Top 10 reasons to attend Startup Weekend Blacksburg

09/26/2014 | By Charlie Jewell

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Startup Weekend Blacksburg 2014 (Oct. 3 to 5) is just a week away and it's time you jumped in. Want to know why? Here is our list of the top 10 reasons you should attend the event.  Be sure to get your ticket today!

1. You'll meet awesome people!

Entrepreneurs. Developers. Designers. Marketers. Product managers. Startup enthusiasts. Tech guys. They'll be there, and they want to meet you. Startup Weekend is more than just a place to give your idea wings—it's a place to plug into a community of talent.

2. Access to blazing fast internet!

Startup Weekend Blacksburg will have a gigbit network connection via TechPad.  A gigabit network connection is 100 times faster than the average Internet link and can boost productivity by 10X or more for those who create in the cloud.  You’ll not only have access to the fastest internet in Blacksburg, but it is among the fastest in the world.

3. Less talk, more action!

The weekend is not some long, drawn-out business plan that will bore your team to sleep. This is fast paced, get ideas on the table, get them in production, see if they stick, and move on to the next task. Want to learn how to prototype an app? We'll hold a mini-class on Saturday morning to show the non-tech person how to use free prototyping tools. Want to become a social media maven? This is the place to put that book learning to work. Mentors, fellow participants, tools and the Startup Weekend experience provide a rich hands-on learning experience.

4. Food!! Swag!! Stuff!!

That's right, you get food at Startup Weekend! Startup Weekend Blacksburg costs $99 ($50 if you are a student) to get involved, but you get a of sweet stuff.  All attendees receive a snazzy T-shirt, free .co domain, $100 Amazon Web Services gift card, and  $500 Google Cloud Platform gift card.  They also have their meals and snacks covered throughout the weekend and access to an awesome set of mentors.

5. You get major face time.

Local tech and startup leaders will be at Startup Weekends as mentors and judges.  Get some one-on-one time with the movers and shakers in Blacksburg and the New River Valley.  Just look at our judging panel, it’s made up of two investors and three successful entrepreneurs.

6. Co-founder dating.

Startups are about more than just an idea—it's about the team behind it. Startup Weekend is the best way to find someone that you can actually launch a startup with. Thinking about launching a startup with someone right now? Bring 'em to the event and give the working relationship a test drive. It could save you years of heartache.

7. It is a great resume builder.

Startup Weekend is a global community with over 100,000 alumni, all on a mission to change the world.  Attending a Startup Weekend is a great experience and a perfect resume builder because its brand is recognition around the world.

8. There are some sweet grand prizes!

The winning team at Starup Weekend will access to NuSpark (including workspace and mentorship services) through the end of the year, a branding package from Venveo

(including logo, business card and letterhead design), a legal consultation with the Mitchell Law Firm and a 4-month membership to TechPad coworking space following time at NuSpark.  The second and third place teams will receive a three-month membership to TechPad.

9. You'll be part of the innovation wave in Blacksburg!

Blacksburg has a rich startup community. Hundreds of avant-garde companies chose to make Blacksburg and the New River Valley home thanks to its energetic and authentically supportive culture that encourages and breeds innovation. Be a part of this growing movement, and launch a startup here in the greatest community in the country!

10. What else are you going to do…seriously?

Sit on the couch and eat potato chips? Naaaaah. Make your move. Take advantage of this weekend and sign up for Startup Weekend Blacksburg! Register for Startup Weekend today. Stop sitting and start making things happen!

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