Startup Weekend

by Tiah Goldstein, Nov 03, 2017

What do you get when you combine 50 million people in 88 countries, culminating in one 52 hour frenzy of innovation? No, it’s not a dad joke, it’s Global Entrepreneurship Week!

Global Entrepreneurship Week is designed to get everybody and anybody excited and educated about entrepreneurship. This year, more than 32,000 events are taking place 16-22 November, fostering connections and innovation.

Every year, Global Entrepreneurship Week finishes with a bang as Startup Weekends happen around the globe. Startup Weekends bring together people with great ideas, and give them the opportunity to pitch before a panel of experienced business and tech leaders. They are designed to give aspiring entrepreneurs, and those curious about the startup world, a dedicated space to try out new ideas, and learn the basics of ‘thinking lean’ and doing only what is absolutely necessary for success. They’re also a great opportunity for networking, learning how to work under pressure, and an opportunity to meet and connect with lots of great mentors and partners; from other teams doing interesting work, to the business and technology leaders on the judging panel, and even potential investors.

Why all the focus on startups?