Continued learning is important regardless of your profession. In this article, I will present to you the advantages of taking part in a startup weekend. If you’re still not sure what this is all about, and why you should go to an event like this, I recommend you keep on reading.
What is a Startup Weekend?
It’s a 54-hour event, “where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups”. For more info, you can go on the Startup Weekend official website, to see what events are coming up, and in what cities, and also join a global community of entrepreneurs.
Not just any other weekend – it’s a Startup Weekend
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- You learn new things. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a business person, or a developer, you will always have something to learn from other specialists. It may be about a new software program you’ve never heard of. Plus, you can only learn by doing it yourself. You know what they say: practice makes perfect. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. This is exactly what you need to do. You will work under pressure, you’ll have to sell the pitch to your audience in one minute. It’s going to be stressful, though challenging at the same time.
- Meet business partners/investors. This is quite an important aspect. Before a startup weekend, you need to set up the goals you want to achieve. These will be different, depending on what you’re there for. No matter the case, it’s the perfect place to meet the right kind of people, because, just like Ed Fidgeon Kavanagh says in his article, the people that are willing to give up their weekend to relax “are exactly the sort of people you need to be around if you are hoping to start and run a business.“
- You have 54 hours to put your limits and abilities to the test. A startup weekend means that you have to work under pressure and with a time limit. This will prove to be the best thing that has ever happened to you. The funny thing is, most of the times, people are the most productive when they work under stress. So, no need for worry here. Remember when you had so many projects to do for school or to learn for exams, and you would always postpone them until the night before? Then you also know that you somehow miraculously managed to get them done. And by earning a good grade.
- You’ll be part of a community. This is so important, especially if you’re new in this field. Chances are that you will meet people that go through the same struggles as you do. Soon, you’ll start going to more and more events, becoming a part of this awesome global community, with over 100 000 alumni.
- Startup Weekends are fun! Business shouldn’t be all so serious. You also go there to connect with other people on a more informal level. You laugh, make jokes (maybe learn some new geeky ones), eat, drink, have a good time. And on top of that, you get the chance to make these people your partners. So, make sure to relax, and have fun.
Even if you’re not an entrepreneur, a business person, or a developer, you can still attend a Startup Weekend. Kelsey Meyer mentioned all the other reasons for attending such an event, which were left out here, in this great article.
Have you ever been to a startup event? Let me know how it turned out. And also, if you haven’t been to one yet, tell me what stopped you from doing that.