as design, advertising and business are needed to help teams throughout the weekend. Teams will pitch their idea to win a $2,500 grand prize. A $1,000 second place prize will also be awarded. Additionally, five teams will be selected to incubate their ideas in the Tech Garden’s Hothouse.
Those interested in participating in the November event can visit http://www.syracuse.startupweekend.org to register.