Startup Weekend is a weekend-long, hands-on experience where entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and experts from all domains come together to do amazing things. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds; the other half have business backgrounds.
Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over the next two days teams embark on a frenzy of market validation, business model creation, customer development, coding and creating. They put Lean Startup methodologies into practice to build a minimal viable product, service or enterprise. On Sunday evening, teams pitch their startup, demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of expert judges.
Startup Weekend is far more than just creating a startup. It is about transformation, learning new methods, building resilience, teams and leadership by rising to the challenges. It is an opportunity to become part of an important culture growing within New Zealand and the world.