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by Roy Chambers (subscribe)
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Published June 1st 2014
Can you launch a new business in 48 hours
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For some people a weekend is a time to relax, vegetate on the sofa watching TV, with their brain firmly turned off. For others weekends are the time to do something useful. For the select few, the time between finishing work on a Friday to Sunday evening is enough time to setup a new business.

What is a Startup weekend?

Welcome to Startup weekends. You get numerous motivated and talented people together in a room, add some pizza and beer, and you will never know what will happen.

Brain Storming at SS48
Brain Storming at SS48

There are a number of startup weekend organisations around the world all using a similar pattern. You meet on a Friday and recruit people to be in your team or join someone else's team. Most teams are looking for a diverse group of people including developers, graphic designers, business people and subject matter experts. The more varied your team the better.

At the very minimum, by Sunday afternoon you pitch your idea to a panel, usually for a range of prizes to help you get your business going such as mentorship programs, access to working space or other resources, or even prize money.

Pitching at Launch 48
Pitching at Launch 48

For some technology startups they can even put together a basic technology platform and find customers by the end of the weekend. Many startup ideas go nowhere but a fair few from every weekend keep going.

Benefits of attending a Startup weekend

There are numerous benefits for participating. This includes building your startup team, business networking, learning, and experience. However the greatest benefit of participating in a Startup weekend is the pure energy of being in room of highly motivated people making things happen. In other words, it is a lot fun.

The room at a startup weekend event
The room at a startup weekend event


Startup organisations in your area

So where do these startups happen? At the moment, everywhere around the world is getting into startups with a number international startup weekend organisations putting on events.

Startup Weekend is probably the largest startup weekend organisation and it is from them most people know the term startup weekend. They claim more than 13 000 startups have resulted from their events.

Social Startup 48 has a focus on social enterprises and attracts a less technical but more socially aware crowd. SS48 operates in only a few countries at the moment.

Launch48 is run by Oxygen Startups and while initially focused on the UK, it is also spreading around the world.

Get involved

Everyone these days has an idea for a startup business and thanks to the global reach of the Internet it is easier than ever before to build your business. So what are you waiting for?
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Cost: Varies, but usually less $100 for the weekend
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