West Michigan hosts Startup Weekend January 15-17

By Mayra Monroy on December 27th, 2015 / Comments

The Grand Rapids startup scene has expanded in many years, with accelerators, business pitch competitions, and more developing within the city. In January, Startup Weekend is coming to Kendall College of Art & Design, sponsored by organizations locally and from the startup community, such as GR Current and Emerge, Grand Valley State University, the Economic Development Foundation, WZZM 13, and Start Garden.

“At Startup Weekend you can expect to see West Michigan entrepreneurs, software developers, designers, thinkers, makers doers all flushing out ideas into a pitchable business in 54 hours,” said Startup Weekend organizer and GR Current/Emerge marketing representative, Samuel Ging

Startup Weekend is noted as an international grassroots movement, with a nonprofit center located Seattle. Startup Weekends are organized around the world by community members in the startup community.

Entering its seventh year, the packed weekend has scheduled speakers, such as keynote speaker Thomas Coke, employee of payment security startup VerifyValid and upcoming Campus Starter. Coke is expected to speak on organizing your startup with alternative methods, a growing trend in today’s business world. The event will be taking place January 15 -17 at the Kendall College of Art & Design downtown Grand Rapids.

The weekend welcomes the startup community to participate, with an idea pitch session to kick off the weekend, sessions to help you design, organize and present a business model and much more. Alongside, there will be experienced coaches and mentors assisting. Teams will organize to compete for the best startup. A previous winner was Kayla Ita, who worked wit her concept Re.Fresh, winning $5,000 with her team in regional competition, the MWest Challenge, later on.

“Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups,” said Ging.

Among several startups that will be present, Airdrop Gaming, Open System Technologies, VerifyValid, Soletics, and many more will be present.

Tickets for the event are $50 and can be purchased here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/startup-weekend-west-michigan-grand-rapids-tickets-18678937204.

For more information about Startup Weekend, check out their website: http://www.up.co/communities/usa/westmichigan/startup-weekend/7464.


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Mayra Monroy

Mayra Monroy

Mayra Monroy is studying communication and journalism at Aquinas College. A Texas native, she enjoys studying communication culture and the arts in West Michigan. She currently resides in Grand Rapids and works as a editor-in-chief for Aquinas’ collegiate student newspaper and a freelance journalist.