Startup Weekend is a global network of passionate leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to inspire, educate, and empower individuals, teams and communities. Come share ideas, form teams, and launch startups.
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!
Teams start forming, discussing ideas, working together and planning
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
Teams arrive, simple breakfast and coffee
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
Call for needs & skills
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow
Teams arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
Call for help (this is self motivated, so don't be shy)
ASK QUESTIONS, Obtain help from the experts
Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
Judging and Awards
Wrap up, programme closure, Light Snacks
Shahida Cassim is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Business and Leadership at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban. She holds a Masters degree in Commerce and a University Higher Diploma in Education.
Shahida Cassim has conducted research, taught and consulted in the field of entrepreneurship during her academic career. Her particular interests are in entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurship policy, business incubation, enterprise support, and entrepreneurial finance. Se has published in the field and has developed a range of practical interventions in entrepreneurship. In 2010 she was seconded to the position of Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship in the Faculty of Management Studies. She developed many innovative initiatives for pursuing the vision of contributing to the development of an enterprise culture in Southern Africa. She built a national an international profile for the Centre and its initiatives over the two-year period.
She currently is the Discipline Head of Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business & Leadership at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban.
Shahida Cassim has been instrumental in developing a Forum of Entrepreneurship Development at Centres in Higher Education Institutions, which she believes should develop strong entrepreneurial ecosystems.
In 2011, Professor Cassim was invited to be a member of a “think tank on entrepreneurship” for the World Entrepreneurship Forum held in Singapore in November 2012.
She has also been invited to work on the international STEP (Successful Transgenerational Entrepreneurship Programme) programme championed by Jönköping International Business School, part of an international research project on family firms hosted by Babson College.
In 2012 Professor Cassim was been appointed to a Committee of the Deputy Presidency of the country: the Human Resources Development Committee. She serves in the Technical Task Team for Enabling Entrepreneurship and in particular works on Entrepreneurship in higher education for the Working Group.
Professor Cassim’s current research initiatives are in entrepreneurship policy, entrepreneurship at universities and family business.
Atul Padalkar is the founder of Bizfarm, a Private Business Incubator in Durban.
He is passionate about development of Entrepreneurship in the youth and is a faculty member at the Graduate School of Business, UKZN.