April 11, 2013 in ATDC News

Make Your Pitch at Atlanta Startup Weekend

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Are you game for 54 hours of organized chaos? Put your creativity to the test and join forces with fellow web developers, graphic designers, marketers and entrepreneurs at Atlanta Startup Weekend, beginning tomorrow.

To participate in the event, startup enthusiasts are divided into different teams and given the opportunity to build applications and develop a credible business case around them. The activities begin with Friday night pitches. Although anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea, teams form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then spend the next 54 hours focused on business model creation, coding, designing and market validation. The weekend culminates with Sunday night presentations in front of seasoned entrepreneurs with opportunity for critical feedback.

“If you want to get involved in the early-stage Atlanta startup scene, don’t miss this event,” said Jen Bonnett, a Community Catalyst with ATDC, Chief Chick at StartupChicks and event proponent. “Startup Weekend is the ideal place to test your idea, firm up a business concept and network with local industry leaders.”

Judges include Merrick Furst, a Georgia Tech professor and the founder and director of Flashpoint; Paul Judge, Chairman of Pindrop Security and Chief Research Officer for Barracuda Networks; Blake Patton, Interim Director of ATDC; and Ed Rieker, a serial entrepreneur and Mayor of Avondale Estates. Attendees will also hear from featured speaker Dr. Joseph Nadan, a professor at New York University Polytechnic Institute and self-styled “Innovation Sherpa.”

The event will be held at ATDC headquarters. Tickets are almost sold out, so register ASAP to attend! The price is $99 for designers and developers and $149 for non-technical staff.

For more information, visit atlanta.startupweekend.org.

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