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 400 past events in 100 countries around the world in 2011.
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!
The winner of SW Accra will receive a prize package (details coming soon) and will also qualify to go on to compete in our second annual Global Startup Battle, the world’s largest startup competition!
By participating in our Global Startup Battle, your team will be competing against the winners of Startup Weekend events all around the world for awesome prizes such as:
- A VIP Trip to Rio De Janeiro for Global Entrepreneurship Congress – sponsored by Global Entrepreneurship Week.
- A FREE trip to San Francisco to tour Googleplex and meet with founders, mentors, and investors – sponsored by Startup Weekend and Google.
- $5,000 in-kind PR Launch Package for your SW team – sponsored by Geben Communication.
- $5,000 worth of Design Services for your SW team – sponsored by Btrax.
- $5,000 Incorporation & Legal Package – sponsored by Cooley LLP.
- AND MUCH MORE!