FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2014
Startup Enthusiasts Converge on Velocity in Jeffersonville
During the weekend of September 19 – 21, Louisville will become a hotbed of startup activity. Startup Weekend Louisville is a 54-hour event with a place for almost anyone – entrepreneurs, product developers, designers, makers, students, artists, engineers, marketers and inventors. At Startup Weekend they’ll connect with peers, and with the resources and mentors to help them jumpstart their business ideas. Velocity, a regional organization in Jeffersonville focused on entrepreneurial education and programs, will host this Startup Weekend Louisville. Velocity is located just across the Clark Memorial (2nd Street) bridge from Louisville, at 400 Missouri Ave in Jeffersonville, IN.
How Startup Weekend Works
A Startup Weekend is unique – there’s nothing else like it. It’s not a pitch contest, it’s not a hackathon and it’s not a business plan competition. On Friday night attendees with new, undeveloped business ideas can make a 60-second pitch to the audience. After choosing the most popular ideas through a voting process, teams form organically around them. Then it’s a frenzy of business model creation, market validation with customers, and building a minimally viable product.
Entrepreneurial leaders from the community offer support and critical feedback on Saturday and Sunday, and on Sunday evening each startup team presents to a panel of judges who select a winner. To help foster the nonstop startup experience, Startup Weekend includes meals and snacks for participants.
Like most startups, Startup Weekend Louisville runs on a shoestring budget – all of the organizers, mentors and judges are volunteers, and local sponsors contribute money, goods or services to help offset the cost of the event. Startup Weekend Louisville’s sponsor list is impressive: Blackstone Media, City Properties Group, Composable Systems, FirstBuild, InsiderLouisville, KSTC, LVL1, OPM Financial Services, Velocity.
Expanded Support for Makers
Previous Startup Weekends have included teams that developed new manufactured goods, food items and electronics. During the September event, teams that need access to tools will be able to take advantage of the LVL1 hackerspace at their new facility. Brad Luyster, president of LVL1 said, “LVL1 has always had an open-door policy in the community, and a strong belief in the power of people making new things. We’re pleased to be able to help with Startup Weekend Louisville.” The Louisville Mini Maker Faire is the weekend immediately after Startup Weekend Louisville.
Keeping Our Lower Ticket Prices
Startup Weekend Louisville will continue with lower ticket prices for all participants in the Fall 2014 event, and those who have backgrounds in product development or design will receive further discounts. When combined with an Early Bird discount, some tickets for Startup Weekend Louisville are available through August 24 for as little as $29. For more information go to louisville.startupweekend.org, or to register go to swlouisville0914.eventbrite.com.
About Startup Weekend
Since its founding in Boulder, CO in 2007 over 1,000 Startup Weekends have been held in over 400 cities around the world. Over 100,000 entrepreneurs have been involved, and over 8,000 startups have been created. Google, Amazon Web Services and Coca-Cola are sponsors. Startup Weekend is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.