First Startup Weekend Comes to Beautiful Traverse CityBy Amanda Lewan on April 29th, 2014 /
Startup Weekend, the week long challenge to meet new people and build a startup, is coming to Traverse City this June 13-15th.
The weekend aims to connect 100 local creatives and entrepreneurs together to meet and learn how to build a startup. Developers, designers, business enthusiasts and all are open to apply.
“This can be a real catalyst for the startup ecosystem,” said organizer Bradley Matson. “We want to get entrepreneurs up here and demonstrate what the area is capable of.”
This is Traverse City’s very first Startup Weekend, a global event that happens in cities all over the world, and annually in Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. Matson’s team had participated in several of these events around the country, and saw an interest to bringing the event to the area.
“The startup ecosystem is changing daily here. A few years ago, most wouldn’t have considered Northern Michigan as a viable area to start an emerging venture, but now there’s something different going on,” says Matson. “It’s been said that entrepreneurship thrives amidst creative-density and density is something downtown Traverse City has in spades. From amenities like fine food and drink, to creative and entrepreneurial offices, you’d be hard-up to find what you need in closer proximity.”
Those participating in this event will be able to learn from startup veterans and mentors who will provide expertise and give talks throughout the weekend. Speakers and judges will include Ted Serbinski of Detroit Venture Partners, Joel Mueller founder of MacUpdate, and Jordan Breighner of Coolhouse Labs. The end of the weekend will culminate to a public pitch competition at Hagerty Center in front of a judge panel. Winners will receive in-kind services and support.
Startup Weekend Traverse City is organized locally by Revision Legal and The Kitchen Digital, with Northwestern Michigan Community College and Traverse City Business News as sponsors.
Learn more about the event June 13-15th by visiting traversecity.startupweekend.org. Cost is $100 ($50 for students) and includes food, access to facilities and resources, and of course an endless supply of coffee.