Detroit usually has the image of a factory floor in the eyes of many, churning out car after car.
But quite literally, this weekend, a former factory floor will become a floor for ideas and creating new companies.
Startup Weekend returns to Detroit, this time at TechTown, over the weekend where new ideas, companies and products are going to be devised. Two days of intensive company-building will ensue, all for a $5,000 prize provided by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
“Startup Weekend Detroit offers attendees a crash course in entrepreneurship,” said Brandon Chesnutt, local organizer for Startup Weekend. “Teams works together to conceptualize and launch their new ideas in single weekend. It is like a business incubator on steroids. It’s the perfect spark to ignite Detroit’s entreprenurial and startup community.”
Sponsors have stepped up in spades – from all kinds of sectors and include Better Made Potato Chips, BW3’s, Quicken Loans, Momentum, and a slew of others who are committed to fostering the business community.
There are six categories of people organizers are looking for from all kinds of backgrounds – you can sign up here until the event starts tonight (Friday) at 6pm – and teams self-select after a pitch session. From my experience last year, many ideas started one way and then transformed into something even better by the end of the 54 hour session.
If you’re not up for spending your weekend making a company, you can see the final ideas being pitched to a panel of experts this weekend. We’ll be streaming live from TechTown starting at 6:00pm Sunday night. You can watch by visiting this link.
I’ll leave you with a video of what happened earlier this year to give you a flavor of what we’re in for.