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    STARTUP WEEKEND IN NEW HAVEN

    (11/8/2013)

    Startup Weekend, an intense 54 hour event focused on building a web and mobile application that has potential to become an actual business (by the end of the weekend!) is launching Friday, November 15th. As one of the weekend’s organizers and major sponsors, the Economic Development Corporation will be there to facilitate and kick off this exciting nationally syndicated boot camp.

    On Friday night, attendees will take the open mic to pitch their ideas to the group in 60 seconds or less. After groups form, the rest of the weekend will be spent formulating the most popular ideas typically web and mobile applications with the help of mentors and seasoned startup entrepreneurs. By Sunday, teams will be ready to present their ideas in front of a panel of judges. Amongst the panel is Startup Weekend’s 2011 Winner, John Fitzpatrick, Co-Founder & CEO of Applivate. Applivate, a New Haven based startup company, recently announced the launch of its premiere product, ShugaTrak, a smartphone app for parents of children with diabetes. “Before Startup Weekend, all I had was a desire to start a business and a vague idea,” John says. At Startup Weekend, he pitched his idea and a team formed around him. “Just getting a team together was a key moment. We talked until midnight on Friday, then till noon on Saturday, to the point where I was worried that we had to stop talking and start doing. But all that talk was vital for taking my vague idea and reducing it to something you could explain clearly and specifically in three minutes on Sunday,” he says. To learn more about Applivate, please visit www.applivate.com

    Andy Greenawalt, Founder & CEO of Continuity Control will serve as guest speaker on Friday. Andy has applied his passion for technology and constructed an award-winning solution to simplify the work of compliance. Andy is currently the President of Gnostic Ventures, a company that advises on security investments, speaks on SaaS and the creation of value, and invests in SaaS companies. He studied philosophy and linguistics at UMass Amherst and is an Entrepreneur Partner at CTech. To learn more about Continuity Control, please visit www.continuity.net.

    Startup Weekend runs from Friday, November 15 - Sunday, November 17, 2013 and will kick off at Gateway Community College, 20 Church Street, New Haven at 4:30 pm. For more details and to register, please visit http://newhaven.startupweekend.org. About Startup Weekend: The weekend brings together people with different skillsets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. 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.

    About the EDC:

    The Economic Development Corporation is a not-for-profit working with the City of New Haven and Yale University to actively promote economic development.



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