Startup Weekend Singapore

Wrote a post on e27 and as some of you might know, me along with a few other friends are organizing the next startup weekend. So here’s my post on e27:

Perhaps you have heard some chatter over the various social media channels about something exciting coming to town in mid March. Entrepreneurs, this will definitely be good news for you, because Startup Weekend Singapore is happening! This time round, it will be organized by a group of students from the National University of Singapore Overseas Colleges Alumni (NOC Alumni), bringing in a different perspective and fun element into the fourth Startup Weekend in Singapore.

What is Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend Singapore is a 54 hour event which will begin with open-microphone pitches on Friday, where participants share their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday, teams will focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing Lean Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening, teams will demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts. During the weekend, experienced entrepreneurs and mentors will explain the challenges involved in being an entrepreneur, provide tips on starting up a company and share their experiences. An expected 150 participants will attend Startup Weekend Singapore, with approximately half having technical backgrounds and the other half having business backgrounds.

Attractive Prizes to be won

In addition to this entrepreneurial experience, the participants of Startup Weekend Singapore 2012 have a chance to win attractive prizes. There are four prizes to be given away to the four best teams at the end of Startup Weekend. Prizes include a chance to participate in the next season of Angel’s Gate (A reality television show to be broadcasted on Channel 5), incubation spaces at Plug-In@Blk71 or Garag3 NUS, as well as a scholarship to the Founder Institute.

What is different this time round

According to the organizers, Startup Weekend Singapore 2012 aims to give as much exposure to students in Singapore, and there will be an even mix of students and industry professionals. This will allow students to be exposed to an environment of collaboration with professionals, before entering the working world. “One of the things that made my experiences in the Silicon Valley so much greater was the fact that I was forced to go out of my structured academic curriculum and be immersed in a real world work environment on a daily basis. This taught me to think critically about how to approach my studies in order to better prepare myself for my time after graduation, and we want to bring this element into this edition of Startup Weekend,” said Ritesh Angural, one of the organisers and an NOC Alumni.

The team behind Startup Weekend Singapore 2012 also prepared this collateral in conjunction to Valentine’s Day. So if you want to spend an awesome weekend with entrepreneurs like yourself, register now on the Startup Weekend page. Early bird ticket prices end on 17 February. The registration page can be found athttp://singapore.startupweekend.org/ or swsg2012.com

Event Details:

Date: 9 – 11 March, 2012

Venue: The School of Business, National University of Singapore

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