Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?
The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.
The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.
All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups!
Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds.
Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.
为何参加创业周末？Why attend a Startup Weekend event?
Call us biased, but we think that there are dozens of reasons why you should come to a Startup Weekend! Since we know your time is valuable, we’ll only list the top eight:
Startup Weekends are all about learning through the act of creating. Don’t just listen to theory, build your own strategy and test it as you go.
人脉搭建 Build your network
This isn’t just a happy-hour. Startup Weekend attracts your community’s best makers and do-ers. By spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, you will build long-lasting relationships and possibly walk away with a job or even an investor.
伙伴寻觅 Co-Founder Dating
We all know it’s not just about the idea – it’s about the team. Startup Weekend is hands down the best way to find someone you can actually launch a startup with.
技能学习 Learn a new skill
Step outside of your comfort zone. With a whole weekend dedicated to letting your creative juices flow, Startup Weekends are perfect opportunities to work on a new platform, learn a new programming language, or just try something different.
真实创业 Actually launch a business
Over 36% of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after 3 months. Roughly 80% of participants plan on continuing working with their team or startup after the weekend.
会面“大牛” Get face time with thought leaders
Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in your community.
省钱、有料！Save money & get stuff
Cost for this Startup Weekend: CNY ¥180 (¥200 at the door, with student ID ¥100). Your ticket covers snack, access to exclusive resources from our sponsors, and of course, all the soft drinks.
加入全球社群 Join a global community
Join over 100,000 Startup Weekend alumni, all on a mission to change the world.
William is a Partner at SOS Ventures and the Managing Director of Chinaccelerator, China's the first startup accelerator based in Shanghai. William joined SOS Ventures from SingTel Innov8 where he was Managing Director supporting China investment activities. While at Innov8 he led investments in Yodo1 (mobile games), Gmobi (Android platform), Lekan (online video platform), and Massive Impact (mobile advertising) among others. Previously William was a Partner at Softbank China & India Holdings, an early stage venture capital firm backed by Softbank of Japan and Cisco. While at SoftBank he led investments in Silk Road Telecom (mobile enterprise cloud SaaS), Playspan (payment platform acquired by Visa), Punch Entertainment (mobile game developer acquired by DeNA) and Peacesoft (Vietnam eCommerce and payment platform). William began his career as an equity research analyst most recently with Deutsche Bank where he was responsible for Internet and Telecom Equipment across Asia and China technology, media and telecom. In addition he covered Digital Media and Telecom Equipment companies at Bank of America Securities in San Francisco and PCs and Enterprise Hardware at Bear Stearns in New York. William began his technology investment career 18 years ago as a technology analyst in Taiwan.
In 2006 he was ranked #3 All-Asia analyst for Technology/Software and IT Services by Institutional Investor Magazine. In 2005, he was ranked #1 stock picker in Technology, Media and Telecom, and #3 overall for Hong Kong/China by Thomson Reuters Starmine as well as was a ranked analyst by Institutional Investor Magazine. He currently sits on the boards of advisors/directors for a number of companies including GMobi, Massive Impact, Silk Road Telecom, Socbay, iTalki, kineticONE as well as organizations including Angelvest (天使谷), the largest and most active angel investing group in China, and AAMA Shanghai and the Techyizu, Beijing Hive, Digital Matters and AdTech: China events. He holds a BA from Bowdoin College.
Head of Sales VW Brand at Shanghai Volkswagen Sales Company Ltd.
He is responsible for VW brand, in SAIC-VW Sales Company Ltd., Shanghai, P.R.China (Skoda and VW brand). And he and his team have already succeeded in achieving biggest single brand sales entity in the world (2013: 1.3mio cars).
He is also Co-Leader Workshop Sales&Marketing, German Chamber of Commerce.
Ben Whitter is the multi-award winning Tsunami Leader. A recognised leader within the people and organisational development field, Ben has developed thousands of people around the world, and is widely known for developing the people who develop & lead people. Ben is a key global contact for leaders and OD/HR/L&D professionals across sectors. The Tsunami Leadership philosophy will be shared with the world through his upcoming book. In China, Ben is the Organisation and People Development Manager for the University of Nottingham Ningbo (UNNC), the first foreign/Sino University to open its doors in China. UNNC is in the top 1% of global Universities and a top destination for students in China and the world.
Ben is a prolific speaker on the subjects of self-development, and meaningful leadership. He won the UK's top training honour in 2012, and is emerging as a key thought leader within his field.
You can connect & collaborate with the Tsunami Leader on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Program Manager, Mentor of Awesomeness and Coconuts at Chinaccelerator
CHINA-AXLR8R (a member of the Global Accelerator Network) is the first mentorship-driven seed funding program in China. The 90-day accelerator program is committed to helping entrepreneurs who are innovating at the cutting-edge of information technology to create successful start-up companies. Participating in CHINA-AXLR8R gives startups enormous validation and access to the best, brightest, most experienced network of mentors which will be with them to help curate and cultivate every aspect of their business. The program also provides the chance to pitch early stage investors during the Beijing Demo Day, where the founders will take their products live and graduate through to being ready to raise money on a larger scale. He is the organizer of the 10x10 Conferences held in Beijing and Shanghai，and he has rich experiences in early-stage startup mentorship and investment.
Deverick McIntyre is one of Asia's leading Lean Startup experts and has 10 years experience in China. He has successfully advised technology startups in China, US and Australia. This year Deverick has mentored at two Lean Startup Weekend events, and judged at the Shanghai Leadership Program and AppJamm event.
As well as his own startups he also has experience in Corporate roles. With management roles in the China's outsourcing and consulting industry, and more recently as Asia CIO of a large US steel fabricator, Deverick is well placed to understand the technology needs in the B2B sector.
Deverick graduated with an MBA and a double degree in Microelectronics Engineering and Commerce from Griffith University, Australia.
China GM, Exact Software
Brian is the creative force behind the marketing at REV. Now, a creativity trainer and coach, he helps companies imagine new possibilities and shows them how to convert those creative sparks into powerful flames.
He is also an entrepreneur, cofounder of nuresh, Shanghai's first healthy personal catering company. You may have recently seen him and his team's award-winning film, "LISTEN. LOVE. SHARE." at Shanghai's 48 Hour Film Project in October.
Seek his guidance in the areas of:
- Ideation and brainstorming
- Vision-setting for the team
- Branding and marketing
- NABC model of pitching
- Creativity and innovation
Founder and Managing Director of SageVision: ReInventing Cities
Lynn is the Founder and Managing DIrector of SageVision: Reinventing Cities, a leadership consultancy in Shanghai, with over 20 years of executive and management coaching, training and consulting experience. Currently she is exploring how to leverage her professional and informal ecosystem networks to facilitate the development of her own (and others’) social innovations through technology and internet platforms that quicken the shift in human consciousness to our next evolutionary level.
Sage Vision: http://www.sagevision.com.cn/SageVision2012/Home.html
Net Impact: http://www.netimpact.org/
Jimmy Keesee is a global technology consultant and Entrepreneur. Keesee's career in the web consulting and technology arena started more than a decade ago when he started scripting his first website and discovered the power of the internet in an analog era.
A self-professed geek, Keesee is first a technologist and an artist second. He has worked a cross multiple industries including Film & Entertainment, Advertising, Education, Publishing and Internet-based startups
Technopreneur in heart and enjoy helping others by doing more and talking less. Loves design, technology and startup spirit!
Founder, ClearCut Corporation
Jonathan Ensslen is a visionary entrepreneur that founded ClearCut to help people find meaningful work while boosting productivity.
As a leader in industry, Jonathan firmly believes that Passion + Ability = Success. He has always ensured his teams’ dreams and motivations match with the company’s objectives. His understanding of leadership, knowledge of modern IT capabilities, and vision for the future has resulted in a novel approach to ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning).
Jonathan's vision for the future about organizational structures and economic activity was recently validated by Klaus Schwab at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Klaus said, "The success of any national and business model for competitiveness in the future will be less based on capital and much more based on talent. I define this transition as moving from capitalism to talentism.”
Alexander de Freitas
Anders Wall Scholarship Holder at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in China
Alexander de Freitas’ main work at the SCCC includes event management and business development. He is also chairman of the board of the Swedish Young Professionals in Shanghai.
Specialties across marketing & sales and CSR & Sustainability
Co-founder of OfflineLtd.com
The mission of OfflineLtd.com is to encourage people to engage in offline activities and meet new friends.
CEO of HURUI Information Technology
Which provides the most accurate and technologically advanced solution and services on sport analysis. He is also a Data Scientist, focusing on real-time Big Data analytics platform.
张骥, 互睿信息科技CEO, 每天的功课就是设计与思考
committed to community management, organic search, social outreach and social analysis，digital strategy that forge the road ahead
HR Executive, The Net Circle
The art of the Human Behavior inspired me since I can think. The part of searching for happiness, self-development/ people development.
My passion is the HR science, implementing and re-vamping the area through methodologies of Agile & Gamification. Being up to date about new way to create more powerful work environments e.g. through the mind set of Design Thinking, as focusing on empathy in first place.