Startup Weekend gives new entrepreneurs a helping hand
September 24, 2014

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Startup Weekend, set for Oct. 3 to 5 at Georgian’s Barrie Campus, is a three-day, hands-on experience allowing entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to find out if their startup ideas are viable.

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, practising 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.

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The movement has held 1,800 events in 120 countries in 2014. The Barrie event is sponsored by Georgian’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre.

Participants also have the opportunity to build a network of local entrepreneurs with similar interests, learn new skills, and actually launch a business.

Over 36 per cent of Startup Weekend startups are still going strong after three months. Roughly 80 per cent of participants plan on working with their team or startup after the weekend.

Local tech and startup leaders participate in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges. Participants can gain some one-on-one time with movers and shakers in the community.

For more information and to register, visit