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PITCH. BUILD. LAUNCH!

August 28-30th, 2015

How it works

You've got 54 hours to launch a new idea

STEP 1:

Pitch

Have that awesome business idea that you just haven't gotten off the ground? Pitch it at the start of the weekend. Attendees vote for their favorite ideas and teams are formed. The weekend begins!

STEP 2:

Build Something Real

Now that teams have been formed, the real work begins. Start by collaborating with teammates to develop the minimum viable product (MVP). You've only got 54 hours. Ready... set... go!

STEP 3:

Launch!

You and your team have worked around the clock, now it's time for the final touches before presenting it to the judges and crowd. This is just the beginning of where your startup will take you.

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Who this is for

Build a team that gets it done

Startup Weekend attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law). What unites all attendees is a common interest in entrepreneurship: whether a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, every attendee is interested in working with a like-minded, motivated and skilled team to develop a product or business in just one weekend. In other words, it's for you!

Where its happening

Building innovative startups takes an innovative space

Behind the scenes

For entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs

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Chad Slagle / Lead Organizer

Cate-Ryba

Cate Ryba / Organizer

David-Bentley

David Bentley / Organizer

John-Mizzel

John Mizell / Organizer

Tim-Sadler

Tim Sadler / Organizer

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Leanna Miller / Organizer

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Angela Raimondo / Organizer

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Justin Belleme / Organizer

David-Mertens

David Mertens / Organizer

Startup Talk

From the Startup Weekend Team

Start something great at Startup Weekend!

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Who Else is Going?

Anyone with a dream, a skill, or a passion can come to Startup Weekend. We know that makes it confusing, so let’s tell the stories of some of the participants. Students from the Kingston Business School in London “Entrepreneurship is at the heart of Kingston University Business School with a track record for the past…

Win $14,000+ of Prizes at Startup Weekend

What is Venture Asheville?

Among the superheroes of the startup movement in Asheville is Josh Dorfman, Director of Entrepreneurship for Venture Asheville, the the high-growth entrepreneurship initiative of the Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce. We sat down at Element, a new vegan restaurant on Liberty St., to talk about our city,…

Four Reasons to Go To Startup Weekend

1. Meet other doers, makers, coders, and thinkers – who dream as big as you do. 2. Get immediate feedback on your skills and your ideas – and learn where you need to grow. 3. Learn how to build smart and build lean – and tap into the network that will support you. 4. Launch…

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