Entrepreneurs in Southwest Florida won’t let Hurricane Irma stop them from gathering for Startup Weekend to build companies from scratch.
The inaugural Southwest Florida Startup Weekend will take place the weekend of Oct. 6 to 8 at Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, the leading cowork office hub at 8831 Business Park Drive, Unit 301, in Fort Myers. Cost is $70 per person and $25 for students. To register, go to http://startupweekend.org/ and type “Fort Myers” in the search field.
“We invite Startup Weekend participants and any entrepreneurs whose offices have been damaged by the hurricane to use our cowork space at no cost through September,” says Bjorn Rosinus, the CEO of Endeavor Innovative Workspaces. Endeavor provides office and meeting space for entrepreneurs, professionals and small businesses for a monthly membership fee.
Sponsors of Startup Weekend include iHeartMedia, Red Sneakers Mobile Marketing & Communications, Cape Marketing Group, Be Brilliant! Marketing, Comcast Business, Gulfshore Business, Flagler Insurance, Dr Pepper Snapple, 105.5 The Beat, Cat Country 107.1, Y 100.1, bai, BodyArmor SuperDrink, Core, High Brew Coffee and Vita Coco.
Additional sponsorships are available from $500 to $10,000. For more information about sponsorships, contact Kenneth Bupp, Chief Operating Officer at Endeavor Innovative Workspaces by calling 239-785-3399 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business-plan development and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations to a seasoned panel of investors and entrepreneurs.
At the start of the event, approximately 75 startup entrepreneurs will make brief one-minute pitches to each other and create 10 to 15 teams after they’ve selected the best ideas. Experienced entrepreneurs will pitch in to help mentor the teams and provide guidance throughout the weekend.
Startup Weekend is run by local organizers in 700 cities and 150 countries worldwide with help from Techstars, an entrepreneur network which provides a facilitator for each event. Speakers and judges for Startup Weekend in Fort Myers will include Louis Bruno, president of Bruno Air Conditioning; Norman Love, chef, president and founder of Norman Love Confections; and Bud Stoddard, a serial entrepreneur and founding member of Tamiami Angel Funds.
Although venture-capital investors will be present at Startup Weekend, entrepreneurs will not be competing for investments. However, noncash prizes such as branding consultations, website development and office space will be awarded to the winners, Rosinus says.
About Startup Weekend
Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. For more information, visit www.startupweekend.org.
About Endeavor Innovative Workspaces
Endeavor Innovative Workspaces provides office and meeting space for entrepreneurs, professionals and small businesses for a monthly membership fee. The Fort Myers facility offers private office spaces, dedicated and shared-desk spaces, conference rooms, state-of-the-art technology and frequent networking events. For more information, visit www.endeavorworkspaces.com.
Endeavor Innovative Workspaces
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