One of my favorite emails is one from an aspiring entrepreneur that is looking to get involved in the Cincinnati start-up community. Generally the common theme is the person is looking for a co-founder, especially a technical co-founder. I usually start with suggesting things like StartupDigest for events, StartupCincy for seeing existing companies, and meetups like Web / Tech Drinkup for networking. While all of those are amazing first steps, they do not offer an opportunity to immerse yourself into what a startup is really like. Luckily for those looking for that immersion, you will have that opportunity on July 27 – 29 as Cincinnati hosts its first official Startup Weekend. There is no event better for getting a taste of the entrepreneurial startup life.
If you aren’t familiar with Startup Weekend, it is a non-profit, community-building event that brings together entrepreneurs (and aspiring entrepreneurs) of all backgrounds including software developers, marketers, designers, and other enthusiasts to pitch ideas, form teams and start companies in just 54 hours. The participants that attend have 60 seconds to make a pitch (optional), the pitches are whittled down to the top ideas, and then teams form around the ideas to come out with several developed companies or projects. Finally, the weekend culminates with demonstrations in front of an audience of judges and potential investors.
Today is the last day to get the early bird registration price of $40 for the weekend so hurry up and register. I promise it is an experience that you will never forget.