Portland, Maine is a lovable small city of 60,000 people on the coast of Maine 90 minutes north of Boston.
Portland figures prominently in many city lists, including:
Portfolio.com (2010); #8 Fun City
Forbes (2009): #1 Most Liveable City
Biz Journals (2009): #10 Best Place to Start a Small Business
Who’s Your City (2008): #2 Best City (in mid-sized regions) for Mid-Career Professionals (30-44), Empty-Nesters (ages 45-64) and Gays and Lesbians
Startup Weekends follow the same model anywhere in the world: participants sign up for the weekend and are invited to pitch a business idea on Friday night. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a weekend-long frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders. Whether participants found companies, 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.
Startup Weekend Portland, Maine is open to designers, developers, marketing strategists, and all types of entrepreneurs. While no business idea is required to attend, any participant who wishes can pitch a original business idea that has no significant work or investment already – ideas with existing partners or code are ineligible. All participants will vote on the ideas and join a team to develop one of the best ideas over the weekend. Everyone has something to contribute to a team – bring your laptop! – and there are plenty of great resources to help get started with your team’s idea. With these ideas and tools as foundation, teams will work to create business models, design products, and perform market validation, and come back together on Sunday, March 24th to show off their work to a panel of judges! Winners will be chosen, prizes will be awarded, and fun will be had by all!
The schedule, in brief:
- FRIDAY: Pitch your idea, form a team, and make a plan for the weekend!
- SATURDAY: Come back to PelotonLabs, collaborate and innovate, meet with coaches, and work, work, work!
- SUNDAY: Put the finishing touches on your products, prepare your presentations and demos, and get ready to celebrate success!
Early Bird prices ($75 regular, $25 student) are available first-come, first served, through midnight on Feb 22, then tickets go to $99 (student price $49). Prices include meals and snacks for the whole weekend.
Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 700 past events in over 100 countries around the world, starting more than 10,000 startups. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend- long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies. The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle.
If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!