St. Louis is in the midst of a startup explosion. Dozens of entrepreneurs who have come up with unique and innovative products or services are taking those ideas and using them as the foundation for new companies.
How do you know if your idea is a good one? Aspiring innovators will get a chance in November to put their ideas to the test, by taking part in St. Louis Startup Weekend.
The 54-hour event brings together developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts, who share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. This year’s St. Louis Startup Weekend will be held at the current T-REx building located at 611 Olive Street in downtown St. Louis beginning Friday, November 15 and continuing through Sunday, November 17.
The St. Louis event is part of a global Startup Weekend effort that features events in 193 cities around the world in the month of November. Startup Weekend is a non-profit organization headquartered in Seattle. 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, building, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with Sunday evening presentations in front of a panel of local judges, who select a winner.
Among the judges for this year’s St. Louis event is Drew Winship, the founder and CEO of a local tech startup called Juristat, which was the winner of St. Louis’ first Startup Weekend.
Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a co-founder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave with a bigger network and better skills.
Tickets for St. Louis Startup Weekend, priced at $60 through October 31 and $95 after that, can be purchased online at http://stlouis.startupweekend.org/. Tickets for the late Sunday afternoon November 17 Demo Day only, at $25 each, can be purchased through the same website.
St. Louis Startup Weekend is sponsored by The St. Louis Regional Chamber, World Wide Technology, Inc, Polsinelli, and Monster Energy.