Startup Weekend Food Edition New York City
Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015
Friday, October 9 - 11, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm
101 6th Avenue
Startup Weekend Food Edition is coming back!
The startup movement has accelerated growth in many New York industries, but events centering around food have been few and far between; those trying to bridge the industry problems and creative people to develop innovative solutions are even less frequent. Our goal for this event is to connect people who are passionate and want to tackle the tough challenges in the food industry, all while learning-by-doing, firsthand, what makes a business successful.
Q. Do I have to be a technical person to participate?
A. It's a common misconception that to participate in a Startup Weekend, you need to be a developer or have a technical background. This is not true at all! Startup Weekend, first and foremost, is about learning what it takes to build a successful business. Sometimes a business will hinge on a particular technology, but as long as you're passionate about solving a problem or helping other people work on innovative solutions, this event is for you!
Q. Does my idea have to be based on some technology?
A. This event is not strictly tech-focused: if you have a compelling idea that involves actual product or space, feel free to work on that! Remember that you'll be judged on the same criteria as other teams in terms of business models and customer validation, though, so make sure your demo ends up being just as compelling!
Q. Does my idea have to involve the food industry?
A. This is a tricky question to answer. This Startup Weekend's focus is on solutions that involve the food space, but sometimes, those solutions can cross into verticals like health and wellness. Off the top of our heads, we're going to say that anything that involves improving supply chain/logistics/production, access, or the restaurant/food industry (e.g. business-oriented) is definitely OK. On the other end of the spectrum, something like purely a dieting app falls more strictly into the health/wellness realm, and would be outside the scope of this event. If you're not sure about whether your idea would fit into the theme, feel free to shoot the organizers an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification.
Q. This all sounds great, but I really have no experience in being an entrepreneur or the startup space. Is this still right for me?
A. Participating in a Startup Weekend is one of the best ways to get your feet wet in the startup space. We'll give you the tools and provide you an excellent foundation for getting your idea off the ground and on the road to becoming a pitchable business, through a solid structure, great mentors, and industry-leading judges. We're also doing a special panel/workshop intended as a soft introduction to starting a business, geared toward newbies, so stay tuned for more information!
A little bit more about Startup Weekend:
The nonprofit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Fredericksburg to 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.
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 co-founder, 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!
Setup for Success Before/After Startup Weekend
Friday October 9th
Saturday October 10th
Sunday October 11th
Director of Content and Communications at Reserve
Coaches and Mentors
Associate Global Strategist at gyro
Founder and CEO at BentoBox
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Startup Weekend Food Edition New York City team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Simple Cloud Hosting, Built for Developers.
Startup Weekend New York City is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here