Why Should I Attend Tri-Cities Startup Weekend?
You're a "wantrepreneur". You have big ideas and passion, but you don't think you have what it takes to make a business. Maybe you think you need more time, more talent, or more money to make it happen. Maybe you think we're too far out of the way for anything amazing to happen here.
Tri-Cities Startup Weekend is your opportunity to be a entrepreneur. It's about taking the time and finding the people who can help turn your big idea into a small reality, ready to grow into the future. You'll come away having met the challenge of starting a business, along with finding a cofounder, meeting someone new, or learning a skill far outside your 9-to-5.
Register now to make yourself the amazing thing happening in the Tri-Cities.
What Will Happen at Tri-Cities Startup Weekend?
On Friday, Tri-Citizens with diverse backgrounds in business, development, and design will descend on WSU. Anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. Mentors with diverse backgrounds with be there to help guide your business. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
This is a Competition? Are There Prizes?
We believe each attendee will leave with the overwhelming sense that the Tri-Cities is a place of opportunity, where there is enough drive and ability to launch any venture. Each team will depart with enough direction and new connections to take their business beyond the weekend. Three outstanding teams will depart with a toolkit of entrepreneurial resources to help them build a real business.
There Are Teams? Do I Have to Sign-Up With a Team?
Yes, this is a team-based event. No, you don't need to bring one with you.
All tickets are sold to individuals. If you and a friend (or many friends) want to sign-up with a plan of forming a team during the weekend, then go right ahead. Your team's idea does not even have to be voted on during the Friday night, any group of two or more people who work on an idea during the weekend will receive mentorship and will be able to pitch on Sunday evening.
Is My Idea Really a "Startup"?
YES. Almost any concept for a product or service, for-profit or non-profit is a "Startup" ready for "Startup Weekend".
While most teams will involve software in their product, it does not need to be a "tech startup" to participate. It does not need to be something that's only at home in Silicon Valley looking for a million dollars in venture capital to be successful. It also does not need to to revolutionary, it could be just a small improvement on an existing idea that no one's made and everyone wants.
The only real restriction is: Your pitch must be for a new business that does not currently exist, since Startup Weekend is about building something new, not getting free design and development work. If you're in doubt, please use the "Contact Us" action at the top of the page to talk about your idea.
Does the Event Cost Money?
Yes, the event fee is $80 for regular attendees, $60 for early registraints, with $20 off either price for students. Primarily, that cost helps cover the 7 meals received over the weekend. Everyone organizing is a volunteer.
Where and When is Tri-Cities Startup Weekend?
The first Tri-Cites Startup Weekend in 2014 will be from March 14th-16th, at the Consolidated Information Center (or CIC) at Washington State University, Tri-Cities.
Register now for the weekend of your life!