Startup Weekend Triad to Help Aspiring Entrepreneurs

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ELON, N.C. -- In light of Global Entrepreneurship Week, various events targeting aspiring entrepreneurs are being held across the Triad--including Startup Weekend Triad at Elon University.

Startup Weekend is an initiative containing events across the globe this weekend. All programs are similar to that of Startup Weekend Triad, which allows participating students and non students to form and collaborate in teams to obtain skills that eventually can help them launch a successful enterprise.

Elon University management professor Kevin O'Mara explained Startup Weekend events are typically so successful because of the community involvement and support for startup businesses. He explained Elon University's Doherty Center has worked to expand entrepreneurship opportunities beyond the university and work with local businesses and networking agencies.

As explained by Startup Weekend Triad organizer, senior student Danielle Kingberg, at the end of the weekend, the Nussbaum Center for Entrepreneurship will offer the top three teams from the event free temporary work space in the center.  Those top teams also will receive startup packages with marketing, financial and law consultation.

Senior student Elizabeth Greenberg, one of last year's winners, said she still is using the skills and experience she gained from Startup Weekend Triad and hopes to be a successful entrepreneur, pending her graduation in May.

WFMY News 2 also learned from local business MaxMyShopping, one of last year's winners, that it launched in April and is now a company that pledges to help people save money on Triad groceries without using coupons.  The company also said it makes it easier for people to donate to Triad food pantries and food banks.

People who wish to sign up for Startup Weekend Triad can do so online or at the event registration Friday night at 6:15. The program costs $100 for non students and $50 for all students--not just those who attend Elon University. The entry fee includes meals and an opportunity to participate in a free eight week workshop.

Friday's activities will commence with a dinner at 6:30, and participants will work until 10 to form teams and begin discussing ideas.  On Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., teams will develop their ideas into business models. On Sunday, teams will start at 9 a.m., work to make the final touches on their projects and then present their pitches to a panel of judges.

O'Mara explained the key to a successful pitch is being clear, concise, confident and engaged with the judges.

Other Global Entrepreneurship Week events happening in the Triad include a small business Saturday pre-holiday rally Friday at Center City Park from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  This is sponsored by the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. From noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the Marriott Hotel on North Greene Street, the National Black MBA Association is holding the fifth annual Empowered Leaders Career Fair.

WFMY News 2


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