Startup Weekend Pittsburgh

Published On March 27, 2014 | By Elisabeth Petras | Community

pgh start up weekend 1Whether you’re tech savvy, have a business background, or just a great idea for a new venture, Startup Weekend Pittsburgh might be the perfect place to get your company off the ground. This exciting event challenges Pittsburgh’s next business leaders to create a viable business plan in only 56 hours. Startup Weekend is a global organization that works to empower entrepreneurs to launch their business and from Friday, March 28th to Sunday, March 30 the workshop takes over 6024 Broad Street.

How it works: anyone with an idea can present their pitch and the crowd’s vote determines the best ideas for the weekend. Once winners are selected, individuals  break off into teams and spend the rest of the weekend forming the best start-up possible. While you will be making great contacts, this “no talk, all action” weekend isn’t your typical networking event. For the dedicated teams, you can work as late as the venue allows you to stay. In addition to assistance from various talented coaches and knowledgeable judges, Adam Paulisick, the Founder/Managing Partner of Data Driven Creative will be speaking the first night to kick the weekend off.

Bring your laptop, power cord, business cards and anything else you can think of to enhance your productivity. While this is a weekend to learn, it’s also a competition. To get that extra edge, you might want to consider doing a little preparation beforehand. PGH Startup Weekend’s resources are a great place to start. If you plan on pitching an idea, practice with your friends. You’ll only have 60 seconds, so you’ll want to choose the most informative and exciting key points to hook supporters.

Your registration includes the food, drinks, and snacks offered throughout the weekend to keep your productivity flowing. The cost of the weekend is $99, but students with an ID can purchase discounted tickets for $49. Those who are unable to commit to the entire weekend are welcome to watch the final pitches. This portion of the weekend starts at 5pm on Sunday and you purchase tickets at a cost of $20.

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