An entrepreneurial spirit is shining bright in the county this year.
One event hopes to capture the next great business idea like a lightning bug in a bottle. That idea will be vetted and tested for 54 hours in the business equivalent of an obstacle course.
Next month, Aug. 15-17, Breckenridge will host the county’s first Startup Weekend. It’s an opportunity for anyone interested to present a novel business idea, and maybe get the chance to see it realized.
“On Friday night all of the ideas will be presented,” said Thomas Gerber, a lead organizer. “People will have about a minute each to present their ideas.”
Votes will be taken, and the top ideas will move on to the next level. Those whose ideas weren’t selected still get a chance to participate throughout the rest of the weekend as team members.
“Teams will form around those ideas,” Gerber said. “For the next two days the teams will work on the idea and present a business model to the judges on Sunday night.”
The winners will receive three months of free office space to help their idea become reality after the event. The possibility for investors to get behind an idea could arise as a result.
“It’s open to anybody,” Gerber said. “Even if your idea isn’t chosen you get to help the team in other ways. You don’t have to have an idea to help.”
Business coaches and mentors will also be available.
Created several years ago in Boulder, the Startup Weekend idea has become a phenomenon. Events are now being held all over the world.
In the new economy, Startup Weekends have become a way for young and old alike to realize their dreams.
“A quarter of all people between 44 and 70 are interested in being an entrepreneur,” Gerber said. “If so, this is a great way to learn how to get started. The best way to learn is by doing.”
“A quarter of all people between 44 and 70 are interested in being an entrepreneur. If so, this is a great way to learn how to get started. The best way to learn is by doing.”
a lead organizer for Startup Weekend