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Registration now open for Startup Weekend Athens Oct. 13-15

From staff reports | Sep 13, 2017

Registration is now open for the 8 th Startup Weekend Athens, which teaches participants how to take any business idea from concept to creation over one weekend.

The event, open to the general public, will be held Oct. 13-15 at the Ohio University Innovation Center.

Why attend?

·        Get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship

·        Learn the process for turning an idea into a venture

·        Meet other talented and passionate people from Ohio University and the region

·        Join or lead an all-star team

·        Gain new skills  

Who is Startup Weekend For?

It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from—Startup Weekend is an inclusive event that brings all sorts of people together.

·        Aspiring entrepreneurs and those with experience

·        Developers and tech-savvy people

·        Designers of all types

·        Those interested in business, sales, marketing and finance 

·        Students from universities and high schools

·        Professionals looking to switch careers or build new skills

·        Passionate visionaries, and

·        People like you

Do I need to come with an idea?

If you have an idea for a startup, then we’ll look forward to hearing your 60-second pitch Friday night. If you don’t have an idea, that’s fine, too. Pitching an idea is not required, although you might find yourself so inspired that you end up sharing an idea you’ve been thinking about for years, or something you think of during the event. Either way, you'll become part of a team and spend the weekend learning about the startup ideation process.  If you have more questions, check out the  Startup Weekend First Timers FAQ!

The registration fee of $50 includes the program activities, seven meals and the opportunity to get direct coaching and honest feedback from experienced entrepreneurs and venture development experts.

Check-in begins at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13 at the Innovation Center, and the event ends at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15. The Innovation Center is located at 340 W. State St. in Athens.

Discount codes for $25 off the registration fee are available for Ohio University students in the College of Business (code “COB”), the Russ College of Engineering and Technology (code “RUSS”), the College of Arts and Science (code “CAS”), Scripps College of Communication (code “SCRIPPS”) and the College of Health Sciences and Professions (code “CHSP). On-site registration is not permitted. 

Details and registration can be found at http://communities.techstars.com/usa/athensoh/startup-weekend/11175.

The sponsors of the 2017 Startup Weekend Athens are The Innovation Center, TechGROWTH Ohio, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, College of Health Sciences and Professions, College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Entrepreneurship, Scripps College of Communication, Athens Area Chamber of Commerce and Athens County Economic Development Council.