If you are sitting on the fence…Get off and join the FUN!

04/14/2015 | By Yvette McKay

This post originally appeared on blog.up.co

Are you sitting on the FENCE?

Do you ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

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 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found all around the world. People around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

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, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

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. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

What’s in it for me?

LOTS!!! You will meet other startup enthusiasts. Designers, developers, engineers, artists, marketing peeps & change-makers. You will have the opportunity to build a startup or product in less than 54 hours. You will build your network, we will feed you 7 meals to keep your energy flowing. There are some really cool prizes and swag bags. Plus a whole lot of FUN!!!

But I’m not a programmer, am I still welcome?

OF COURSE YOU CAN!!! Startup Weekend isn’t just for developers! Teams, just like businesses need a diverse skill-set to succeed. On average, half of Startup Weekend participants have technical backgrounds, while the other possess a business mindset. Whether you’re primarily software developers, graphics designers or business people such as marketers – if you have great ideas you’re dying to share with the world, love learning and meeting new people, it’s not too late to sign up for Startup Weekend Nanaimo and gain a real hands-on startup experience unlike any other.

Do I have to come with a business idea?

NO! Not everyone has to have an idea. Come with an open mind and think about pitching a solution to a problem you think needs to be solved. It’s just a weekend… Just think about having fun. Perhaps your idea could be the next biggest thing!

Innovation Island and SquareOne are proud to collaborate with the Startup Weekend Organization!!

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