Similar to last year's Global Entrepreneurship Week, aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs in are gathering for Startup Weekend events in a number of cities around the world. But this year, they also have to prepare themselves for battle.
Global Startup Battle will pit the winners of each Startup Weekend event against one another for a collection of prizes aimed at helping them turn their ideas into viable businesses.
Startup Weekend challenges those that attend any of its 100+ events around the world each year to pitch ideas for new technology startups, form teams and build functional prototypes in just 54 hours. The events are designed to provide entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs an opportunity to meet like-minded people, exchange ideas, and benefit from the educational value inherent in the hands-on experience of rapidly building a new venture.
While these “tech weekend warrior” events typically result in declaring a winner, Startup Weekend is taking the competitive edge to an entirely new level during this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week by hosting a full-scale, no holds barred “Global Startup Battle.”
Global Startup Battle is a capstone event that ties together teams from over twenty Startup Weekend events taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week (see below for a full list). The winning team from each event – as decided by a panel of local expert judges – will have 24 hours to create a 90-second video pitch that highlights their freshly-launched product or service. Viewers from around the world will then be invited to view the video pitches and vote for their favorite concept. The winners will take home an assortment of cash and prizes from partners such as Twilio, oDesk, Microsoft and Lexmark, and some one-on-one time with a celebrity venture capitalist or angel investor (TBA).
“Startup Weekend puts a bunch of smart, like-minded people in a room and says, ‘Go build something great’,” said Josh Bob, a Boston-based Startup Weekend organizer. “The Global Startup Battle is about showing them that there are many other people, all over the world, who also want to do amazing things. We want to foster friendly global competition based around innovation and celebrating entrepreneurship.”
Get In On the Action
Want to be part of the action? Head to startupweekend.org and sign up for one of the events happening November 12-14 or November 19-21. There will be one battle for each weekend. Next step – win your local event and join the Battle! If you can’t attend an event, watch the Battle at globalstartupbattle.com and cast your votes. For more information about Global Startup Battle or Startup Weekend, contact GSB@startupweekend.org.
Startup Weekend Events: November 12 - 14
- Beirut, Lebanon
- New York
- Sofia, Bulgaria
Startup Weekend Events: November 19 - 21:
- Athens, Greece
- Bay Area
- Chihuahua, Mexico
- Lexington (Kentucky)
- Sao Paulo, Brazil
- Tokyo, Japan
- Minneapolis - St. Paul
- Washington DC