Startup Weekend to Showcase Gainesville's Innovative Community This Weekend

24, October 2013

Startup Weekend will be in Gainesville this October 25, 26, and 27, for a weekend that will allow local entrepreneurs to develop and sharpen their products and ideas. Entrepreneurs will pitch there ideas to judges and by the end of the weekend, awards will be given to those with the most impressive business ideas.

Startup Weekend will be exploring behind the scenes of some of the most cutting-edge office space in Gainesville. Attendees will be touring startup space and office space in Innovation Square and the surrounding communities to get a first hand look at what entrepreneurs surround themselves with to succeed.

Startup Weekend, according to their site, is a global grassroots movement that unites creative and intelligent minds together for an unforgettable weekend of ideation and new venture creation. With over 400 events in over 100 different countries, Startup Weekend invites individuals to come and start their own businesses or hone their ideas.

Here is a brief synopsis of how Startup Weekend feels the weekend will go and what it can offer to attendees:

The first evening we invite all guests to pitch their startup idea to their peers and organizers to receive feedback. After opening pitches and critiques, all participants will organically form teams around the evening’s top ideas (as determined by popular vote). Immediately after, you will be thrust into a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation until final pitches. Participants and Attendees of Startup Weekend Gainesville will close out their weekend with presentations in front of local business leaders, and celebrity guest entrepreneurs.

Explore behind the scene of the city’s coolest startup spaces, enjoy exclusive deals, and mingle with the most successful people that are at the forefront of the future of Gainesville. Be sure to register as a participant of Startup Weekend Gainesville to ensure that you have access to enjoy all the events and features happening over the course of the 3 days.

Featuring judges from Silicon Valley, along with surprise speakers, Startup Weekend Gainesville is a great way to network, start a new venture, or just take a break away from your courses and your usual 9-5. Register now and take the first steps in turning your business enterprise into more than just a concept.

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Local sponsors include Cox Communications, Gainesville Chamber, Feathr, HackerSpace, StarterSpace, Grooveshark, UF Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Front Street Commercial Real Estate, and Santa Fe Center for Innovation and Economic Development.

Visit for more information on Startup Weekend, including registration information, speakers, judges, mentors, and much more.