It’s been just about 2 years since the Triangle startup community came together for the first Triangle Startup Weekend, where four ideas out of 21 pitched – for startups ranging from a mobile app for guys to team up with “wing women” to assist with real-life dating, to a community-based online bartering network – were developed over the course of the weekend by make-shift groups of hackers, founders and marketers.
This June 3-5, 2011, Triangle Startup Weekend is back (discount tickets are available here until May 4th) and will be held in the heart of the entrepreneurial community, the American Tobacco Campus, in Bay 7 on Friday and Sunday, and in the Tobacco Underground on Saturday (when everyone is hacking). Along with the usual festivities – pitching startup ideas to the crowd, forming teams around the highest vote getters and then building working web and mobile products over the course of the weekend – this year’s event has come awesome bonuses:
1. Local startup rockstars in the mix – Already confirmed as speakers, mentors or judges are such notable entrepreneurial community pillars as David Jones and Jason Caplain from SouthCap, Joe Colopy from Bronto, and Nathaniel Talbott from the Raleigh Ruby Brigade, just to name a few (the current full list is posted on the site). Also, if you haven’t seen George Junginger from Groupstory MC a Startup Weekend event, it’s a sight to behold in and of itself.
2. Location, location, location – Bay 7 and the Tobacco Underground are awesome event spaces and with this kind of capacity you can be sure to expect a great turnout. Which in turn = lots of awesome people, ideas and collaboration.
3. Off-the-clock Events – The first 75 people to buy tickets will accompany the organizing committee, top team and VIPs to the Durham Bulls game on Sunday, where they will all party in a private Startup Weekend deck that evening. Also hearing early reports of a Saturday night Pub Crawl in downtown Durham, and of course who knows what sleep-deprived entrepreneurs will come up with to fill the time in the late night hours.
So if you’ve got an entrepreneurial bug, odds are this event is a can’t miss for you. And there’s still time to get the discounted tickets until May 4th at http://triangle.startupweekend.org/tickets/
. Join us at the Tweetup on May 19th to discuss the event with Startup Weekend veterans or recruit new team members to make your start dream a reality.