The Center for Economic Development at Seminole State College of Florida will host Startup Weekend Orlando at its Heathrow Campus on April 12-14, 2013.
Startup Weekends are weekend long, hands-on experiences in which developers, designers, marketers, product managers and entrepreneurs come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. Typically, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, and the other half have business backgrounds.
Beginning with open-mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their teams. On Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on product development, proof of concept, lean startup methodologies, and a viable product. On Sunday evening, teams demo their prototypes and receive feedback from a panel of experts. They also get a chance to win prizes ranging from cash through a one-year lease at the Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center.
Registration is required.
Since March 2012, Startup Weekend Orlando has conducted five events hosting 448 participants and 74 mentors, with 141 ideas pitched and 44 teams formed. Several of the startup ventures currently under way have secured private equity and are advancing beyond prototype stage.
Seminole State College's Center for Economic Development has been helping local business owners, entrepreneurs, and aspiring entrepreneurs attain success since 1993. The center focuses on developing and enhancing the Central Florida business community through its Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Advisory Board Council, Incubator, and workforce education programs.