4 Reasons Why You Need to Attend Startup Weekend DC on November 14

10/31/2014 | By Mike Chan

This post originally appeared on blog.up.co


Startup Weekend DC returns on November 14 and it’s going to be the best one yet! (Get your tickets here!)

Over 100 hackers, hustlers and designers will convene at the offices of Disruption Corporation in Crystal City to pitch their ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups in just 54 hours. If that doesn’t sound awesome enough, keep reading to find out the four reasons why you need to be at this upcoming SWDC.

Huge prizes!

Thanks to our friends at Rennzer, the winning team will receive $25,000 in services from the Dupont Circle-based digital agency. The winners can use these in-kind services to develop an app, improve the user experience of the product built over the weekend, market their solution, or execute anything else that’s needed.

The second place team will receive $10,000 in services from Rennzer as well, making this the largest prize pool in SWDC history!

You don’t want to miss your chance to launch a startup AND win these prizes, do you?

We are so pumped to have Rennzer on board as a supporter.   While their passion is to create smart, beautiful software for startups and leading brands, they also want to be a catalyst in growing the DC startup scene. Rennzer founder Omid Jahanbin (and previous Head of Growth Marketing at Blackboard) says, "I see a critical gap in DC entrepreneurship that exists between idea creation / validation and the growth stage, where value creation and capture get dialed in.  With more support from the community in the form of executive mentorship, technology grants and early venture funding, our hope is that more of the great ideas that spawn from the DC area can become great businesses."

SWDC is so proud to have an amazing supporter like Omid to work with on cultivating early-stage entrepreneurship in the DC area.

Global Startup Battle!

This SWDC event will be part of Global Startup Battle, the largest startup competition in the world. GSB is where you can compete against teams from over 250 cities across the globe, from Boston to Bangalore.

There are multiple competition tracks, such as Champions, Women and Education, which you can enter based on the nature of your startup and how you place at SWDC. The winners of the GSB tracks will receive unbelievable prizes, such as access to high-visibility conferences like SXSW, CES, and Launch, free subscriptions to marketing tools, and many more.

GSB gives your startup the opportunity to go global instantly!

Be part of an awesome community!

The people you meet and work with at SWDC will be some of the smartest and most talented entrepreneurs out there, and we’re all working together to not only launch companies, but to grow the startup community here in the DC area. By attending, you’ll be part of a huge grassroots movement to improving the entrepreneurship scene in DC and across the world.

With the reach of GSB, we’ll all be repping DC on a global scale and showing the world how strong a community we are.

Launch a startup - DUH!

The bottom line is that Startup Weekend is the best place to launch a startup. If you’ve had an idea in your head but haven’t done anything about it, there’s no better event to get started.

You’ll be surrounded by really smart and driven people who want to work together on building something from the ground up. Maybe you’ll work on your idea, or maybe someone else’s idea will pique your interest. Regardless, SWDC is THE place to validate a business idea, build a product and launch a startup in just 54 hours.

Alumni of Startup Weekends have been accepted into accelerators, raised rounds of funding and sold to larger companies. It’s truly a launchpad for ideas to blossom into real operating companies.

SWDC may be the most intense, invigorating and life-changing event you’ll attend. So what are you waiting for? Register for the event here: http://swdc1114.eventbrite.com/?aff=Blog.

We’ll see you on November 14!