The event, hosted by Weber State University, will begin Thursday night with a frenzy of pitches. Teams will form around the most popular ideas presented and then spend the rest of the weekend brainstorming and creating business plans and basic prototypes.
“Entrepreneurs are very creative people and we are open for ideas about how to help them develop their business concepts,” said Jeff Steagall, dean of the John B. Goddard School of Business & Economics. “Several of our students will participate and they look forward to receiving honest feedback and coaching that will help them move their business idea to the next level.”
Alex Lawrence, Startup Weekend organizer and WSU vice provost for Innovation & Economic Development, says Startup Weekend is an international event with 330 competitions being held around the world. “With big sponsors like Google and Microsoft, the Ogden event is expected to draw a large crowd,” Lawrence said. “It’s a great opportunity for students to collaborate and receive validation on their ideas.”
Saturday afternoon, participants will be asked to put their shyness and reservations aside and present their ideas. They will receive honest and “gut-checking” feedback from coaches and judges followed by an awards ceremony at 9 p.m. Nov. 3.
For more information, or to register for Startup Weekend, visit ogden.startupweekend.org.
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