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!
Women’s edition. Blokes still welcome.
Obviously, this event is about women. You know, the ladies, las chicas, die Frauen, les femmes quoi. Regardless of what you call them, we tend to notice that there are usually far fewer women than men at Startup Weekend events.
Therefore, with this edition of Startup Weekend, we are inviting as many ladies as possible to step up and participate! Naturally, we are trying to be as inclusive as possible. Which is why blokes are, of course, still completely welcome.
We provide the working space, brain fuel, food, mentors, new friends, and inspiring speakers and judges. You supply the energy and innovation to build something big over the weekend.
This particular Startup Weekend will have a unique spin: a focus on connecting and showcasing the talents of women entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs. Men who wish to attend Women’s Startup Weekend can do so!
Ready to join us? We only have 100 spots available so we expect the event to sell out fast. The weekend will be hosted at Google Campus (3rd and 4th floor).
Get ready to build something exciting. See you September 14!
Why a women-focused Startup Weekend?
The entrepreneurial talent we see from women in London is inspiring, and we are excited about creating an event that will showcase it. A big goal for the event is also to provide the opportunity for the aspiring women entrepreneurs in our community to (1) get inspired by an idea/product/team… perhaps even enough to explore starting their own venture, or (2) become more connected with other brilliant entrepreneurially-minded individuals in London and thus more engaged within our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Are men allowed to attend Women’s Startup Weekend?
Yes! Of course! Since London Women’s Startup Weekend is about connecting entrepreneurial women through the process of building exciting companies, we want to connect them to the best resources and people out there – that includes both men and women.
That said, to ensure that we maintain a high percentage of female participants, the number of tickets we issue to men will be limited (there will be a wait list). If you’re a man who wants to attend, find a female participant to bring you along and we might be able to issue a ticket for you!
Will the participants be required to pitch or work on “women-focused” startup ideas?
No, participants can pitch and work on any kind of startup idea they wish.