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Entrepreneurs invited to explore new business ideas at Startup Weekend Athens

From staff reports | Sep 18, 2015

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Find out Oct. 23-25 during Startup Weekend Athens, where the next great business idea could take flight.

“It’s not just about the idea—it’s about the team,” said Jennifer Simon, director of the Ohio University Innovation Center. “Startup Weekend is hands-down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, participants can build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.”

Participants kick off the weekend Friday night by pitching an original idea or listening to proposed concepts. Teams form around the most popular ideas and spend Saturday building the business from the ground up. Expert coaches are on hand to help teams strategize, meet goals and overcome obstacles. Startup Weekend culminates with Sunday night demos and judged presentations.  Prizes are awarded to the top three teams.

The registration fee of $50 includes the program activities plus meals all weekend, as well as the opportunity to use Ohio University’s Create_space and/or Athensworks on Saturday.

Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23 at the Innovation Center, and the event ends at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25. The Innovation Center is located at 340 W. State St. in Athens.

The first 10 registrants will receive a $10 discount (enter promotional code EARLYBIRD).  Ohio University Russ College students will receive a $25 discount and Ohio University College of Business students will receive a $25 discount (enter promotional codes RUSS25 or COB25, respectively).  On-site registration will not be permitted.  Details and registration can be found at athens-oh.up.co.

The sponsors of Startup Weekend Athens are TechGROWTH Ohio, WesBanco, Ohio University's Innovation Center, Create_space, Ohio University Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Scripps Innovation Challenge within the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering and Technology as well as Extra Nerds, Root Deeper Marketing, the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce, Athensworks, unbounce, and the Ohio University Consulting Fellows.