Next weekend more than 60 startup enthusiasts will gather at the Kelowna Innovation Centre for Startup Weekend Okanagan (SWO).
What exactly is a Startup Weekend? Think of it as a weekend-long boot camp for startups. It’s an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business. And no, it’s not just for developers. Teams, just like businesses need a diverse skill-set to succeed.
On average, half of Startup Weekend participants have technical backgrounds, while the other possess a business mindset. Whether you’re a primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people such as marketers – if you have great ideas you’re dying to share with the world, love learning and meeting new people, it’s not too late to sign up for Startup Weekend Okanagan and gain a real hands-on startup experience unlike any other.
Format of SWO:
- Beginning with open-mic pitches on Friday, March 2nd, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team.
- Over the Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas and building a minimal viable product.
- On the Sunday evening, teams will pitch and be judged by a panel of distinguished judges. This is followed by an awards ceremony and wrap-up event.
The aim of the weekend is to bring together the knowledge of local entrepreneurs, and help those in need to find their feet in the world of startups.
Startup Weekend Okanagan runs from March 2nd to 4th. Space is limited and more than 75% of the spots have already been claimed so sign up now.